Saturday, August 17, 2013
The Aspirus Keweenaw Great Deer Chase showcases the Swedetown Recreation Area summer trail system. Proceeds support the continued creation and maintenance of mountain bike trails at Swedetown as well as a bike park near the Village of Calumet.
Please note new start times and location for 2013:
The 15- and 28-mile races will start at 11 a.m at the North end of 5th Street.
Youth race has been changed to 9 a.m.
The 15- and 28-mile races start at 11 a.m. at the North end of 5th Street. The Great Deer Chase races lead out the Calumet Heritage parade at 11 a.m. Please note the new start time and location!
The roll-out proceeds through downtown Calumet and onto two-track at Swedetown. The short course is 15 miles and will have one aid station, and the long course is 28 miles in length and will have two aid stations. Both courses are one lap only, the terrain is varied and over 50% singletrack.
For Single Speeders
The long course features the official U.P. Single Speed Championship.To compete for this honor, you must compete in the long course and ride a single speed. To the top male and female winners go a trophy and bragging rights for an entire year! Second and third place male and female will receive other awards. There are no age divisions for this race – if Single Speed racers wish to compete in their age brackets do not enter as a Single Speed.
Racers can register to ride in the single speed category in the short race as well. The top 3 men and top 3 women finishers in the short course will be awarded prizes. There are no age divisions in the Single Speed Short Course category.
The Kids Race Course (Fawn Chase)
The kids races will start at 9:00 a.m. with registration Friday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. and Saturday morning between 7:30-8:30 a.m. Please note the new start time!
There is a 3-mile race for those youth ages 10-and-under and a 5 -mile race for those 11-14 years old. Most of this race is doubletrack and parents are encouraged to ride with younger racers. To include the youngest riders, the 40-yard untimed Fawn Chase will follow the start of the other kids’ races.
Please remember to yield to faster racers. Younger racers may compete in the 5-mile race but will be registered in the 12-and-under category for awards. Please note the early start time!
New for 2013 is a pump track race for kids. Look for updates on this site as well as on The Great Deerchase Facebook page.
Awards, Other Events and Amenities
The awards ceremony for the main races will be at 2:30 pm on Oak Street in front of Cross Country Sports. Fawn Chase race awards will be held as soon as possible after the last youth racer has crossed the finish line.
There will be a Pump Track event (for kids) this year, watch here for more information and on our Facebook page.
The Heritage Celebration events will be going on in Agassiz Park (near the start area) featuring games, music and food.
Changing rooms and showers are located in the basement of the Calumet Colosseum on Red Jacket Road near Fourth. Please use the door on the West side of the building for access.
Changing rooms and showers are located in the basement of the Calumet Colosseum (Red Jacket Road near Fourth). Please use the door on the West side of the building to access them. The Calumet Keweenaw Sportsmens Club has their expo the same day and there is a charge to enter it. Please use the main doors on the South side of the building to see the displays and visit their vendors.
Race Course Map
Click image below or click here to download a PDF race map.