The action at spring series continued on Tuesday with a couple of exciting sprint races.
In the men's race, Chris Cook won the Final ahead of Ales Razym, Colorado local Eric Meyer, and ace sprinter Andrew Newell. Other notables included US Ski Team coach Trond Nystad in 7th (just behind USST athlete Andrew Johnson and ahead of USST's Carl Swenson – 12th). The Aukland brothers from Norway could only manage 10th and 11th.
Rebecca Dussault won the women's Final, beating out a trio of international skiers. Mari Storeng was 2nd, Claudia Kuenzel 3rd, and Sigrid Aas 4th. It was Dussault's first win of the week, after Olympic Gold Medalist Kuenzel won the first two races. Kikkan Randall and Hilary Patzer were the only other US skiers in the top 10 in 5th and 10th respectively.
Jack Harris won the men's junior race, while Jamie Woelk won the junior girls.
After an exciting day on Tuesday with two high-speed events and top-notch competition, the Colorado International Spring Series continues after a short break on Thursday (4/1) with the Fischer Mountaintop Hill Climb, the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine Spring Series Finale on Saturday (4/3) and the Ski.com US National Sprint Relay Sunday, April 4.
With the latest weather wreaking havoc on the Devil's Thumb race course, all the remaining races will be run at Snow Mountain Ranch with 9AM start times.Â The Hill Climb course will be a mass start classical race with the entire field starting at 9AM.Â The course is approximately 3.5km and will finish at Glacier Meadow, right before the Blue Ridge Loop turnout.
Saturday's (4/3) Mass start skate race will be shortened to 5km for women, 10km for men and will be run on the same course that was used for the Pursuit, but backwards.Â This course is Blue Ridge, Lower Young, Upper Young and Eagle Valley.Â
The sprint relay will be run with teams of 2 on the Lower Young/Blue Ridge loop.Â The loop is approximately 1km and each team will do 3 laps.
The intense competition for the Red Fun Leader's jersey will continue Thursday night as Swix and the Colorado Biathlon club host a post-hill climb bash that has been moved to The Pub in downtown Winter Park.Â Odells Brewery will once again be providing beer while it lasts and a live band of skiers will be playing.
The schedule for the rest of the week has been updated: