Nordic racing | Rescheduled Gold Rush goes off at Royal Gorge |

Nordic racing | Rescheduled Gold Rush goes off at Royal Gorge

Mark Nadell / www.macbethgraphics.comFar West Nordic Farm Team member Michael Collins of Carnelian Bay (bib 441) jockeys with Truckee's Peter Mayfield (400) and Rick Reynolds (370) for position at the start of the California Gold Rush.

Far West Nordic Farm Team racer Elias Bucher of Reno raced to a first-place finish in the 42-kilometer California Gold Rush held at Royal Gorge this past Saturday.

The annual race, which includes a Silver, Bronze and Junior Rush of varying distances, was originally scheduled for late March, but blizzard conditions postponed the event. A new course also was used.

A total of 115 racers skied one of the four distances on what turned out to be a nice, warm day on Donner Summit. Despite the warm temperatures, however, conditions remained fast on the new curvy course.

Bucher took the top spot in the Gold Rush with a time of 1:42:58, while UNR Winter Sports Club Director August Teague of Truckee finished second at 1:43:05, and Truckee local Rick Reynolds was third at 1:47:06.

In the women’s race, former Olympic speed skater Beth Reid of Palo Alto captured first place while finishing sixth overall with a time of 1:50:00. Northstar-at-Tahoe Cross Country Ski Director Julie Young of Truckee finished second among women at 2:08:40, and Carolyn Tiernan of Bishop was third at 2:14:58.

Nicholas Grimmer of Australia took first place in the 28-kilometer Silver Rush with a time of 1:12:41, while Evan Vomund of Incline Village was second at 1:25:31 and Joseph Merydith of Lincoln was third at 1:27:03.

In the women’s Silver Rush, Truckee’s Beth Thomas placed first, and second overall, with a time of 1:20:05. Truckee’s Debbie Hakansson was the second woman, and third overall, at 1:21:26, and Laura Stern of Menlo Park was third (fourth overall) at 1:21:52.

Far West Nordic Juniors Dylan Syben of Tahoe City and Katrin Larusson of Truckee raced to respective wins in the 14K Bronze Rush. Truckee’s Alex Kopytko and Joelle Romo of Mammoth Lakes were second, and Patrick McElravey of Tahoe City and Skyler Flora of Truckee were third.

The 3K Junior Rush win went to Truckee’s Ryland Belisle, while Freya Davis of Rocklin was the first girl.

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