Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.

               RASC NEWS



The Gamehaven Lakeside Grind July 29th-30th

RASC is seeking sponsors for the 

2017 MOUNTAIN BIKE SEASON event in Rochester

The Gamehaven Lakeside Grind will be the eighth Minnesota Series 2017 Mountain Bike race and we are excited to host it.  We expect 400+ racers plus several hundred friends, family members and spectators to invade Rochester for the weekend of July 29 -30.

You have the opportunity to be exposed to thousands of people before, during, and long after race weekend via our websites - Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, Rochester Active Sports, Facebook, as well as our race day activities such as: Sponsor announcements, schwag give-aways, and available expo space.

Our sponsors will continue to receive benefits throughout the cycling season by being recognized on our trail kiosks.

See this sponsor information document for more information on sponsorship opportunities

Fore more information, please contact

 Jeff Robertson (

 Jackson Raygor (

We Bike Rochester has several family-friendly and community building events planned for this summer.  Come join us!  And keep in touch by Facebook or at or join our email list to get updates.

July 22 (9am-11am) AARP Sponsored Ride

Join us for a ride around downtown with stops at the Farmers Market and other local attractions.  Ride starts at the west side of Silver Lake Park at the old #2 Fire Station

August 8th (Noon-4pm) "End of Summer Block Party and Family Bike Ride" at the Rochester Children's Museum.  Kid-friendly ride starts at 3pm.

September 30 (Time TBD) 3rd Annual Tweed Ride

Dress up in tweed and get out that newfangled safety-bike or your old Penny-Farthing.  We are partnering with the Rochester Public Library on this event again.

Mayowood Trail Repair June 19th

The part of the Mayowood trail that was washed out in a flood last Fall  has now been repaired. Currently there is only a gravel surface on the repaired section, so be aware of the loose gravel if you are heading east under the bridge. Parts of the trail on the other side of the bridge are also partly damaged from the heavy equipment used to repair the embankment. 

RASC Road Cycling Group Spring Kick-off Meeting

Tuesday 7th March, 6:30-8:30 pm

Bowlocity Entertainment Center 

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Join us for a fun and informative evening!
Date & time: March 7th 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Bowlocity Entertainment Center banquet room.
              2810 N. Broadway, Rochester

6:30-7:00pm Social Time-pizza/pop 
7:00-7:30pm General Meeting 
7:30-7:45pm RASC Riders’ Video
7:45-8:00pm Q&A
8:00-8:30pm Group Breakout Sessions

Pizza and pop will be provided.

The meeting is open to all that are interested in road riding, members and non-members. Feel free to invite anyone that you think may be interested in checking out our club and our rides. For more information, please contact 
Bill Rogers at

Here is a note from RASC member Brett Ostby:

Hello fellow RASC members!

I'm on the board of We Bike Rochester. We Bike Rochester leadership is recruiting new board members who want to be active in community organizing.  We are working to build a biking culture in Rochester that is inclusive to all abilities, ages, creeds, etc.

More info about We Bike Rochester is at the  website:
There is also a Facebook Page

No application is needed, just a statement of interest.  The board has existed for several years.  We Bike Rochester is now a chapter of BikeMN (  We are in the process of replacing leaders that have had to step away due to family and work responsibilities.

All interested applicants can email me at

Thank You!

Brett Ostby

Donations to RASC and RASC-related Projects (Ski Trails, RNST, RMBT)

We are off to a strong start in 2017 with close to $2000 in donations. Most donations are for continued support of the ski trails in Quarry Hill and Essex Park that are essential for our Rochester Nordic ski team (our high school / middle school program).  



$1000 and up

Victoria 's Restaurant (for RNST)

$500 and Up (Jason Egginton)

$100 and Up

Lisa and Jerry O'Brien
Curt Shellum
Randy Shelerud

Up to $100

William and Sarah Oyler (for Essex ski trail)
Gary and Kathie Kleist (for RASC ski trails)
Joel and Anita Cayou
Roger Grimm (Gamehaven winter park)
MTB Radio / Ben Welnak (Gamehaven trails)

If you would like to donate please either complete the on-line donation form or send your donation to Michael O’Connor, 3128 Lake Vista Drive NW, Rochester, MN 55901. 

Please indicate if your donation is for a specific project (i.e a specific trail project) or for general support of RASC, RNST, RMBT or trail development and upkeep. All donations are fully tax deductible and a donation receipt will be provided.

Gamehaven Mountain Bike Trail Update (Dec 2015)

With outstanding fall weather, our mountain bike trail crew has completed another challenging loop. Most recently we have added a connector section that will allow us to make a long loop with the new trail going around the “south” point. This is a scenic ride along the lake with a challenging climb at the end.

Temporarily, we will use the Scout road (in red) that will take the riders to the “Rolling Thunder” campsite. Proceed through the campsite to the trail connector and have a fast downhill ride to the trail below. Trail markers – black arrows on a yellow background have been placed to guide you. Please refer to the map below.

Many thanks to all who have worked hard on weekdays and Saturday mornings to make this happen. The temporary trail will be replaced with a trail that will run through the woods behind the scout camp sites. This section has been rough cleared and will be ready for grading in the spring.

Gamehaven now has close to 7 miles of trail.

Rochester Park & Recreation Master Plan (Oct 25th 2015)

The City of Rochester Parks and Recreation Department is in the beginning stages of creating a parks and recreation master plan to guide future improvements in parks and recreation programming for the next 20 years. Your input is needed to help develop recommendations and priorities. Please follow this link to an online questionnaire asking about issues, needs, and desires for parks and recreation in Rochester. This link will be active until November 6, 2015. 

Gamehaven Master Plan Approved!

The Gamehaven Master plan was approved by Rochester Park and Recreation Board on June 2nd, and was approved by the Rochester City Council at its meeting on June 15th. The current version of the Master plan is attached below. note that this is a living document and will be modified and updated based on input and recommendations from planners and park staff.

Total costs for this project are estimated at over $14M !   The next stage is funding and we will begin to apply for Legacy fund and seek benefactor donations to begin work on this project.

(Note: this is a large file ~ 8 Mb)

New Google Group for Road Biking

Click icon below to go to the old RASC General Bulletin Board

Facebook Page for RNST

Facebook Page for Local Ski Trail Conditions 

Facebook Page for Mountain Bike Trails

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