Cable, Wisconsin–The Telemark Lodge race venue, famous for holding the start of the American Birkebeiner each year, saw an outstandingly wide range of weather conditions during the three SuperTour events it hosted over the past several days. Wednesday's classic sprint was near-perfect hardwax skiing on powder, followed by a late-spring-like meltdown on Thursday and Friday, with an overnight freeze to give the early starters in Saturday's classic race a rock-hard ice track to pound away on.
Chamberlain: fast in all kinds of conditions
The course was a two-lap 7.5km loop which featured mostly gradual terrain and very short rises (“hills”? maybe not quite.) This kept the race closer than it might have been otherwise, with a pack hanging together at the front throughout much of the race.
While the terrain may have been easy, the wet and squirrelly conditions added an element of challenge and frustration for some. Those who picked the wrong stonegrind or structure were relegated to the lower ranks as others glided away on the gradual downhills. Zack Violett (FSx) and Anders Haugen (Rossignol) were among the victims of hopelessly slow skis.
Nevertheless, even by the finish things were still much closer than in Saturday's classic race. Those in the hunt in the final kilometer included sprint specialist Zack Simons (FSx/Sun Valley), Chamberlain (Atomic), Canadian racer Jeff Ellis (x-c.com), David Stewart (FSx/XC Oregon), Brayton Osgood (Maine Winter Sports Center), college racer Karl Walczak, and midwest hero Chad Giese, who had come straight from winning the Noquemanon 51k classic marathon race the day before.
Zack Simons in the 10k skate at the recent US Nationals
Needless to say it was quite an exciting finish; would speed-meister Simons be able to put on enough of a kick to take the win, or would one of the stronger distance skiers (Giese, Chamberlain, Osgood, Stewart) have more left in the tank and push the pace hard enough to take the fight out of the sprinters like Simons and Ellis?
As it turned out, Chamberlain simply out-powered the pack and managed to put a convincing 5-second gap on Zack Simons by the finish. Simons ended up beating out Giese by a few seconds for second place, with the Canadian Jeff Ellis having a breakthrough distance race in fourth ahead of Karl Walczak, Osgood, and Stewart.
For full results, including results by class and separate junior races, click here: http://www.itiming.com/raceresults/11-telemark06_fsovl.pdf )
Men's top 25:
1 1Chamberlain, David Atomic NorAm/FI 1156628 E4864872 00:34:56.7
2 9Simons, Zack SunValley/FSx NorAm/FI 1366051 5102876 00:35:01.9
3 6Giese, Chad SubaruFactory Team NorAm/FI 1337727 C4909545 00:35:06.4
4 36 Ellis, Jeff EXEL RACING TEAM NorAm/FI 3100109 00:35:10.6
5 22 Walczak, Karl Houghton College 3530111 C5946082 CG6372CH 00:35:11.1
6 3Osgood, Brayton MWSC/Alpina-Madsh NorAm/FI 3530006 E5477336 00:35:12.7
7 5Stewart, David FSX/XCOregon NorAm/FI 1239951 5333281 00:35:17.1
8 11 watt, andre Salomon NorAm/FI 3530049 5351903 00:35:44.3
9 8rodgers, colin FSx/MWSC NorAm/FI 1335011 E5473731 00:35:50.5
10 4 Jewett, Gordon EXEL RACING TEAM NorAm/FI 1248875 00:36:13.7
11 7 Greene, Marshall Alpina/XC NorAm/FI 3530170 5210273 00:36:15.9
12 27 keefe, thomas mwsc NorAm/FI 3530156 5501085 00:36:24.4
13 19 Haugen, Anders Team NorAm/FI 3530159 A5269899 00:36:25.8
14 42 Ziegler, Erich GAC College C5461983CM6466SR 00:36:43.0
15 60 Korthauer, Marius UAF College 3200051 N/A CC6146SR 00:36:44.6
16 14 Churikov, Alex Rossignol/RSSS NorAm/FI 3480083 x6034169 00:36:45.0
17 2 Violett, Zachary FSX / ASC NorAm/FI 3530040 5476684 00:36:46.5
18 33 Harvey, Chris Minnesota Valley Ski OJ C5994330 CM6376OJ 00:36:46.9
19 32 Airoldi, Adam MTU College P5882204 CG6373SR 00:36:47.4
20 28 Singleton, Justin Independant NorAm/FI 3530089 A5325691 4317 00:36:49.9
21 15 Bauer, Bruce NorAm/FI 1085042 C4620928 00:36:53.8
22 43 Dengel, Bart UAF College 3530230 A5790134 CC6143SR 00:36:54.1
23 18 swank, adam rossignol NorAm/FI c4462826 00:36:57.2
24 39 Cline, Ben NMU College C5535539 CG6297SR 00:37:14.5
25 55 Beard, Ben MTU College C5908587 CG6374SR 00:37:15.7