Monday, March 8, 2021

Weston Spring Fling 14k


Taking advantage of great snow coverage due to consistent snowmaking and February storms, the Weston Spring Fling series is being offered on Sunday nights in March while conditions allow. Race one of the series was the "Weston 14k" on March 7th. Racers arrived at the ski track to the fading rays of daylight, making it clear that the longer days of spring are just around the corner. 

Conditions on the 2.8k race loop were generally fast, with areas of slower manmade snow and some icy sections. Gains could be made by stringing together the sections of fast snow, and thanks to great grooming by Mark and his team, the technical corners were challenging but manageable. Skiers completed 5-laps of the course for an overall race distance of just under 14 kilometers. Thanks to Evgeny Ivanov for sharing his race track!

Finishing first overall in 36:25 was Chris Stock, followed by Martin Kronbuegel in 37:46, and Evan Hoch in 38:08.  

Taking first for the women was Rose Long in 46:14, followed by Christine Pastercyzk in 48:57, and Olivia Ester in 52:11.

The Spring Fling series will continue on Sunday, March 14th with a 5k+5k Skiathlon.

Thank you to Wes DeNering for organizing the Spring Fling series, Mark Jacobson for the grooming, and Betty Ann Sharp for help with the start and finish. 



Sunday, February 14, 2021

Westonloppet 2021

The winter 2020-2021 season has been a tough one for ski racing with many events cancelled or moved to virtual formats. Despite the challenges of masking and physical distancing, excellent snow coverage, creative CSU race organizers, and the grooming team at the Weston Ski Track have created opportunities for local skier to test themselves this winter. On Friday, February 12th, CSU hosted the Westonloppet, a timed test of endurance pitting skiers against the clock, each other, and very slow snow. 


The rules of the Westonloppet are simple- ski as far as possible in one or two hours. For the 2021 edition of the race, skiers were set off at 15 second intervals and drafting was prohibited, creating a true individual effort. Starting under the lights at 6:45pm, racers were greeted by cold conditions and a mix of natural and man made snow on a rolling 2.8 kilometer loop. With several snow guns blowing Charles River sandpaper onto the course, conditions were very soft and slow at times, adding to the unique challenge of the evening. 

A gos track of the 2.8k race loop at Weston Ski Track.

Sixteen skiers competed in the one-hour race, perhaps the sensible choice considering the slow conditions! Chris Stock continued the excellent form he has shown on Tuesday nights, racking up six laps for a total of 17k at an average pace of 3:22.8 min/kilometer. Chris was followed by Jim Stock completing 14.2k at 3:44.1 min/k pace, with Rose Teszler taking top woman and third overall by completing 14.2k at 4:05 min/k. 

Twenty-one skiers tackled the full two-hour race with Cameron Cogburn emerging as the clear winner, completing 13 laps for 35.6 kilometers at an average pace of 3:28.9 min/k. Watching from the side of the course it was impressive to see Cameron maintain his strong V2 throughout the entire race- very nicely done! Runner-up to Cameron was Pat Giersch who also topped 30k, completing 11 laps for 31.2k at an average pace of 3:55.4 min/k. Rounding out the podium in the two-hour race was Jay Fiske, finishing 10 laps at 4:05.2 pace. Taking first for the women in the two-hour race was Kate Weiler who recorded 21.7 kilometers at 5:22.7 min/k pace.

Along with the one and two hour races, three skiers, Marvin Wang, Martin Kronbuegel, and John Sakalowsky attempted the monumental challenge of the "Twelve Hours of Weston." John and Marvin completed the challenge, logging an outstanding 140 kilometers, or over 87 miles!! Truly an incredible feat of endurance, persistence, and perhaps a little bit of insanity. Well done to John and Marvin!

Special thanks and recognition needs to go to Wes DeNering for organizing, seeding, and setting up the 2021 Westonloppet along with the weekly CSU Tuesday night races. His dedication to creating opportunities for others has helped make the best of a challenging winter. Thanks as well to Jamie Doucett for volunteering and taking photos. You can find his album from the evening here. Thanks as well to all the competitors who turned out and made the 2021 Westonloppet a success.


Sunday, November 1, 2020

CSU Fall Classic Rollerski Race (The Covid Classic)

N. Andover, surprisingly, gave me permission to hold the 32nd annual rollerski race in N. Andover this morning, squeezing it in between a snowstorm on Friday and a tropical storm this evening.  A great turnout of juniors.  It was great to see everyone out there racing!  Results and photos below.  Thanks everyone for coming, thanks especially to all who helped out to watch corners and organize skiers at the start and to Lisa and Sarah for timing, giving me a chance to get some photos of everyone (I think) who raced. 

Overall Results

2 Lap Race

Eli Gallaudet



Evelyn Walton



Aidan Kimberley



Amelia Tucker



Greg Bodkins



Shea Brams



Victor Feofilaktov



Sam Gallaudet



Steve Lake



Bob Burnham



Francesca Kitch



Mica Bodkins



Barry Kitch



David Currie



Rob Bradlee



Clara Lake



1 Lap Race

Nathan Doughty


Sam Currie


Heiner Baumann


Luca Scirica


Gregory Chung


Emily Appleby


Ethan Butler


Matthew Dankwerth


Cat Johnstone


Sarah Kirincich


Maxim Shepetovsky


Elizabeth Graziani