Sager wins cross country

Rinehart victorious in women's race

Mother Nature delivered a perfect weekend of weather, and Maplelag Resort delivered on near perfect racing as stage race titles went to Jason Sager (Team Jamis) of Ogden, Utah, and Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek Co-op) of Duluth, Minnesota after two days of racing over three events - the time trial, short track and cross country - during the Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Stage race, part of the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Calendar series.

Sunday's cross country was the main event on the weekend which also served as the point getter for the Minnesota Mountain Bike Cross Country Series. Mother Nature delivered another gorgeous day as a record number of "Kids Comp" racers kicked off the racing action with three miles of rolling fun.

In the elite races, Jason Sager (Jamis) wasted no time moving to the front as he and Sam Oftedahl (Maplelag Resort-Paramount) set a blistering pace coming through the first of three laps in about three minutes faster that what race organizers were expecting. Moore rode steady and strong and eventually passed Oftedahl to move up to second and closed the gap down to Sager who held off the charging Moore by 37 seconds.

Oftedahl would hold on to third as Saturday's short track winner, Doug Swanson, rode steady and strong to move up to fourth. Singletrack specialist Scott Kylander-Johnson, having one of his best seasons ever, rounded out the top five. Top junior rider on the day was Jake Richards (Maplelag Resort-Paramount) who stuck on with Swanson's wheel as long as he could before popping on the last lap to slide back to ninth.

With Sara Kylander-Johnson taking the first two events, the Duluth rider and mother of a baby girl, pretty much had the overall wrapped up barring a major disaster. This didn't stop Jenna Rinehart (Specialized), however, from putting everything out there and scorching to an impressive win and riding a pace which would of put her in the top 20 among the men. Kylander-Johnson held on to second as Rebecca Sauber (LCR Ergon) rode to another third place finish with Jen Fisher and Corey Coogan-Cisek rounding out the top five, respectively.

After the three events, Sager took the overall among the men with Moore, Swanson, Bergman and Oftedahl rounding out the podium. Kylander-Johnson scored the bubbly for the overall with Rinehart, Sauber, Fisher and Cisek completing the top five.

Race notes

Notable riders to miss this years race include TJ Woodruff of Tucson, Arizona. who had collected the stage race title the previous three years, and Jack Hinkens of Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Woodruff currently is in France for all of September and October as part of a research study being conducted on the 'live high, train low' altitude principle. Hinkens, who had collected two wins on the Minnesota circuit in cross country racing action, was competing at the World Championships where he recorded a 45th finish in the U23 and third American.

Minnesota Pro Kyia Anderson, who recently retired from racing this year, led a skills clinic with her husband Kris in between Saturday's event helping riders with technical skills on the infamous lakeside drops.

With Maplelag located just three hours from the Canadian border, a nice size group of Canucks made the trip south with a large contingent of "Kids Comp" racers.

ESPN X Games Sno Cross Champion, Tucker Hibbert, made an appearance on race day posting a top 20 finish in the Comp class.

Maplelag Resort was celebrating 20 years of promoting mountain bike races. The course presents itself as one of the most technical courses in the Midwest including tight and twisty singletrack and the infamous lakeside drops near Little Sugarbush lake. The majority of racers stay at the resort that was filled entirely by mountain bike racers that met at meal times for all you can eat family-style meals with five bottomless cookie jars to boot, keeping the racers fueled.

Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Sager (Team Jamis)1:38:28 
2Brendan Moore (Trek)0:00:38 
3Doug Swanson (Grandstay)0:03:36 
4Scott Kylander-Johnso (Trek)0:05:03 
5Ben Moore0:08:56 
6Cam Kirkpatrick (Rasmussen BikeShop)0:09:34 
7Chris Fisher (Velorochester)0:14:32 
8Heath Weisbrod (Larson Cycle Racing (LCR))0:16:47 
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jenna Rinehart (Specialized)1:13:42 
2Sara Kylander-Johnson (Trek COOP)0:03:04 
3Rebecca Sauber (LCR/Ergon)0:08:36 
Cat. 1 Junior men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jake Richards (Maplelag-Paramount)1:48:55 
Cat. 1 Men 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Oftedahl (hollywood/silver cycling)1:40:37 
2Eric Oftedahl (Maplelag/paramount sports)0:07:03 
3Raymond Nickles (lCR)0:27:40 
DNFPat Lemiux  
Cat. 1 Men 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nikolai Anikin (conti)1:51:54 
2Adam Bergman0:00:24 
3Devin Curran (Spot Hollywood twin 6)0:01:17 
4Jay Henderson (Hollywood Cycles/ Silver Cycli)0:04:06 
5Matt Muyres0:05:24 
6Matthew Nelson (Peace Coffee Racing)0:06:36 
7Jason Scherman (WANNABEE RACING)0:09:25 
8Eric Lebow (Maplelag)0:11:08 
9Nathan Hackensack0:11:17 
10Clayton McLagan (Peace Coffee Racing)0:13:14 
11Rich Omdahl (LCR)0:13:23 
12Tim Stone (Kenwood)0:15:30 
13Joe Surla (Wannabee Racing)0:16:15 
14Kevin Flanders (Peace Coffee Racing)0:37:21 
DNFBrandt Elson (hollywood/ silver cycling)  
DNFJoshua Tesch  
Cat. 1 Men 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Ishaug (Freewheel Bike)1:48:55 
2Larry Sauber (LCR)0:08:10 
3Jan Rybar0:11:01 
4Wallace Alexander (Kenwood Racing)0:13:49 
5Thomas Thornquest (Kenwood Racing)0:14:25 
6Eric Guse (flat city cycling club penn cy)0:15:27 
DNFEddie Karow (LCR)  
Cat. 1 Women 19-35
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Fisher1:27:10 
2Corey Coogan Cisek (Maplelag)0:09:30 
3Anna Schappert0:56:41 
DNFJulie Vardaman (Zoom Performance)  
Cat. 2 Junior men 14 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lucas Hieb (Marcia Hieb)0:53:00 
2Ethan Furois (Gopher Wheelmen)0:12:17 
Cat. 2 Junior men 15-16
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shea Franken (Bicycle Sports)0:52:11 
2Matthew Olson (Kimberly Olson)0:04:02 
3Reece Oleson (wannabee racing)0:04:26 
4Duncan Weisbrod (LCR (larson cycle racing))0:08:48 
5Thomas Baldini (Peter Baldini)0:14:36 
DNFAndris Delins (Sanita Kalnite)  
Cat. 2 Junior men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jake Bauer (Hollywood Cycles)1:03:31 
2Kyle Greene0:04:19 
3Alex Price0:08:17 
Cat. 2 Men 19-24
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Josh Bauer (Llama Rama)0:54:32 
2Drew Bentley0:12:09 
Cat. 2 Men 25-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1David Jensen (Vicki Jensen)0:53:44 
2Rob Lutterman (Wannabee Racing)0:05:16 
3Brent Miller0:05:33 
4Jesse Hagglund (summit racing)0:06:30 
5Jeff Beck0:16:19 
6John Wickham (Julie Wickham)0:18:04 
7Thad Schalz0:23:04 
Cat. 2 Men 30-34
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Foslien (Kjerstie Wiltze)1:00:24 
Cat. 2 Men 35-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jacque Poquette0:57:53 
2Robert Kohl0:00:50 
3Chad Weisgram0:02:04 
4Chris Okane0:02:13 
5Tony Schmitz (Maplelag/Paramount)0:02:56 
6Nick Pettis (Wannabee Racing)0:03:09 
7Nathan Olson (Kimberly Olson)0:03:13 
8Matthew Johnson (Freewheel Bike)0:04:51 
Cat. 2 Men 40-44
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Lund (Hollywood/SilverCycling)0:53:51 
2Wade Bergner0:00:18 
3Todd Nesvold (Peace Coffee Racing)0:03:09 
4Randy Smothers (Bicycle Sports)0:03:09 
5Joel Herk0:04:16 
6Jim Newton (Squadra ACF)0:06:14 
7Chris Donato0:12:24 
8Scot Hendricks (LCR (Larson Cycle Racing))0:17:39 
9Rich Poehl0:25:38 
Cat. 2 Men 45-49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jack Ellefson0:58:49 
2Philip Roadley0:00:38 
3Garry Bistyar0:04:15 
4James Goblirsch (joye goblirsch)0:04:50 
5Bruce Brown ( 
6Mike Franken0:08:12 
7Kevin Knutson (Peace Coffee)0:19:42 
Cat. 2 Men 50-59
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Trembley1:00:29 
2Tim Hieb (Marcia Hieb)0:00:04 
3Kevin Miller0:01:52 
4Ken Grantler0:02:34 
5Michael Cisek (Freewheel Bikes)0:02:50 
6Norm Busse0:03:21 
7Jerry Washatka0:05:49 
8Thomas Gujer0:06:35 
9Gary Sjoquist0:09:36 
Cat. 2 Men 60+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denny Barry (Maplelag Paramont)1:11:17 
Cat. 2 Women 10-14
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachael Jensen (Gear Grinder)1:06:33 
2Jordan Horner (Maplelag/Paramount)0:03:37 
Cat. 2 Women 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kjerstie Wiltzen (Mark Foslien)1:09:33 
2Bianca Bergman0:08:43 
Cat. 2 Women 30-34
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Johnson1:03:36 
2Kristy Henderson (Hollywood / Silver Cycling)0:10:45 
3Danielle Ness Coffield0:14:53 
Cat. 2 Women 35-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Janna M Krawczyk (P.O.S.)1:02:59 
2Andrea Horner (Maplelag/Paramount)0:07:12 
Cat. 2 Women 40-49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kris Brazil (Milltown Cycles)1:04:04 
2Julie Gujer0:05:30 
3Connie Sjoquist0:11:17 
4Anne L Ellefson0:12:12 
5Darcy Busse (Norm)0:15:16 
Cat. 2 Clydesdale 34 & UNDER
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kelly Ness1:03:03 
Cat. 2 Clydesdale 35+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Morrison1:04:11 
2Todd Hale0:00:28 
3Kelly Bakke (peace coffe)0:03:41 
4Michael Soderburg0:08:28 
5Scott Meulebroeck (Bent Crank Racing)0:08:46 
6Keith Oleson (wannabee racing)0:09:33 
7Gary Smith (Peace Coffee)0:14:02 
8Glenn Margolf (Wannabeee Racing)0:16:15 
9Dan Price0:19:37 
Cat. 2 Singlespeed men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ian Nancekivell (Behind Bars/LGR)0:56:13 
DNFMatt Settergren  
Cat. 2 Singlespeed men 35+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kim Schmidt1:00:39 
2Todd Bauer (Hollywood Cycles)0:01:06 
Cat.2 Junior men 15-16
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matthew Wenzel (Maplelag/Paramount)1:21:58 
Cat. 2 Men 19-24
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Matt Riley (SPH/ WheelhouseCycles)1:20:07 
2Joe Lewis0:01:50 
3Andrew McShane0:36:07 
Cat. 2 Men 25-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Dirk (Maplelag/Paramount)1:17:14 
2Tucker Hibbert (T-Train)0:05:45 
3Brooks Monahan0:06:14 
4Brendan Bellew (Squadra ACF)0:09:39 
Cat. 2 Men 30-34
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Broten1:19:13 
2Nathan Kremer (Southwest Express)0:01:20 
3Keith Moors0:02:54 
4Tim Williams (Wannabee Racing)0:05:14 
5Jason Vinar (Silver Cycling)0:06:15 
6Greg Ames0:06:41 
7John Oman (WannaBee Racing)0:08:57 
8Evan Pengelly0:11:03 
Cat. 2 Men 35-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Burg (Freewheel Bike)1:17:38 
2Matthew Horner (Maplelag/Paramount)0:01:40 
3Derek Broten0:02:20 
4Jason MacDonald0:06:44 
5Evan Lawrence (Team 53x11 Coffee)0:21:11 
6Adam Emanoff (Bent Crank Racing)0:30:59 
Cat. 2 Men 40-44
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1John Sandberg (Penn Cycle)1:15:09 
2Piotr Bednarski (Freewheel)0:00:47 
3Rick Erickson (Peace Coffee Racing)0:04:58 
4Lonie Sauber (LCR)0:05:05 
5Paul Krawczyk0:09:18 
6Bill Dossett (freewheel)0:09:22 
7Matthew Engen (Maplelag/Paramount/Cheep Team)0:14:33 
8Kent Karjala (Kenwood Racing)0:17:40 
9Thomas Hanegraaf (Sharon)0:18:25 
10Dennis Porter0:31:28 
Cat. 2 Men 45-49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pete Schow1:20:51 
2Steve Wenzel (Maplelag/Paramount)0:01:37 
3Ray Osowski (LCR)0:06:21 
4David Mainguy (freewheel bike mtb)0:43:56 
Cat.2 Men 55-59
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bill Benson1:24:52 
Cat. 2 Men Singlespeed
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rick Ochs (Southwest Express)1:20:06 
2Bob Callaway (Bluedog Cycles)0:05:17 
3Martin Rudnick (Behind-Bars/LGR)0:14:16 
Junior men 8 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jens Richards0:18:50 
2Leo Bergner0:03:06 
3Garrett Horshager0:04:58 
4Rowan Penner0:05:00 
5Jack Smothers (Bicycle Sports)0:05:30 
6Stas Bednarski0:06:31 
7Cole Johnson (Freewheel Bike)0:07:38 
8Wyatt Horner (Maplelag/Paramount)0:08:01 
9Ryan Guse0:08:51 
10Ripley Garden0:20:16 
Junior men 9-10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Calvin Sandberg (Penn CycleYES)0:16:32 
2Caden Sigerud0:00:07 
3Jack Zonneveld0:03:04 
4Casey Porter0:04:19 
5Spencer Weisgram0:04:24 
6Isaac Hale0:04:25 
7Logan Roadley0:05:00 
8Henry Hall0:05:23 
9Alex Bistyak0:05:46 
10Devon Horner (Maplelag/Paramount)0:05:51 
11Jack Johnson (Freewheel Bike)0:07:50 
Junior men 11-12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geza Bistyak0:16:38 
2Kieran Penner0:00:09 
3Liam Franken (Rhonda Franken)0:00:16 
4Jonathan Busse0:02:01 
5Cobie Vagts0:02:43 
6Grant Horsager0:03:36 
7Jasper Roadley0:03:39 
8Reagan Garden0:04:51 
9Wyatt Furois0:07:06 
10Jack Richards0:22:25 
Junior women 8 & under
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jennifer Mettler (Minnesota Cycling Team)0:23:54 
Junior women 9-10
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Penner0:22:39 
2Kasia Bednarski0:05:44 
3Kaitlyn Bakke (peace coffe)0:06:37 
4Trind Mesvold (Peace Coffee)0:13:12 
Junior women 11-12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allison O'Kane0:23:23 
2Grace Steinhagen0:00:34 
3Brianna McLagan0:06:07 
Cat. 3 Junior men 10-12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Elson (hollywood/ silver cycling)0:47:12 
2Zachary Smith (Peace Coffee)0:05:18 
3Leo Weisbrod0:22:32 
4Max Smothers (Bicycle Sports)0:25:20 
Cat. 3 Junior men 13-14
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zach Newton (Squandra ACFYES)0:42:36 
2Sam Goblirsch (joye goblirsch)0:04:32 
3Ian Price (Dan Price)0:07:28 
4Ryan Schow0:15:02 
5Jesse Busse0:29:53 
Cat. 3 Junior men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ethan Brekke (Maplelag)0:46:00 
2Alec Driscoll0:07:41 
Cat. 3 Men 25-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Kyser0:40:54 
2Frank Stanton (Michael or mary)0:06:50 
3Jorge Odio (Bike and Fitness)0:07:52 
4Nick Wilson (Larson Cycle Racing)0:09:19 
Cat. 3 Men 30-34
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Donlan (Jessica Donlan)0:42:43 
2John Reinan0:02:28 
3Tyler Ylonen0:15:42 
Cat. 3 Men 35-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jon Sigerud0:42:19 
2Garrett Tews0:07:08 
Cat. 3 Men 40-44
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Cieluch0:48:16 
2Janis Delins (Sanita Kalnite)0:00:01 
3Brian Penner0:00:59 
Cat. 3 Men 45-49
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeff Anderson0:43:07 
2Mark Weglinski (Rita Weglinski)0:10:28 
3Kent Furois0:15:20 
Cat. 3 Men 50-59
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gerry Taylor0:49:41 
2Scott Guhl (Bicycle Sports)0:01:52 
Cat. 3 Men 60+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richard Patridge0:50:25 
2Dave Riley0:12:54 
Cat. 3 Junior women 10-14
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Taylor Horner (Maplelag/Paramount)1:05:57 
Cat. 3 Women 19-29
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mandi Hibbert (T-Train)1:13:38 
Cat. 3 Women 30-39
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Williams (Wannabee Racing)0:52:08 
2Amy Ochs (Southwest Express)0:00:46 
3Sarah Oleson (Wannabee Racing)0:03:58 
4Nicola Bistyak0:06:03 
5Lynn Tews0:09:32 
6Kimberly Olson0:12:28 
Cat. 3 Women 40+
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mary Patridge0:53:24 
2Amy Weisbrod0:00:16 
3Pamela Lanhart0:09:34 
Cat. 3 Clydesdale men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Guse0:49:02 
2Jammie Hummel (Peace Coffee)0:06:54 

Final general classification

Elite men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Sager  
2Brendan Moore  
3Doug Swanson  
4Adam Bergman  
5Sam Oftedahl  
7Cam Kirkpatrick  
8Eric Oftedahl  
9Ben Moore  
10Jake Richards  
11Chris Fisher  
12Matt Muyres  
13Jay Henderson  
14Heath Weisbrod  
15Devin Curran  
16Wallace Alexander  
17Thomas Thornquest  
18Jan Rybar  
19Jason Scherman  
20Tim Stone  
21Clayton McLagan  
Elite women final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sara Kylander-Johnso  
2Jenna Rinehart  
3Rebecca Sauber  
4Corey Coogan Cisek  
5Jennifer Fisher  
6Anna Schappert  
Competition men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Piotr Bednarski  
2Rick Ochs  
3Joe Lewis  
4Matthew Horner  
5Nathan Kremer  
6Rick Erickson  
7Lonie Sauber  
8Matt Riley  
9Steve Wenzel  
10John Oman  
11Paul Krawczyk  
Sport men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shea Franken  
2Wade Bergner  
3Chad Weisgram  
4Randy Smothers  
5Reece Oleson  
6Jim Newton  
7Todd Trembley  
8Matthew Johnson  
9Philip Roadley  
10Brent Miller  
11Garry Bistyar  
12Tony Schmitz  
13Duncan Weisbrod  
14James Goblirsch  
15Chris Donato  
16Mike Franken  
Sport women final general classifictaion
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rachael Jensen  
2Janna M Krawczyk  
3Kris Brazil  
4Julie Gujer  
5Kristy Henderson  
6Jordan Horner  
7Bianca Bergman  
8Andrea Horner  
Citizen men final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zach Newton  
2Ethan Brekke  
3Sam Goblirsch  
4Frank Stanton  
5Brian Penner  
6Jesse Busse  
7Max Smothers  
Citizen women final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amy Ochs  
Boys final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Geza Bistyak  
2Calvin Sandberg  
3Kieran Penner  
4Liam Franken  
5Cobie Vagts  
6Spencer Weisgram  
7Logan Roadley  
8Alex Bistyak  
9Leo Bergner  
10Rowan Penner  
11Jack Johnson  
12Wyatt Horner  
13Cole Johnson  
Girls final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chloe Penner  


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