|US Ski Team Colorado International Spring Series|
Fraser, Colorado - The US Ski Team and Organizing Committee of The Colorado International Spring Series (CISS) are pleased to announce the 2004 running of the International Spring Series ski races in Grand County, Colorado March 27-April 4, 2004. Elite international cross country skiers from Nordic powers like Sweden, Norway and Germany will challenge the best of the USA and Canada in an exciting six-event stage race for $15,000 in prize money while recreational racers from around the country will line up next to them in pursuit of $15,000 in merchandise. The Series, presented by Devilís Thumb Ranch, includes overall competitions similar to the Tour de France, offering cash prizes and tracking leaders throughout the Series with the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine Leaderís jersey for fastest cumulative time, the Devilís Thumb Ranch Sprint Leader Jersey, and the Wells Fargo Climbing Leader Jersey. With races hosted by Snow Mountain Ranch and Devil's Thumb Ranch, the series will tour two of the top Nordic resorts in the country with exciting, fast-paced races paired with fun social events and parties.
Detailed event and registration information can be found on the CISS web site, www.springseries.com, or by calling Race Director Nathan Schultz at 303.413.0562. Special travel and lodging discounts are available through travel partner Ski.com. Athletes and spectators wishing to find information on travel and lodging packages can contact Newman at ski.com at 800.778.8589 x332 for special CISS arrangements including lodging at Devilís Thumb and Snow Mountain Ranch.
2004 should be a banner year for top-level talent, with the US Ski Team bringing in their athletes hot off of their best World Cup finishes in years. Top USST skier Kris Freeman is coming off his 4th place in the 2003 World Championships and several top 5 results this season. The USST will be joined by several groups of top European skiers who will be looking to challenge the North Americans for the $15,000 cash purse while celebrating the end of the season with a spring vacation.
A full schedule of parties and social events surrounding the races will keep the energy level high among both spectators and racers. Short sprint and criterium races will provide exciting spectator opportunities as racers go head to head at maximum velocity, while the fight for the overall series jerseys will energize the long-distance races and add a strategic element to the entire series.
|Saturday, March 27, 9AM||Devilís Thumb Ranch Classic Opener||Women 5km, Men 10km
Classical Style, Individual Start
|Devilís Thumb Ranch|
|Saturday, March 27 6PM||Devilís Thumb Welcome Reception||Cocktail Reception welcoming athletes||Devilís Thumb Ranch|
|Sunday, March 28, 9AM||Snow Mountain Ranch Duathlon||Women 5km/5km, Men 7.5km/7.5km
Classical 1st leg, switch to skating, Mass Start
|Snow Mountain Ranch|
|Sunday, March 28, 7PM||Untamed SteakhouseParty||Social Hour/Informal Awards||Untamed Steakhouse Restaurant|
|Tues, March 30, 9AM||Salomon Sprints||1.5km Classical Sprint||Devilís Thumb Ranch|
|Tues, March 30, 4:30PM||Wells Fargo Criterium
and Odellís Galloping Goose Party
|20min + 1 lap
Skating, mass start
with concurrent party at the resort
|Mary Jane Resort|
|Thursday, April 1, 9AM||Fischer Mountaintop Hill Climb||5km Hill Climb
Classical Style, Mass Start
|Sol Vista Resort|
|Thursday, April 1, 7PM||Fontenotís post-hill bash||Social Hour/Informal Awards||Fontenotís Restaurant|
|Friday, April 2, 7PM||Devilís Thumb VIP Dinner||Invitation-only dinner for elite athletes, sponsors, and volunteers.||Devilís Thumb Ranch|
|Saturday, April 3, 9AM||Boulder Center for Sports Medicine Series Finale||Womenís 10km, Menís 15km
Skating Style, Mass Start
|Devilís Thumb Ranch|
|Saturday, April 3, 6PM||Snow Mountain Ranch Awards Banquet||Dinner and Awards for the week||Snow Mountain Ranch|
|Sunday, April 4, 9AM||Ski.com US National Sprint Relay||2x3x1km Team Sprint Relay
Teams of 2, Skating Style
|Snow Mountain Ranch|
Volunteers are needed for many tasks including course control, race administration and backup timing. Interested volunteers should contact Shawn Delaney at .
The US Ski Team International Spring Series is a prestigious series awarded to Colorado for the first time in 2004. This yearís races mark the first time a major cross-country competition has been held in the state in over 10 years. The series has traveled around the country to different venues and has a long history of attracting the worldís best talent.
The Colorado International Spring Series is a Colorado Limited Liability Company, formed in 2003 to organize the CISS and promote top-level ski racing in Colorado.
For more information contact:
COLORADO INTERNATIONAL SPRING SERIES
1520 OAK AVE
BOULDER, CO 80304
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