2020 Telemark Ascent Participant Guide »

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Mountain Biker

The Mt. Telemark Ascent is a wave start mountain bike race!
Real times, real results, & awards, all in a safe format.
It’s time to get back to racing hard!

Mountain bike race on the Birkie, CFT40, Kortelopet, and Old World Cup trails surrounding Mt. Telemark, Cable, WI. Time to clean out the cobwebs and get to racing!

Schedule & Course


First racers take off at 9:55am (start window 10:00am to 12:00pm). 10 Riders will start every five minutes.  You’ll choose your start corral during registration.

Elite Start Corral at 9:55am. Petition to be in the elite start corral by emailing your resume to elite@birkie.com.

Safety Precautions

  • Drive-up bib pick-up- no need to get out of your car!
  • All staff and volunteers will wear masks throughout the event.
  • 10 riders every 5 minutes in a physically distanced start corral.
  • Masks are required in the start and finish area.  Masks may be removed when on course, but please keep one with you anytime feet are not on pedals and for emergency situations.
  • No spectators are allowed at the event.  In order to keep on site numbers lower, we are requesting that you do not bring spectators to the event.
  • We are required to have fewer volunteers on site.  Please carry any food and/or energy needed during the event.
  • No indoor spaces available to participants.
  • Gathering is discouraged in start/finish areas.  Please arrive no more than 45 minutes before your start.  Warm up as physically distanced as possible, leave your vehicle 10 minutes before your start time, and enter the start corral at your assigned time (5 minutes before your start). Upon finishing your race, please continue through the finish gateway, collect a drink and snack to enjoy on the way to your vehicle!

Course Information

    • Adults: Choose from a 1 Lap (13 mile) or 2 Lap (26 mile) course – a combo of Birkie, Kortelopet, and Old World Cup trails, including a summit of Mt. Telemark!
    • Tandem Bike Division: 2 Lap race, no gender or age classification
    • Youth:
      • Ages 11-14: 1/2 lap (6 mile)
      • Ages 15-18: 1 Lap (13 mile)
    • View Course Map
    • View 1/2 Lap Course Map
    • Please note:  there are steep climbs on the course (see elevation grid on the course map).  If you can’t ride up the hills, you are not alone!  Walk on the right, ride on the left.  If walking at any point, please wear your mask if you can’t stay physically distanced.



Cost: $35 per rider. All registration is online only. No in-person registration.

Telemark Ascent Registration Closed

Bib Pick-Up

Bib pick-up is by drive-up only the morning of the event.  Please arrive at bib pick-up from Telemark Rd.  From Hwy M, turn south on Telemark Rd, drive past the old lodge, and follow the signs to bib pick-up and parking.

Bib pick-up times: 9:00 am-11:30 am.  Please pick up your bib no more than 45 minutes before your start.  Drive up to the bib pick-up tent with your race number handy.  Staff will arrive at your vehicle and retrieve your bib packet- no need to get out of the car!

Start Corral Arrival Times

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Awards & Prizes

Grand Prizes

Overall Fastest Male & Female for Each Distance
1 Lap, 2 Lap

  • One free entry each to Fat Bike Birkie 2021
  • $50 Kwik Trip gift card
  • $150 off the purchase of a Sidas Thermic product from Sidas web store

Overall Fastest Male & Female Youth for Each Distance
1/2 Lap, 1 Lap

  • $50 New Moon Ski & Bike gift card for the top 4 youth riders for each youth distance

Youth Age Group Awards
Winner of each age group: Male & Female | 11-14, 15-18

  • $10 Kwik Trip gift card

Adult Age Group Awards
Winner of each age group: Male & Female | 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

  • $20 Kwik Trip gift card

Tandem Bike Division Award
The 2-lap (26 mile) race will have a tandem bike division, mixed age and gender, 1 winner

  • $20 Gear West gift card for each rider

Additional Prizes

(3) $20 Gear West gift card prizes for random winners!

(10) $20 Freewheel Bike Gift Certificates

(33) Anderson’s Maple Syrup Prize Packages (one for each of the 33 total winners)
– 8 oz. Bottle Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup
– 8 oz. bag of Anderson’s Maple Nut Popcorn
– Anderson’s Maple Syrup/PURE FUEL Neck Gaiter by Borah
– Pure Fuel Energy Pouches (3)
– PURE FUEL sticker
– different Recipe booklets (4)

Framed Minnesota Fat Bike
Framed Bikes
1Up USA - Single Equip-D rack
Gear West Gift Card
Gear West
Kwik Trip Lake Chair Gift Card Image
Kwik Trip
New Moon Ski and Bike Gift Card
New Moon Ski Shop
Anderson's Prize Pack
Freewheel Bike

Additional Details


  • Masks will be required at all times in start, finish, and all common areas
  • Time starts when rider crosses start line. Riders may start anytime within the 5 minute start corral
  • Riders are not required to wear a mask once on the course and while racing, however, rider must have a mask on their person in case of emergency
  • No aid stations
  • No spectators allowed in start and finish areas
  • Drive-up bib pickup
  • No frills, but it’s racing!
  • The Mt. Telemark Ascent event is limited to the first 200 riders – register soon!
  • SWAG – You’ll get a cool Birkie safety light to keep you safe while training!
  • Proceeds to benefit CAMBA and their efforts to build & maintain the amazing network of trails in Northern Wisconsin

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