Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ski Racing 2011

Well everybody, if you did not yet know, Steve has decided to retire from ski race promotion. There may be some Iowa City ski races in the future, snow allowing of course, so if you are interested keep informed by checking here or maybe

If someone wants to organize races and take over this blog page to handle updates and results that is ducky, just lemme know and it is yours. It's been fun - see ya out shooshing!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Herkabeiner Results

Whatta day for a ski race! 19 people at the start of the 1st Herkabeiner.
Impressive for the day after the Birkie.
8 laps of 3k each played out like this:

1st: Jason Beerends 1:18:33 skate
2nd: Guillaume Girard 1:21:30
3rd: Finn Kolsrud 1:22:10
4th: Kevin McConnell 1:25:40 :)
5th: Tom Scholz 1:25:51
6th: Grant Hedley 1:28:00
7th: Norbert Koenigsfeld 1:31:25
8th: Brent DeGeus 1:32:48
9th: Jim Troepkea 1:33:09
10th: Jack Piper 1:33:37
11th: Megan DeGeus 1:33:54
12th: Ryan Nenninger 1:35:20
13th: Katie Ouellette 1:36:20
14th: Brett Griggs 1:36:30 (and he groomed the trail last night!)
15th: Jack Noble 1:41:00
16th: Doug Bottorf 1:47:30
17th: Kyle Williams 1:51:56 18th: Robin Williams 1:51:56
19th: C.T. Kruekeberg 2:08:30 classic
Everyone skated but for the mighty C.T. We took in $87 more in donations for that new grooming sled and it was great that people brought out gatorade, muffins, Pop Tarts, orange segments, etc.
I got as many pictures of you all as I could, but with handing out the drinks, keeping track of the laps (sorry Jack!), ringing the cowbell, and getting the finish times (sorry again, Jack!) I did not get a good picture of everyone. I tried...

Thanks to ATLAS for the free drink cards and 30th Century Bicycle for additional prizes. That wraps up ski racing organizing for me for this year. If anybody wants to have more they have to organize, because I am out. It was fun, thanks to everyone who came out for the events and all the behind the scenes folks!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Herkabeiner!

Rumors. Speculation. Hearsay. BEGONE! True. Fact. Honest.

The Herkabeiner will be a mass start ski event at Ashton this Sunday, Feb 28th!

Pick your technique! Start at 9am from the shelter! 25k!

Finn is designing some kind of crazy course, but expect to get familiar with the ground you ski, yes.

No entry fee, but donations to keep the trail grooming sleds running are gladly accepted. Tell your friends. Tell people you don't know. Come on out to Ashton this Sunday Morning!

Questions? email geepickle (at) gmail (dot) com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Results, 2-23-10

Mass Start Mania! Couldn't help myself. But let us start at the beginning. It was really cold and windy out there tonight. Just lookit this picture here:

See? That is cold! As go time approached racers were few. Morale at race HQ was low. Then, headlamps in the distance...
13 racers in all, we had a quick talk and decided that mass start was the way to go to avoid a mass hypothermia/frostbite event. So we did it. Oooo-la-la! Here is what happened:

1st: Finn Kolsrud 19:09 1st lap 9:15 (skate)
2nd: Jason Beerends 20:29 1st lap 9:44 (skate)
3rd: Guillame 21:24 1st lap 10:33 (skate)
4th: Jeff Barnes 21:24 1st lap 10:33 (skate)
5th: Todd Gillihan 21:33 1st lap 10:33 (skate)
6th: Grant Hedley finish unknown 1st lap 10:42 (skate)
7th: Hodge 23:40 1st lap 11:24 (skate)
8th: Jim Troepka 24:04 1st lap 11:45 (skate)
9th: Steve Dodge 27:06 1st lap 13:29 (skate)
10th/11th too close to call: the Eppens 32:04 1st lap unknown (classic)
12th: Cable Greay 33:51 1st lap 14:25 (skate)
13th: C.T. Kruekeberg 36:40 1st lap unknown (classic)

I missed a few times, but nobody seemed to mind, and the finish order was accurate. I think. Bags of frozen fruit donated by 30th Century Bicycle, along with some waterbottles & such. $30 more collected for the new snowmachine fund, might be able to spring for that custom paintjob! Big thanks as always to you racers for coming out, Brett Griggs fer grooming, Brian Deutschendorf for the timing equipment, and Touch the Earth for the lantern, cones, first aid kit, etc.
I am starting to believe that an 8 lap mass start Ashton event this Sunday is a real probability. So start to spread the word, I will post a real race alert here with real details, but for now just plan on 9am Sunday Feb 28th. The Herkabeiner!

2-23-10 Race

Racing tonight, 3rd week in a row for the tt! I always believed it could happen. All the same details, 7pm start, pairs, pick your partner if you want and pick your style if you are able.

Headlamps Strongly Advised!

Donations Strongly Accepted!

I hope some of you Birkie tapering folk will still come out, it would not be the same without you.

The skate course has been changed a bit, we will be going clockwise tonight so we will see how the skate / classic times might differ. Hope to see you out!