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VIRTUAL CROSS-COUNTRY SKI RACING

The Virtual Loppet is a series that allows you to race wherever you want, whenever you can. Join the community, post your results and follow along live! Set up your own club race or time trials.

How it Works
  1. Sign up
  2. Pick a race and ski the distance
  3. Post your results
  4. Follow your results and season ranking
  5. Or, host your own club race/time trial
  6. Join the Facebook community to share stories
SEASON STANDINGS

Individual Virtual Loppet event results will earn points toward the overall season ranking, for skate and classic. Points are allocated based on your adjusted speed relative to your gender leader, and scaled based on the trust rank of your entry.

Q: How are results compared?
A: Results will be based on average km/hr over your race course, adjusted for the amount of elevation gained. That allows some flexibility since everyone’s course will be different. We also understand that conditions will vary.

Q: When are results posted?
A: Each event leaderboard will be updated within a few minutes on the website. The season series standings will also be updated to reflect new results.

Q: What is the speed adjustment?
A: We adjust your average speed to account for varying amounts of elevation climbed on each course. Climb more hills versus the average of the group (male/female), and you’ll get a positive speed adjustment.

Q: What is the credibility rank?
A: You’ll earn credibility stars for posting a GPS link; and more for describing the conditions. You can also add social media links to bring your race to life, but there is no credibility deduction if you’re not a social media person. A five-star credibility rating will earn you full season points; a 1-star rating will earn you half points.

Example 1: The leader of each division, with a 5 star rating, will earn 100 points.

Example 2: Someone who skis at 75% of the leaders pace, with a 5 star rating, will earn 75 points.

Example 3: If the leader has a 1 star trust rating, they will earn 50 points.

Q: What if I can’t provide a GPS link? Will I be disqualified?
A: Submit your time anyway. Honesty goes a long way! But, yeah, a GPS track adds mucho credibility. There will also be a deduction to your season series points if you’re missing a GPS link. Some skiers will post a photo of their watch to the clubhouse, and link to that instead.

Q: Can I re-submit results?
A: Yes. Enter your results again, and we’ll keep your better time for the final ranking.

Q: How do I host my own club race or time trial?
A: The organizing club member submits race details. Participating club members connect to the race through the members area, and post results.

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