Voted MNMBS ‘Best Race’ in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2021.


The Cuyuna Crusher takes place in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. The Cuyuna Crusher is race #9 out of 10 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.


The Cuyuna Crusher was added to the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series in 2015 and quickly became the favorite of the series. The Cuyuna Crusher continues to grow in number of participants each year, with 2022 bringing in the highest number of participants in a MNMBS race thus far at 614 racers from states as far away as Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin and of course right here in beautiful Minnesota.


The iron ore trails and the terrain are what makes the Cuyuna Lakes State Recreation Area the favorite among outdoor enthusiasts today. Cuyuna’s World Famous Red Dirt Trails are in great shape and becoming more and more popular throughout the nation!  More than 600 mountain bikers, along with their friends and families join us in the Cuyuna Lakes area the weekend of the Cuyuna Crusher for the Annual Bike Race sponsored by the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.



Don’t just drive into town for the day we invite you to the Cuyuna Lakes Area to make a weekend of it. Bring your family and enjoy swimming, diving, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding in our crystal clear mine lakes, shop in one of the many great stores and grab some delectable delicacies in one of our many restaurants and breweries. You will not regret the chance to explore our great community while getting a quality pre-ride to prepare for your race. We encourage you to stop in to the Soo Line Museum to learn more about the history of the Cuyuna Lakes Area. Visit our local businesses that sponsor the Crusher and thank them because without them we couldn’t continue to put together the best mountain bike race in the entire state of Minnesota and soon to be the best in the nation!


The Cuyuna Crusher offers advance online registration only! Visit Race #9 – Cuyuna Lakes Crusher ( for complete event details.


Our favorite thing about the Cuyuna Crusher….seeing all the different ages and skill levels partake in a day of fun outdoors! It’s not about who wins but about having a great time together outdoors and crossing that finish line while cheering each other on.


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Join us for the next Cuyuna Crusher in the beautiful Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area! Be sure to book lodging reservations well in advance!