Nordic racing: Truckee’s Matt Gelso dominates Aspen SuperTour |

Nordic racing: Truckee’s Matt Gelso dominates Aspen SuperTour

Far West Nordic and reports

Far West skier and 2006 Truckee High grad Matt Gelso, who is now racing for the University of Colorado, won the Aspen (Colo.) SuperTour skate race in dominant fashion on Jan. 19. Gelso finished ahead of some of the top skiers in the nation, including Zack Simons and Andrey Golovko. The event doubled as NCAA college races.Gelso won the event with a time of 53:38.8, 43 seconds ahead of Tad Elliot (Saab Salmon Factory Team). Josh Smullin (Rossignal) outsprinted Simons (Rossignol) and Golovko (Saab Salomon Factory Team) to claim the final podium spot, 16 seconds in back of Elliot.Highlighted by the Owl Creek Chase, the Aspen Nordic Festival also played host to Junior Olympic Qualifiers, Citizen level Colorado Cup racing, Elite level events in the USSA SuperTour, Sprint racing at Wagner Park, and for the first time this year, the University of Colorado NCAA Invitational. With all the events combined, the Aspen Nordic Festival and the Owl Creek Chase brought Nordic skiers of all different backgrounds and interests together for a festive Nordic atmosphere unlike any other.Over 600 racers of all ages raced at the Aspen Parks andamp; Recreation 22nd Annual Owl Creek Chase a 21K freestyle cross-country ski race from Snowmass to Aspen. Snow conditions were fantastic and the weather was perfect.The race is part of both the USSA SuperTour and the RMISA collegiate series.

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