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38th Annual North American VASA
 
 
 
 
 

38th Annual North American VASA

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
North American VASA
12km, 27km and 50km -- Freestyle and Classic
6km Freestyle (14-19 yrs only)
Jr Vasa
Fat Bike Race
Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Gran Travers'
16km and 6km Classic

Vasa Pasta Dinner:
The VASA pasta dinner will be served at Timber Ridge from 5:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday as a benefit for local youth ski programs. Fresh pasta, a choice of sauces, bread, salad and beverages will be included for a reasonable "all-you-can-eat-carbo-load" price. Meal prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. It will easily be the best deal in town!

Packet Pick-Up:
Packet Pick-Up will begin at noon on Friday, February 7th and run until 9:00 pm at the Timber Ridge Resort. Click here for a map to Timber Ridge.

Late Registration/Packet Pick-Up:
Saturday: 7:00 am – 12:15 pm at the Timber Ridge Resort
Sunday: 7:00 am – 10:00 am at the Timber Ridge Resort

Online Registration:
To register online click here. Online registration will be closed at 6 PM on Thursday, February 7th.

Fees and cut-off dates for 2014 VASA:

Dates and Times (E.S.T.)

50k Race

27k Race

12k Race

6k Race

Fatbike Race

Before 11:59 pm Jan. 10th

$65.00

$55.00

$35.00

$15.00

$45.00

Jan. 10th to 11:59 pm Feb. 1st

$70.00

$60.00

$35.00

$15.00

$50.00

Feb. 2nd to 6:00 pm Feb. 6th
Online registration closes at 6:00 pm Feb. 6th

$80.00

$70.00

$35.00

$15.00

$50.00

In-person registration
Feb. 7-8th at Timber Ridge Resort

$85.00

$75.00

$35.00

$15.00

$55.00


Fees and cut-off dates for 2014 Gran Travers:

Dates and Times (E.S.T.)

16k Race

6k Race

Before 11:59 pm Jan. 10th

$30.00

$20.00 (Adults)
$15.00 (14-19 yrs)

Jan. 11th to 6:00 pm Feb. 6th
Online registration closes at 6:00 pm Feb. 6th

$35.00

$25.00 (Adults)
$15.00 (14-19 yrs)

In-person registration
Feb. 7-9th at Timber Ridge Resort

$40.00

$30.00 (Adults)
$15.00 (14-19 yrs)


King VASA Fatbike Race — New Event!
For the first time ever, we will be sharing our beautifully groomed trails with the newest way to enjoy winter... Fatbiking. The King VASA Fatbike race will start on Saturday at 2:00 pm. It will be a 27km race and will start out from Timber Ridge on Riley's Loop continue to the Rock and return to Timber Ridge on the VASA 27km loop. HELMETS REQUIRED. Bike lights are also recommended. There will be a mass start with one wave.

King VASA Ski Fatalon — for bragging rights as the top snow athletes in Michigan!
For the first time in the Midwest, we are staging a two-event competition to determine the athletes with the best combined time for a 27km ski race and the 27km Fatbike race. A special reduced entry fee will be offered for this unique event.

Awards:

SkiFatalon: 27km ski race and the 27km Fatbike race. Top three male and female finishers.

King VASA Fatbike Race: Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in the following categories:

• Overall Winners will be crowned; "King and Queen VASA"
• The Royal Court — under 18
• 18-45
• 45+

Awards will be given out at Timber Ridge at the conclusion of the race.(approx. 4pm). Beer will be available.

*Due to ski race prep, no Fatbikes are allowed on the course except for the scheduled race.

*Helmets are required pre and post race. All handlebars must have bar ends. No earbuds of any kind, Both tires must be a minimum of 3.7 inches.

*There will be a mechanic from McLain Cycles available at the split rail fence (approx. 6km mark) and another mechanic provided by Einstein Cycles at the aid station at The Rock. We will also be doing warm water bottle hand ups to cyclists at the aid station. Thank you to Einstein and Hagerty Cycling for providing water bottles for all entrants.

Junior VASA
Fees for the 2014 Junior Vasa races are $5.00 for kids from 2-13 years of age.
Registration for the races will be at Timber Ridge on Sat. Feb 8th from 10:00am - 12:15pm.

2014 VASA wave start time and configuration
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Timber Ridge Resort

Saturday Feb. 8th

Wave Number

Configuration

Start Time (E.S.T.)

Wave 1

50km Classic

8:00 am

Wave 2

27km Elite Classic

8:10 am

Wave 3

27km Classic

8:16 am

Wave 4

50km Elite F/S

9:00 am

Wave 5

27km Elite F/S

9:06 am

Wave 6

50km.27km F/S by lap time

9:12 am

Wave 7

50km.27km F/S by lap time

9:18 am

Wave 8

50km.27km F/S by lap time

9:24 am

Wave 9

50km.27km F/S by lap time

9:30 am

Wave 10

50km.27km F/S by lap time

9:40 am

Wave 11

6km F/S-Boys

12:30 am

Wave 12

6km F/S-Girls

12:36 am

Wave 13

6km F/S-Adults

12:42 pm

Wave 14

12km F/S

12:48 pm

Wave 15

12km CL

12:54 pm

Wave 16 Human Inspiration Tour 1:00 pm
Wave 17 Adaptive 6km 1:06 pm
Wave 18 King VASA Fatbike Race 2:00 pm

Jr. VASA

Wave Number

Configuration

Start Time (E.S.T.)

1km

Ages 5-7

12:30 pm

2km 8 and 9 12:40 pm

3km

10 and 11

12:50 pm

3km

12-15

1:00pm

1km Adaptive Team 1:10 pm

Awards ceremony at 5:30 pm at The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, click here for a map »

2014 Gran Travers wave start time and configuration
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Timber Ridge Resort

Wave Number

Configuration

Start Time (E.S.T.)

Wave 1

16km CL Elite

9:00 am

Wave 2

16km CL

9:06 am

Wave 3

16km CL

9:12 am

Wave 4

6km CL

9:18 am

16km Awards Presentation - 11:15 am
6km Awards Presentation - 10:30 am

NOTE:
The 6km Freestyle race on Saturday and the 6km Classic race on Sunday are designated for all boys and girls including high school racers. These races are Junior Qualifiers for the J2(14-15) Championships in New Hampshire. We will score all junior racers whether they have a CXC/USSA license or not, however, we encourage junior skiers to sign-up for USSA now rather than later if they plan on competing at Junior Nationals or the J2 Championships in New Hampshire.


As part of the Vasa weekend Festival of Races, there will be two special classic skiing races that will be part of the Michigan Cup series. The Sunday events will be offered by Hagerty Insurance. The Gran Travers will feature both 6k and 16k challenging loop courses that will capture the rich heritage of traditional cross-country skiing at it's finest.

The trail will be carefully groomed and double-tracked to provide kick-and-gliders the opportunity to test their skills while enjoying the breath-taking beauty of the Vasa Pathway.

The Hagerty Insurance Gran Travers will be held on the same course as the North American Vasa. Men and women who ski the race can qualify for Michigan Cup points. It will be a great way to enjoy winter skiing and test your classical skills.

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