Cold weather and abundant new snow likely contributed to today’s small field in the Buetow Dental-Pangaea Health Distance Race #2, but the absence of Fairbanks skiers participating in Masters World Cup in Minneapolis was evident, too.
Bad Bob Baker (wearing his Sonot Kkaazoot hat) at 25.5 km mark–Photo by Sharon Baker
Bob Baker, today placed 20th in the 30 km classical race for the M6 age category with a time of 1:46.35.8.
- Chris Puchner (wearing SCUM hat) in 15 km CL race– Photo by Sharon Baker
Chris Puchner was 33rd with a time of 56:07.8 in the M7 age category that skied a 15 km classical race.
Owen Hanley in 15 km classical race–Photo by Sharon Baker
Owen Hanley was 20th in the M9 class with a time of 58.49.9 for his 15 km classical event. Temperatures were almost 40 deg warmer than Birch Hill today.
Congratulations to all of you!
After a record warm winter so far in Interior Alaska, when the temperature was colder than -20 deg F this morning with wonderful hoarfrost snow still condensing from the skies, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks Race Coordinator, John Estle, postponed Distance Race #2. However, with the course already groomed (but not marked with “V” board and pin flags), race-ready skiers ventured out onto the trails to take advantage of the opportunity to do their own time trial. As it turned out, they also got an opportunity to do their own course because of late changes only the groomers had seen:
Like little vegetable and flower starts that have spent the winter in a greenhouse, our training session today was like the “hardening” sessions that transplants get before moving outside to garden plots.
Thanks to Dermot Cole (cold weather photographer), here’s an action shot of two skiers on the course:
and one of them at the end of the “race”, sufficiently “hardened” to thrive in the race when it is rescheduled.
Stay tuned for the new race date.
The Competition Committee of Cross Country Alaska decided last night to move Besh Cup Races 3 & 4 (scheduled for Soldotna on 17 and 18 January 2015) to Birch Hill. This change of venue was unavoidable because of lack of snow in the Kenai. Besh Cup Races 3 & 4 are both classical technique races (one sprint, one mass start) because the Besh Cup Race 1, held in Anchorage in December, needed to be changed from a classical to freestyle technique sprint format because of lack of snow.
Thus, the Distance Race #2, scheduled for 11 a.m. on 17 January 2015 at Birch Hill will be rescheduled to allow the Birch Hill Recreation Area trails to be used for the two Besh Cup Races.
We’ll post the new time and date when available. You’ll have a little more training time before the 20 km CL test that the Distance Race #2 will provide.
World Cup quality tracks, temperatures in the high teens (above zero), and a new race course incorporating the “mellowed” black loops awaited participants in Saturday’s Buetow Dental Distance Race #2, the January Jaunt presented by Raven Cross Country. Smiles, grimaces, and deep concentration were captured by photographer Bob Wilkinson on the new downhill section of the blacks and elsewhere. Skiers ranged in age from 12 to 70, many of whom are training for the Sonot Kkaazoot to be held on 29 March 2014.
Saturday, 28 December 2013 is the 10th annual Ski Your Age (in kilometers) event and a great opportunity to burn off some of those extra holiday kcal that will be consumed. Right now the long-range forecast calls for warmer weather conditions than those faced by Distance Race #1 participants. The Ski Your Age event is not a race but rather an opportunity to share leftovers and our wonderful Birch Hill trails with all your visiting friends and family members. There is no entry fee for the Ski Your Age but the event is a fundraiser for Fairbanks Cross-Country (FXC), the junior race program of the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. Friends of FXC organize the event that officially runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with sign-up and food in the Birch Hill Cross-Country Ski Center (large new building).
On the following Saturday, 4 January 2014, the Buetow Dental Distance Race #2 will be held starting at 11 a.m. This race will be classical technique and gives participants the choice of 10 or 20 km distances. Raven Cross-Country provides door prizes to race participants whose names are drawn during the event. This is a good way to start off the New Year.