The Abominable Snow Tri

Sun February 18, 2024 Belmont, MI 49306 US Directions

Events

Triathlon

8:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Duathlon (Bike/Run)

8:10AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Snow bike (XC Ski/Bike)

8:15AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Triathlon Relay

8:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Fat Bike ONLY

8:30AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Run ONLY

8:25AM EST - 1:00PM EST

Place

6800 Cannonsburg Rd NE
Belmont, MI US 49306

Description

Are you yeti for this?

A sprint distance triathlon unlike any you've experienced in the area before; a winter triathlon! Utilizing 12 miles of trail system at Cannonsburg Ski Area, our race will consist of trail running, fat tire biking, and cross country skiing. We have options to pick two events (ski/bike, bike/run, run/ski), single discipline, and relay-so there will be something for everyone! Mark your calendars and check the website as more information will be provided as we get closer to race day!

Events

Triathlon: 2 loops on run course (approx 5k), 1 loop on fat bike course (approx 10k), 1 loop on cross country ski course (approx 2 mi). Entry includes this years custom snow globe medal, this years sweat shirt, food, and beer.

Duathlon: your choice of XC ski/Bike, Bike/Run, or XC ski/Run. 1 loop on the bike or ski course, or 2 loops on the run course. Entry includes finisher medal, last years sweatshirt, food, and beer. Upgrade to this years sweatshirt for $20.

Single discipline: your choice of a 5K run, 10K fatbike, or 1.5-2 mile cross country race. Entry includes finisher medal, last years sweatshirt, food, and beer. Upgrade to this years sweatshirt for $20.

Relay: Team of 3-each team member completes the appropriate distance of their assigned event (run, bike, xc ski). Entry includes finisher medal, last years sweatshirt, food, and beer. Upgrade to this years sweatshirt for $20.

New for 2024- the Double Down Challenge!

Sign up for and complete both the Abominable Snow Tri and Gaylord’s Tri 45 winter triathlon and receive some extra bling! Just $5 to register as part of the Abominable Snow Tri and challenge yourself to the only 2 winter triathlons in Michigan! Only eligible to athletes who participate in the triathlon.

Aid Stations

There will be one aid station at the transition area as you exit. Due to the time of year and the difficulty of the trails there will be NO AID STATIONS on any of the courses. We will have cold water and HOT Gatorade! (Apparently this is a thing in the winter triathlon world).

Packet Pickup

Packet pick up will take place Saturday February 17 from 1-6pm behind the patrol building (between the patrol building and the creek), and Sunday Feb 18 from 6am-7:30.

Race Start Times

We are going to try and stagger our race starts to help spread out people on the trails. Start times will be based on your registered event.

8am: Full tri and relay start

8:05: Duathlon start (run, bike)

8:10: Snow bike start (bike, xc ski)

8:15: Run ONLY

8:20: Bike ONLY

Order of Events

For those participating in a multi sport event, this is the order you will be racing:

Triathlon: Run, bike, XC ski

Duathlon: Run, bike

Snow Bike: Bike, XC ski

Courses

Bike and Run courses will be all single track, please follow proper trail etiquette while out on course. If someone is attempting to pass you, please allow them to do so when SAFE by pulling over to the side. Courses will be marked with their own unique color for signs and flags, please pay attention to what color and course to follow.

Run Course

The run course will take place on the Dirt Dawg and Haunted Forest trail located in front of the main parking lot and will be marked with BLUE flags and signs. This course can get technical, especially over in the Haunted Forest section. Some sort of traction device is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if there is snow! There are some steep hills and quick turns you will need to navigate. You will complete TWO LOOPS to get 5k travelling counter clockwise. There will be signs, markers, and volunteers to help direct you.

Bike Course

If you have ridden the fatbike trails at Cannonsburg then you will be familiar with our bike course. A big thanks to Bill Norman for helping us plan out a 10k section for the race and for grooming! There will be some intersections with the cross country course. Bikers will have the right of way in these sections, but please slow down and look both ways to avoid collisions! The course will be marked with ORANGE flags to follow, along with signs warning of upcoming intersections with the ski course. For up to date trail conditions please follow West Michigan Trail Conditions on Facebook. As a reminder: just like in a regular triathlon, you are NOT allowed to ride your bike into or out of transition! There will be designated marked areas instructing you where you are allowed to mount or dismount your bike at the transition area. You must have a fat bike! Anyone with tires less than 3.8in wide will not be allowed to race.

Cross Country Ski Course

We will utilize the 2 track trails throughout the property. The final course will be dependent on snow conditions and be between 1.5 and 2 miles long. There will be some intersections with the bike course. Bikers will have the right of way at these intersections, please make sure to look both ways before crossing. These intersections will be marked and have volunteers to help navigate these sections. We will not have cut in tracks for classic skiing, but of course people are welcome to do whatever style of cross country skiing they are comfortable with. Course will be marked with GREEN flags. In the event of no snow, racers will complete one additional loop on the run course following the bike.


Transition

Transition area will be open to multiple discipline racers only, no single discipline racers are allowed in the transition area. Transition will open at 6:30 am to allow for racers to set up, and close at 7:45am. Please make sure you have everything in place before the transition area closes. We will have bike racks like those you would find at a summer triathlon. 6 bikes to a rack, no assigned spots.

Some things to consider for your transition:

Run to Bike – Be sure that your bike equipment is easy to use with gloves on. Putting on a heavier glove and/or jacket for the bike section is often necessary to stay warm. You are not allowed to mount your bike until you get to the mount line, so it helps to practice running with your bike in the snow!

Bike to Ski – You are allowed to ski with your bike helmet on. Ski boots are not the fastest or easiest shoes to take on and off, and you must carry your skis and poles out to the mount line. Practice makes perfect! 


Age Group Awards

We have some nice embroiderd fleece beanies we will be giving out for age group awards! Awards will go to top 3 male and female for the triathlon race in the following age ranges:

29 and under

30-39

40-49

50-59

60 and up

Awards will happen around 11am. If it's not too cold we will try to have awards outside. Hopefully as the race grows in future years we will be able to offer awards to our other race events as well!


Weather Policy

We're doin' the thing no matter the weather! Should we have no snow racers will complete one loop on the run course in place of the cross country ski loop. The run and bike will go on as planned with no changes.

Post Race Celebration

Make sure to bring a change of clothes after the event to celebrate. Archival Brewing will be in The Sweet Spot (the turquoise shipping container) serving chili for registered participants. Saugatuck Brewing will also be providing complementary post race beers for participants in a tent right by The Sweet Spot. MAKE SURE TO KEEP YOUR RACE BIB AS THIS IS YOUR FOOD AND DRINK TICKET. Family and friends may purchase beers and food up in the Cedar Lounge inside the lodge. Meijer has donated food and we will have s’mores stations set up at various bonfires at the base of the ski hill and on the deck. We will have age group awards (fleece beanies) and these will take place outside if the weather cooperates. The lodge will be open for participants to use, and the ski area has been making some pretty amazing brunch specials that will be available for purchase.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

In-Kind

Silver

Gold

Charity Partner

Cannonsburg Ski Patrol is an all volunteer patrol of roughly 130 patrollers whose main job is the safety of skiers and riders at Cannonsburg Ski Area. Proceeds from the race will go toward medical education and on hill training of patroller to provide complimentary medical care to any patron of the ski area.

If you are interested in joining the patrol please visit the patrol website.

Race Day Info

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will take place Saturday February 18 from 1-6pm behind the patrol building (between the patrol building and the creek).

 

Race Start times

We are going to try and stagger our race starts to help spread out people on the trails. Start times will be based on your registered event.

8am: Full tri and relay start

8:10: Duathlon start (bike/run)

8:15: Snow bike start (xc ski/bike)

8:20: Snow Run start (xc ski/run)

8:25: Run ONLY

8:30: Bike ONLY

8:35: Ski ONLY

Courses

Bike and Run courses will be all single track, please follow proper trail etiquette while out on course. If someone is attempting to pass you, please allow them to do so when SAFE by pulling over to the side.

Run course: The run course will take place on the Dirt Dawg and Haunted Forest trail located in front of the main parking lot. This course can get technical, especially over in the Haunted Forest section. Some sort of traction device is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if there is snow. These trails also tend to be muddy when there’s no snow so make sure to wear shoes with good lugs. There are some steep hills and quick turns you will need to navigate. You will complete TWO LOOPS to get 5k. There will be signs, markers, and volunteers to help direct you.

Bike course: It’s looking like it’s very unlikely that we will have snow for 2024, so we will be using more of the single track trails in the woods this year if snow truly evades us. This means a course that will have more climbing and be a bit more technical than we had last year, it will be a challenge but thee is nothing on the trail you can’t walk over if you’re not comfortable. Fat tires will still be required for 2 reasons: 1) there is still a lot of snow at the base of the ski hills and trails adjacent to the hills that require fat tire bikes. 2) Allowing people to bring a regular mountain bike could give them an unfair advantage over people that bring a fat bike. To make it fair, we will stick with everyone having a fat tire bike.

Cross country ski course: This course will only have minor changes to it versus the map that is up in the website and the course we used last year. There are hills at the very start and at the end, and are fairly flat in the middle. If we have no snow this will become a run. 

Transition area

Transition area will be open to multiple discipline racers only, no single discipline racers are allowed in the transition area. Transition will open at 6:30 am to allow for racers to set up, and close at 7:45am. Please make sure you have everything in place before the transition area closes. We will have bike racks like those you would find at a summer triathlon. 6 bikes to a rack, no assigned spots.

Post Race Celebration

Make sure to bring a change of clothes after the event to celebrate. Archival Brewing will have a tent set up outside with Chili for registered participants, and extra for purchase for family and friends. Saugatuck Brewing will also be providing complementary post race beers for participants. Again, family and friends may purchase beers if they would like to join in the fun. Meijer has donated food and we will have s’mores stations set up at various bonfires at the base of the ski hill and on the deck. We will have age group awards (swag to be announced soon!) will also take place outside if the weather cooperates.

The lodge will be open and available for racers to access and change in, there are 3 bathroom areas in the lodge that will be available. My recommendation is to use the bathrooms by the Bear Creek Room, or upstairs in the Cedar Lounge. The bathroom stalls by the main front entrance are quite small. There are also some larger portajohns by the patrol room that are available to change in as well.

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