Up North: Mountain Bikers Come out to Grind at Giants Ridge

Chelsie Brown
Updated: August 21, 2019 10:52 PM

A handful of kids cruised on the mountain biking trails as a part of the miners race featured on the weekend series of the Grind at Giants Ridge.


Among them, were Beau and Beckett of New Prague, Minnesota. The miners race had kids make a big loop on the backside of Giants Ridge. Even though the race lasted minutes, the two boys said it wasn't as easy as just riding your bike.

"Probably where the tall grass was," Becket explained was the hardest part of the race. "It kept on slowing down my bike and I couldn't go faster."

The Grind Race Director, Benji Neff, said all the races are meant to challenge riders, especially with the morning races. Saturday starts with a short grind around 18 miles and long grind that has racers pedaling for around 35 miles.

"Neither course is super easy. There's a fair amount of climbing in both of them. There's about 1,000 feet of climbing in the short course and well over 3,000 feet of climbing in the long course," Neff explained.

The Somerville's of Fall Creek, Wisconsin can vouch that as riders, you earn every mile.

"It's really hilly, super challenging, but pretty fun," said Becca Somerville who participated in the short course. "It's nice and long," she added."

"I kind of knew what to expect, so I thought it would get easy this year, but it didn't. It was still hard," Becca's mom Tammy Somerville said about the long course at the Grind.

As a family, they travel and compete in races all summer long. This was their fourth time racing in the Grind and they saw four of their five family members finish on the podium.

"No matter what kind of race you go to, when you get up there, you're like 'okay, my work is paying off,'" added Tammy.

The Grind caps off with a downhill race and cycle event where riders have 45 minutes to complete as many laps as possible. With the event still in its early stages, Giants Ridge hopes to kick it up a gear and continue expanding their summer activities.

"We've added the climbing wall, we've added mountain biking, and gravity surf mountain biking. Having fun events like this really pulls together our summer offerings here at the Ridge,"said Neff.

Click here to learn more about the Grind.


Chelsie Brown

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