Lake Placid SuperTour Classic – A Picture’s Worth…

FasterSkierJanuary 23, 2011

Just over a week ago, FasterSkier traveled to Lake Placid for two days of SuperTour action. The events doubled as an EISA college carnival. Saturday featured a 6/10km classic individual start race held at the Lake Placid Jumping Complex.

A midweek storm earlier in the week dumped plenty of snow on the trails at the planned venue – the Olympic trails of Mt. Van Hovenberg. But organizers chose to keep the races at the foot of jumps, meaning five 2k loops for the men and three for the women.

While it was disappointing not to be at Van Hovenberg, the course at the Jumping Complex was extremely challenging and made for a great day. The multi-lap format was great for spectating, the course was plenty hard, and nestled at the foot of the steep jump hills, with the start/finish area in the landing zone for large jumps, the day had a distinctly European feel.

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Waxing row - colleges representing.
Holly Brooks (APU) was no surprise winner in the women's race.

The course featured a nearly one kilometer long hill – a climb that began with the steepest section.

Even the small climb out of the stadium was challenging.
The start was right at the base of the Olympic jumps
Set to go.

The stadium featured a horseshoe around the back for the lap lane.


The tracks were excellent, and the competition fierce.

Scott Patterson (UVM) was a surprise in third place.
The collegiate skiers added depth and quality to the field.

The non-collegiate field was certainly strong, but not complete. Many top skiers were headed to Europe following US Nationals, while others opted to head home.

Noah Hoffman representing the US Ski Team took second.

While it has been over two and a half decades since the Olympics were in Lake Placid, there is still as air of excitement.  Maybe it is the flags. Or the banners.

Brooks climbing, flags waving.
Billy D - Hometown Hero

The race didn’t just have an international feel – it was a multi-nation affair, with a strong contingent down from Canada.

Good competition from up north.
Climbing and descending the big hill.

APU was there in force, blue suits dominating the women’s race.

Cat on a leash - freestyle jumps being prepared for a competition that evening.
Kate Fitzgerald (APU) powering to second.
Warm-up space was limited - athletes bounding up the jump hill.
Brasil added to the international flair.
Say no more...
Fans intent on the action.
Bringing it home.
In the shadow
Craftsbury Green Racing Project coach Pepa Milocheva
Surveying the scene
Down and up
Nothing to be afraid of...
...really, nothing...


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