Korthauer Three-peats, Victory for Strandberg

FasterSkierJanuary 28, 2008

On day 2 of the Telemark SuperTour weekend, featuring mass-start classic races, UAF's Marius Korthauer racked up another win, leading from the start and sprinting ahead of Fischer-Craft's Zach Violett to a one-second victory. Atomic's Bryan Cook came in alone for third followed by a close group of four skiers led by Andre Watt (CXC Team), ahead of Brayton Osgood (Fischer-Craft), Martin Banerud (NMU), and Phil Violett (NMU.)

Temperatures were warmer than the previous day–around 20 degrees during the men's race and warming throughout the day–and the mixture of old transformed snow and newer snow had people kicking on everything from straight klister to klister-covered to straight hardwax with a binder. The men's 15km course (2×7.5km) was almost a continuos roller coaster, featuring many short climbs with a few flat/gradual sections mixed in at certain points.

Here is a short clip of the men's 15km mass start:

The women's 10km (2x5km) loop featured some of the same sections but less climbing per-km. At the half way point, a group of four had broken well clear of the rest of the field, led by Kristina Strandberg (Factory Team) ahead of Aurelia Korthauer (UAF), Morgan Smyth (NMU), and Martina Stursova (Rossignol.)


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