Sunday, March 16, 2008
At EHS, CSU Jrs Chris Stock and Olga Golovkina both won two races, were on the 1st place relay team, along with CSUer Nadja Kern and Nick Fogel from Western Mass, and also won the all-around top honors! Massachusetts took 5 of a possible 7 1st places at the event, which I am pretty sure is unprecedented. The relay win by Massachusetts was the first time in the 25 year history of the event.
At the Sugarloaf Marathon CSU's Alex Jospe took home the top prize for women in the final NE marathon of the year with a narrow 5 second victory at the finish over Lauren Jacobs. Frank Feist came home in 13th overall and Andy Milne in 15th for 2nd and 3rd in their age group, respectively. Wes Denering finished 34th and Michael Melnikov 51st.
EHS turned out to be a massive klister-fest with 2 classic races and the 2 classic legs of the relay all requiring klister. I have never waxed so many skis with so much klister in my life and I'm not sure I want to do that again any time soon! Over the course of Saturday and Sunday we used Toko Multiviola, Rode Multigrade, Toko Silver, Rex OV, Rode Rossa, and Toko green basebinder on race skis in delightful combinations. That doesn't include all the other stuff we tried and rejected and all the rilling and Jetstream application that also had to be done. Nothing like icy, granular snow slightly below freezing, but warming up through the morning to race time to keep you hopping with constant wax testing, re-testing and re-testing again and then applying in a hurry to get all the kids to the starting line on time. However, the Mass waxing team did quite well and the kids had good skis so I'm not complaining although my klister thumb and back are.
In addition to Olga and Chris' winning efforts many other CSUers had excellent results over the weekend. Isaac Hoenig was fourth and Jimmy Burnham (photo) 10th in the classic race and Nadja Kern was 10th in the skate race, 9th in the classic sprint and 10th in the classic race. It was pretty sweet to have three Massachusetts boys and two girls in the top ten in today's race and in the top 10 for the all-around competition.
Full results for all races can be found at: http://www.barttiming.com/XCski/ehsc08.htm
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The weekend started off on Friday afternoon with a 5km skate in very nice weather. Nadja Kern had the top CSU result, finishing 9th, with Hannah Smith in 27th. Chris Burnham was the top CSU boy, coming in a very solid 12th, followed closely by Michael Goldenberg in 15th.
On Saturday I awoke at 6, worried about the forecast of rain all day. But luckily Jackson was in a weather window, with a sleet storm heading off the to the east and the rain way off to the west. So, we settled in for a day of klister waxing, finally settling on Toko Orange with Toko silver mixed in for some added kick. The wax worked for both the morning 5km race and the afternoon classic sprint. Nadja again had the top CSU result with an impressive 3rd place in the girls race and duking it out the entire race with a Vermont girl who just beat her out in the finish straight. Chris Burnham was again the top CSU boy in 37th and followed closely by Neil Garrison in 40th. For the sprint, the boys just squeeked in their race before the rain finally began to fall on the girls. Chris Burnham was the top CSU sprinter while Michael Goldenberg was 49th, Neil Garrison 52nd, Nick Serbedzija 77th and Christian Ladd 82nd. On the girls side Nadja was 8th, Hannah 42nd, Heather Fisher 74th and Kelsey Colpitts 77th.
The last event was the mixed gender relay where the first 2 skiers do classic and the next two skate. Boys scramble and the top Mass team led out the race until the hill and then fell back to 9th and eventually finished in 10th. Once again, after all the rain of the night before, waxing was a bit of a challenge and we finally settled on Toko Multiviola klister with a couple layers of Rode Multigrade hardwax corked in over it. In the final tally Maine overtook Vermont in the relay to take top honors. Vermont was second, NH third and Mass 4th. An excellent weekend of racing!!!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Friday night Ethan and I headed to the Kingdom with a few St. Lawrence skiers. A few inches of wet, sloppy snow made driving Saturday morning a challenge. It took us three tries to get out of the Townsend’s before the town snow plow came through and saved us. I discouraged Ethan from driving “the fun way” (as he calls it) to Craftsbury on back roads, and we went on paved roads instead. We all did the 30 Km freestyle race, and St. Lawrence represented well. I thought our chances were nil when Liz Stephens showed up, but she and Carina Hamel just did the 15 Km race. So Kristen, Kalie, and I took 1-3 on the women’s side, ahead of several UVM and Harvard skiers. The weather was warm, and it started raining on the second loop, making for a very wet, sloppy ski. The trails were in great condition though. Fortunately, I invested some money a few years ago on a wet grind for one of my pairs of skate skis, which is money well spent. My skis felt great most of the race, although they did slow some when the snow really got saturated. All of the age category winners got a loaf of homemade cinnamon raisin bread. I’ve been eating about 4 slices of toast per day ever since. The other treat was the BBQ afterwards, complete with real “sugar on snow” for dessert. The drive home took forever- well, about 6 hours. It rained until we crossed back into NY, and then it was sleet and snow. We got almost 2 feet of snow Saturday night into Sunday. It took Ethan and me over two hours to shovel out the driveway yesterday morning before we could go anywhere
24 Victor Golovkina 1:47:20
27 Scott Lundquist 1:53:43
30 Bill Holland 1:58:39
32 Bob Donahue 2:02:10
24 Victor Golovkina 1:47:20
4 Olga Golovkina 51:22
4 Olga Golovkina 51:22
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Then it was the skater's turn. Andy Milne, along with a number of other people, placed their skis at the starting line and then went to check in because it was taking so long. Several hundred yards down the course after the gun went off Andy realized that something was amiss. The whole field was passing him.....doing double pole! Now that just isn't right! At that point Andy realized he had someone else's skis on and they were dogs.....He struggled through the entire first lap and when he came through the 25km lap he skied over to switch to another pair of his own skis. Things improved from there but he was never able to catch back up with the group he felt he should have been with even though he "skied like a man possessed!"
It was a tough day out there with the snow coming down, the wind blowing and it being a bit soft. The trail was in pretty good shape and if you stayed in the middle and kept your V2 and V2 alt short then your skis didn't sink in too bad. It got pretty soft on the steeper uphills and on at least one occasion I got completely stood up by the wind. I switched to the 25km because I'd been sick, which was a good move as I barely made it through even the shorter distance, fading badly in the last 7km. I was first in M5, Lisa Doucett was 2nd in her age group, Irene Melnikova was 4th in M4, Erin Dubinski finished 2nd amongt OJs and Jim Miller was 3rd in M7.
In the marathon, the race was won by Pat Weaver in 2:31:03 and the top woman was Hannah Dreissigacker in 3:05:17. Alex Jospe was 2nd Senior woman, admitting that "it was a very long race". Jon Peterson was 9th Sr male, Tom Clemow 9th M6, Michael Melnikov 3rd and Brett Rutledge 5th in M4, Andy Milne was 5th and Victor Golovkin 11th in M3.