Sunday, December 22, 2013

Rain, Ice, Puddles and Some Pretty Darned Good Racing

Wow, what a weekend of good old NE weather!  Rain, puddles, ice, trees falling in the woods with a sound like gunshots going off, rain, puddles....oh wait, I'm being redundant.  The racing season finally opened this weekend with races at Craftsbury, but unfortunately with the ice storm this morning today's race was cancelled, but that was the right thing to do.  Driving down the dirt road out of Craftsbury required some bobbing and weaving around downed limbs, branches bent low over the road with a load of ice and a slick surface.  With all that weather at Craftsbury I was amazed that there was still pretty good snow cover south of the Notch.

It was great to finally see everyone out there racing instead of doing intervals up Annursnac Hill.  The morning wasn't bad, but it was warm.  The manmade loop at Craftsbury was nicely groomed for the sprint race yesterday and fast.  CSU's crack wax team banged out 34 pair of skis, including several CSU alumni such as Rion O'Grady, Eli and Isaac Hoenig, and Olivia Cannon, and those skis were FAST!  Several skiers commented that they were almost too fast and they couldn't keep up with them.  We put 34 skiers on the course in the qualification round and 12 moved on to the rounds.  The wax team fired up again to re-prep those skis with qualifiers including Cate, Zoe, Alex and Rebecca in the women's race, Clara and Hadley in the U20 race, Eli and Chris in the men's race, Rion in the U20 race, Leah and Janelle in the J2 (U16) race and Joey in the J2 (U16) boys race.  All the rounds were fun races to watch with Zoe and Cate advancing to the A final and finishing in 4th and 5th respecively and Rebecca coming oh so close to advancing with a huge final charge up the last hill and moving from 5th to 3rd in her heat.  Eli also put in a big charge but it was a little too late to advance.  Leah skied strongly to take the J2 race in the pouring rain while Janelle finished 12th.  Joey, had a very strong finish in his final moving from 5th to 2nd in the B final.  Hadley skied strongly to finish 11th and Clara had a banner day skiing hard to grab 4th.  Great racing by everyone.  Several skiers who didn't advance still improved a lot from last year.

It was a fun weekend, even though it was cut short.  MSA next!  1 Jamie photo, several Amie photos:
Joey in the qualifier
With no race today, vast quantities of bacon being consumed

Coated trees

You can't take the wax team anywhere!

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