Do not let the name fool you . . . The Minne Tour is for the big dogs seeking to take their share of the $6,000 purse. The Tour connects the Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon, the Finn Sisu Classic and Skate Sprints (thats right, TWO SPRINTS FOR 2018), and the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon in one grueling series of skiing. Skiers with the top cumulative times win cash prizes: $1500 for first, $800 for second, $400 for third, $200 for fourth and $100 for fifth.
Note that because of the modifications in the classic race there was no enduro. In order to avoid giving an advantage to skate specialists the skate race will not have an enduro this year either.
To qualify for the Minne Tour prize categories, athletes must register for, compete in and complete the Finn Sisu Classic and Skate Sprints, the Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon and the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon. To make the registration process easier, before November 30 athletes may register for the Finn Sisu Sprints and the Loppet Challenge. After November 30, the only option is to register for the three events separately. The top five skiers in the Open Division of each Sprint receive a time bonus:
- 1st – two minutes
- 2nd – one minute
- 3rd – 30 seconds
- 4th – 15 seconds
- 5th – 10 seconds
(Two Sprint wins will result in a four minute time bonus)
The Minne Tour leaders are determined by adding the skiers’ times in the Hoigaard’s Classic and Columbia Sportswear Skate. Lowest cumulative time wins.
Note that in order to qualify for the Minne Tour prizes competitors MUST complete all events, including both of the Finn Sisu Sprints (Open Division). Any athlete who has not registered for all three Minne Tour events by the close of on-line registration – Tuesday, January 23 – will not be entered into the Minne Tour and will not be eligible for cash prizes – even if the athlete registers for all of the individual events.