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GRP Ski/Biathlon Results 2014-15

16.Dec.2014 by Gordon Vermeer

Hey folks, iiiiiit’s back! Want to keep track of how the GRP Ski & Biathlon Team is doing this season? Check back on this blog. I’ll be updating this same post frequently throughout the season, and re-posting it to the top of the blog roll every once in a while. With comments or questions or complaints, shoot me an email at gordon.vermeer@gmail.com. Most recent week on top. –Gordo

 

WEEK OF DEC 15-21

 

Grand Rapids, MN (IBU Trials — cont’d)

Tuesday Mass Start 12.5k Ladies, 15k Men: Clare 4th (2+0+4+3), Liz 5th (1+1+3+4); Mike 7th (2+1+4+2), Ethan 8th (2+1+2+1)

 

Middlebury, VT (NENSA Eastern Cup)

Saturday Individual CL 5k Ladies, 10k Men:

Sunday Mass Start FR 10k Ladies, 15k Men:

 

 

WEEK OF DEC 8-14

 

Hochfilzen, Austria (IBU World Cup 2)

Friday 7.5k Sprint: Susan 29th (1+1), Hannah 78th (1+2)

Saturday Relay: (no American team)

Sunday 10k Pursuit: Susan 27th (0+0+2+2)

 

Davos, Switzerland (FIS World Cup)

Saturday CL 10k: Ida 47th

Sunday FR Sprint: Ida 16th

 

Grand Rapids, MN (IBU Trials)

Saturday Sprint 10k Men, 7.5k Ladies: Ethan 4th (1+1), Mike 7th (3+1); Clare 4th (1+3), Liz 6th (2+5)

Sunday Sprint 10k Men, 7.5k Ladies: Mike 6th (3+2), Ethan 11th (2+5); Clare 2nd (2+1), Liz 5th (2+4)

 

 

WEEK OF DEC 1-7

 

Canmore, Alberta (Biathlon NorAm)

Saturday Sprint Ladies, Men: Clare 2nd (0+3); Mike 6th (2+1), Ethan 11th (0+2)

Sunday Mass Start Ladies, Men: Mike 7th (2+1+2+2), Ethan 8th (2+1+1+2); Clare 1st (0+0+2+2)

 

Bozeman, Montana (SuperTour)

Saturday CL Sprint Ladies, Men: Caitlin 3rd, Liz 7th, Kait 8th; Gordon 15th, Pete 20th, Alex H 23rd, Alex Schulz 31st, Andrew 38th, Jake 43rd

Sunday CL Mass 10k Ladies, 15k Men: Caitlin 4th, Liz 7th, Kait 9th; Alex H 22nd, Andrew 25th, Gordon 26th, Jake 29th, Alex S 40th, Pete 42nd

 

Lillehammer, Norway (FIS World Cup)

Friday FR Sprint: Ida 52nd

Saturday FR 5k Individual: Ida 79th

Sunday CL 10k Pursuit: Ida DNS

 

Oestersund, Sweden (IBU World Cup 1)

Thursday 15k Individual: Susan 21st (0+2+0+1), Hannah 86th (3+0+1+3)

Saturday 7.5k Sprint: Susan 41st (1+2), Hannah 81st (2+1)

Sunday 10k Pursuit: Susan 19th (0+2+1+0), Hannah did not qualify

 

 

WEEK OF NOV 24-30

 

Kuusamo, Finland (FIS World Cup)

Saturday CL Sprint: Ida 5th

Sunday CL 10k: Ida 51st

 

Oestersund, Sweden (IBU World Cup 1)

Sunday Mixed Relay: USA (including Susan) 7th

 

West Yellowstone, Montana (SuperTour)

Friday FR Sprint Men (Qualifier), Ladies: Alex S 14th, Alex H 22nd, Gordon 28th, Pete 34th, Andrew 45th, Jake 48th; Caitlin 8th, Liz 29th, Kait 30th

Friday Individual Ladies 10k, Men 15k: Caitlin 4th, Liz 14th, Kait 38th; Jake 33rd, Pete 35th, Alex H 39th, Gordon 41st, Andrew 45th, Alex S 58th

A Week of Falling Trees

15.Dec.2014 by Caitlin Patterson

The skiers returned from Montana to Craftsbury last week, on Tuesday, a day that also marked the beginning of a week of falling trees.  Tuesday morning or afternoon (I’m guessing, since I wasn’t actually here) it started to snow, and by the time we landed in Burlington at about 5pm, there was a thick coat of slushy wet slop on the ground with more falling.  During the drive to Craftsbury the precipitation turned decidedly more solid, but still wet and heavy, huge flakes and clumps of snow.  All of us were relieved to make it safely to Craftsbury, and we settled back into our house and fell asleep amid a continuation of the storm.

The next morning I remember waking up a bit of rain/sleet on the window, and noises of wind, but nonetheless a beautiful wintery landscape, complete with snow-pasted trees and deep banks of white.  As we prepared for a morning ski, an email message came through from Pepa informing us that there were many branches knocked down onto the trail and it would be great if we could help pick up some of them while out skiing.  From our house, nothing seemed particularly out of place, though the trees had an above average amount of snow coating branches and trunks.  However as soon as a few of my teammates and I entered the woods on our skis, it became apparent what the storm had been like – branches all over the place, big clumps of small sticks protruding from the middle of the trails like pins in a pincushion, and larger branches strewn about, and an occasional entire tree across the trail.  The groomers were only able to take the machines around a few of the small core-trail loops, and even that I’m sure took considerable clearing.  Beyond the few short loops of freshly groomed trails, all hands were on deck cleaning up the rest of trails.  Kaitlynn and I skied a few of the core trail loops, and then ventured out onto Ruthie’s Run, which took a record-long time to ski around, between the constant pick-up-sticks and ungroomed 8+ inches of snow with an icy and grabby top crust.  We counted big trees down on just Ruthie’s out and back trails – chainsaw-worthy trees – and our count reached 12 by the end, in addition to at least 15 small trees (actually mostly tree-tops), and at least 10 bent-over trees that would need to be cut or helped to straighten.

Andrew strides up an ungroomed hill on the first day after the big snow

Andrew strides up an ungroomed hill on the first day after the big snowstorm

Kaitlynn picking up sticks

Kaitlynn picking up sticks

Arches all over

Arches all over

As it turned out, it wasn’t the bit of wind that accompanied the original storm that caused most of the problems – it was the weight of the heavy, wet snow that coated all the trees.  Because Day One of major tree clean-up was followed by Day Two, and beyond… It seemed from reports that easily as many trees fell the night after the storm as the night of the storm – collapsing under the weight of the snow, tipped over the edge of their breaking points by more snow that continued to fall.  We’ve had intermittent power outages at the Outdoor Center and the GRP houses since Tuesday night. On the second major clean-up day, I joined the crew out on the trails for the afternoon, dragging branches and trees and picking up countless sticks. Ruthie’s Run had been completely cleared the day before, but we spent 3 hours with 7 people out clearing it again.

One of the chainsaw crews: Lucas Schulz, Eric Hanson, Alex Howe, Ben Dann

One of the chainsaw crews: Lucas Schulz, Eric Hanson, Alex Howe, Ben Dann

Trail clearing crew

Trail clearing crew

A Pisten Bully is useful for pushing trees out of the way and grooming as you go

A Pisten Bully is useful for pushing trees out of the way and grooming as you go

Another one

Another messy tree

View from the back of the Pisten Bully after the trail has been cleared

View from the back of the Pisten Bully after the trail has been cleared – it’s a little messy with tiny branches and bark left behind, but really nice skiing!

Thanks a ton to the grooming crew including Keith, Lucas, DJ, Eric Schulz, Eric Hanson and all of the GRP athletes and everyone else who put in hours and hours clearing the trails and making them skiable again so quickly! And for operating the generators when needed and keeping the Outdoor Center going!

The rate of trees falling seems to be finally declining, and hopefully we’re nearing the end of power outages too, here a week after the storm. It’s still wise to be a little bit extra cautious on the trails when rounding blind corners, you never know what might have fallen down since the last time you skied the trails!

Kaitlynn skating during one of our distance skis on Sam's Run

Kaitlynn skating during one of our distance skis on Sam’s Run

After a relatively uneventful ski, 4-5 days after the storm, we came across this 14+ tree pile-up

After a relatively uneventful ski, 4-5 days after the storm, we came across this 14+ tree pile-up

Completely uprooted!

Completely uprooted!

Candlelit evenings with no power, but not quite device-less...

Candlelit evenings with no power, but not quite device-less…  (In which I happened to be reading about Powerlessness, apparently!)

Wintery landscapes

Wintery landscapes

Icy trees

Icy trees

Throwback to Montana - we haven't seen much sun in Craftsbury, but wintery snowy landscapes make me almost as happy as sunshine and the smiling faces of my teammates!

Throwback to the women’s team in West Yellowstone, Montana – we haven’t seen much sun in Craftsbury, but wintery, snowy landscapes make me almost as happy as sunshine and the smiling faces of my teammates! This week has been a bit unusual, but I’ve actually enjoyed it, and we fit in lots of great training sessions!

Awesome wax techs Bryan Cook, Nick Brown, Brayton Osgood (L to R) in sunny Bozeman, where they nailed kick and glide two days in a row! Thanks guys!

And one more photo from Montana! Awesome wax techs Bryan Cook, Nick Brown, Brayton Osgood (L to R) in sunny Bozeman, where they nailed kick and glide for our classic race weekend! Thanks guys!

Icy trees

Bozeman SuperTour Photo Update

14.Dec.2014 by Liz Guiney

It’s been a little while since the Bozeman SuperTour races wrapped up last weekend, but I have a bunch of good pictures from the races that I wanted to share, so I figured it’s never too late for a post!

The GRP skiers raced a classic sprint and a 10k/15k mass start in Bozeman. Conditions on the course slightly resembled an ice rink: warm temperatures during the day and freezing overnight made for some scary downhills on the twisty-turn-y course. Luckily, it also made for really nice klister skiing, and our 3 wax techs for the weekend, Nick Brown, Bryan Cook, and Brayton Osgood gave us fantastic skis for both days. Thanks guys! It was great to be skiing in the sunshine and mountains, even if we did have to practice our best alpine turning techniques.

Check out our website for full race reports and results from the weekend, but highlights were Caitlin Patterson’s 3rd place in the classic sprint (and her first SuperTour podium of the year!), Kaitlynn Miller’s 5th place sprint qualifier, Caitlin P’s 4th place in the 10k, and the fact that the GRP women were all in the top 10 both days! The top men’s result of the weekend was Gordon Vermeer’s 15th in the sprint.

The skiers are now back in Craftsbury and enjoying the new snow, but also have been without power for a while due to the crazy storm and downed trees! Next up on the race docket: the opening Eastern Cup at Rikert in Middlebury. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the pictures!

Showing off our green post-classic sprint

Showing off our green post-classic sprint

 

Mass start mayhem

Mass start mayhem (Photo Anya Bean)

 

Cresting the hill in the 10k classic

Cresting the hill in the 10k classic (Photo Anya Bean)

 

Kaitlynn Miller putting the hammer down on her 9th place finish

Kaitlynn Miller putting the hammer down on her 9th place finish (photo Anya Bean)

 

Caitlin, me, and Kaitlynn getting ready to cheer on the guys in the 15k

Caitlin, me, and Kaitlynn getting ready to cheer on the guys in the 15k 

 

Gordon heading up the first hill...

Gordon heading up the first hill with Alex Howe hot in pursuit (photo Anya Bean)

 

Andrew Dougherty on his last lap. It got a little slick for the guys near the end, and most of them were herring-boning on this hill

Andrew Dougherty on his last lap. It got a little slick for the guys near the end, and most of them were herring-boning on this hill (photo Anya Bean)

 

Gordon again, must have been having a photogenic day!

Gordon again, must have been having a photogenic day! (Photo Anya Bean)

Montana Race Trip As Told Through Memes

13.Dec.2014 by Andrew Dougherty

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