For the fourth consecutive year the SuperTour comes to the streets of Madison, WI and will bring crowds of spectators to celebrate elite cross country ski racing. The Madison SuperTour is an integral part of the Madison Winter Festival (formerly Capitol Square Sprints) which brings over 900 participants and 10,000 spectators every year.
â€œWe built Madison Winter Festival around the SuperTour races and will have a fantastic event this year. Snow and ice sculpting, sledding hill, Extreme Park for snowboarders and skiers, winter theme museum tours and many other events are scheduled in a way that winter lovers and families can participate in the wide variety of events and witness breathtaking elite SuperTour races,â€ commented Joe Cline, Vice President of the Madison Winter Festival.
This year’s race course will maximize the use of the streets and terrain around the State Capitol Building by having the stadium, with start and finish area, in the lowest part of the Capitol Square (on Wisconsin Avenue right by the Madison Concourse Hotel — Event Headquarters) and going around the highest point (on Martin Luther King Boulevard near by Park Bank). The total length of the race course will be 1,000 meters.
â€œThe SuperTour races brought the most spectators in the past. This year we will supplement exciting competitions with fun events for spectators such as SuperTour Mega Raffle and SuperTour Fan Club Contest. With the support of the ski industry we are introducing SuperTour Mega Raffle, where during every SuperTour final round and lap there will be raffle of top of the line items like skis, boots, poles and other equipment, as well as other items. SuperTour Fan Club Contest will provide an opportunity for everyone to cheer on the SuperTour athletes in a unique and organized formâ€ — stated Yuriy Gusev, Event Director of the Madison Winter Festival.
Madison SuperTour Schedule
2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 — Pisten Bulley Team Sprint
7:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 — Salomon US100 World Record Attempt
1:00p.m., Sunday, February 3rd, 2008 — UW Health Sprint (final rounds)
The SuperTour is 23 days of international cross country ski racing with over $120,000 in prize money, from late November to April, across the United States which has been recognized by the International Ski Federation. Men's and Women's champions will be given automatic start rights for all World Cup races after March 1.
For more information about Madison Winter Festival please visit www.winter-fest.com