Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kearsarge Rollerski Race

CSU On Top of Kearsarge
John LaChance held Kearsarge #2 this past Sunday on what turned out to be a spectacular day (and provided the results and photos).  Just as the race was about to start the clouds thinned and at the finish it was bright, sunny, calm and very nice.  Not a bad way to finish a grunt of a race up a mountain!  While Rob and I grabbed early rides down so we could go give the parent wax team a clinic, most everyone else climbed up to the top of Kearsarge for some great views.

A good crowd of CSU juniors and masters made it up along with a good sized group of others who mostly skated while the rest of us did classic.  Us old guys lined up at the back, being very careful about not trying to go off like a shot with the juniors.  This turned out to be a good strategy for climbing an unrelenting hill that has some very steep sections in the early part of the race. 

I didn't feel all that peppy and so didn't try to stay with Rob, Bob or Gunther and just tried to settle into a sustainable pace so I wouldn't blow a gasket.  My morning coffee seemed not to have kicked in, so I settled in for the long haul watching the boys and the masters drift away from me.  I skied a bit with Hadley, but when I got to a flatter section with some double pole I gapped her and started chasing Eli B, catching him and skiing along for a while, gapping him on the longer flat section where I was thrilled to use my double pole and give my non-responsive legs a break.  Burnham, Kern, Bradlee and now Hank drifted ever further away and I had no chance of catching them.   I now started looking for the top and I couldn't remember how soon it came after which view.  It was such a nice day I did sneak in a look at each of the various view spots, but then back to work because Eli was right on my tail all the way to the top.    No slacking off!  

This was a fun race, in that kind of sicko way that we all seem to enjoy.  

Nathan was the overall winner, gapping everyone early in the race and never letting up.  Meg was the overall women's winner, putting in a big surge somewhere in the middle of the race to catch Hadley and finish strong.  On the masters side, Rob caught Gunther later in the race, much to Gunther's chagrin.  In the skate race Blaine Ayotte captured the race with Steve Piotrow taking the masters race with Darrin Piotrow grabbing the top spot for women.  Everyone appeared to race well and the winners I know enjoyed the Prize Pies.  Thanks for a great event John!

 Mt. Kearsarge Roller Ski Race - November 18, 2012

Time Skier M/F Age Cat. Technique

27:36 Nathan Moreau M 18 OJ Classic
28:28 Jimmy Burnham M 22 Senior Classic
28:32 Lewis Nottonson M 15 J2 Classic
30:30 Sean Skahen M 17 J1 Classic
31:47 Rob Bradlee M - M Classic
32:04 Gunther Kern M - M Classic
32:35 Hank Yoder M 18 OJ Classic
32:59 Bob Burnham M - M Classic
34:16 Jamie Doucett M - M Classic
34:24 Eljah Bucher M 16 J1 Classic
35:15 Meg Yoder F 16 J1 Classic
35:56 Mary Lagunowich F 16 J1 Classic
36:07 Hadley Moreau F 15 J1 Classic
36:23 Janelle Deneau F 14 J2 Classic
37:52 Rebecca Smith M 16 J1 Classic
38:15 Carina Wallack F 18 0J Classic
40:04 Clara Cousins F 16 J1 Classic
42:37 Sophie MacArthur F 16 J1 Classic

31:20 Blaine Ayotte M 17 J1 Skate
32:02 Steve Piotrow M 49 M Skate
32:19 Dave Cahill M 33 M Skate
37:59 Darrin Piotrow F 13 J2 Skate
38:18 Joe Ayotte M 49 M Skate
39:21 Greg Larkin M - M Skate
40:48 Scott Betournay M - M Skate
41:28 Merideth Piotrow F 44 M Skate





The start

Beginning of the race and Nate has gapped the field already!




Nate closing in on a pie






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