The Final Countdown: The Last Weekend of Training (Or Racing!) Before The Vasa
January 27, 2020

We’re into the final two weeks before race day! To help you turn your focus onto the last few days of training, we’re laying out all sorts of options to be prepared for two days of winter fun! 


Just in time, winter is back from a few days off. That warm-up over the weekend might have dampened spirits (and ski boots), but with freezing nights in the forecast and plenty of snow, the added moisture and compaction might really help the trails out for the Vasa weekend and the rest of winter! 


If you’ve been racking up the miles, we hope you’ll consider supporting the people who make it happen. We rely on the groomers from Traverse Area Recreational Trails and Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association perfect conditions on race weekend, but also all season long. Both of these organizations rely on proceeds from grooming badges to put in hundreds of hours of work to give us a place to train and enjoy the woods. You can support that effort here


There’s also a great opportunity to put in some racing kilometers this weekend, too. Get a big effort in or a shorter ski as your final test before the Vasa at the White Pine Stampede this Saturday, February 1. It’s the biggest point-to-point ski race in our region and uses trails that are only open and groomed on race day! The White Pine Stampede offers 50k, 20k, and 19k races that all end at beautiful Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan. Combine your race prep with celebration prep with a stop at Short’s Brewing Company’s pub while you’re up north! 


Here in Traverse City, you can expect to see plenty of skiers and fat bikers in the woods to check out the course. You can find all the maps you need to plan your final preparations here. It might also be a good idea to jot down your event’s start time, all of which are available here. One of the most important things to plan is your arrival to the race. You can pick up your packet on race day, or consider making the trip to Timber Ridge a day early and grab your race bib and free goodies the night before at Timber Ridge between 2-8pm. Day-of pick-up starts at 7:30am and closes at 11:30, with Sunday pick-up from 8-10am. 


No matter what your ambitions, a big part of enjoying race day is being prepared and planning ahead. If you’re looking for wax tips, make sure you get to Brick Wheels or your local wax tech soon and give them a bit of time to get knock them out! 


If you’re an experienced skier, how much or how hard do you train the weekend before a big event? Let us know in the comments!

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