Birkie Trailhead • Cable, WI

The Gitchi Gami Games are part of the Junior Cup & Youth Cup event series in 2021. The JNQ series is governed by Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) and encourages young athletes from U8 to U23 age divisions to enjoy cross country skiing and develop their skills, whether they are new to the sport High School skiers, aspiring junior skiers who hope to compete at the top national and international levels, or are somewhere in between. Events mix Olympic-style competition with elements of learning and fun for all levels – from beginner racers to those with International experience.

Saturday, January 16:  Classic, Individual Start: U12/14 3K; U16 5K; U18-SR women,U18/U20 men 10K; U23-Sr men 15K

Sunday, January 17: Freestyle, Individual Start: U12/14 3K; U16 5K; U18-U23 5K/10K (Women/Men)

Age groups will be limited in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Updates and changes may occur as we react to COVID-19 rules and regulations.

Registration

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Masks are required in the Start and Finish Venues.
  • Masks may be removed once on course, but please carry with you for emergency situations and the finish area.
  • All coaches and assistants must wear a mask at all times.
  • Please maintain physical distancing at all times.
  • All athletes, coaches, and assistants must complete a COVID-19 symptom e-screening throughout the weekend: pre-departure, preview/training day, Saturday, and Sunday.  Responses must be received each day before you arrive at the venue.
  • If any athlete, coach, or parent becomes symptomatic during the weekend, they must quarantine, along with their travel companions, immediately and notify the race secretary.
  • Spectators are discouraged at the venue.  If they do need to be present at the venue, they are required to complete the screening, sign in each day, wear a mask at all times, and stand in designated areas.  See spectator section below for screening link and more information.
  • Livestream– watch the action from anywhere and see your athlete competing!  See below for link and details.

In case you missed the coaches meeting, see the information here:

2021 GGG Coaches Presentation

Weekend Schedule

Friday January 15 - Course Preview

1:00 pmCourse Open
5:30 PM Coaches Virtual Meeting Email kristy.maki@birkie.com for link
6:00 pmCourse Closed

Saturday January 16 - Individual Start Classic Distance

8:30 amCourse Open/Bib Pick-up Opens
10:00 amBoys/Girls U14/U123.0 km
10:45 amBoys/GirlsU165.0 km
11:30 amCourse Open until 12:15
12:30 pmWomenU18/U20/U23/Sr10.0 km
1:45 pmMenU23/Sr15.0 km
3:00 pmMenU18/U2010.0 km
6:00 pmCourse Closed

Sunday January 17 - Individual Start Freestyle

8:30 amCourse open / Bib Pick-up Opens
9:30 amBoys/Girls U14/U123.0 km
10:15 amBoysU165.0 km
11:00 amCourse Open Until 11:30 am
11:45 amWomenU16/U18/U20/U23/Sr5.0 km
1:15 pmMenU18/U20/U23/Sr10.0 km
Updated 1/14/21*Subject to change

Wax Facilities/Restrictions

No indoor spaces will be available in 2021.

Random wax testing for fluoro waxes will be performed throughout the weekend.  See CXC and US Ski and Snowboard for ski cleaning instructions.

CXC Junior/Youth Cup Waxing Procedures

The American Birkebeiner Trailhead venue will follow all US Ski and Snowboard regulations.  As such, fluoro waxes are not permitted during any training or racing at the venue.

Parking & Spectator Info

Venue Access and Parking

Access to the American Birkebeiner Trailhead venue is via Telemark Rd. only (McNaught Rd is exit only). Venue Access

Ample parking is located in the large parking lot to the east of the venue.  No parking is allowed at the finish line area or along the road way.  Teams and wax trailers should find a physically distanced area in the parking lot.

Spectator Information

Due to COVID-19, we are discouraging spectators from attending the Gitchi Gami Games.  A livestream of the event will be available (see link above), for those wanting to watch the action from anywhere.

All persons at the venue must comply with the COVID-19 plan, whether a coach, athlete, parent, staff, volunteer, or spectator. We discourage spectators and extra personnel from attending the event, but we know that some of the athletes will require adult assistance.  U18 and younger skiers are encouraged to only have 1 adult/skier.  Older racers are asked to leave their fan section at home, if at all possible.

All athletes, coaches, parents, and spectators at the venue must check in each day.  Everyone is asked to complete a COVID-19 e-screening before arriving at the venue.  Please register ahead of time to receive the COVID-19 e-screening to take prior to arriving at the venue. Registration can be found here: https://forms.gle/ZsYpRtDq4EjXmaKD8 to receive the e-screening.  The link to the screening will be sent to all registered athletes and coaches.  At the venue, everyone must check-in, acknowledge completing the screening, and receive an armband.

Masks are required for all persons at the venue at all times, only exceptions are athletes while warming up or racing on course.

Team Leader Communication

Team Coaches Meeting –  Friday 5:30PM, Virtual meeting.  Email kristy.maki@birkie.com for link.

Livestream

CXC is livestreaming the CXC Cup in order to minimize the number of specators at each venue, as well as athletes and coaches in common areas, to prevent the spread of COVID19.  To achieve this, the livestream will focus on:

  • Showcasing as many competitors as possible at the start and finish for fans watching at home
  • Provide athletes, coaches, and volunteers realtime race progress in the stadium area as they get ready for their competition

We hope you tune in for the races!

Results and Awards

2021 Live Results

Saturday Age Group Results

Sunday Age Group Results

Awards

Congratulations!  Awards for the top three women/men in the following categories:

U23/Sr
U20
U18
U16
U14
U12/10/8
Adaptive

There will be no awards ceremony in 2021.  Please stop by the bib pick-up tent to pick up your award or we will mail it to you after the event.  *There is no U20/18 age group in the 15k classic race on Saturday.

2020 Freestyle Sprint

2020 Individual Start Classic


2019 Classic Sprint

2019 Mass Start Classic


2018 Individual Start Classic

2018 Mass Start Freestyle

 

Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering for the Gitchi Gami Games, please click here to register for available shifts.

Lodging

Contact Cable Chamber:  715-798-3833 or  info@cable4fun.com


Race Contacts

For questions:

Chief of Course: Jim Sokup (jim.sokup@birkie.com)

Chief of Timing: John Oman (john.oman@birkie.com)

Race Secretary: Colette Belisle (registration@birkie.com)

Online Registration Questions:  CXC  (info@cxcskiing.org ) or  (608) 294-0433

Press Coordinator: Nancy Knutson (nancy.knutson@birkie.com)

Chief of Competition: Kristy Maki (kristy.maki@birkie.com)

Asst. Chief of Competition: Ben Popp (ben.popp@birkie.com)

US Ski and Snowboard Technical Delegate: Scott Wilson(wilson@cresthillresort.com)

US Ski and Snowbaord Assistant TD: Bob Aldrich (badpa@earthlink.net)