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The Grand Prix hosted by Rikert Nordic Center and Middlebury College Snow Bowl
March 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Grand Prix
The Rikert Grand Prix is a 3-day race event hosted by the Rikert Nordic Center and Middlebury College Snow Bowl in Ripton, VT. Utilizing a mini-tour format, participants will test themselves in a freestyle prologue, a 10 kilometer classic mass start, and a final-stage pursuit-start hill climb.
The Grand Prix offers something for every level of skier. With US Ski and Snowboard and New England Nordic Ski Association sanctioning, the event is geared towards elite athletes hoping to take home a cash prize as much as junior and master skiers looking to test themselves on race courses that will challenge and entertain. The Grand Prix will offer the final events of the NENSA Popular Race calendar with season-end awards and celebration on Sunday, March 20th. Come for one or two days of racing or step up to the plate to take on the ‘Green Mountain Triple’ and race Vermont’s first mini-tour!
Friday, March 18th – afternoon start time TBD:
- 3.3 kilometer freestyle prologue
- Individual start
- Tormondsen Family race course (Rikert Nordic Center)
Saturday, March 19th – morning start time TBD:
- 10K classic
- Mass start
- 10K race loop if conditions allow, Tormondsen Family race course as backup (Rikert Nordic Center)
Sunday, March 20th – morning start time TBD:
- Approx 5K hill climb
- Pursuit start based on standings from previous two days of racing (and a wave start for single-day entrants)
- An up-down-up course that will challenge the climbers and thrill the descenders (Middlebury College Snow Bowl)
Registration will go live on December 15th.
The first two events of the Rikert Grand Prix will be held at the Rikert Nordic Center. The final hill climb event will be held just up the road from Rikert at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.
Chief of Competition: Andrew Johnson
Coach, Middlebury College Nordic Ski Team
Chief of Course: Barney Hodges
Manager, Rikert Nordic Center
The Grand Prix is the final event of the NENSA Popular (Zak) Racing Series.
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