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The 28th annual Laddies Loppet racing Labor Day weekend

Laddies Loppet racers can expect spectacular views and raw, professional tracks to race upon during the annual Labor Day event at Maplelag Resort in Callaway. Robert Williams / Tribune

Maplelag Resort in Callaway will be hosting the 28th annual Laddies Loppet, a mountain bike racing event, over Labor Day weekend.

The Loppet, named after a beloved family dog, started at Maplelag in 1990, making it one of the oldest mountain bike races in the Midwest.

The event has races and age categories for every type of rider, from children to professionals.


This year’s Loppet will once again be part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series. The cross country races count for points in the series.

Racing action begins on Saturday, Sept. 1 with the traditional Series Cross Country races including Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Marathon, Comp, and Pro/Expert.

The traditional Short Track races will take place on Sunday, Sept. 2 with Open Men’s and Women’s Classes in Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp and Pro/Expert. The Short Track racing will be held on a tight course winding through the cabins and trees near the lodge making for great spectating.

Riders can expect challenging, raw, and rooty singletrack, technical descents, and punchy climbs. The Kids Comp and Citizen events will incorporate doubletrack ski trail mixed with fast singletrack.

There are no license requirements for any riders, including Canadians.

Lodging is available onsite and limited camping is available. Campers must register before the event for camping. No show up day-of camping is permitted. This will be strictly enforced.

Racers and fans can follow on Twitter for course updates and race details @LaddiesLoppet and on Instagram @Laddies Loppet.

For a full weekend schedule, the latest trail reports with photos and registration information visit

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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