About Wyatt Fereday

Originally from Boise, Idaho and a graduate of Colby College, Wyatt is entering his 3rd season on the Elite Team, Wyatt will again be contender in any distance race. Having recently completed his Masters’ Thesis, he will be putting in some quality hours this fall. Last season he had some impressive results both locally and on the national level. Top races included 16th in the SuperTour Finals Hill Climb, 1st in the Billy Dutton, 4th in The Great Ski Race, 49th at the American Birkebeiner, and overall winner of the Fischer Cup.

Work and Play

Balancing training and work is always a challenge. Sometimes you can do both. Earlier this summer while doing hydrology field-work in Elko, NV, I used an off-day to do a bike ride up the beautiful Lamoille Canyon in the Ruby Mountains. Turns out I should have brought the xc skis as 3/4 to the end of the canyon I was stopped by a couple feet of snow on the road and lots of snow machine fumes. I about froze on the ride back down as a snowstorm rolled in. Luckily, I had a trusty can of sardines in Louisiana hot sauce waiting for me in the truck at the bottom – a great training/field-work food (or just a great food anytime). I got revenge on the next work trip to Elko by classic rollerskiing up to the end of the canyon.

I guess I’m lucky to have a job that includes work in places where potential for mountain biking, running, and rollerskiing adventures make work seem like play.

Biking Lamoille Canyon in the snow

Biking Lamoille Canyon in the snow

Yum

Yum

Billy Dutton Uphill!!

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!

Tandem Style

Tandem Style

Mammoth Marathon and Walker Rollerskier

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
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Next came came a new challenge: become, in all likelihood, the first person to roller ski at Walker Lake.

Walker Rollerskier

Definitely got some interesting looks from RVers and locals. Surprisingly good pavement though.

 

 

The Gold Rush is Back!

Way to go Royal Gorge for bringing back the Gold Rush

Elite Team on the Gold Rush Podium

Elite Team on the Gold Rush Podium

for 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!

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This photo sums up my birkie:

Thermal blankets are stylish as well as warm

Thermal blankets are stylish as well as warm

I got cold again (like two years ago) and had to add some festive attire. I still haven’t learned just how much colder Wisconsin is than California. Still a great trip and tons of fun. Congrats to Matt Gelso and Patrick Johnson on their great finishes!

Makin’ Dough

Blue Toko and Blue Puffies

Blue Toko and Blue Puffies

Patrick and I went up to the Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley, Idaho over the weekend to ski with some of the best in the west and have some fun on real snow. It was a successful day with both of us cracking the top 10 (Patrick 5th, myself 9th) to earn a bit of money. Patrick also won the first preem to claim a bit extra dough. It was a new course this year, with a few more climbs and a few more Ks, which turned out to make it a more fun and interesting race, and probably helped us out a bit since we are from altitude. The Toko blue wax we raced on was excellent as well. Thanks to the volunteers in Ketchum that made it happen on thinner than usual snow.

BMT Podium

BMT Podium

Teton Ridge Classic

The Teton Ridge Classic is a great ski race. Beautiful scenery, nice rolling terrain, tons of snow, cheerful volunteers, lots of hot soup and bread at the finish. I had the added benefit of driving over to Driggs, Idaho with the Idaho Nordic crew. Turned out that it was perfect fish scales and/or zeros conditions. I left both of those pairs of skis in Reno. But Mike “Silver Fox” Weber set me up on his extra pair of fishies. Throw in their v05 Finite structure tool and the skis were dynamite.  Oh and one last critical piece of equipment: my lucky Bill Clinton ski tie. Needles to say,  It was a good race.

 

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Good ol’ days

Boulder mountains and synchronized striding

Is that Lake Tahoe back there? Nope: just Boise below the inversion

Is that Lake Tahoe back there? Nope: just Boise below the inversion

It’s great to find snow in Idaho and find old friends and jump in the old local races from the junior days. Here’s some pics in cold sun valley that bring back them old memories. Maybe truckee will get some of this snow soon??

Best of luck to the far west crew down in soldier hollow this week! I’ll stick to fighting off master blasters for the time being.

Our old coach: Ivana

Our old coach: Ivana

Racing snow maker classic in sun valley

Racing Snowmaker classic in sun valley

 

Park skiing and stone grinding

Got in some rare Reno skiing around Ranch San Rafael Park near my house. Actually decided to ski the road on the way to the park. Then, because I liked stone grinding my skis on asphalt, I took the Tahoe XC kids up to Brockway summit to ski the road in the late afternoon. Nice sunset up there but wicked cold.

Reno Skiing

Reno Skiing

 

Sunset on Brockway

Sunset on Brockway with the kids

Things you see in West Yellowstone

Frosty tips

Frosty tips

Hobbit hole

Hobbit hole

 

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Kitchen skis

Kitchen skis

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Little man wax bench

Little man wax bench

Bird in a bag

Bird in a bag