Tuesday, December 28, 2010

65th Annual Snowshoe Thompson

December, 26th, 2010

Rick Reynolds

This weekend 113 Farwest racers met at Auburn Ski Club for the 65th Snowshoe Thompson classic race. Athletes were welcomed with new snow and blustery conditions. As usual ASC put forth a challenging course with excellent grooming.

Kick wax was pretty straight forward with three short layers of Toko red being the wax of choice. Glide wax was a mix of HF Red and HF Yellow. The ratios depended on start times and racer preference. Rotocorked, brushed and polished Jetstream Yellow was used as a topcoat.

Structure played a significant role with our skiers using either the Stucturite red bar or the Finite V .075 bar to address the high moisture content in the new snow.

Matt Gelso held on to his title and Beth Reid won the women’s. Strong efforts from the Truckee XC team led to 3 podium finishes with Danny Buchanan taking the top overall spot and a 3rd in his age group. Rick Reynolds and Laura Stern each won their age groups.

For complete results go to: www.farwestnordic.org

Race Photos courtesy of MacBeth Graphics

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Note to our Sponsors...

December 18th, 2010

Roger Chaney - Team Manager

Beginning the season with an early gift from Mother Nature we have been out playing in the snow and enjoying ourselves a great deal. I would like to thank all of our team sponsors for their support in providing us with what we have needed to be ready for the season. Paco for allowing us to get our team order in early enough to get the product, and for taking the time to process and organize each individual's equipment. Sierra Pacific Coffee Company for providing the financing and design input to put us into our new team kits. Toko for your current and past support with our hats, gloves, ski ties, and of course, support with what keeps our skis as fast as they can be. Rudy Project for both helmets we needed for roller-skiing and eyewear for out on the trail and on out on the town; Nordic Ultratune for your guidance and fantastic grinds to suit our regional demands; Tahoe Center for Sports and Health Performance for your support in acquiring our team kits; Podiumwear for your patience, insight with our kit design, and flexibility with pricing for our team; Finite Ski Tools for giving us the secret weapon in preparing our skis specifically for each race condition; Rossignol and OneWay for your support with our hardgoods, the best skis, poles and boots for the job. Thank you all for allowing us to continue to do what we love to do, and what we do so well. Skiing, and sharing our love for the sport. Here is to a great season!

Race #2: Royal Gorge Early Season Opener

December 12th, 2010

Susan Reynolds

With racing season well under way in the high sierras and an abundant early snow pack everyone is smiling from ear to ear. This weekend Royal Gorge hosted a 10k freestyle race with the timing being done by Auburn Ski Club. It was a California day with a perfectly groomed piste and temps expected to reach the mid 50’s.
Early in the race Reynolds took the lead so he could lead the fast descent and he and Tav Streit gave the juniors a lesson on how to descend. Opening up a large gap didn’t prove to be too much trouble for Austin Meng who worked his way back into the front battle. It turned out to be a sprint finish with Tav taking the win with Austin and Reynolds 2nd and 3rd.
In the women it was the local Olympian Beth Reid winning with Beth Thomas and Laura Stern 2nd and 3rd. Julie Young and Susan Reynolds were 5th and 6th.
Rossignol skis with an Ultratune d5 grind were the choice of the day with a HF moly and JS moly rotocorked on top.

Photos courtesy of MacBeth Graphics

Season opener: Kirkwood 10km Freestyle

Kirkwood 10K, Sunday Dec. 5, 2010.

Laura Stern

Always a good sign when there's enough snow for this early season race! For this year's edition, we awoke to fresh snow, blue sky, and very windy conditions. A small but psyched group of 32 racers lined up at the start, including a number of juniors from the South Lake Tahoe high school team for the 5 km race. Mass start for both distances combined. For the 10K, the course was twice around the Kirkwood meadow (1 lap for 5K), and super fun to ski with a number of quick turns and continual buffeting by the wind. The crazy-strong tailwind had us literally sailing into the lap/finish zone! Some sections of the track were quite hard, fast, and wind-blown, while other sections were covered by powdery drifts. My Rossi's ran very well with a mix of Toko Dibloc LF red and blue (about 2:1 red:blue) with some solid blue Jetstream rubbed in on top. I skied a bit conservatively due to it being my first hard effort of the ski season at altitude, but was happy to finish 1st in the womens race. Across the meadow I could see Truckee XC teammate Rick Reynolds skiing in the lead group with 2 visiting Australians who were training in the area for a month before heading over to Europe. Rick finished an impressive 2nd in the mens race, only seconds behind the winner. Way to go Rick! A big thanks to Debbi Waldear and the Kirkwood cross country staff for putting on this race. It was a great way to start the season!
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