The course is roughly 17.5 km per lap and features somewhere around 400 m of elevation per lap (but who’s counting?). The course is fast (when dry) and a large portion of the elevation is rolling terrain that can be conquered with effective momentum management.
We offer three race distances:
- Full Marathon (4 laps, ~70 km with ~1600 m of climb)
- Half Marathon (2 laps, ~35 km with ~800 m of climb)
- Junior Marathon (<18 yrs old only, 1 lap, ~17 km with ~400 m of climb)
Course map (as of August 17, 2018):
The main course (CX bikes) runs completely on the doubletrack XC ski trails. All the tracks are wide enough for riding several abreast and easy passing. Track surface varies between hard-packed dirt, softer grass, hard packed gravel road, and a bit of loose gravel. Steep and loose descents are generally avoided (no fun on a cross bike).
Riders on mountain bikes must complete several singletrack sections that depart the main course and reconnect shorty thereafter. These sections are a few hundred metres long and feature a fast rolling trail and a steeper technical descent.
The start / lap / finish is in the biathlon stadium. There will be a single-entry tech zone here as well as space for team tents, hopefully adjacent to the course.
Not sure whether you’re on a cyclocross or mountain bike? This handy flow chart should help you: