Monday, January 27, 2014

Waxing Team - Black Mountain, Maine

Here are a few photos of members of CSU's amazingly dedicated waxing team at Black Mountain, Rumford, Maine.  Apologies for not getting photos of everyone!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Rumford E. Cup

CSU Jrs. and a couple of masters had an excellent weekend in Rumford.  There was, first and foremost, snow on the ground, enough to use some parts of their race courses that I haven't seen in many years.  It was icy underneath ground up, fine sugar snow for Saturday's skate race and it was FAST.  Then, of course, it started snowing reasonably hard for the classic races, resulting in a classic mess of klister and hard wax for the wax job which changed to all hard wax for the men's race at noon.  30 CSU juniors arrived to race and there were lots of good results in all the races including Leah's two wins in the J2 girls (and overall 3rd in classic), Cate's 4th and 2nd, Gavin's 15th overall and first J1 in the classic, Rebecca's best 10km race ever, Rosie and Meg's classic races, Joey's 6th and 5th in J2 boys and lots of other really solid results.  Results can be found HERE  The CSU team was an impressive force, both on the trail, under the waxing tent and at the heavily laden food table.  We take up a lot of space!  Here are a bunch of photos from the skate race.  I didn't take any of the classic race due to wax duties, sticky fingers and the snow.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Senior Nationals 1.0

As many of you know, a few of us are out in Soldier Hollow, Utah racing at Senior Nationals. Our first race was 10km(2 laps) Classic Individual Start race for women and 15km(3 laps) for men on the Olympic 5km B course, a very hilly and tough course!  The hills here are long and steep, with the altitude making it even tougher, but hey, that’s what we are here for! The following day we had a Skate Sprint race, a new course none of us have raced before.  We had a mix of results with some athletes happy with their results and others hoping to have done a little better, but sprints are close and that’s why they are tough. Zoe and Eli qualified for Junior Heats so after lunch, everyone headed out to cheer for them! It was really fun to have the whole CSU crowd out there cheering for Zoe and Eli as they skied their way up to the A Final! Many teams out here outnumber us in size but it seemed as if we had the biggest cheering crowd out there and that we are a true team since the athletes, coaches, waxers and parents all worked together and supported one another. After two days of tough racing, we got two days off to recover. Some of the parents went hiking or fly-fishing while us athletes enjoyed some easy skiing in the sun and video technique sessions with Rob. Oh right, of course we had to do homework as well! Tomorrow is the Skate Mass Start (5km for Junior Women and 10km for Junior Men). Below are some pictures and videos my dad and I took, enjoy! J


Eli leading his Skate Sprint Heat
Zoe skiing hard in the Semi

Sunset after a great day of racing

Panorama shot of sweet Soldier Hollow skiing

Our awesome wax team!!! Thanks so much guys!

Peter setting up for fly-fishing

Gunther doing some scenic fly-fishing

Lucian enjoying that sun while he fly-fishes 

Hegge time! 

Julia tucking

Amie excited for the races

Chris smiling before the race

Classic Eli with the tongue sticking out...

Cate tackling Hermod's hill

Rebecca looking fast
Gavin post-race

Our team course ski today

Junior Womens A Final

Junior Men A Final