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App Gap Challenge

When: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Registration is OPEN.

What: Dual technique Rollerski Race/Challenge. Uphill event 5km for women, 7km for men. **If any competitor is limited by equipment or preference they may classic the entire race.  New for 2019 - Touring Division (Ski The Gap at your own pace before the race starts).

What do I get??  Road closure, shuttle to start, equipment shuttle to and from finish, Salomon string bag for shoes, live music by Sabouyouma!!, timing, awards, BBQ food for all competitors, 21+ get one beer ticket.  First 100 to sign up get a commemorative 10th anniversary t-shirt!  Come experience the XC mountain festival!!

Course follows Route 17 as it climbs Appalachian Gap.

Parking / Registration / Post Race BBQ / Music / Awards: Mad River Glen.

Press from 2018 on SkiTrax.

Photos from Dave Priganc of 2018.

Official video of 2018.

NENSA and the Central Vermont Co-Op are happy to host the tenth addition of the App Gap Challenge.  Competitors ski a pursuit format, starting with skate, and transitioning to classic mid course at the parking lot of Mad River Glen, before making the push to the top.  Come and try and break the course record for $100 cash or challenge yourself to a spectacular ski up the eastern slope of the Green Mountains.  Day of Race Registration at Mad River Glen from 8 to 8:30 as space permits.  Online registration closes on August 1st at 5pm.  Course inspection and transition set-up immediately following completed registration. 9:25am and 9:30am start.

The field size will be limited to the first 300 registrants.  Running a safe event is our #1 goal.  The event is permitted to close the westbound lane of traffic - competitors must respect this closure at all times. Helmets required.  Further race day instructions will be made available to you after registration.

We kindly ask that all competitors park on the north side of the Mad River Glen parking lot.  As you arrive please Check In, Get your SalomonBib/Finish Bag and set up your classic transition box.  We will then provide van transportation to your respective start.  We ask that you remain in designated warmup zones (moving counterclockwise), and exercise extra caution during warm up.  All skiers will descend on foot to the BBQ and awards via Mad River Glen's trail network for cool down.  We will provide transport for your running shoes, clothing and other personal items from the start to the finish.  We will also shuttle your rollerskis back to the parking lot where you can retrieve them near the transition.

FOOD: Your registration fee includes an a la carte BBQ lunch at the Mad River Glen starting at 11:30am (food and drink will be available for purchase for spectators).

AWARDS: Stay tuned to @nensa_nordic and Facebook for updates on Awards.  Along with the $100 cash on the line for breaking the course records, there will be prizes for all ages from (Swenor, Bliz & Anti-Freeze Face Tape), Swix and others.

SWENOR SKI FLEET: The top twenty male and female skiers (lowest  FIS/USSA points) will receive matched skis from NENSA for use in the competition.  Skiers will receive the skis no sooner than 30 minutes before the start.

*we encourage the use of "regular training" not "race" wheels and the organizers have full judgement if they are "too fast" to qualify for an official record and prize money.

Historical Records:

Women  - 5km        Skate Split     Classic Split     Finish          Date
Caitlin Patterson     10:25.9             11:54.9          22:20.8        8/11/18

Men       - 7.25km   Skate Split     Classic Split      Finish          Date
Kyle Bratrud              15:04.2            10:40.2          25:44.4         8/11/18

More historical data here.