Alex and Jess pre time trial

Alex and Jess pre time trial

Monday, January 9, 2017

Sr. Nationals Photos

CSU is out in Utah braving the elements, some of which doesn't look too tough! 


Rob's report on sprint day from the front:


What a difference a day makes!  In less than 24 hours we went from -10 F to 35 F and raining.  What?  The famed Pineapple Express started pumping in Pacific ocean moisture yesterday afternoon with a steady snow.  This morning it was simple waxing with many waxes working.  Kathy and arrived at 6:45 and started testing.   Toko Red stick turned out to be our favorite.  

The race format today was a classic sprint.  That meant an individual qualifier starting at 9:00 AM.  Our first male  starter was at 9:30.   The wax was great, but just before our last male starter at 9:57 the snow changed to rain and of course a cold stick wax went from great to  useless.  We slapped on some Toko yellow stick and he made it through with decent skis.

The rain continued and the snow transformed and it was time for full panic-wax mode.  Just to make life extra challenging the wax trailers were placed this year about a quarter mile from the stadium area.  Do you know why we have all those running workouts in the sand at Kern Camp on Cape Cod in the summer?  To get ready for running through soft snow from wax trailer to the stadium.  Carol and Lucian took a blue tarp from our house and rigged up a hillbilly style makeshift tent in the stadium and we moved a bench and waxes and tools up there to cut down on the running.  Our crack wax team of Gunther, Eric, and Brad had prepped hard wax, klister, and zero skis.   Those with zeros generally preferred those once the rain started.  Meanwhile I was scrambling with Gunther to klister up test skis and send Kathy out for more testing.  We ended up with Toko red and yellow klister covered with yellow stick, but then when racers needed extra kick on the rapidly icing tracks we added more red klister and some silver too.  Everyone had acceptable skis given the crazy conditions.

At Sr Natls the top 30 go into heats, and then the next 30 juniors (under 20) go into another  full set of heats.  Perhaps it was a blessing for our skiers that none made the heats as it alternately sleeted, snowed, and poured rain all afternoon.  Several of us went back to watch the heats in the afternoon, but no  one made it all the way through before retreating home to sheltering roof and a cup of hot tea.   Laura Appleby paced it perfectly by missing the heats by 0.01 seconds!

With the huge field each second in the results had 10 to 15 finishers.  Yow!

For our guys:

Calvin Bates 148
Jackson Hardin 166
Oliver Snow 184
Will Rhatigan 241

For the gals:

Laura Appleby 100 (4th U16)
Kirsten Miller 172
Gabby Vandendries 179
Lilly Bates 186
Hannah Rieders 193
Madeline Rieders 198

Again, there were many CSU veterans competing.  Of special note were Corey Stock in 37th, and Julia Kern in 23rd.  Julia won her quarter final, but just missed out in her semi on the A final.  She ended up 7th overall and 6th American.  

Tomorrow is a rest day which we all could use.  On Tuesday we have a 10K mass start classic race for the boys and a 5K classic mass start for the girls.   Forecast is for snow tomorrow and Tuesday with temps in the 30s.   Sounds like more fun waxing.


Friday, December 30, 2016

MSA Time Trial Race Photos

Here are a few photos from the time trial yesterday.  More to come and at some point when I return to the land of faster internet I'll get all the photos up on my photo site.  











Wednesday, December 28, 2016

MSA Day Two!

After 2 sessions of skating yesterday in warmer temps, the temps dropped into the low 20s today and the big groomer worked its magic on the icy snow to give us nice sugar-snow to classic in today.  Time trial tomorrow in a snow storm!




Tuesday, December 27, 2016

MSA Camp!

CSU has arrived en masse at MSA, practically taking over the place, except for Alex, stuck in Toronto because of the interesting weather.  The classic skiing was excellent yesterday after we arrived and the skating was remarkably good this morning given the snow, freezing rain and icy stuff that fell last night.  Here is a small contingent:


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tuesday Worlds Test Run

With good conditions and a nice evening its hard to keep people from testing themselves in a race.  A little warmup race at Weston!  Sorry about the fuzzy phone photo.


Monday, November 14, 2016

Racers on Kearsarge

Mt. Kearsarge racers gather for a post-race summit photo on a magnificent day! 

Kearsarge Race #1 - Skate
Place
Name
Time
Div
Div Rank
Club
1
Sam Evans-Brown
28m 59s
O18M
1
Concord Nordic
2
James Kitch
29m 9s
U18M
1
CSU
3
Oliver Snow
29m 32s
U18M
2
CSU
4
Jacob Jampel
29m 45s
U18M
3
CSU
5
Matt Moreau
31m 1s
U16M
1
CSU
6
Josh Valentine
32m 18s
U16M
2
GNA
7
Henry Johnstone
32m 41s
U16M
3
CSU
8
Jackson Hardin
33m 29s
U18M
4
CSU
9
Laura Appleby
33m 50s
U16F
1
CSU
10
Rob Bradlee
36m 9s
O18M
2
CSU
11
Heiner Baumann
37m 14s
O18M
3
CSU
12
Gabby Vandendries
38m 8s
U18F
1
CSU
13
Madeline Kitch
38m 50s
U16F
2
CSU
14
Alex Burt
40m 29s
U16M
4
CSU
15
Barry Kitch
43m 39s
O18M
4
CSU
16
Emily Nottonson
43m 39s
U18F
2
CSU
17
Eva Baumannn
43m 40s
U16F
3
CSU
18
Mary Kretchmer
44m 10s
U18F
4
GNA
19
Heather Deacon
49m 2s
U16F
3
GNA
20
Lydia Yoder
51m 1s
U18F
5
CSU

Kearsarge Race #2 - Classic

Place
Name
Time
Div
Div Rank
Club
1
Adam Glueck
26m 33s
U18M
1
Ford Sayre
2
James Kitch
27m 8s
U18M
2
CSU
3
Tim Cunningham
27m 30s
U18M
3
Ford Sayre
4
Josh Valentine
27m 41s
U16M
1
GNA
5
Matt Moreau
28m 12s
U16M
2
CSU
6
Henry Johnstone
28m 14s
U16M
3
CSU
7
Tyler Lee
29m 29s
U18M
4
CSU
8
Jackson Hardin
30m 50s
U18M
5
CSU
9
Kevin Telfor
31m 26s
U16M
4
CSU
10
Ben Buchheit
31m 35s
U16M
5
CSU
11
Rob Bradlee
31m 52s
O18M
1
CSU
12
Linden Niedeck
32m 1s
U16M
6
CSU
13
Kathy Maddock
32m 21s
O18F
1
DXC
14
Gabby Vandendries
33m 58s
U18F
1
CSU
15
Madeline Kitch
34m 42s
U16F
1
CSU
16
John Cunningham
34m 43s
U18M
6
Ford Sayre
17
Jim Burnham
34m 58s
O18M
2
CSU
18
Heiner Baumann
36m 42s
O18M
3
CSU
19
Alex Burt
36m 48s
U16M
7
CSU
20
Jamie Doucett
37m 37s
O18M
4
CSU
21
Mary Kretchmer
34m 54s
U18F
2
GNA
23
Bob Burnham
38m 11s
O18M
5
CSU
24
Barry Kitch
38m 31s
O18M
6
CSU
25
Eva Baumannn
39m 23s
U16F
2
CSU
26
Heather Deacon
40m
U16F
3
GNA
27
Emily Nottonson
43m 49s
U18F
3
CSU
28
Lorelei Poch
46m 47s
U18F
4
CSU