App Gap Challenge

When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018

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.

Registration: Is now open on SkiReg.

Where: Course follows Route 17 as it climbs Appalachian Gap. Parking, Registration: Mad River Glen. Post Race BBQ / Awards: GMVS Campus

Press from 2017 Event on Fasterskier.

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 8th 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 200 registrants.  Running a safe event is our #1 goal.  For this reason we are limiting all two-way or downward travel on Route 17.  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 Bib/Finish Bag and set up your classic transition box.  We will then provide transportation (or arranged carpooling) to your respective start.  We ask that you strongly consider warming up on foot and plan on descending 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 a BBQ lunch at the Green Mountain Valley School 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 EnjoyWinter.com (Swenor, Bliz & Anti-Freeze Face Tape), Swix and others.

Event T Shirt: New for 2018 we will be providing all competitors with a "Ski the Gap" T Shirt to commemorate the event and draw attention to you and cross country skiing.

SWENOR SKI FLEET: The top ten 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
Corrine Malcolm        11:13                  15:24            26:37        7/03/12

Men       - 7.25km   Skate Split     Classic Split      Finish          Date
Kamran Husain          17:46                 12:42             30:28        7/23/17

More historical data here.