Sunday, February 7, 2016

ST/EC/JNQ Weekend

 Our Jr National qualifier races wrapped up today with a classic race in Craftsbury. Conditions were excellent and competition was fierce with all of the Super Tour and college racers mixing it up with the top NE juniors.
 We had a bunch of highlites, but one of the top ones was the performance by Erika (#81) as she probably had her best classic race ever and took home the win.
 Everyone will be trying to figure out points to see who qualified for the NE Jr National team. I actually like to have a break in order to let things settle. Of course we want our "bubble" skiers to make the team, but it is more important to look at the bigger picture. Who skied well, who is improving, how did each person react to the training and the pressure.
It was really cool that some of our skiers had their best weekend of the season. Congratulations to Anna, Eli , Mae , Conor , Pippin, Julia K, Julia B, Tegan and Sophie for all having their best weekends of the year!
 No pictures of the U16's in action, but we weer well represented on the podium with Conor and Ben going 1,2. Adam actually had the fastest time as he double poled the whole course, but a course monitor DQ'd him for changing tracks too many times ( looked too much like skating).
Sorry, no picture of the girls U16 podium with mae and Anna in 1st and 3rd.
Erika won the womens race and Julia K tied Liz G for second. Great races for all three.
 Ben S gets air in his double pole.
 Kris Freeman shows his winning form.
 The top 10 finishers in the mens race double poled the whole 10 km. Kam did too!
 Gabe had a good race and is seem here zooming through the lap.
 Will has improved so much. He is one of our "bubble" skiers. Make the JN team or not, he has been skiing great!
Three look alikes...planning Sam's birthday party.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

EC Weekend #4 (also ST race and college carnival)

 Due to the bad snow year, our last EC weeknd has been moved to Craftsbury.
I can't thank Craftsbury enough for all they do for nordic skiing in NE and the US. They have an excellent 2.5 km loop with machine made snow and the races today were fair and fast. Many of us have places where we can ski in lean snow times, but very few places are willing to close down their operations in order to host high level events on a busy weekend. Craftsbury (and Dick and Judy) have saved us many times. THANK YOU!
 Our day started off with the U16 boys race. Congrats to Greg Burt who took the win, 2 seconds ahead of Ben (above).
 Adam started a bit slow, but charged to 4th and Conor (top pic) rounded out the top 5.
 Eli has been making steady progress and he had another excellent race....
 ...right ahead of Zander (in 11th and12th).
 Pip was psyched!
 Annie H took the overall win!
 Julia was 9th overall.
 All smiles after the finish.
 Anna L got the win for U16's.
 Lillian charging through the lap.
 Tegan (and Riz) were amoung the top 5 U18's.
 Burnham down the house skied one of her best skate races ever!
 Anna, Mae and Callie on the U16 podium.
Annie H, Chelsea and Erika go 1,2,3 overall. Congrats to all.

I left too early to get pictures of the boys race...but ..Paddy C dominated the race, winning by over 30 seconds.

Great day of racing and good results all around.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blue Bird

 Ahhh.... aka  partner skiing.
 Speeds.

 Instructions....

And...downhill races!
A great time was had by all :).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lake Placid Super Tour Weekend

 Over the weekend, we traveled up to Lake Placid for two Super Tour/Eastern Cup races.
The races were moved to the jump complex because they have a great snowmaking loop there. The course is really tough with a monstre climb out of the start and then a fast downhill return. Special thanks to everyone in the race organization for putting on two quality events in this lean snow year.
Above, Julia K crushed the prelim, placing 10th overall and being the top junior.
 The start of one of the womens heats with the jumps in the background.
 Sophie and Riz made the junior heats and worked their way into the final (above)...
 ..and came into the finish 1,2!
 Happily on the podium!
Full disclosure here, 4-5 junior girls made the top 30 and thus skied in the open heats..those girls were actually the fastest juniors (KO, Lauren and Julia were the top juniors in the open heats).
 Day 2 brought the individual start classic races.
With a big team and lots of skis to wax, I wass unable to snap any pictures until the last race of the day. Above, Koby G (SMS '15) zips through the lap lane on his way to a strong finish.
 Ben S showed that he can do well in distance races too, as he placed 11th in a strong field.
 Gabe had a very good weekend, making the Jr finals in the sprint and having a really strong classic race.
Our U16 girls went 1,2,3 in the classic race.
And our U16 boys matched their feat :).

It was a good weekend for the whole team with almost everyone having at least 1 really strong race. It was great to see Eli get a top 10, Zander making the U16 sprint heats, Mehana and Julia skiing really well in the classic race, Pippin coming back from sickness and having a strong classic race, our U20 girls going 1,2,4 in the classic, etc...

Congrats to all and thanks to Brayton, Pat, Zach and Austin for helping with the waxing!