The Billy Dutton was what it always is: HARD. No getting around that. Ton’s of fun and some interesting techniques employed: skate, classic, running, tandem skiing (2nd annual tandem champs = Gus and Johannes!). I was able to claim the victory by a few minutes over Franz and Spencer. Hard snow this year made it faster than normal. Thanks to Squaw Valley as well for pulling off an improbably clean and well-covered trail with nearly no snow on the lower slopes.
Thanks to all the great Far West volunteers, racers, coaches, and parents for a great event and outstanding support of the Elite Team all season. Next year we will have tons of snow, I promise!
Last weekend was the always-fun Mammoth Marathon. Myself and Spencer represented the Far West Elite Team by placing 1-2. This is an awesome race because it’s super scenic, at super high altitude, has super good food at the awards, and provides super nice race bibs (synthetic not paper).
Check out some pics by Mark Nadell : Photos
Next came came a new challenge: become, in all likelihood, the first person to roller ski at Walker Lake.
Definitely got some interesting looks from RVers and locals. Surprisingly good pavement though.
The Far West XC Elite Team is putting on a delicious fundraising dinner at TXC this Saturday. See the details here. http://farwestnordic.org/fwnsea/elite-team-dinner/
Please come out and support the Elite Team by letting us serve you a delicious meal.
Way to go Royal Gorge for bringing back the Gold Rushfor the first time in several years, despite the lack of snow. It was shortened from 50 to 36k, but was super fun nonetheless and a great workout for Franz, Patrick, and me.
With the Great Race and Tahoe Rim Tour cancelled this season because of the historic drought, it was awesome to have at least one of the “big three” California races. Next year we can get them all I’m sure!
Pat and I are in Anchorage Alaska for Supertour Finals. We had a 15km Skate race Saturday and I did the Classic Sprint Sunday. Today we skied out across a lake to a glacier on one of the most scenic skis I’ve ever been on. The sprint went fairly well although I’ve now been 32nd in the last 3 Supertour sprints I’ve entered in (the top 30 qualifiers move on to heats). Even though its tough to be so close but not make it to the heats, I’m pretty excited on how much I have improved in sprinting this year. Tomorrow is a team relay, which we don’t have enough people for so Patrick is joining mixed club team. Race Schedule and results are here: http://anchorage2014.com/