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RACE CONDITION REPORT:

Colorado International Spring Series

March 26-April 2, 2005

Tuesday, March 22, 2005:

With four days to go until the first race, snow conditions for second edition
of Colorado International Spring Series (CISS) are excellent. During the past
six days nearly 12 inches of snow have fallen at the twin race venues of Devil's
Thumb Ranch and Snow Mountain Ranch. Overnight low tempatures are dipping
into the teens, creating solid skate lanes and tracks. Additional snow is
in the forecast for the remainder of the week, and unlike last year, high
temperatures will remain in the mid-thirties. Last year the race was held
despite record high temperatures. According to Race Director Shawn Delaney,
'this year's race will enjoy ideal conditions, allowing racers to experience
world-class courses and signature Colorado spring conditions.'





Registration

Registration is available on-line at www.springseries.com , by mail or fax
for both individuals and teams. Mail-in and fax registration closes
5PM Thursday, March 24, 2005. All registrations not received by this
deadline may not be processed. Final registration deadline is by 11AM
the day before each race for Open and Junior Class competitors, 1 hour before
race start for Citizen Classes. Registrations must be legible, complete
and received by these deadlines to be processed. No registration will
be accepted without payment.

The event is sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the
US Ski Association (USSA). A racing license is not required,
however, and racers of all abilities are encouraged to compete. Competitors
who wish to compete for prize money must have a valid FIS license and compete
in the Open Class. All competitors must comply with USSA and FIS rules.

Schedule

Race Schedule

Date
(all 2005)

Event

Description

Location

Saturday,
March 26 *
9AM

Devil's
Thumb Ranch Opener *

7.5km
CL / 7.5km SK Skiathlon
(Rolling Pursuit)

Devil's
Thumb Ranch

Monday,
March 28 *
9AM

Wells
Fargo Team Sprint *

2
racers x 3 laps each x 1km Classic

Devil's
Thumb Ranch

Tuesday,
March 29

9AM

Salomon
Sprints

1.5km
Skate Sprint

Snow
Mountain Ranch

Thursday,
March 31

9AM

Snow
Mountain Ranch Skate

5km/10km
Skate Time Trial

Snow
Mountain Ranch

Friday,
April 1

4:30PM

Fischer
Criterium
(non-scored FIS event)

15/30
minutes + 1 lap

Winter
Park Resort
(NOT Mary Jane where it was held 2004)

Saturday,
April 2

9AM

Swix
Season Closer Classic

10km/15km
Classic Mass Start

Devil's
Thumb Ranch

* North American Continental
Cup Supertour Final.
All events are FIS and USSA scored except for the Criterium, which is
non-scored.

Social
Event Schedule

Saturday,
March 26
10AM-2PM

Devil's
Thumb Ranch BBQ Block Party

Awards
Barbecue, Expo and Outdoor Block Party

Devil's
Thumb Ranch

Monday,
March 28
5PM-7PM

Devil's
Thumb Ranch Cocktail Party

Awards
and sponsor appreciation party.

Devil's
Thumb Ranch Broad Axe Barn

Tuesday,
March 29

5PM

Fontenot's
Awards Party

Awards,
appetizers and a band

Fontenot's,
Main Street Winter Park

Wednesday,
March 30
5PM

Devil's
Thumb VIP Dinner
(By Invitation)

VIP
Dinner

Devil's
Thumb Ranch

Thursday,
March 31
5PM

Hungry
Bear Awards Party

Awards
and Party

Hungry
Bear, Fraser

Friday,
April 1

4:30PM

Fischer
Criterium PARTY

Blow
out on the deck while the race is happening

Derailleur,
Winter Park Resort

Saturday,
April 2

10AM-2PM

Awards
BBQ and closing ceremonies

Food,
Sun, Snow, Pool-side deck and a laid back closing to a great week

Devil's
Thumb Ranch

Saturday,
April 2

7PM

Closing
Party

Celebrate
the end of the season

TBD

Travel & Lodging

Races will centered in the Winter Park/Grand County area, which is located
in North Central Colorado, approximately 2 hours from Denver International
Airport.

To get to Grand County from Denver, head west on I-70. Take exit 232 onto
Hwy 40. Follow Hwy 40 for approximately 25 miles through Empire, over Berthoud
Pass, and past the Winter Park ski area to the town of Winter Park.
The town of Fraser is approximately 2 miles North of Winter Park on Hwy 40.
Tabernash is another 5 miles North.


Devil's Thumb Ranch
800.933.4339
www.devilsthumbranch.com

Take US Highway 40 North from the town of Fraser
approximately 2 miles. Take a right on County Road 83 before
the big curve in the road. Take the right hand fork, and follow it
3 miles to the Ranch.

Snow Mountain Ranch
970.887.2152
www.ymcarockies.org

Follow US Highway 40 12 miles North from the town
of Winter Park
Request the “Colorado International Spring Series Race Rate”
and receive 20% off lodging.

Travel Assistance/Entry Fee Waiver

In order to encourage attendance, CISS will try to help teams and top-level
athletes by offering financial travel assistance and registration fee waivers
when possible. Qualification criteria for receiving assistance and/or
entry fee waiver can be found at www.springeries.com. If you meet this
criteria and wish to request travel assistance, please contact Elite Athlete
Coordinator, Nathan Schultz, nschultz@springseries.com,
720.227.9400.

Prize Money & Awards

Total cash prize list is $18,650 and merchandise prize list is $15,000.
Cash prizes will only be awarded to open category competitors who provide
valid FIS licenses. All other categories will receive merchandise prizes.
All prizes that are declined by the recipient will not be granted to other
competitors.

The following cash prizes will be awarded for both men and women in the five
individual, one relay and three overall competitions:

Cash award breakdown

A minimum of $18,650 total cash prizes will be awarded. With increased
registration, additional prize money may be awarded at the organizer's discretion.

Supertour
Individual Events – $4600 total

1st

$775

2nd

$350

3rd

$225

4th

$175

5th

$150

6th

$125

7th

$100

8th

$75

9th

$50

10th

$25

U23
bonus $250

Other
Individual Events – $5800 total

1st

$350

2nd

$150

3rd

$100

4th

$75

5th

$50

Team
Sprint Relay – $4600

1st

$1500

2nd

$450

3rd

$200

4th

$100

5th

$50

Overall
– $3650

Overall
Leader

$750

Overall
2nd

$250

Overall
3rd

$100

Sprint
Leader

$350

Best
Climber

$350

Overall Series Competition

The CISS will have a unique format for overall prizes. There will be
five overall jerseys: The Devil's Thumb Ranch Overall to signify the overall
General Classification (GC) Leader (Yellow), the Salomon Sprint Leader (Green),
the Snow Mountain Ranch Climbing Leader (Silver), the Boulder Center For SportsMedicine
Top Junior (GC), and the Chipotle Fun Leader. The GC will be calculated
using cumulative race time minus any time bonuses, while the Climbing and
Sprints will be based on a points system. GC and points will be calculated
at the end of each race and leader jerseys will be awarded.

Competitors must finish all six races to qualify for overall prizes.

Time Bonuses

GC Time bonuses will be awarded in the Individual Sprint and the Criterium.
Bonuses will be awarded to any competitor, not just those competing for the
overall:

1st Place

30 seconds

2nd Place

20 seconds

3rd Place

15 seconds

4th Place

10 seconds

Sprint & Climbing Points

Sprint and climbing points will be awarded in three tiers:

Place

Category
1

Category
2

Category
3

1

30

20

10

2

25

15

8

3

20

10

6

4

15

8

4

5

10

6

2

6

9

5

7

8

4

8

7

3

9

6

2

10

5

1

Sprint and Climbing Point Locations

Course alterations are inevitable, so this schedule may be adjusted.

Race

Location

Sprint
Category

Climb
Category

3/26 7.5km/7.5km
Duathlon

Classical
Hill Top 1

3

Classical
Hill Top 2

2

Transition

2

Skate Hill
Top 1

2

Skate Hill
Top 2

3

Finish Order

2

3/28 Team
Sprint CL

1st Exchange

2

2nd Exchange

3

Finish

1

3/29 Skate
Sprint

Qualification
Order

2

Final

1

3/31 5km/10km
SK Time Trial

Hill Split

1

Finish

2

4/1 Skate
Criterium

First over
the jump

3

3

Prime 1

2

Prime 2

3

Prime 3

3

Finish

1

4/2 10km/15km
Classical
Mass Start

Intermediate
Sprint

2

Intermediate
Climb

1

Intermediate
Climb

2

Finish

2

Race Headquarters

Race Headquarters will be at Devil's Thumb Ranch. All Team Captains
Meetings will be held at Race HQ at 5PM the night before each race.

Team Captains Meetings

The Team Captains Meetings are scheduled for 5PM the day before each event.
The first Team Captains Meeting will take place at 5PM Friday, March 25, 2004
at Race Headquarters.

Medical Support

Boulder Center for Sports Medicine is pleased to provide world class medical
services for the Colorado International Spring Series. For more information,
see www.bch.org/sportsmedicine

If an athlete is injured on the race course, the athlete will be attended
to by the National Ski Patrol professionals. If an athlete suffers an
injury or illness that does not require the emergent attention of the Ski
Patrol, a medical triage service will be available for two hours after each
day's racing. For events held at Devil's Thumb Ranch, the staff of Boulder
Center for Sports Medicine will be available in the Spa area in the Broad
Axe Barn Building near the retail shop. For events held at Snow Mountain
Ranch, the medical staff will be available at the Leggett Building.
At the April 1st Criterium, the staff will be available at the
Purple Tent near the course. Sports Massage will also be available in
the triage area, each day, for a minimal fee.

Medical triage schedule:

March 26th 10 am — 12
pm Devil's Thumb Ranch
Broad Axe Barn

March 28th 10 am — 12
pm Devil's Thumb Ranch
Broad Axe Barn

March 29th 12 pm — 2 pm Snow
Mountain Ranch Leggett
Building

March 31st 12 pm — 2 pm Snow
Mountain Ranch Leggett
Building

April 1st Criterium
Course

April 2nd
10 am — 12 pm Devil's Thumb Ranch
Broad Axe Barn

These schedules may change, if weather forces changes to the race schedule.
This web site will always be your best source of information. We will
strive to be available for 2 hours after each event at the assigned location.
The Boulder Center for Sports Medicine is pleased and proud to provide this
medical service to the Colorado International Spring Series.

Drug Testing

All competitors must comply with all FIS and USSA rules. Drug testing
may be required of FIS and/or USSA competitors.

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