Johnson, Kuenzel Win First Spring Series Race

FasterSkierMarch 28, 2004

The CISS kicked off successfully today with the Devil's Thumb Classic Opener, won by US Ski Team member Andrew Johnson and Olympic gold medalist German National Team skier Claudia Kuenzel.  Johnson finished 23 seconds ahead of Dave Chamberlain, while Kuenzel held off Rebecca Dussault by only 9 seconds. The blistering pace up the first hill was set by Eric Meyer and Wendy Wagner who both strided to the lead in the Climbing competition with 10 points each.

A few announcements to be made for Sunday's Snow Mountain Duathlon.  The race has been changed to 5kmCL/5km SK Single Day Pursuit for both men and women.  The present course does not have adequate snow cover to support the width required for a duathlon, so we will be running an individual start classic first leg at 15-second intervals beginning at 9AM.  The skating leg will begin at 10:45 for men, 11:30 for women.

Our race site is once again located remotely, requiring athletes to ski in approx 2km and coaches will need to shuttle gear in.  We will have limited power near the start at the Nordic barn.  Those driving in to the start will need to carpool whenever possible and be aware that the parking is very limited.  Please follow the signs that mark the way down Blue Ridge Road to the race parking.

The Hill Climb scheduled at Sol Vista will be moved to Snow Mountain Ranch due to the closure of Sol Vista ski area.  We will run the event up Blue Ridge at SMR beginning 9AM Thursday, April 1.

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