EVENT #1: Mt. Telemark Village
Welcome to Telemark! Home of the Slumberland American Birkebeiner, Lumberjack Run, Fat Bike Birkie, the Epic Bike Fest and now the season kick-off venue for the WI Interscholastic Cycling League!
You can expect a challenging race comprising both, Nordic ski trails and machine built, singletrack flow. The venue is ideal for spectators and riders, campers and day visitors. Everyone will be able to enjoy the race in these beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin!
Adventure rides and other fun activities are planned for the weekend as a way to reconnect with friends from across the League.
Take the time to read all the important info below so you are ready for Event #1 of 2023!
Renee Griswold, League Director
Angela Brooks, Program Manager/Race Director
Registration, race plates, course maps, schedules and much more! Take the time to read through this live file for each venue for the most current info.
REGISTRATION CLOSES TUESDAY AT 11:59pm
Online race registration is made in Pitzone and closes at 11:59pm the Tuesday before each race.
On-site registration is available but has a $15 late fee and athletes lose their staging position if they are not registered by the Tuesday night deadline.
Several organizations have been collaborating on the ever-developing trails at Mt. Telemark Village.....lots of new additions this season!
Prepare your climbing legs and pumping skills because both will be needed at this race. Polish your 3 climbing techniques - Standing, Crouched, and Seated. Also work on Look, Lock, Lean, Land and running with your bike in case you get stuck on a climb. Because the new singletrack on course is machine built, it features many rollers and berms so pumping and building free speed will help rest legs and bodies after the climbs. Spectators will have excellent opportunities to view athletes throughout the trails.
Camping reservations are team based. Contact your Team Camping Planner for details specific to your team.
Reminder, we are CARRY-IN/CARRY-OUT for all races this season. Be prepared to bag your own trash and recycling and bring it home with you. LEAVE NO TRACE, PLEASE!
Also, water is only available in the Infield. There is not vehicle access to water from camping. We strongly suggest you bring all your own water for the weekend.
The camping area at Telemark is a bit of a hike to/from the race start, about a half-mile. There is a wide, grassy Nordic ski trail that will take you from camping to racing. A bike may seem like an ideal way for families to get back and forth, but there is not space to park extra bikes once you get to the race area. Best is to come prepared for the walk and manage your day to allow for the time needed to get back and forth. Bugspray, sunscreen, water and other supplies for spending time around the course will make fewer trips back to camping.
TEAM PITZONE & DAY OF PARKING
The Team Pitzone is located near the race start and is ideal for race day operations. Athletes can gather at your Pitzone tent on Sunday to warm-up, get tune-ups and prepare for staging before they race.
Parking will be near the active Cable Union Airport. It is critical to obey signage, rope and tape and avoid the active airstrip. Thank you for your cooperation!
There will be a drop-off/pick-up area and some accessible parking spots available near the start/finish for those who need these accommodations on race day.
If you are camping, please walk to the race start. Due to limited day-of parking, please leave your vehicle in your camping area.
Several food trucks will be onsite on both Saturday and Sunday featuring pizza, BBQ, frozen treats, fair-style concessions and NEW this year an early morning coffee vendor (but remember, athletes may not consume caffeine).
Cable also has a few small restaurants near the venue. Between the number of people at the race and those visiting the area for other recreation over Labor Day weekend, please plan for potentially long lines and limited availability in this rural area.
BE PART OF THE ACTION - VOLUNTEER!
The simplest truth for the League is that we just can't run races without the help from teams, parents, families and friends - our volunteers. WE NEED YOU!
Training is provided, staff is easy to access and you won't miss your athlete's race if you volunteer.
Greeting, directing traffic, crossing guards, organizing athletes before their race, helping at the finish line and more....there are opportunities for you to help the event run smoothly with just an hour or two of your time.
Which volunteer position is right for you?
Consider your athlete's race schedule and how much time you are willing to give to your athlete’s race to make it successful and awesome. Look at the volunteer signup and find the times that meet your needs. Find jobs that you would enjoy based on the descriptions in the signups and remember, training is provided so give anything a try.
Please contact the League’s fantastic Volunteer Coordinator, Allison Carmody.
GRiT Athletes, gather at 11:30 on Saturday for the Noon ride from the GRiT Tent and bring a white t-shirt for tye-dying from 2:00-5:00!
Team-led Destination Adventure Rides start on Saturday at 2:00 and continue on Sunday and Monday! Click below for all the details!
Check the Event Guide later this week for more details.
Do you sing or play an instrument? Does your school band, orchestra or choral department have a small ensemble? Share your talents during event weekends!
The NICA WI League invites student athletes, coaches, school groups and even family members to preform the National Anthem before each category at each race. Vocal or instrumental, soloists or small ensembles are welcome
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FROM SPECAILIZED
NICA Sponsor, Specialized, has provided MOUNTAINS of cycling clothing to NICA Leagues across the country!
Bibs, jerseys, shorts, jackets….LOTS of great items in a wide range of sizes.
These items will be available for a ‘pay what you can donation’ at Telemark.
Look for tables near the other merchandise tent.
WI Core Staff Course Setter, John Jaeger, takes time each week during the NICA season to interview his fellow core staff on great things happening around the League. The first 2023 episode of Point Forward Bikes features all things Telemark with League Director, Renee Griswold, and Race Director, Angela Brooks. Give it a listen on your way up to Telemark this weekend!
NICA ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY NEEDS YOUR INPUT
This season the WI League is conducting an economic impact study of our event weekends. Following each event weekend, starting next week, be on the lookout for a short survey and share your data with us.
This data will show communities all around Wisconsin the benefits NICA can bring to their area, leading to more and more MTB fun around WI!
Want to share your story with the league?
Have a question about an upcoming race?
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