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Leadville News – December 6

Winter Race Series Kicks off Saturday

The first race of the Pedal Power Winter Race Series will take place this Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center.  The Center is located at Ski Cooper on Highway 6/24 between Minturn and Leadville.


The Pedal Power Winter Race Series kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 9 at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center with a Classic 5 Miler Snowshoe Race. Photo: Leadville Today/ Brennan Ruegg.

The Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series, now celebrating its 22nd year of adventure racing. Racers should be prepared for a generous mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide.

The Tennessee Pass venue is one of the most anticipated of the winter race season because its location on the Continental Divide provides ample course setting options even with minimal coverage.  The variety of challenging terrain along the Tennessee Pass track makes it one of the top snowshoe courses in the country.  This event attracts some of the best local, regional and national nordic and endurance competitors as well as recreational racers out to challenge themselves amidst the beauty of the surrounding peaks.



Mark “Smokey” Burgess heads towards the finish line at last year’s Pedal Power Snowshoe race.

Pedal Power Winter Race Series Schedule:

  • December 9 @ 10 a.m. – Tennessee Pass Kick-Off Classic 5 Miler Snowshoe at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center @ Ski Cooper.
  • December 30 @ 10 a.m. – Pazzo’s/K.O. EagleVail Holiday 5K/10K at               EagleVail Golf Course & Pavilion.
  • January 27 @ 10 a.m. – Aria Athletic Club & Spa Winter Triathlon at CMC Timberline Campus, Leadville.
  • February 24 @ 10 a.m. – Vail Nordic Center Winter Triathlon at Vail Nordic Center @ Vail Golf Course.

Registration for this first event is $20.  Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970-845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start. For more information and a complete series schedule, go to pedalpowerbike.com.


Latest News – January 18

Nordic Panthers Skate Strong Through Season


Long overdue bluebird skies are expected again today, but more snow is in the forecast for the weekend. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

The Lake County High School Nordic team competed at their first skate race of the season on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. The team was excited to race on their home terrain and see how they stacked up in skating after their classic debut last week.

The groomers and staff of the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center did an excellent job preparing the race course, even after weeks of snow. The track was firm and the skating fast. The course climbed for much of the first four kilometers before descending back from the high point at nearly 11,000 feet. As an individual start race, the skiers had to race the clock rather than other competitors.

LCHS_Logo_Panther The high school girls continued to show they are one of the fastest squads in the state this year by placing 3rd as a team. Harper Powell led the team with her first top ten finish in a skate race, placing 9th. Whitney White was just a few seconds behind in 12th, an excellent start to her racing season after missing last week’s race. Caroline Benney was the third scorer in 18th.

Ariel Benney had another solid finish by placing 25th. Jackie Williams was close behind in 29th, which was her best skate finish ever. Molly Lenhard was the next Panther finisher in 33rd. All of the six top skiers for Lake County notched their skate qualifying mark. Abby Ceglowski finished her first ski race ever in a very respectable 71st. The freshman duo of Abby and Hannah Holm were 82nd and 84th.

“The girls had a good day,” said assistant coach Andrew Coffin. “The course had a lot of climbing, but they stayed focused and proved that they can handle a tough course.

Nordic Skier Sam Frykholm

Sam Frykholm digs in for the uphill climb last year. Photo: Vicki Koch.

The high school boys improved on their 8th place finish from a week ago and placed 7th as a team. Brandon Hanson was the first Lake County skier with his 20th place finish. Joe Koch was next in 26th, and Cheyenne Mendoza was the third scorer in 47th. Zayden Tufte was close behind in 51st, which means that he (and the other three) qualified for the state meet. This is Tufte’s first time qualifying after barely missing last year.

A quartet of new skiers was next for Lake County. Conner Lenhard was 61st, Jan Birk finished his first race in 64th, Matt Koch had a fantastic race to place 69th, and Sam Frykholm was 71st. Zach Coffin rounded out the team in 94th.

“The boys had a good day, but I think we still have room to improve,” mentioned head coach Karl Remsen afterwards.  “Specifically, I think all four of the new skiers have a chance to sneak in a state qualifying race on the right day.”

The team will have two weeks of training before their next competition on January 28 in Minturn.


The Tennessee Pass Nordic Center is located at the foot of Ski Cooper, on US-24. Photo: Leadville Today/ Brennan Ruegg

Spac_50Food Bank of Rockies in Leadville Today

The Food Bank of the Rockies is at St George Church in Leadville Today. Distribution begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of W. 4th and Pine Streets. Let’s hope the food truck semi can navigate the snow-piled Leadville streets.

The Food Bank of the Rockies is at St George Church in Leadville Today. Distribution begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of W. 4th and Pine Streets. Let’s hope the food truck semi can navigate the snow-piled Leadville streets.

Spac_50Next Stop in Pedal Power Series: Winter Tri in Leadville

This Saturday, Jan. 21, Aria Club and Spa Winter Tri will be held at the CMC campus in Leadville. Last year saw an encouraging increase in participation with 31 competitors taking on the individual and team challenges, and this year should be even bigger. The race consists of a 5K snowshoe, 10K snow-bike and an 8K skate-ski competition. This is the third event of the 2015/2016 Pedal Power Winter Race Series.  The non-profit series, now in its 21st season, benefits local charities in Lake and Eagle Counties.


Snowshoe racers lined up for the first Pedal Power competition at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center on December 10. Photo: Brennan Ruegg/Leadville Today

Registration for this event is $35.  Registration is also possible for $45 on the day of the event at the race start. Participants can save time by pre-registering directly online at or by phone with a credit card for an additional $2.00 per race: (970)845-0931.

Following up the Winter Tri in the Pedal Power race series will be the Eagle-Vail Metro District Snow Bike on Saturday, Feb. 4., followed by the 5k/10k Colorado State Championships at Tennessee Pass Nordic Center and Cookhouse on March 4. Visit the race series website for more information on Pedal Power and previous years’ results, where Leadville names have consistently shown.