The Great Ski Race

If anyone ever asks me what the Great Race is like, other then saying “It’s a great race” I’ll have to say its business in the front and a party in the back. This was my first time doing the race and I had a ton of fun. I was fortunate to have some of the fastest skis in the race. So fast in fact I went from being 3 minutes of the lead group, of Brian Gregg and farmer Wyatt Fereday at the top of the climb (11km), to winning the race by almost a minute at 22km. I ended up second behind Brian Gregg who caught me in the last two km partly because my skis weren’t quite as awesome in the last part of the race and partly because Brian is a darn good skier. Afterwards we all enjoyed the finish and watching other races come down the finishing hill. I think I saw everyone I’ve ever met in the Tahoe nordic community at the finish today, pretty awesome so many people came out to ski.
While skis will never completely make or break a race, the skis I had for the Great Ski Race helped out a bunch and I owe significant thanks to those who helped me not only have fast skis but also develop as a skier. All the Far West coaches, especially Martin Benes for waxing my skis and teaching me how to go fast. Madshus (I ski on their skis, boots, and poles) for all their support giving me the tools to ski fast. Also Roger Cheney, the local Rossi rep, last minute structured my skis and is a huge supporter of Far West Nordic and the Farm Team.

About Spencer Eusden

Spencer is a born and raised Mainer and a recent graduate from Bowdoin College. After experiencing summer skiing and real mexican food during the first year of the Far West College Summer Residency Program in 2011, he had little choice but to come back and race for Far West!