Chris Cook is not slowing down. After winning the sprint at US Nationals in early January, he went on to win both the SuperTour team sprint (with Sun Valley teammate Zack Simons) and the individual sprint in Madison, Wisconsin. Today it was the classic sprint at Telemark Resort in Cable, Wisconsin that gave Cook another chance to light up the afterburners on a hilly, testing course.
Conditions couldn't have been better, with bright sun, great hardwax conditions and temperatures in the upper 20's (F). The race crew did a fantastic job, working into Tuesday night to turn a windblown, crusty, patchy and weather-beaten mess of a sprint course into four beautiful, solid classic tracks all the way around the loop.
Cook and Violett (mostly hidden) about to advance from the first quarterfinal
As the quarterfinals and semifinals got underway, spectators (mostly the volunteers and other racers) had a great view of much of the course from the stadium and could watch each race develop. The four skiers that made it all the way to the A-Final were Rodgers, Cook, Chamberlain, and the surprise of the day for many, UAF college skier Bart Dengel.
Chris Cook took the lead from the gun and got across the first flat and onto the downhill in an eyeblink. Right away on the first big climb it was clear that no one would be able to seriously challenge him for the win. While all four skiers remained close, Cook built a small gap and obviously had the most power, tempo, and snap on the striding sections.
Meanwhile Chamberlain was hanging on in 4th up the first hill. Coming down the long double-pole section just before the stadium however, he managed to move up into a tie for second. From there it was over the last quick uphill and down the finish straight, battling for second with Rodgers. It ended up going Chamberlain's way, with UAF's Dengel bringing it in for 4th a few seconds back.
All in all it was a great day, great conditions, and great competitive North American racing on a fair and challenging course.
Chris Cook across the line with room to spare – Men's A-Final. Behind, Chamberlain duking it out with Colin Rodgers.
The B-final was won by FSx team member Zach Violett from Anchorage, who went down just before the finish in his semifinal. Justin Easter just behind coming in for second in the heat, 6th overall.
Watch for more photos and some racer comments coming soon.
Men's and Women's Qualifying Times:
Men's and Women's Heat Brackets:
Final Results – Men's SuperTour Classic Sprint:
1 1 Cook, Chris SunValley/Atomic 1334720 5313697
2 10 Chamberlain, David Atomic 1156628 E4864872
3 4 Rodgers, Colin FSx/MWSC 1335011 E5473731
4 13 Dengel, Bart UAF 3530230 A5790134 CC6143SR
5 15 Violett, Zachary FSX / ASC 3530040 5476684
6 8 Easter, Justin Subaru Factory Team/BSF 3530091 N5400205
7 9 Osgood, Brayton MWSC/Alpina-Madshus 3530006 E5477336
8 22 Stewart, David FSX/XCOregon 1239951 5333281
9 2 Simons, Zack SunValley/FSx 1366051 5102876
10 12 keefe, thomas mwsc 3530156 5501085
11 17 Churikov, Alex Rossignol/RSSS 3480083 x6034169
12 7 Greene, Marshall Alpina/XC 3530170 5210273
13 5 Haugen, Anders Team 3530159 A5269899
14 25 Hunter, Andrew APUNSC 3530024 5345756
15 3 Hochtl, Kevin Rossignol/Vail 3530151 R4882873
16 16 Ellis, Jeff EXEL RACING TEAM 3100109
17 19 Korthauer, Marius UAF 3200051 3200051 CC6146SR 00:02:34.06
18 6 Giese, Chad SubaruFactory Team 1337727 C4909545 00:02:34.65
19 11 Jewett, Gordon EXEL RACING TEAM 1248875 00:02:35.76
20 20 Tetlie, Jonas UAF 3420042 (X5880356 CC6147SR 00:02:37.80
21 14 Watt, Andre Salomon Skis/Toko/Exel 3530049 5351903 00:02:38.04
22 18 Case, Ian Fasterskier.com / F5557772 00:02:38.57
23 24 Quinn-Hurst, Colin APU 3530026 A5221585 00:02:45.91
24 21 Wickstrom, Erik UAF 3500046 (X5880307 CC6148SR 00:02:54.57
25 23 Aas, Harald UAF PENDING 00:03:02.31