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New 2-stage racing award to Vasa Weekend Grand Champions

Mon, Dec  14, 2009 - By Jim Datsko

The North American VASA  introduces two-day stage racing to the midwest ski scene. In addition to the usual trophies for Saturday's VASA race, and Sunday's Hagerty Insurance Gran Travers race something new and exciting is planned for 2010. The well rounded racer with the best both-days combined time for these select races goes home with a valuable new pair of racing skis from these award sponsors along with the trophy for winning:

  • GRAND CHAMPION - best combined time for 50km Freestyle & 16km Classic races wins trophy and Fischer Carbonlite Skate Skis (Male), Rossignol Xium Skating FW Skis (Female) sponsored by Grayling's Cross Country Ski Shop
  • RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION - best combined time for 27km Freestyle & 16km Classic races wins trophy and Salomon Equipe 9 racing skate skis sponsored by Cross Country Ski Headquarters of Higgins Lake - Roscommon

The Grand Champion award will be reminiscent of the Tour de France yellow jersey rider having to defend his title each day. So Saturday's top-finishing VASA freestylers will also need to place at or near the top on Sunday's classic ski race if they are to stand a chance of becoming the VASA weekend GC or Reserve GC and earning a new pair of top-line racing skate skis for their success.
All skiers registering for the above described qualifying races are automatically entered for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion at no extra charge. There are separate male and female categories but no separate age divisions for this award. Race weekend is Feb. 13-14, 2010. All races are held at Timber Ridge Resort (, and feature well groomed VASA routes deep into the scenic Pere Marquette state forest, Traverse City, Michigan. Information and registration available at, or call (231) 938-4400