Canadian racer Dasha Gaiazova, who won the opening 10km mass-start classic race on Sunday (see articles: http://www.fasterskier.com/racing3259.html , http://www.fasterskier.com/racing3262.html) continued to lead the way at Spring Series Tuesday night in Caribou, Maine. Gaiazova teamed up with Christine Bisson to win the women's classic team sprint by a wide margin.
Women's Podium: Left to Right are Erin Hood, Wendy Wagner, Christine Bisson, Dasha Gaiazova, Anna Mcloon and Kate Whitcomb
Randall, Camenisch, Mcloon (in red) and Whitcomb in the tag zone. Photo by Andy Canniff
The semifinals and finals were held at night on a well-lit course that wound its way around the fields behind the Caribou High School. The air temperatures were quite warm earlier in the day, and even after the sun went down the course stayed very mushy although the coarse granular snow kept the speed relatively fast considering the amount of moisture present. The 1.2km loop started and finished on the very well-lit soccer field in front of a large hill that gave on-lookers a great view of the action.
After the start the trail went up a short, very soft and chewed-up hill, across a short flat, then down some manageable turns onto a long, long flat double-pole section. From there racers headed into the main climb on the course, about a 160-meter-long uphill straightaway that got increasingly steep towards the top but was very skiable. After the main hill it was mostly downhill and flat into the stadium, making for a fairly high-speed tag-zone.
Following in after Whitcomb/Mcloon in the final were Karin Camenisch and 2006 Olympian Kikkan Randall (4th place), Burke Mountain Academy teammates Alice Nelson and Ida Sargent (5th), juniors Sophie Caldwell and Parker Tyler (6th), Nicole Deyoung and Kate Underwood (7th), and UVM's Maria Solbjorg and Emelia Demarchis.
Next up at Spring Series, the action returns to the world-class TAMC Nordic Heritage Center venue for the individual skate sprints Thursday evening.