Several CSUers made the long trip to Lake Placid for the 10th annual Climb to the Castle rollerski race. This race goes up the road on Whiteface mountain that climbs 3,000 feet over 5 miles to a castle built back in the Depression by the CCC.
Coach Rob took Jackson, James, and Oliver in the Cadillac of minivans on Friday to the luxurious EconoLodge. Hannah and Madeline Rieder came with their mom Joan. On Saturday James and Jacob arrived as did Erik and Gabby Vandendries bringing along Bill Rieders.
On Saturday morning the boys and Rieders and I hiked Cascade mountain.
In the afternoon we spent a couple of hours in "study hall" at the Lake Placid library overlooking Mirror lake. Then, it was off the to the Jumping Complex to get a tour from Henry and Alex as they were also in town for the weekend doing jump training. We couldn't stay long enough to watch Henry fly off the K90, but I saw the video and he nailed it!
After a beautiful day on Saturday, we woke to rain on Sunday. Stopped by race time at 8 AM and we just had damp roads for the race and some fog and wind at the summit. CSU put two out of three on the podium as Hannah won, Madeline was 3rd, and Gabby was 5th. Nice work, girls! The boys also all had solid races.
In the afternoon the sun came out and the minivan crew had an epic adventure crossing Lake Champlain on the ferry.