Flying Moose Classic – Bethel, ME
– when available
Silver Fox Trot – Oak Hill, Hanover, NH
Enman and Wonsavage take on the turns and win the Banknorth Eastern Cup’s
Silver Fox Trot
Hanover, NH (Feb.9): On the most technical course of the Banknorth Eastern Cup
series, Rossignol’s Eli Enman took on the corkscrew corners of the Silver
Fox loop in Hanover, NH and won the men’s 10km freestyle race with a time
of 23:47, over a minute ahead of Angus McCusker, of Buckland, MA. Berkshire
Trail’s Bret Bedard was third, one of two J1 skies in the top 5. Burke
Mountain Academy’s Silas Gill (J1) was fifth, with Alpina/Madhus’s
Nick Trautz sandwiched between the J1s in fourth. The 2x5km course required
the usual cross-country skier’s Vo2max, but it also demanded power for
the gradual uphills and alpine skills for the John Morton-designed downhills. Despite
the chance for the course to separate skiers, often only one second separated
the skiers, and there were three way ties for 33 and 49th, and two way ties
for 42nd, 55th, 57th, 69th and 84th!
For Atomic’s Dorcas Wonsavage, a former Ford Sayre skier herself, the
ski course brought back memories of after-school ski lessons at the former Oak
Hill J-bar. Calling on every alpine memory, she won with a time of 28:01,
just over a minute ahead of Craftbury Nordic Club’s Elsa Sargent. Sargent,
a J1 skier, finished just 10 seconds ahead of former Olympian, Trina Hosmer,
from the Putney Ski Club. Williams College skier, Jessica Smith was another
10 seconds back in fourth, followed by Colby College coach, Atomic’s Tracey
Cote in fifth.
With just one race left in the Banknorth Eastern Cup Series only a few skiers
know for sure that they’re going to Fairbanks, Alaska to represent the
New England Junior Olympic Team, March 8-16th. The final race of the Banknorth
Eastern Cup series is next weekend, Sunday, February 16th, a 10km classic race,
held at the Holderness School in Plymouth, NH
The Silver Fox Trot is named in honor of Al Merrill, the "Silver Fox",
Dartmouth College's ski coach and Director of Outdoor Affairs for close to thirty
years. A wizard of ski and wax, on duty at eight Winter Olympics, designer of
ski trails across the country, coach and "Head Tigah" for countless
athletes — Al was the dean of cross-country skiing at Dartmouth. The Ford Sayre
Ski Council hold the Silver Fox Trot each year in his honor.
For updated information on the Silver Fox Trot, the Banknorth Eastern
Cup Series, Banknorth New England Marathon Series, and the Banknorth Championship
events, visit the New England Nordic Ski Association website, www.NENSA.net.
Little Birkie – Salmon Hills, NY
Classical ESGQ – Lake George, NY
North End Classic -Telemark Resort, Cable, WI
Pre-Birkie – Seeley, WI
Brian May and Kim Rudd won this Birkie tune-up race on the Birkie trail.
Salomon Series – Frisco Gold Rush, Colorado
Nathan Shultz and Chantal Knapp Thompson wrap up overall Salomon Series Titles
(even though Schultz was busy racing two midwest marathons this weekend)
Spam Cup #2 – West Yellowstone, MT
Wasatch Citizen's Series – Soldier Hollow, Midway, Utah
Barry Makarewicz and Kelly Milligan won the 4th in this Utah race series.
This race was moved to Soldier Hollow because of lack of snow at Sundance.
Methow Rendezvous – Methow, WA
Kent Murdoch and Laura McCabe win.
Leavenworth Ski Fest – Leavenworth, WA
KIRKWOOD CONTINUOUS PURSUIT, CA
ALLAN BARD MEMORIAL CLASSIC @ TAMARACK LODGE XC, CA
Sven Johanson Race – Kincaid Park, Alaska
Postponed until next weekend because of (lack of) snow conditions