Mountain BikerThe Mt. Telemark Ascent is a mountain bike race on some of the best trails surrounding Mt. Telemark!

Ready to take on a new challenge?  Climbing is the name of the game at the Telemark Ascent!  Whether you take on the Single, 1-lap challenge, or the Mega, 3-lap challenge, you’re guaranteed to achieve some major elevation gain and be rewarded with great views from the top of Mt. Telemark.  Sign up now and challenge yourself to the climb!

Schedule & Course

Schedule

  • 9:00am: Bib Pick-up
    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.
  • 10:00am: Event Time
    There will be an Elite Start Corral. Petition to be in the elite start corral by emailing your resume to elite@birkie.com.
  • 12:00pm: Single Ascent Awards
  • 2:00pm: Mega Ascent Awards

Getting to the Start

All of the races will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.  Arrive at the start from Telemark Rd- take Hwy M east from Cable, take a right (south) on Telemark Rd., drive past the old lodge and follow the signs to parking and/or bib pick-up.  Exit the start/finish area on McNaught Rd.  There is ample parking at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead.

Course Information

Venue: American Birkebeiner Trailhead

All events will start and finish at the American Birkebeiner Trailhead in Cable, WI. Access to the start area is available ONLY from Telemark Road. From Cable, WI, Take Highway M traveling East out of Cable for 2-miles. Turn right on Telemark Road.  Follow the road to the designated parking areas.

This event is cupless.  Self-serve water jugs, GU energy gels, and GU Chews will be available for the Mega Ascent at an aid station in the start/finish area.

Mega Ascent

  • 3 Lap (approximately 33 miles) course – a combo of Birkie, Kortelopet, Old World Cup trails, and CAMBA single track, including multiple summits of Mt. Telemark!
  • Over 1300 ft of elevation gain/lap
  • No tandem bikes allowed due to technical sections on the course
  • Please note- the 2021 course will involve more single track sections and ascents/descents than 2020.
  • Ebikes are not allowed in the Mega Ascent.
  • Time limit:  2 hours/lap, must be done by 4pm.

Single Ascent

  • 1 Lap (approximately 11 miles) course – a combo of Birkie, Kortelopet, Old World Cup trails, and CAMBA single track, including multiple summits of Mt. Telemark!
  • Over 1300 ft of elevation gain!
  • No tandem bikes allowed due to technical sections on the course
  • Please note- the 2021 course will involve more single track sections and ascents/descents than 2020.
  • Ebikes are not allowed in the Single Ascent.
  • Time limit:  3 hours/lap, must be done by 1pm.

Volunteer for the Telemark Ascent!

Post Race

Enjoy your accomplishment with post-race snacks, beer or root beer, and fun right at the venue!