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New name, same place -- Border Crossing Aug. 12 at Whitetail Ridge

One of the most popular cross country mountain bike racing events in the area returns to River Falls with a new name later this month when the Border Crossing takes place on the trails of the Whitetail Ridge Corporate Park Sunday, Aug. 12.

Formerly known as the Border Battle, the Border Crossing is the seventh race in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.

Nick Caliva, president of Kinni Off Road Cyclists, said his club decided to step in and sponsor the race after the Wisconsin Off Road Series withdrew from the Border Battle after last year's event.

"It used to be the Wisconsin Series versus the Minnesota Series," Caliva said. "Now it's just part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series."

Caliva said other than the name, not much has changed. KORC has helped run the Border Battle since its inception in 2008.

"In the past the club has helped with things like getting the track ready, now we're in charge of everything," he said.

In addition to organizing and promoting the event, Caliva said KORC wants to use the Border Crossing as a way to give back to the River Falls community.

"We're a nonprofit, but the club will take in some money," he said. "This year we wanted to give back to the community, so we're giving $1,000 to the food shelf. For every $1 that's given, it turns into $9 of food, so that's like $9,000 worth of food going to the food shelf. We're excited about it."

Caliva said any other funds the club raises will go back into things like trail maintenance and signage. He said the club's long-term goal is to construct a parking lot and shelter near the Whitetail Ridge trails.

Racing begins Sunday, Aug. 12 with an All Kids Comp race at 9 a.m. Kids, citizen and sport races will continue through 12:45 p.m. with Pro Expert men's and women's races slated to start at 1:10 p.m.

In addition to KORC, other local sponsors of the event include CrankWorx, Ace Hardware, St. Croix Gas, West Wind Supper Club, Earthworks, River City Disposal, River Falls County Inn and Viking Coca-Cola.

More information about the Border Crossing can be found on the KORC website at

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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