Conditions were just perfect for the 2nd annual GHN-ADK Vauhti Skiathoon at Saratoga. an inch of fresh snow fell over some very wet snow Saturday. An overnight dip below zero was just what mother nature needed to make perfect crust. Master groomer and Olympian Curt Schreiner worked it into rock solid tracks with amazing glide. Far faster than typical blue hardwax conditions despite single digit temps. Kick was firm and the trail wasn’t icy.
The flat classic course followed by a hilly skate course tempted some skiers to opt for double pole skis. However the podium soon filled up with hardcore classic skiers (Katrin Schreiner, Emily Cromie, and Brook Maliszewski for the women, Erik Schreiner, Eric Seyse, and Matt Torneinan for the men). The Tracks were so firm and fast that double poling on hardwax was negligibly slower than on glidewax, while striding and double poling with kick was noticeably quicker than straight double poling.
Detailed results with lap times can be found in the NYSSRA results section
A few brave citizen racers join us despite the chilly weather and had a great time. Photos will be up soon on Saratogabiathlon.com
GHN ADK vauhti brought the strong performances they needed to win their second straight NYSSRA racing block putting them close behind perennial powerhouse HURT.
looking forward the calendar is stuffed:
RXCSF is holding Bill Koch festival
ORDA and NYSEF are holding the Annual Harry Eldridge Races, come qualify for JR Nationals, or just copmare your time to a bunch of college kids racing at the D1 Carnival! register
Saturday: for Masters and families (really for anyone who doesn’t want to race the USSA race: HURT is putting on their annual mega relay:
The 6 hour relay skate race runs from 10-4, registration is from 9-9:50. This is a fun family friendly, low key event. There will be a potluck of hot food, snacks, and sweets. There are great prizes for the winning Mens, Womens, and Mixed teams.
New this year, anyone 65 years or older will get a full bonus lap for any lap skied. Ages 45 and up still gets the 1.5 bonus. See you Saturday at Garnet Hill!
and of course there is biathlon this weekend
GHN ADK Vauhti is hosting a fast paced paired start classical sprint race at Lapland lake: register . Pairs will race each other and the clock 3 times. aster skiers move up to race faster racers, slower ones move down to race slower racers. Everyone gets multiple heats to practice their sprint tactics
So get in some more training this week and get out this weekend. Good luck to the JR’s seeking to qualify for JN’s this year
See you on the trail