2017! It’s a little late, but Happy New Year! Just a few weeks in and 2017 has already been quite busy for the GMVSxc Team with a trip to Senior Nationals and another Eastern Cup weekend already complete. Here’s the rundown and a bunch of photos! Enjoy!
US Senior Nationals: Colin took the U18s (Walker, Greg, Elliot, Rena and Nick) to Utah to complete in the Junior World and U18 Scandinavian Cup qualification races that are always a part of US (Senior) Cross Country Nationals. This year the events were hosted by Soldier Hollow, host of nordic skiing events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. SoHo will host this winter’s FIS Junior and U23 World Championships at the end of the month so this was a great test event for the organizing committee. The weather for the race week included everything from chilly temps and firm trails to warm weather and pouring rain, making ski preparation and racing a challenge at times. Luckily our crew had the help of Justin Beckwith and Colin so skis were dialed and fast every day.
Doing some course preview and race prep as a group. They were joined by Ford Sayre athlete Adam Glueck (center).
Walker skating with a gorgeous and snowy Utah view in the background.
Elliot is all smiles under the Utah sun!
Walker tucking into the stadium area. During one of the two classic races.
Rena heading out of the stadium area during the colder weather. You can see the snow guns blowing in the background.
Greg climbing the biggest hill on the course.
Elliot striding with the competition under cloudy skies.
Eastern Cup #2: The rest of the gang stayed back in Vermont for the start of school and training with Kat in preparation for Eastern Cup #2, which was hosted this last weekend by Quarry Road Trails in Waterville Maine. The crew from Nationals made the trip home in time to have one rest day before piling into the vans with the rest of us and heading east. With the recent thaw-freeze cycle the trails in Maine were firm and icy in places but luckily Quarry Road is on top of their snow making so everything was well-covered.
Saturday featured a skate sprint. Here’s Greg on his way to qualifying in the overall top 30 as a U18!
Walker skied in the U18/U20 Men’s heats, making the A final.
The scene in Waterville.
Carl skied strong in his first races back from some holiday sickness, finishing in the A final for U16 Boys!
U16 Girls: Olivia 18th in the open heats (3rd U16)
U16 Boys: Carl 6th, Tanner 11th, TK, 12th, Brian 14th
U18 Boys: Greg 14th in open heats, Elliot 18th in the open heats, Nick 2nd U18/20 heats, Walker 5th U18/20 heats
Full results can be found here.
Sunday’s races were mass start classic. 5k for U16s, 10k for women, and 15k for men. Here’s the U16 ladies start….Olivia is bib 404, front right.
Olivia skied a strong and smart race, finishing 2nd.
Carl leading Brian during the first half of the U16 boy’s race.
Tanner, Brian and TK skiing one of the bigger downhills together.
TK showing off his downhill prowess with Tanner and Brian in tow.
The ladies mass start chaos….Rena is on the left with the ponytail flying! Unfortunately Rena was still a bit under the weather from traveling and didn’t end up finishing the race.
Elliot leading a William’s college skier at the beginning of the 3rd and final lap in the men’s 15k. Elliot paced himself very well and finished 2nd for U18s.
Nick leading a train through some technical downhill terrain. Nick was fourth for U18s!
U16 Girls: Olivia 2nd
U16 Boys: TK 10th, Tanner 12th, Carl 13th, Brian 15th
U18 Boys: Elliot 13th overall/2nd U18, Nick 22nd overall/4th U18
Full results can be found here.
Brian, Carl, and a Woodstock Nordic friend spectating during the men’s 15k race in our new Leki pop-up chairs!
There are no qualifier races this coming weekend so the majority of the crew is getting some much needed recovery. Here’s a shot from yesterday’s easy session in Jericho. Brian, Olivia, Carl and TK are learning how to shoot biathlon rifles so we had an easy session with Algis Shalna, a former US National Team coach and Olympic and World Champion from Lithuania. He’s a great shooting coach and the group is making rapid improvements!
Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram accounts for (almost) daily updates as we work toward Eastern Cup #3, which will be hosted on familiar trails at Rikert Nordic Center, one of our regular training venues.