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.
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 Hoigaard’s Classic Marathon race and the Columbia Sportswear Skate Marathon each contain an enduro section – a race within the race. The top male and female to win the enduro on Saturday receives a 30 second time bonus. The Minne Tour leaders are determined by adding the skiers’ times in the Hoigaard’s Classic and Columbia Sportswear Skate and deducting any time bonuses from their times. Lowest cumulative time wins.
Example: Abby Gold finishes the Hoigaard’s Classic in 2 hours and the Columbia Sportswear Skate in 1:30. She wins the Open Division of the Finn Sisu Sprints and the Hoigaard’s Classic enduro. Abby’s total Minne Tour time is 3:30 less 2 minutes for winning the Open Division of one of the Sprints less 30 seconds for winning the first enduro – giving her a total time of 3:27:30. Tammy Silver skis the Hoigaard’s Classic in 1:59 and the Columbia Sportswear Skate in 1:29, but Tammy does not get any time bonuses because she is not a good sprinter. Tammy’s total time is 3:28 – she loses to Abby Gold by 30 seconds.
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.