It’s Winter Race Season: Results & What’s Next!
Panthers Skate ski Into Strong Season
On Saturday, Jan. 18 the Lake County Panther Nordic team headed to Aspen for its second weekend of racing. The race consisted of a duathlon, where skiers do one race that is half classic and half skating.
The weather in Aspen was warm, and the course consisted of rolling hills over a series of small loops. The high school racers skied a 3 km course twice, while the middle school skiers skied a 1.5 km course twice.
The high school girls had a rough start, with all of them getting tangled off the beginning. Despite the challenging start, Kimberly Vierczhalek came through the classic portion of the race in 25th and had a strong skate portion to finish 26th overall. Hannah Lufkin, despite a fall in the classic portion skied a strong skate leg to take 25th for that leg and 29th overall. Whitney White had an excellent race for a freshman, notching a 39th for the classic portion and 41st overall.
The high school boys race was filled with crashes and carnage, and the Panthers were able to navigate through most of it. Ryan Morrison skied a solid race for 39th. Andrew Coffin had an excellent skate leg, placing 39th in that portion and qualifying for the state meet, and overall was 44th. Charlie Koch was right behind in 45th. Ethan Greiner placed 44th in the classic race, taking the last qualifying spot for the state meet in that discipline, and placed 48th overall.
Trevor Kerrigan had a strong skate leg (52nd) and was 56th overall. Simone Baccialle classic skied for both portions of the race, the only athlete to do this, and placed 80th overall. Cheyenne Mendoza and Colton Collyer completed the challenging course and recorded their first Nordic race finish, with places of 84th and 89th overall.
“We had a rough time getting out of the start cleanly, and that made it challenging for the skiers to move up easily,” Coach Karl Remsen said. “I know we can have a bit smoother start in future races.”
After this weekend, Morrison, Coffin, Koch, and Greiner are all qualified for the state meet in at least one discipline along with Vierczhalek and Lufkin.
Sam Frykholm, only a 6th grader, led the middle school boys through the first transition with a strong classic leg and then Joe Koch caught him on the skate portion. Koch (Joe) was 27th overall and Frykholm was 30th overall. Zach Coffin was next in 34th, followed by Zayden Tufte in 35th, Matthew Seibel in 36th, Conner Lenhard in 37th, Matt Koch in 38th, and Tyler Crenshaw in 39th.
Caroline Benney and Molly Lenhard led the middle school girls with a 23rd and 24th place finish. Courtney Crenshaw and Hannah Holm rounded out the team in 30th and 31st.
“Excellent skiing from everyone on a challenging course,” noted middle school coach Jeff Spencer.
Next up for the team is a classic race in Steamboat Springs this Saturday, Jan. 25.
Winter Tri in Leadville Maximizes Snow Sports!
Last Saturday’s (Jan. 18) Arrowhead Alpine Club Winter Triathlon in Leadville saw about 20 winter athletes at the start line. The race consists of a 5K snowshoe, 10K snow-bike and an 8K skate-ski competition that 11 men, a handful of women and three teams competed in at Leadville’s CMC Timberline Campus.
In the men’s heat it was Ross Delaplace who came in first, followed by Eric Black and Kevin Minard. On the women’s side Hannah Williams reached the finish line first, followed closely by Roxanne Hall and Katrina Dowidchuk. For complete results and times for each sport: LINK.The Winter Tri Mens Winners were Ross Delaplane (1st Place), Eric Black (2nd Place), and Kevin Menard (3rd Place).
This is the fifth event of the 2013/2014 Pedal Power Winter Race Series. The non-profit series, now in it’s 18th season, benefits local charities in Lake and Eagle Counties.
The next event in the Winter Race Series will be this Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Eagle Vail Pavillion. The Eagle-Vail Metro District Snow Mountain Bike Race registration opens at 10 a.m.
This is the season’s second ‘winter mountain bike’ event and the sixth race in Pedal Power Winter Race Series, The Eagle-Vail venue, located in the heart of the Valley, has been a favorite since the Pedal Power series began in 1996. There will be two categories available this year, with an 8-10 mile mile course set up for advanced and expert riders and a 4-5 mile beginner course for those who simply want to get out and experience the thrill winter moutain biking.
Registration for this event is $20. Participants can save time by pre-registering directly online at pedalpowerbike.com. They can also register with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Registration is also possible for $25 on the day of the event at the race start. For more information call Pedal Power at 845-0931.
For more information call Pedal Power at 970-845-0931.The Winter Tri Womens Winners were Hannah Williams (1st Place), Roxanne Hall (2nd Place), Katrina Dowidchuk (3rd Place).