Monday, December 11, 2017

Classic time trial

With a little natural snow at weston, we held a time trial, complete with mandatory striding zones. "in the races, will they force you to stride on a flat?"

Thanks for John Bucheit for compiling the results. These times are all verrrry approximate. Some skiers did not have watches. Some "forgot to hit the button." Some did not report their time. I think the order of the first 11 skiers is accurate. 

1. Jacob J. about 23:00 (no watch - guesstimate)
2. Oliver S.about 23:05 (no watch - based on Jacob's guesstimate)
3. Henry J  24:23 (had watch)
4. Ben B. 24:54 (had watch, but time based up finishing 1 s. behind Henry)
5. Andy M. 25:24 (no watch, but estimated he was 10 s. behind John S.)
6. John S. 25:29 (had watch)
7. Shea B. 27:24 (had watch) - done on her own after practice because of babysitting conflict
8. Francesca 27:40 (had watch)
9. Lucas Daly 28:00 (no watch, estimate)
10. Eva 28:35 (had watch)
11. Amelia 29:05 (had watch, but forgot to hit button, so this was an estimate in part based on finishing close to Eva)
12. Flora 31:00 (estimate - pulled out phone about a minute after she finished)
13. Milo 32:04 (had watch)
14. Tali W. 35:00 (estimate, I think)
15. Serena J. (no time given)
16. Kate W. (no time given)

Good job to all the skiers! 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Craftsbury Round 2

CSU Jrs were in action again at Craftsbury going around and around on the manmade snow.  Good skiing and good prep for going around and around at Weston.  Lots of skiers out there with Craftsbury and UVM in attendance, Dublin School, and lots of masters skiers.  Had to play a bit of dodge-em.  The Jrs. did some 1 lap sprints this morning with some of the Craftsbury kids.   Awaiting the real stuff.....

Sunday, November 5, 2017

2017 Fall CSU Fall Classic Rollerski Race

Up the first hill

We had a smaller turnout this year than in recent years, even though the weather for rollerskiing was pretty good with light winds, temps about 50F and mostly overcast skies but no rain, snow or other stuff falling.  Harvard brought a big contingent as usual, making it a fun race with several CSU Jr. grads including Clara Cousins, Izzy Cole, Will Rhatigan and Jacob Meyerson.

It's a bit hard to report on the race from the back of the pack, but suffice it to say, everyone shot off the line and headed up the hill way ahead of me.  There was a nice lead pack with Alex Burt doing the 1 lapper skiing with Mack, James (who did 2 laps) and Will, while behind them things got stretched out a bit.  Leading out on the women's side were Tegan and Hannah.  Further back, Robert and I were chasing Lily and at one point I made the pass but got re-passed at the bottom of the long downhill so it was back to chasing.  About this point Robert told me he was struggling and eased off a bit.  Back up front, Alex came across the line leading the pack and finishing first in the Jr. race closely followed by Mack and James, but Mack gapped James somewhere on lap 2 to take home the victory with James 17 sec. back.  I passed Kate Weinberg on the back half of the course with her speed reducer flopping around, so I hope that wasn't have a negative impact on her speed.  Kate hung in to take first for Jr. women.  At some point Andy came by on lap two.  His pole tip had failed on lap one and he'd pulled off to get his skate poles at the car before continuing on his way.  I was still chasing Lily, passed on the long downhill and then got re-passed again and that was it as she floated up the hills gaining time on me.  Up front Tegan must have put the hammer down on Hannah and came in first in the women's race with Hannah 20 sec. back.  In the Jr. race Henry and Linden were going at it with Henry coming out 1 sec. ahead at the finish.

So, it was a good day of racing.  I'd like to thank everyone who helped out by timing and watching the corners and keeping the traffic at bay.  Thanks to Chris City for the great photoset.

Alex crosses the finish line

Henry edges Linden for 2nd place

CSUJr racers

Jamie giving out awards (pies and cider donuts!)


Tegan takes control

Izzy leading out

Robert chasing Kate chasing Lily


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Linden and Henry


Clara leading out


James airborne


Men’s Results

Name Club 1st Lap Finish Time
Mack Fitzpatrick Harvard
James Kitch CSU
Will Rhatigan Harvard
Chris O’Brien Harvard
Haakon Sigurslid Harvard
Connor Green Harvard
Jacob Meyerson Harvard
Andy Milne CSU

Jamie Doucett CSU
Robert Faltus CSU

Women’s Results

Tegan Thorley Harvard
Hannah Hardenberg Harvard
Isabel Cole Harvard
Lily Koffman Harvard
Clara Cousins Harvard

Junior Women

Kate Weinberg CSU

Francesca Kitch CSU


Junior Men

Alex Burt CSU

Henry Johnstone CSU

Linden Niedeck CSU

Ben Buchheim CSU


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CSU Fall Classic Rollerski Race Nov. 5

Photos courtesy of Chris City

The 28th annual CSU Fall Classic Rollerski race takes place Sunday Nov. 5 in N. Andover.  The race is classic, 2 laps for seniors and masters, 1 lap for juniors (you can do 2 if you want).  Race starts at 9:30 am.  Beware daylight savings!

Questions or to volunteer, email me at:

The 2017 CSU Fall Classic Roller-Ski Race
Hosted by the Cambridge Sports Union
Proceeds to Support FOLJMS (The Friends of Leo J Martin Skiing)
Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
Start: 9:30am
Entry Fee: $12 
Course: 2 lap course, approx. 15km (7.5 for Juniors) over rolling suburban streets
Technique: Classic
Location: Playground on Milk St. and Johnson St, North Andover, Mass.

Mail Entries: Jamie Doucett Info:    Call at 978-475-6323
26 Lincoln Street Email:
Andover, MA.  01810

 Name: Sex:        M               F
  Address: ` Age on Race Day      
 Ski Type: 

In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I, intending to be legally bound, hereby, for myself, for my heirs, executors and administrators waive and release any and all sponsors and their representatives, CSU, NENSA, and the Town of North Andover from any and all rights and claims for damages I may have arising out of any injuries and illnesses suffered by me in this event.  I attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for the completion of this event.  I have read the entry information provided and certify my compliance by my signature below.  I also understand entry fees that I pay are non-refundable.

 Signature: Parent/Guardian

 (if under 18 years of age)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Picture-Perfect Autumn Weather Greets CSU-X Athletes in 2017 Boston Mayor's Cup XC Race

In picture-perfect autumn weather, CSU-X runners Linden, Ben, and Alex (led by coaches Pat Giersch and Eric Vandendries) all made strong showings on Sunday, October 22, at the 2017 Boston Mayor's Cup Franklin Park 5K XC race.

Ben led the pack for the CSU-X racers, pushing past Linden in the final 100 meters with a strong sprint and final push across the finish line. Ben and Linden both finished with sub-20-minute times (32nd and 33rd overall, respectively), with Alex following in under 22 minutes after cramping up on the third lap.

Leigh Niedeck also competed in the Youth 10 and Under 1.1 mile race and finished a strong 17th overall.

Congratulations to all who participated and thanks again to Pat and Eric for their yeoman coaching efforts.

More photos of the runners below: