2017 - Pre-season Activities:
Information Session - May 2nd & 4th
Spring/Summer Youth MTB Ninja Camp - Each Wed Evening in June
April - July - Pre-season Activities begin.
Season officially begins July 1 thru Oct 29
2017 Race Dates (Tentative):
Aug 27 – Austin, MN (BYE Week no race for Prior Lake)
Sept 10 – Jail Trail, St. Cloud, MN
Sept 24 – Gamehaven Trail, Rochester, MN
Oct 1 – White Tail Ridge, River Falls, WI
Oct 15 – Spirit Mt. Duluth, MN
Oct 28-29 – Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN (State Championship)
Nov 5 – Season Awards Party
State Championship MTB Race in Mankato
Prior Lake Savage High School Mountain Bike Team wrapped up their 2016 season with the State High School Championship race on Saturday and Sunday October 29 and 30, 2016 at Mount Kato in Mankato. The team took 6th place overall in the division 1 high school competition behind Stillwater, Edina, Hopkins, Washburn and Duluth East. Racers climbed over 400 feet each lap up the front of Mount Kato with varsity riders completing 5 laps (20 miles) for over 2000 vertical feet of climbing during the race.
Prior Lake’s Calvin Sandberg took 2nd place in Varsity boys category and Ellie Pfeiffer took 14th place in the Varsity girls category. Other Lakers contributing to the Team Scoring (top 8 point earners) included Nick Fillipi, 24th place in Boys Varsity racing; Luke Larson, 3rd place and Gabe Czajkiowski, 4th place in Sophomore Boys; Clarissa Wegener finished 12th in Sophomore girls category. Eight-graders Tom Beyer finished the season undefeated with another 1st place finish in the Boys Freshman category, followed by Drew Dietrich, who finished 14th.
2016 Season Recap
With the completion of the State Championship race, the Lakers completed their 2016 season with a 6th place finish among Division 1 teams overall points standings for the season. Several Prior Lake racers finished the in the top ten points total for their racing category including: Freshman Calvin Sandberg who took 2nd in the Boys Varsity Category, Junior Ellie Pfeiffer taking 6th place in the Girls Varsity Category, Sophomores Luke Larson finishing 3rd and Gabe Czajkowski 8th in Boys Sophomore category, Eight-grader Tom Beyer finishing 1st Freshman Boys category and Drew Dietrich finishing 10th in Freshman Boys. The team will be losing four Seniors this year to graduation, including captain Greg Schabert, Dawson Mathews, Corbin Huntington and Mike Haugan. Captains for the 2017 season will include: Returning captain, Ellie Pfeiffer along with Luke Larson and Dillon Flamm.
The High School Mountain Bike season began with practices in July and the five race series competition beginning in September taking the team to races in Austin, Rochester, Duluth and Mankato. Over 1,000 high school and middle school competitors raced in Sunday’s State Championship race from all over the state. There were over 50 teams that competed throughout the season. This is the 5th year of High School Mountain Bike racing in the state and the 3nd year for middle school racing in Minnesota. The sport is catching on and NICA (National Inter-scholastic Cycle Association), the national governing body, is aiming to have leagues from coast to coast by 2020. For more information on the Prior Lake team contact Head Coach Mike Binkowski at PriorLakeMTB@gmail.com. Information on the Minnesota High School Cycling League can be found at www.MinnesotaMTB.org.