After a week of warmup and heavy rains that destroyed the snow in the
area it appeared that Bretton Woods had survived with sufficient cover to hold
their race. Lisa and I headed up on
Sunday in time to get in a ski to check things out. BW had already modified the planned course
due to the icy conditions and lost cover.
Heading across the golf course in the cold and wind, which had returned,
we skied on a sheet of boilerplate and heading up B&M there was ½ inch of
new snow over, you got it, boilerplate and nice big ice patches. It was pretty grim, but the coverage was at least pretty good.
I started down Abenaki Way
and turned around due to the ice.
Hopefully BW would be able to pull off a grooming miracle for the second
year in a row.
Monday dawned at 2F, but sunny and no wind. It was going to be a beautiful day, although it was a bit weird that the top of Mt. Washington was naked rock and little snow. Heading over from Highland Lodge nice and early I started working on the skis, using klister binder and blue klister covered with blue stick. It was warming up nicely and tested the skis, happy to find that indeed, BW had groomed things up very nicely, covering up the ice, grinding up ice and setting a couple tracks, shallow in places, but totally skiable. Well done! It was going to be fast!
CSU arrived in force along with Northwest Vt, Ford Sayer and other
New England clubs.
Toeing the starting line for CSU were John Sakolowski, Rob Bradlee,
Kathy Maddock, Robert Faltus, Clinton Kreiger, Tom Smith, Lisa Doucett, Sarah
Doucett, Jody Newton, Gray Holmes, Steve Moreau and Roger Wilson. (Hope I didn’t miss anyone.) The start went well with few entanglements
and off we went! I started a bit too far
back and a gap was opening ahead of a couple people in my track, so I hopped
out of the track to the outside and DP’d by several people before settling into
the gap comfortably behind Robert and Clinton on his first foray into double
poling the entire race. Turns out that wasn’t
a bad idea as it was very fast and there was very little striding but Clinton found how tiring
it can be! I strided a bit just to get
the legs moving and stay a bit warmer, but it was mostly DP and kick DP all the
way up. I was moving pretty well,
chasing some high school kids and was joined by Ian Blair from Bethel, trading places as we chased the kids.
Near the top, in the one place where striding was the way to go it was like I’d
forgotten how and flailed about a bit, then back to DP toward the downhills on
Sebosis. Up ahead John was having a good
race in the top group with Kathy and Rob a bit further back while close behind
were Robert and Clinton. The ride down Sebosis was interesting with some icy
spots, a bump with dirt after which I spazzed and fell down on a flatter
stretch. Stupid! The fast ride down
continued on to the last hill
by the road where I’d almost caught up to the kids and 2 guys who’d passed me
when I fell. My skis were rocking! The finish was a dead flat km to the finish
and my skis were so fast I caught up to everybody, the last one a high schooler
and I just knew he’d be able to shoot his foot at the line and I would have
probably torn my hamstring if I’d tried, so got nipped at the line. I’d had a blast in my first non-Weston race
of the year. CSU had a great day and a good showing with
John in 10th, Rob in 18th, Kathy 21st, Steve
26th, Jamie 31st, Robert 37th, Clinton 39th,
Tom 52nd, Gray 60th, Sarah 62nd in her first
non-Weston race since high school, Roger 70th, Jody 80th
and Lisa 85th. Lots of age
group first places with Sarah, Kathy and John all first! Dark
A full lap of warm down with NWVT then commenced for many of us as our big pack slowly yakked our way around the course again. An excellent day of racing! Many thanks to Bretton Woods for pulling off a race in marginal conditions.
Full results can be found at: