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Published on June 12, 2024
New Mountain Bike Race to Energize Monticello's Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional ParkSource: Unsplash/Daniel Llorente

Get your helmets ready and your chains oiled, because the Bertram Saddle Buster is wheelie-ing into town. On June 23, the Wright County Parks & Recreation teams up with the Minnesota Mountain Bikes Race Series for a brand-new race event at Bertram Chain of Lakes Regional Park in Monticello. The race aims to cater to riders of all levels from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to an announcement released by Wright County officials.

The Bertram Lakes Singletrack boasts a smorgasbord of trails, serving up a slice of excitement for novices and presenting a buffet of challenges for the hardened pedal warriors. Though the race won't span the entire Singletrack Trail, it leaves a tantalizing course for another day's adventure ride. With the north side of the park as your compass point—remember, southside trails are not the place on race day—participants and spectators will find ample parking near the start and finish lines. Divulged by a Wright County announcement, "there will be many vantage points to watch the races from different parts of the park."

Undecided about making it a day at the park? Perhaps the local cuisine on wheels will twist your arm. With three food trucks – The Flaming Bowl, Kona Ice, Buddy’s Bowls, and Burritos – creating a trifecta of culinary temptation, the gastronomic delights alone might be worth the trip. And for spectators who prefer a good splash to a bike dash, the park has got you covered with both pool and splash pad options for a $10 admission or a free public beach for those looking to swim in the lake. Emphasizing the event's inclusivity, Wright County's announcement proclaims that "this is a free event to attend."

Mountain bike aficionados eager for race details, or newbies ready to take on the trail, should pedal over to the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series website for more information. Enthusiasts might find just what they need to gear up for the Saddle Buster, making sure the kicks match the clicks when they're out there grinding the gravel.