Prepare for a course has a good balance of climbs, descents and technical sections with switchbacks!

Mt Kato Race Course

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RACE DESCRIPTION: The course starts with a nice warm-up climb to the top of the ski area. Once on top, all racers make a large traverse along the back of the ski area. The course has a good balance of climbs, descents and technical sections with switchbacks. Approximate vertical gain per lap is 400 feet. Course distance is 4 miles.

TRAIL ADDRESS:  Mt. Kato Ski Resort, 20461 Hwy 1, Mankato, MN 56001

DIRECTIONS:  (From the south) Take Hwy 169N to North/60 East. Exit at Frontage Road. Right at end of off-ramp onto S. Riverfront drive. East 3 blocks to Sibley Ave. Right onto Sibley Ave. (Go under bridge) South 3 blocks to W. 7th. Right onto W. 7th, 1 block West to Carney Ave/Hwy 1, 1.5 miles south to Mt. Kato.

PARKING:  Park in the main parking lot of Mt Kato- plenty of room! The public road along side the venue is a no-parking area. No vehicles allowed in the PitZone.  

RACE FLYER:  Print this page as a Race Flyer.  Best Layout: Portrait Style with narrow margins.

RACE DAY SUPPORT: Mechanics from Penn Cycle and Rydjor Bike Shop will be on hand Sunday using Park Tool products to provide last minute adjustments and repairs.

- A concession stand will be available on site.
- No gasoline generators inside the team pit area, please, and no open fires.
- No dogs off leash, please.
- Be considerate of our venue and use the trash receptacles.

Online Registration Deadline:   Tuesday 10/24/17 at Midnight,  the Pit Zone closes for online registration. After that, a late fee will apply.

Coaches: Saturday
- 7AM - Reserve your team  space
- 8AM - Coaches Meeting

Weather?   Join Minnesota High School Cycling League in on 'RainedOut' to get late breaking race updates!

Volunteer:  Volunteer for this or other events, go to for a list of available positions.  (Then Signup at Volunteer Spot !).  Or Volunteer at the race.

Questions:  Contact MN League Director Josh Kleve about the MN League or this race at

Team Check-In:  Teams can sign up Friday to have their tent spots automatically assigned by Race Staff.  Assignments will be posted on Facebook Friday night.   Or, Teams must check in at Registration BEFORE occupying a Pit Zone. Starting at 6:45AM Saturday Oct 28 to reserve your tent spaces and review your team list. Be sure to alert Registration of any racers who are not participating in this race.

Real-time results:  Download the app ‘ITS YOUR RACE’ to your phone, then find ‘Minnesota MTB'. Select a race category.  More details are available on  Remember that these are timing results only.  Penalties, scoring rules, and wave starts will not be reflected.

Final Results:  Final Results for 2017 will be posted here.

Race Updates:  Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Links:   Weather Policy    Racer FAQs      Race FAQs    Watch a Race Video!


Race Payments and Registration Documents:  Once Registration for the League is complete (Waivers, Emergency Contacts, Insurance Info, etc),  all races can be paid in advance or one race-at-a-time. 

Number Plate: All registered racers receive a permanent number with a pre-installed chip on the back side from their coach at the beginning of the season. The Number Plate is secured to the front handle bars of the bike for Pre-Ride and the Race itself.  A matching numbered backplate is attached to the rider's jersey just above the waist.  The number plate is the racer identifier for a race category. Remove and protect the Number Plates after the race, taking care not to damage the chip, as this plate is used for all races. Replacement number plates are available at Registration for $35.

Change Petitions:  We will not accept Category Change petitions on race weekend. Change petitions must be submitted by Midnight the Monday before the next race.  Change Petitions are no longer accepted for the 2017 Season.

Pay Online Before Tuesday at Midnight Pay On-site on Race Weekend


Every rider needs to be invited each season to register in the Pit Zone online.

  • Contact your Team Director or Head Coach to be invited.
  • Independent riders contact Josh Kleve at

Login to the Pit Zone to pay for one or more races.

- Friday 3-5PM
- Saturday  8-2PM
- Sunday from  Sun. 8:00am – 1:30pm.

All racers must register at least one hour prior to their start time. 

Use Cash, Credit Cards or Checks made payable to "MN League".

2017 Racing Fees Pay Online
Mn League Registration Fee $50
MN League Race Fee $40
Pay On-Site (With Late Fee) Pay On-Site Total
$50 + $10 Late Fee $60
 $40 + $10 Late Fee $50


- Only riders who have registered and have race numbers displayed on their bikes.
- Registered Coaches with Coach Plates (Provided by the Head Coach)

We recommend that all riders pre-ride the course.

Riders should pass any workers on the course with great care.

Friday Schedule
3:00PM - Pre-Ride Opens
4;15PM - Last Rider allowed to start the course
5;00PM - Pre-Ride Ends
  Saturday and Sunday Pre-Ride
8:00AM - Pre-Ride Opens
9;15AM - Last Rider allowed to start the course
10:00AM - Pre-Ride Ends

Race Categories and Wave Start Times

REGISTRATION: On-site registration will close 1 hour prior to race start. 

STAGING: Staging begins Exactly 15 Minutes before the start of each Race.

RACERS: In order to race, you need to meet Race Ready status: Pit Zone information entered, MN League Fee and Race Fee paid, and participation waivers submitted (once per season)

*Note: Final lap count decision per category will be determined and confirmed at the start of each race. Length of race may be changed due to weather conditions.


   Friday - Race Weekend    
Start Time      
3:00 PM - Onsite Registration Opens
- Pre-Ride Starts - Last Rider on the course at 4:45PM.
5:00 PM - Onsite Registration Closes
- Pre-Ride Ends
   Race Day 1 - Saturday  - Schedule Updated 10/27/2017    
Start Time   Laps Approx Miles
8 AM Registration Open until 3PM    
8 AM Pre-Ride Starts - Last rider allowed on the course at 10:00AM.    
11 AM Pre-Ride Ends    
  7th Grade Boys - 1 Lap    
10:45AM Staging for 7th Grade Boys    
11AM Race Begins with Waves at 1 Minute Intervals  1  3.75
  8th Grade Boys - 1 Lap    
11:15AM Staging for 8th Grade Boys    
11:30AM Race Begins with Waves at 1 Minute Intervals  1  3.75
  7th Grade Girls - 1 Lap    
 11:45AM Staging for 7th Grade Girls    
12:00AM Race Begins  1  3,75
  8th Grade Girls - 1 Lap    
 12:15AM Staging for 8th Grade Girls    
12:30AM Race Begins  1  3.75
   Freshman Boys - 2 Laps    
 12:45AM  Staging for Freshman Boys    
1:00PM Race Begins with Waves at 1 Minute Intervals    
   JV2 Boys -  2 Laps    
 1:45PM  Staging for JV2 Boys    
2:00PM Race Begins with Waves at 1 Minute Intervals    
  JV2 Girls - 2 Laps    
 2:45PM  Staging for JV2 Girls    
3:00PM Race Begins    
3:00PM Registration Ends    
  Freshman Girls - 2 laps    
 3:45AM  Staging for Freshman Girls    
4:00PM Race Begins    
 4;30PM Middle School Awards     
   Race Day 2 - Sunday    
Start Time   Laps Approx Miles
8 AM Registration Open until 1;30PM    
8 AM Pre-Ride Starts with last rider allowed on the course at 9:15AM.    
10 AM Pre-Ride Ends    
  JV3 Boys    
9:45AM Staging for JV3 Boys  
10AM Race Begins with Waves at 1 Minute Intervals 3  
  JV3 Girls    
11:15AM Staging for JV3 Girls    
11:30AM Race Begins    
  Varsity boys    
12:45PM Staging for Varsity Boys    
1;00PM Race Begins 4  
  Varsity Girls    
2:15PM Staging for Varsity Girls    
2:30PM Race Begins     
   Post Race - Sunday    
 Start Time      
4:00 PM or before Tear Down    
4:30 PM High School Awards Ceremony