Bozeman SuperTour Day 1

EvanDecember 3, 2011
It was a good day on the trails up at Bohart today, with cold temperatures in the teens, sunny skies showing off the Bridger Range, and just enough snow to have ski races for the SuperTour weekend.
The race format was a little quirky: a 1.5 kilometer skate sprint was almost immediately followed by a distance skate race.
It was a spectacular day in the mountains, and many of the best skiers in America rocketed around on 0-3 inches of packed powder. It was scratchy in places, but on the whole the course held up incredibly well considering the lack of snow.
The stadium before the start of the women’s 5 km skate.

We had four racers today: Dev, Heidi, and MK all skied both races, and Kaitlin just skied the distance race.
 Dev had an unfortunate fall on a brutal corner in the sprint race, but skied great in a field full of the best junior (and senior) skiers in the country.

 Kaitlin skied smoothly and powerfully through the 5 k, and kept the skis moving the whole time. Skiing at altitude is an immense challenge for us Easterners, and everyone has performed great since coming out west.

 MK is skiing all three races this weekend. She was the 4th junior in both races today, a very impressive feat at altitude. She improves technically every day, and seems to ski best when racing!

 Despite not feeling 100%, Heidi was our top finisher in both races. She skied hard and left it out there on the course, executing her game plan in the sprint and the distance race.

It’s been a great run out here, and we’ve had an incredible training camp, both building fitness and getting good early season race experience. Tomorrow is the final day of competition: MK and I are strapping on the classic boards for a 10/15 km individual classic race. As usual, Coach Beckwith will be manning the wax station and keeping us fast.
We head home on Monday, and we’re hoping for snow as soon as possible in Vermont!

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