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Michigan Cup Relay skiers stay dry...mostly

Michigan Cup: Michigan Cup Relays

Mon, Mar  11, 2013 - By Mike Muha

The weather map was not optimistic, showing green and yellow raining all over Michigan. Those of us who drove up from southern Michigan or from the north or west ran into bouts of heavy rain. But as we turned off the highway to the Cross Country Ski Headquarters, the rain magically stopped. Maybe the Michigan Cup Relays would be dry after all. Even if it did rain, there was too much at stake: the Vasa Ski Club and the Cross Country Ski Headquarters were duking it out for first place for the overall Michigan Cup Championship title, and Team NordicSkiRacer was going to make sure it held onto third place.

Start of the Michigan Cup Relays at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in 2013

Getting ready for the start (photos by Mike Muha)

Even though Vasa brought 10 relays teams to the games, the home court team responded with 20 and overwhelmed all comers. Team NordicSkiRacer accomplished what they came to do.

The race was around a single 7.5km loop what started up Rolling Hills (the hilly section of the course) before hitting other less hilly trails. The first leg was classic; the remaining two legs were freestyle. Teams were divided by gender (Male, Female, and Coed) and by the sum of the ages on the teams (164 and younger vs. 165 and older). It was klister conditions for the classic leg, although zero skis might have worked as well.

In the race at the Michigan Cup Relays at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in 2013

The course had excellent snow, ranging from wet fluff to slightly icy to a short section of wet and slightly sloppy. Plenty of snow covered the ground and, if you were smart, you brought you A-skis to the race. (Alas, a few people assumed warm meant ground showing through, not remembering that packed snow freezes from underneath and last longer than unpacked snow. They brought their B-skis...).

Except for an occasional sprinkle, the rain held off until the last 10 minutes of the race. The third leg of the slower teams paid the price by getting cold and wet.

The best part the the Relays is AFTER the relays: the annual end-of-the season Michigan Cup awards, banquet and drinking fest, powered with pulled pork sandwiches and lots of BOYB beer. Hosts Bob and Mariah Frye put up tarps to protect the picnic tables on the deck of the lodge and everyone stayed dry as it alternately sprinkled, rained, and cleared up during the lunch and awards.

Results are below: Comment on who was on what team! And who had the best team name?

Bib # Time Division
Rank
Overall Team Name Club Name
Coed 164 & below
111 1:18.27 1 8 Snot Rockets VASA
102 1:21.31 2 12 Crust Crusier NSR
131 1:34.31 3 25 Rain Dancers XCSHQ
181 1:37.14 4 28 Sinkin In the Rain NSR
159 1:43.04 5 30 BAK Striders
132 1:47.35 6 32 Hydroplaners VASA
143 1:57.47 7 39 The Rabbits Indep
178 2:02.14 8 41 Crystal Flashes GRNST
122 2:15.54 9 45 The Whatevers XCSHQ
Coed 165 & above
117 1:11.04 1 3 Seager and the 2 Silver Bullets CCSS
151 1:15.21 2 6 Slippery When Wet VASA
173 1:16.49 3 7 Skiing In The Rain XCSHQ
172 1:20.25 4 10 ROKADA-FAFRYA NSR
149 1:28.03 5 19 Spring Skiers VASA
125 1:39.43 6 29 Part-Timers VASA
166 1:47.38 7 33 HQ Swim Team XCSHQ
169 2:02.04 8 40 The Captain’s Team XCSHQ
F 164 & below
157 1:27.20 1 18 Sister Chicks and Mom VASA
164 1:29.14 2 22 Roscommon Rascalettes XCSHQ
129 1:34.57 3 26 Drowning in Pink CCSS
167 1:55.08 4 37 Slush Puppies XCSHQ
103 2:16.17 5 46 The Hot Cocoas XCSHQ
F 165 & above
118 1:53.35 1 35 3 Peas in a Pod VASA
136 2:15.02 2 44 Better Late than Never XCSHQ
170 2:18.59 3 47 Start Slow Taper Down XCSHQ
142 2:36.28 4 48 Serendipity XCSHQ
M 164 & below
101 1:07.47 1 1 VASA1 VASA
179 1:10.51 2 2 Clueless XCSHQ
182 1:11.59 3 5 Reflex Striders
165 1:19.26 4 9 Mud Stuffin Paddle Heads CCSS
139 1:21.24 5 11 Team DNF XCSHQ
154 1:23.43 6 14 Rainbows XCSHQ
106 1:26.10 7 17 Team RainX NSR
175 1:28.44 8 21 Nordic Cowboys Striders
171 1:32.41 9 24 Bomb.com XCSHQ
104 1:51.24 10 34 Gag XCSHQ
180 1:54.28 11 36 Strange Brew XCSHQ
147 1:55.27 12 38 The Goofy Goobers XCSH
176 2:04.01 13 43 Team Cannon Brewery Indep
M 165 & above
174 1:11.53 1 4 Great Bear Bottoms GRNST
137 1:23.23 2 13 Wood is Good VASA
116 1:24.48 3 15 Christopher Robbins CCSS
108 1:25.04 4 16 The Snow Surfers NSR
100 1:28.05 5 20 VASA Old Guys VASA
177 1:32.34 6 23 ODOTP GRNST
114 1:35.25 7 27 Half Fast XCSHQ
160 1:47.35 8 31 You Figure It Out XCSHQ
168 2:02.18 9 42 Faster Than Dirt NSR
105 2:43.04 10 49 The 3 Lefties XCSHQ