Fraser, CO – Brilliant blue skies and crisp temperatures warmed into a pleasant afternoon making the 23rd Colorado Governor’s Cup hosted by Devil’s Thumb Ranch a fantastic event. Junior and high school races led up to the main attraction, the 30k Governor’s Cup Race.
Glen Randall from Collbran, CO, skied away from the field quickly to secure a long, solo victory from Zack Simons of Park City, UT and Michael Brothers of Monument, CO. Nathan Schultz and Dan Weinberger picked up 4th and 5th places respectively.
In the women’s race Sarah Konrad of Laramie, WY set the early pace with Natalie Trecker from Aspen, CO in tow and Lenka Palanova and Amy Caldwell, both from Boulder, tucked in behind. Konrad pressed the pace on the opening climbs and Trecker was the only one to stay in contact through the first lap. Konrad continued to press and soloed away strongly with Trecker finishing in second. Caldwell outsprinted Palanova at the line to take third in front of her Boulder Nordic Sport teammate, while Mia Gaw finished 5th.
Special thanks to Devil’s Thumb Ranch for hosting such a fun race and for providing some incredible incentive in the form of a $5,000 cash purse for the main event.