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Aerial Video of the Criterium

June 14, 2011

Thanks to our friends at Gravity Shots for taking and producing this extremely cool video of the Criterium stage. Wow!



June 14, 2011

Check out race photographs by Ian Cameron Photography . Ian took shots of each stage and they are available for purchase through his website.

2011 Results

June 13, 2011

Thanks to everyone that made the drive up to Whitefish for a great weekend of mostly-dry racing. Results are posted here:

Men’s Cat 3 / Master’s A

Women’s (All Categories)

Men’s Cat 1/2

Men’s Cat 4

Men’s Cat 5 / Master’s B / Juniors

Last Day of Online Registration!

June 9, 2011

Online registration at SportsbaseOnline closes at Midnight tonight. I know there is a $5.95 convienience fee and I apologize that there isn’t more incentive for early registration. We will fix that next year.

Just a reminder, on-site late registration is $85 for everyone with the exception of Crit-only racers and juniors.

See you Saturday!!

Time Bonuses!!

June 8, 2011

If you’re like me and not blessed with the Schleck-like genetics of weighing less than 2 pounds per inch of height (that’s about 0.9 kilos per 2.5 cm’s for our Canadian friends!), then you’re probably not one of the great climbers in the world. If you do have Sckleck-like qualities – Congratulations. Please do us a favor and keep your race jersey on!

To keep the race tactics interesting, and as most stage races do, we will have time bonuses to award during the Criterium and Circuit (or road race) stages. These bonuses will not be scored separately and will be awarded to the actual 1, 2, 3 placed riders in each group. The bonuses are:

Criterium – Lap 8

  • 1st – 20 Seconds
  • 2nd – 10 Seconds
  • 3rd – 5 Seconds

Criterium – Finish

  • 1st – 10 Seconds
  • 2nd – 6 Seconds
  • 3rd – 4 Seconds

Circuit Race – Lap 5

  • 1st – 20 Seconds
  • 2nd – 10 Seconds
  • 3rd – 5 Seconds

Circuit Race – Finish

  • 1st – 10 Seconds
  • 2nd – 6 Seconds
  • 3rd – 4 Seconds

Play your cards right and you can pull back one full minute on the mountain goats or, at the very least, feel justified in eating a dinner not consisting of saltines and water.



Schedule of Events

June 7, 2011

A schedule of events for Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

Please note: the start times for Flight 2 for Sunday’s Circuit race have each been pushed back 30 mintes. The start time for Group 3 (Men’s Cat 4) is now 12:30 pm, Group 4 is 12:35 pm, and Group 4 is 12:40 pm.

Thanks and keep wishing for nice weather – I think it’s working!!

72° & Sun??

June 6, 2011

Could it be? Last week’s race weekend forecast had me wanting to commit suicide, but just checked the revised forecast tonight and things are looking pretty nice. I’ll take 72° and sun over gloom and doom any day. We’re pulling the last-minute details together and we should be ready for a great weekend of racing – come rain or shine.

Also – the Naked Noodle will be serving Pad Thai with chicken and their Presto Pesto at dinner Saturday night. Salad and their typical selection of toppings will also be available. Great Northern Brewing has supplied us with their Going to the Sun IPA to enjoy with dinner. Additional meal tickets (beer included) can be purchased at the dinner for $6.

I will post a few clarifications (possibly a new start time for the second wave on Sunday) this week, so stay tuned. As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me.


The Big Mountain Road Hill Climb

May 24, 2011

This year instead of giving an award for the time trial’s fastest man and fastest woman, we’re going to mix it up and do something that everyone has a shot at winning. Before you begin the hill climb portion of the 2011 Great Northern Stage Race please give the start line timing person your best estimate for how long it will take you to reach the Village. The male racer and female racer that picks their time by the closest margin will each receive $100 in cash!! In the event of more than one guess with the same winning margin, the names will be entered into a drawing and one winner selected at random.

Remember the Big Mountain Road hill climb is 4.85 miles long and averages 6.2% grade (or a Category 2 climb according to Map-my-ride). That’s not quite as steep as the HC climb up Mt. Baldy in last week’s Tour of California, but challenging none-the-less.

These cash prizes are being provided by our good friends at Glacier Restaurant Group . Please visit Ciao Mambo, Latitude 48, The Craggy Range, or Mckenzie River Pizza Company while you are in Whitefish and look for them at the Crit and Hill Climb stages.

Mad Men

May 24, 2011

In between his morning glasses of scotch, mid-morning naps, and numerous personal indiscretions, our very own Don Draper (a.k.a. Chance Cook) has designed a t-shirt to serve as this year’s goodie-bag item (click here to preview).

To help keep costs under control we will be doing a limited initial run of the shirts. We do, however, intend to give everyone that registers for either the Crit or the entire Stage race a shirt. To make sure you get your shirt on race day, please pre-register and email me ( your shirt size.

Happy Training!


Race Bible

May 13, 2011

The 2011 Racer’s Technical Guide is now posted. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact the Race Director (contact informatin listed on the race flyer).