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.

Month: July 2019

Jul 1
Aug 1

Upcoming gravel social ride sponsored by First Alliance Credit Union - a gold mtb/trail/gravel sponsor for the season! 

24 & 32 mile planned routes.  Night ride newbies welcome.  No RSVP or signup needed - just show up. Come enjoy the comradery of gravel!


RASC member, Dan Soderberg, is directing the Believe In Me Bike Ride in Rochester on June 15th, 2019.  This event offers trail rides, road rides, and a gravel ride of various distances.  Head over to their website at and signup to ride or volunteer to help!

Proceeds benefit local rotary programs.


On Sunday, April 28th, over a dozen of the Rochester gravel crew took part in the Miesville 56 where we enjoyed great weather, camaraderie, burgers and beers.  To stay up to date on upcoming events and find some local friends to ride with at events, join our google group by clicking the Google RASC Biking link in the sidebar over here ->>>>>>>>>>

Attention Students!


Our local NICA mountain bike team is open to all upcoming 6th-12th graders.  No previous experience necessary, just a desire to ride and have fun!


Try it out session is Wednesday, May 15th 2019 5pm @ Eastwood Park

Bring a helmet!  Bring your own bike or come and ride one of the available demo bikes. 


Info/Signup is Tuesday, May 21st 2019 6pm @ JM High School - Rocket Room. 



A sure sign of spring

Greymont's Garage Grease monkey's

Removing the ATV tracks and installing the tires.

Thanks for the help from Dave Squillace, Mike Holmes, Andy Wood, Mike Trantow, Joe Guyra, and Harvey Bertrand.


RNST and RMBT Member, Noah Billings, won the U16 category and was 30th overall at the USA Triathlon 2019 Winter National Championships held at Theodore Wirth Park on March 13, 2019!

The Winter National Championships included a 6.5 km ski, 18 km of on-snow fat bike, and a 6 km run on the same on-snow course as the ski.

Congratulations, Noah!

RNST Olympics

Congratulations to all of the RNST skiers who participated in the RNST Olympics on Thursday the 28th February.

Thanks to Robb Welch for all the photos.

Rochester Invitational Wrap Up

Coach John Resman

Congratulations to all of the skiers participating in the Rochester Nordic Ski Invitational on Saturday, January 26!  A total of 114 skiers participated in the race with 61 RNST members joining skiers from Red Wing and Winona. 

The skiers raced a 5.4K trail in the freestyle (skating) technique. In addition to the usual golf course trail, a small section in the woods and a new loop on the driving range was added to the course.  First year skiers traversed a slightly shorter 4.7K course which didn't include the loop on the driving range.

A timely 5" snowfall a week ago was just enough snow to cover up the icy track and provide good conditions for the race.  None of this would have been possible without the grooming and course repair efforts by volunteers (led by Dave Greymont) and Park and Rec grooming.

The skiers showed much determination and persistence while on the race course in 5 degree temps and slow snow conditions.  It was not an easy day for racing, but the skiers discovered it can be done!  

Winona captured the boys individual titles with Ryan Meyer leading the varsity skiers and Braden Fritz earning the junior varsity championship.  Jakob Ratelle (varsity) and Charlie Busch (junior varsity) finished first among the Rochester boys.

In the girls races, Anni Skillicorn of Winona finished first among varsity girls with Hadley Jensen leading the Rochester girls across the finish line.  Congrats to Rochester's Natasha Sortland who was the junior varsity girls individual champion. 

Rochester's Natalie Drake was the first girls finisher in the First Year 4.7K Race.  Jon Keillor finished first among the Rochester first year boys skiers.

Winona won the team competitions in all four divisions (boys/girls varsity/junior varsity) with Rochester finishing second in all divisions.

The Rochester Nordic Invite results are posted on the RNST meet results web page.  There are also photos of the invite on the Post Bulletin web site.

Thank you to Great Harvest who donated the baked goods for post-race refreshments.  Be sure to thank them for their support when you visit their store.

Thank you to the coaches and parents who volunteered at the race.  Your efforts made for a very smooth-running ski race and a great experience for all. Special thanks to Mike Trantow for organizing the Rochester Invite. 

Nice job everyone at the meet - especially the first-year skiers!  The coaches are proud of the progress the skiers have made this winter despite the limited on-snow time.  It's great to see everyone embracing the Minnesota winter and enjoying the outdoors!

Here is a link to photos from the meet, courtesy of the Post Bulletin photographer (57 photos).

Mike Trantow and David Squillace shoveling snow on thin areas prior to the Rochester Invite

Maplelag Photos

Photos from Maplelag time trial

Thanks to Anna Sortland for all these photos


Victoria's Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual RNST team fundraiser on Sunday January 13th. A total of $1300 was raised, simple by team members and friends dining at Victoria's on that day. Funds from this event help to support maintenance of the ski trails in Quarry Hill and Essex Park.

Many thanks to Kristin Sorenson who organizes this fundraiser, and to Victoria's restaurant for their generosity. 

RASC Road Biking Survey

RASC's Road Cycling Committee is working on providing safe and fun rides for all athletic cyclists in the Rochester-area. We've been asked to consider some enhancements this year and wanted to gather your input. Matt Lynch has generated a small survey to get feedback from club members on what they are looking for in club rides in 2019.

If you have not already responded to this survey on Facebook or Google Group, please take sometime to respond to this small survey!

Here is the link to the on-line survey

1st place in the state!!

Congrats to the Rochester Middle School MTB Team on their 2018 season win!

Individual Top 10s for Middle/High School
3rd: Caleb Kittleson - JV2 Boys 
4th: Franziska Rinkleff - 8th Grade Girls

5th: Patrick McCauley - 8th Grade Boys
6th: Ari Walker - 8th Grade Boys
6th: Jack McCauley - 7th Grade Boys
6th: Veronika Voss - 7th Grade Girls
8th: Noah Billings - 7th Grade Boys
10th:Victoria Voss - Freshman Girls 


Eastwood Ski Trails - Dec 16th 

Get out and enjoy the great local trails while conditions last!

Filthy 50

The 2018 edition of The Filthy 50 lived up to it's name, and then some. Epic weather conditions and a badass group of 533 gravel enthusiasts made for a legendary day. Documentary film maker Nicholas Kapanke was on course capturing the carnage. He chose to put these few clips to a humorous tune by Breakmaster Cylinder to give the viewer an idea how insane the day looked through his lense. Oh, he also nabbed a few riders "catching the crapper".  Out of the 533 Filthy riders who took the start, about 40 were RASC riders.. Enjoy!

2018 Tour de Essex Results

Temperatures in the mid 30's and winds gusting to 30 mph greeted runners as they gathered for the Tour de Essex trail run on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Sunny skies took off a bit of the edge as the runners started their 7.45 K sojourn through Essex Park in Rochester.


Three runners bounded up and down the relentless hills under a 7 minutes per mile pace. Joey Keillor led all runners in a 6:16 min/mile pace with Danny Whipple cranking out 6:26 minute miles and Spencer Moul finishing with 6:34 min/mile pace.

Barbara Swenson finished first among women and 5th overall with a 7:17 min/mile pace. Barbara's pace is the fastest pace among women in the history of the Tour de Essex. The next women across were Lindsey Carlson with a 7:42 min/mile pace and Leah Karsten at 8:31 min/mile.

Congratulations to all of the runners who came out and endured the challenging hills of the Tour de Essex!

2018 Tour de Essex Results

Trails Facebook

Google Group for Road Biking

Old RASC General Bulletin Board

Facebook Page for RNST

Facebook Page for Local Ski Trail Conditions 

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