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Up North: Lutsen Mountains More Than a Ski Destination, Riders Take Over for Lutsen 99er

Updated: July 03, 2019 11:20 PM

No skis were needed this past weekend at Lutsen Mountains; only a bike, a helmet and a daring soul to give the Lutsen 99er a ride.

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"It's wonderful for many people that think of Lutsen Mountains as a skiing destination," said Visit Cook County Executive Director Linda Jurek. "To have a showcase event like this and bring them here in a June weekend is fabulous.

Although it's called the Lutsen 99er there are four different distances, including the 99er, the 69er, the 49er and even the 25-miler for those that are wanting to give it their first try.

"We were like we'll start with the easiest one," said Emily Brooks of Houston, Texas. "We'll start with the shortest distance, but as we were going we were like we could go 49."

Saturday marked the first time Brooks participated in Lutsen 49er and marked her first time she took her Texas road bike skills to the mountains.

"It was beautiful. From being on the road, to being on a really wide off road path, there was all kind of terrain.

Between the challenging changes in the course and the energy surrounding the races, the atmosphere and people are the reason riders like Christina Spencer participated in the event for her seventh time.

"It's just a great time to see all your bike friends and family. Everyone just comes up and has a good time cheering on the fast people, but also just seeing people do their first mountain bike race and put that medal on and be proud," said Spencer.

Click here to learn more about the race.

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