Today was a perfect day for a ski race! The first Nordic Ski Club race of the season with temperatures above zero was the third race in the KINROSS/Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Wedgewood Resort Classic.
Elementary skiers raced in mass-start format over 1Km (K-1-2 boys and girls), 1.5Km (grade 3-4 boys and girls) and 2Km (grade 5-6 boys and girls). You can see results for the elementary mass start race here: https://zone4.ca/race/2022-01-22/0281b0a2/results/
After the elementary races were finished, the grade 7-8, high school and adult races began on a 2.5Km loop. The grade 7-8 skiers raced 1 lap, the high school and adult women 3 laps (7.5Km) and the high school and adult men raced 4 laps (10Km).
Overall results for each distance can be found at:
Class results for the interval start race can be found at:
Lap times are available on these Zone4 online results. When you click on the link, on the right side of the results header for each class or distance, you will see a small box with a downward-pointing arrow labeled “Time(s).” Click on that box, and in the dropdown menu, select “All Times” and all the lap times (ranked!) will be visible.
The race today was timed with the Nordic Ski Club’s new Zone4 chip-timing system. This was the first race that we have timed with the system, so it was a bit stressful, but we learned a lot and we have results that we know are correct. We will be learning the system through much of the rest of the season, and by the time the ASAA High School Cross Country Ski State Championships come around (February 24-25-26) we will have everything dialed in.
Special kudos to our highly competent Chief of Timing, Anna Sorensen, and to our “special consultant”, Étienne Richard of Zone4 Timing who was on the phone from their World HQ in Canmore, Alberta, helping us whenever we had a question. He provided excellent customer service.
Special thanks also to all the many Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks volunteers, some of whom were volunteering for “new” jobs that have been created to meet the needs of our chip-timing system, like chip rippers, chip attachers, and chip pullers. Without our loyal, and highly-skilled volunteer crew there would be NO RACES! So, skiers, coaches and parents, be sure to thank volunteers!
For future events, we plan to have live timing available during the races (with lap times in multi-lap races). We will post the URLs for the live results on the appropriate race page at nscfairbanks.org.
The final race in the 2021-22 KINROSS/Fort Knox Town Race Series, the Goldstream Sports Ski Cross will take place on Saturday, January 29. Ski-Cross is a free technique (skating) event that includes bumps, jumps, gates, twists and turns, etc., and tests how well a skier can cope with such challenges.
Other coming races
Tuesday, February 1 – Nanook Invitational – Wave Start/Classic 5PM
Wednesday, February 2 – Nanook Invitational – Pursuit Start/Free Technique, 2PM
Saturday, February 5 – Besh Cup #5 – Interval Start/Free Technique 11AM
Sunday, February 6 – Besh Cup #6 – Mass Start/Classic Technique 11AM
The races on February 1-2-5-6 are Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association qualifying races. In addition to the the UAF Nanooks, the host team, there will be teams from UA Anchorage, University of Utah, University of Colorado, Denver University and Montana State University. The races on February 2, 5 and 6 are International Ski Federation calendar events.
These races will have a VERY HIGH level of competition, so you should try to come out and watch the races and support the Nanooks as they pursue qualifying for the NCAA Championships which will take place in March in Soldier Hollow, Utah, site of the 2002 Olympic cross country skiing events.