New START and RACE for 2013 Riverview Loppet, March 2nd
Since we started our event, we have always used interval starts to separate racers and keep the ‘mayhem’ at the starting line to a minimum. Especially back in 1995, much of the trail was narrow and several corners were tight.
It’s obvious that there have been significant trail improvements to the Afterhours Ski Trail over the past years. The trail is longer and generally wider. Corners have been redesigned. Beginning with the March 2, 2013 Riverview Loppet, we will have a new start format and an additional race. We have gone back to 12K & 24 K events in both classic and freestyle. We will still have separate starts for our races, but the race starts will be gender specific. The 24 K skate has traditionally been our largest event, so we will separate skaters by gender but men will have two starts split by age groups 35 and younger and 36 and older age groups as a method to keep the groups small.
With this change, skiers will start within their competitive group for each event, as a wave with its own time slot and start. Groups should be relatively small and the trail should handle the separate events well. We think this format should also help to bring out the competitive nature of racing because now everyone in a specific race will have the same start time and winning times and individuals will be more apparent at the finish.
With this change, we will have slightly more time between events, but we will finish our event in the same time frame as we always have.
We think these changes will provide a safe and more fun event. We welcome your comments and questions. Check out our website and this year’s race brochure.New START and RACE for 2013 Riverview Loppet, March 2nd.