I've been getting a few messages regarding Laddies Loppet for 2015. Maplelag Resort will be hosting the race once again for the 25th version on Labor day weekend 2015! The biggest change is we will not be part of the Minnesota series. Below is text from the Maplelag site that was posted about a month ago:
Racing has changed in recent years and it is all good with more people getting in to the sport and all different types of trails, trending more towards the flow or purpose built trail. We feel we are a bit unique with the course at Maplelag and "flow" of the weekend. As mentioned above, we wanted to go back to the grass roots feel like we were when we started. Operating a privately owned family resort the last few years has changed. Escalating operating costs from increased added and excess taxes. We receive no outside assistance for trail building or maintenance and handle it all internally. We want to continue to provide the same things like a free t-shirt with registration and be able to comp all team riders and other folks that we feel deserve a free entry. It isn't about the money but we do need to at least break even. Stepping away from the series will allow us to do some things differently to make the break even point but still provide some great racing on old school type trails during a unique race weekend atmosphere. I've been building some new trail this fall I hope to include in next years version that is different than the usual trail built at Maplelag that should add a nice mix to the current loop. Longer endurance type events has see the biggest growth in mountain bike racing and we are going to venture in to this with the 25th version.