PR: Lutsen 99er Returns June 24-26 with New Route

Lutsen 99er Returns June 24-26 with New Route

Expect Road Closures and Delays Around Cook County 

Cook County, Minn. – June 14, 2022 – One of Cook County’s largest events of the year, the Lutsen 99er, returns June 24-26 with a new route following the region’s hydrological event this spring.

As per years past, Highway 61 will be closed from approximately 7:25-8 a.m. the morning of June 25 during the start of the races near Ski Hill Road in Lutsen. Spectators are invited to gather at Fika Coffee in the Clearview building located in downtown Lutsen for the official Watch Party to cheer riders at the beginning of the race. Fika coffee, World’s Best Donuts, pancakes and camaraderie will be served.

New this year, due to the forced route changes because of flooding, riders will be crossing Highway 61 at the Onion River Road intersection throughout the day from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Vehicle drivers should expect short delays and Onion River Road residents should expect bike traffic until approximately 5 p.m. This reroute will utilize sections of the Gitchi-Gami bike trail from Onion River Road to Superior National Golf Course.

There will also be heavy bike traffic along Cascade River Road and Bally Creek Road from about 8:15 a.m. until about 1 p.m. These roads remain open but drivers are advised to watch for bikers.

“We’re so glad to be hosting this iconic event in Cook County once again,” Visit Cook County Executive Director Linda Jurek said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience along this new route as the 99er team embraced the challenge to find something that worked after our spring flooding.”

Local businesses are invited to include something in the 99er swag bags, such as a rack card, small gift, discount on a future visit, etc. A total of 2,100 items would be needed. If you have an item you’d like to include – or if you’d like to volunteer to help stuff the swag bags June 23 at 6 p.m. at Lutsen Mountains while enjoying pizza, beverages and good company – email Lutsen 99er’s Signe Larson at


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Visit Cook County encompasses the northeastern Minnesota communities of Lutsen, Tofte, Schroeder, Grand Marais, the Gunflint Trail and Grand Portage, commonly referred to as “the Arrowhead” and the “North Shore of Lake Superior”.  Grand Marais, Minn., has earned several national accolades — most recently it was named USA Today’s Best Midwestern Small Town, Outside Magazine’s The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S. 2016, and Budget Travel’s 2015 Coolest Small Town in America. Rekindle your sense of adventure by exploring the Superior National Forest or paddling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Discover what makes the communities of Cook County, Minn. “Naturally Unforgettable.” Connect on social media using #donorthmn, Twitter @CookCoVisitorsFacebook, or Instagram @donorthmn. Learn more at