DrylandRacingUniversity of Nevada, Reno Rollerski Open Race

FasterSkierDecember 10, 2008

Far West’s first “official” rollerski race in 27 years took place on Saturday, December 6 on “Old Highway 40” west of Donner Summit, California. Whether you call it Global Warming, Nature’s Wrath, or just a slow start to winter, rollerskiing has been the training choice of many Nordic skiers this autumn, and University of Nevada, Reno Head Coach August Teague decided to hold a time-trial format rollerski race on one of the more popular training roads in the Sierra Nevada. “We originally were interested in putting together a National-caliber weekend event sometime this year,” said Teague. “A Sprint race, Time Trial and Open Race might have attracted skiers from around the country, but (Fischer/Swix Sales Representative) Dan Hill and I decided it was better to start small with this event.”

With a few of the likely junior participants choosing to head to Mammoth for some very limited on-snow skiing time, the First Annual University of Nevada Rollerskiing Open race was attended by mostly the UNR Nordic team, a handful of hard-core Master racers, and a lone Far West Nordic junior. Held on a beautifully sunny late-Autumn day, the course was a mostly-uphill 10 kilometers, on a slightly undulating profile from Cisco Grove at 5,600 ft elevation to Kingvale at over 6,000 feet. Skiers were sent out at 1 minute intervals on seldom-traveled Old Highway 40 next to the Interstate.

Women's 5km Winner Ase Carlson

Even though a 10K uphill time trial is a grueling way to start off the race season, there were smiles all around at the finish line, as some realized they were part of California Nordic history, participating in a unique event, and making the best of what can be mildly termed a disappointing late Fall for skiing.

10k Free
1 Elias Bucher 0:25:17
2 Jonathan Pluvinet 0:26:05
3 Charlie Smith 0:26:29
3 Lutz Preussler 0:26:29
5 Sam Newcomer 0:27:08
6 August Brautigam 0:27:28
7 Vincent Caccamo 0:27:38
8 Gus Johnson 0:28:58
9 Rick Reynolds 0:29:08
10 Dan Hill 0:30:03
11 Jeff Camp 0:32:45
12 Tom McElroy 0:34:34

5k Free
1 Ase Carlson 0:13:26
2 Kristin Ronnestrand 0:13:51
3 Kara LaPoint 0:14:24
4 Chelsea Holmes 0:14:48
5 Jordan Mcelroy 0:18:30 (Classic)
6 Martha Bellisle 0:19:13

To view even more photos, visit http://www.macbethgraphics.com

Chelsea Holmes

Gus Johnson

Jordan McElroy

Rick Reynolds

Perfectly groomed race course – Old Highway 40

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