Brayton Osgood (Bend, OR) and Kristina Trygstad-Saari (Bozeman, MT) skied to victory in the 5/10K classic races in the opening day of the Aspen Valley Ski Club SuperTour. The former Dartmouth College skiers each captured their first SuperTour title of the season, with Osgood winning a tight race over a competitive men’s field, while Trygstad-Saari opened up nearly a thirty second lead over a fairly spread out women’s field.
In the men’s 10K classic race, the top seven racers all finished within one minute of one another. Osgood, racing for XC Oregon, skied to a 9-second victory (28:24.8) over fellow Dartmouth alum and current Bridger Ski Foundation athlete Glenn Randall (28:33.8) on the trails at the Aspen Valley Ski Club. Steinbock Racing’s Chris Cook was third in 28:35.7, just 1.9 seconds off Randall’s pace. Noah Hoffman placed fourth, 26 seconds back in 28:51.1, while Sun Valley’s Michael Sinnott took fifth in 29:07.7 and edged Sylvan Ellefson (29:09.1), skiing for Team HomeGrown, to sixth place. The win is Osgood’s first major victory of the season.
The Aspen SuperTour continues Sunday with the 21K Owl Creek Chase.
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February 15, 2010 at 9:45 am
This was an incredible competition. Nicole
DeYong actually had the lead at 1.5km but her opening pace was too strong and cost her the win. Trygstad-Saari was very steady and at the 8,000 feet altitude, steady wins. Congrats to Kristina for sure, great race.
The men’s event was epic. Chris Cook had the lead most of the way until Glen Randall came through on the last climb with the fastest split time at the high point of the course. However, Brayton’s skis were incredible on the descents and with a kilometer to go he had moved in front of both Randall and Cook. Very exciting racing action. Thanks to all who came to Aspen for the weekend.