Nordic racing: Tricky waxing conditions greet Tahoe Rim Tour
Every race has to start somewhere.
The Great Ski Race, which started with just 60 racers in 1977, now has more than 1,000 line up for the start.
The Tahoe Rim Tour, which started in 2008, had a shaky start when weather ” aka, a blizzard ” had the 30K race cut short.
In just its second year the race doubled in size, with more than 130 racers making the trek from Tahoe City to Northstar-at-Tahoe on classic skis, skate skis or snowshoes on Sunday. The race, said director Jeff Schloss, has the same potential as the 30K Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue fundraiser in March.
“I’m glad we got to ski the whole course this year,” Schloss said as he watched the finish at Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Cross Country, Telemark and Snowshoe Center. “It can grow into a big event like the Great Ski Race.”
As for conditions, Schloss said he was pleased to see new snow Sunday morning, but fresh snow on top of icy tracks made for tricky waxing conditions for classic skiing.
“Waxing was so weird,” said Ian Case, the men’s winner who decided last minute to ski on his “Zeros,” a classic ski that requires no kick wax and is designed for skiing when it’s 32 degrees. The skis worked well as Case finished with a time of 1:29.10 ” more than five minutes in front of second-place August Teague (1:35:57.2) and third-place Tav Streit (1:38:33).
Palo Alto’s Beth Reid won the women’s race with a time of 1:42:01.9, and was followed by her 16-year-old daughter Joanne Reid with a time of 1:43:55.1 and Judy Rabinowitz with a time of 1:44:16.2.
The 30K skate race was won by Tim Donahue of New York with a time of 1:23:58.3, followed by Chris McGovern of Nevada City with a time of 1:24:32.2 and Bill Arnoff of Truckee with a time of 1:24:36.7
Truckee’s Kristin Krone won the skate race with a time of 1:35:38.6, followed by Beth Thomas with a time of 1:37:19.6 and Susan Reynolds with a time of 1:43:25.9.
Truckee’s Peter Fain took the top spot in the 21K snowshoe race, covering the half-marathon distance in an impressive 1:35.44. Fain was followed by Bill Raitter of Reno with a time of 1:39:53.4 and Ross McMahan of Incline Village with a time of 1:46:23.6.
The women’s snowshoe race was won by Bill’s wife Sarah Raitter with a time of 1:56:00.3 followed by Dolores Bergman 2:01:52.3 and Katherine Coward 2:17:42.2.
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