It was the race of the year - the race that would decide the Team Trophy for the Michigan Cup. With four teams still in contention, it came down to the last race, held on the last day of winter...
But that's a different story...
The relays were held on great snow in cloudy conditions, with temperatures in the upper 20's. Strait Striders brought out 15 teams in their bid to win the Michigan Cup. The Cross Country Ski Headquarters and Team NordicSkiRacer.com were close behind in number of teams, with 12 and 11 teams each. Other teams pulled togther as many relays teams as they could.
Competition was fierce. No one wanted to let their team down. Many racers said their leg was a 'real lung burner.'
The relay race started near the road crossing, went backwards around Rolling Hills, then continued around the flat Partridge Alley trail before finishing near the road for the tag zone and finish line. The first leg of the race was classic; the second and third leg were freestyle. Conditions were quite fast on the approximately 4 Km course.
Forty-seven teams started the relay - the biggest turnout in Michigan Cup history. There were nine relay cateories:
The winning team in each category received 600 points; the second place recieved 540, third place received 480 points and so on, down to tenth place (60 points).
Team NordicSkiRacer.com took away the most points (3,780), winning four out of the nine categories and having several other high-placed finished. XCHQ was not far behind, with 3,480 points, followed by the Strait Striders with 3,240 points.
After the race, it was chicken and hot dogs, baked beans, and lots of beer for everyone!
Unofficially, Team NordicSkiRacer.com took enough points from the relay to win the Michigan Cup Team Trophy.
Photos from the race:
|Bib||Team Name||Points||MI Cup Team||Skier 1 Skier 2 Skier 3||Category||Race Time|
|Unknkown MI Cup Team|
|Cross Country Ski Shop|
|147||A Team||300||CCSS||Smith, Robert
|Total Points: 720|
|Grand Rapids Nordic Ski Team|
|137||Slippery Dogs||360||GRNST||Blodel, Randel
|140||2 Guys & a Gal||360||GRNST||Nolan, Dan
|102||GRNST PBS||540||GRNST||Johnson, Peter
|Total Points: 1,560|
|135||Joann's Team||600||NSR||Nizio Frank
|131||JM squared||600||NSR||Houle, Julia
|136||Whopthupin||320*||NSR||Sorgenfrei, Allen Kuhl, MacKenzie
|129||Classy Ladies||600||NSR||Creitz, Lexanne
|127||Bad Company||480||NSR||Tikh, Leo
|126||Rocket Dogs||360||NSR||Heady, Doug
|134||NSR #10||300||NSR||Feldkamp, Tim
|128||Kuhl & the Gang||600||NSR||Fanslw, Dave
|123||Out Your Backdoor||-||NSR||Potter, Jeff
|Total Points: 3,780|
|101||LIAP-Ohio||420||Rachitskiy, Anton Rachitskiy, Val Rachitskiy, Olga||C 60-149||0:47:06|
|Total Points: 420|
|118||No Whining||480||Straits Striders||Bogart, Beth
|116||D-T squared||600||Straits Striders||Gephart, Daniella
|113||Thundering Herd||600||Straits Striders||Berndt, Detlef
|108||Burt Lake Brusiers||240||Straits Striders||Kurz, Mark VandeKopple, Bob Johnson, Max||M 150+||0:48:26|
|103||Flying Oosiks||120||Straits Striders||Meyer, Jim
|132||Stormy||-||Straits Striders||Hayes, Bill
Baker, Steve Stormzand, Mark
|110||Top Striders||-||Straits Striders||Matthews, Paul
|105||Old Crows||-||Straits Striders||Aspenleiter, Barry
|119||Mum's the Word||540||Straits Striders||Mendyk, Connie
|115||Old Farts||-||Straits Striders||Ahrenberg, Bill
|106||Nordic Snow Monsters||480||Straits Striders||Paull, Denny
|109||Next Year||120||Straits Striders||Buday, Mark
|121||Doull Demons||60||Straits Striders||Kelly, Kevin
|114||Team Taint||-||Straits Striders||Ellonte, Mike
|145||Black Bears||-||Straits Striders||Austin, David
|Total Points: 3,240|
|Traverse Nordic Ski Club|
|Total Points: 540|
|XC Ski Headquarters|
|125||Wolf||-||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Stevenson, Marvin
|124||2 G's & a G||600||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Gulledge, Catarina
|111||Dude & 2 Chicks||540||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Patterson, Britta Patterson, Kaitlyn Temkin, Daniel||C 0-59||1:02:27|
|139||Due Less See More||540||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Weir, Debi
Rushford, Tom Patterson, Diane
|144||Desparte Skiers||540||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Caldwell, Ben
|117||Golden Girls||420||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Merwyn, Carol
|120||Lajog||180||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Timm, Larry
|112||Tom Jones+||60||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Neier, Rick
|130||Vote for Pedro||420||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Peterson, Curt
|107||Franks Folly||180||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Kanaby, Larry
|146||Moonstone||-||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Weir, Rick von Wallmenich, Theo Cook, Tim||M 60-149||0:46:52|
|104||3 Omegas||-||XC Ski Hdqtrs||Temkin, Mike
|Total Points: 3,480|
*Team NordicSkiRacer.com did not receive the full 480 Michigan Cup points for the Whopthupin team because one of the legs was not a member of the team.