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Bozeman SuperTour Takes Flight in Cold Temps; Holmes, Ozerskiy Win 10/15 k Classic

Erika Flowers bundled but smiling at the 2013 Bozeman SuperTour (Photo: Anya Caldwell Bean)

Fifth in the women’s 10 k classic mass start on Sunday, a bundled-but-smiling Erika Flowers (SMST2) at the 2013 Bozeman SuperTour in Montana. (Photo: Anya Caldwell Bean)

It was another cold day in Bozeman, Mont., with temperatures dipping to – 8 degrees Fahrenheit, but the second set of SuperTour races took place on Sunday with the 10- and 15-kilometer classic mass starts at Bohart Ranch.

Chelsea Holmes of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) captured the 10 k victory, followed by Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) and Caitlin Gregg (Madshus/Team Gregg) in third.

In the men’s 15 k, Dmitriy Ozerskiy (CXC), took first, followed by Miles Havlick (SVSEF) and Patrick Johnson (Far West) in third.

Cold temperatures led to the cancellation of Saturday’s classic sprint, and pushed Sunday’s women’s start to noon MST. The men started at 1 p.m.

The remainder of the women’s top six were Kate Fitzgerald of Alaska Pacific University (APU), Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) and Becca Rorabaugh (APU), respectively. The men’s top six included Matt Liebsch (XC United/Team StrongHeart), Brian Gregg (Madshus/Team Gregg), and Reese Hanneman (APU). On Saturday, Gregg and Liebsch finished first and second at the Sovereign Lake NorAm opener more than 600 miles away in British Columbia. They flew back to make the SuperTour distance race.

With temperatures dipping into negative numbers, racers and race organizers had a lot to contend with. In spite of the cold, the tracks were in good condition for racing.

“The tracks were surprisingly fast and the course skied really well,” Hanneman wrote in an email. “It is actually one of the the more difficult and well balanced courses in this country.”

“Once we finally got going I thought it was reasonable to be racing, probably on the lower limit of what was reasonable, though,” he added. “All those years of training in -30 (F) in Fairbanks served me well. I was very warm and comfortable racing in such subzero temps, [but] it was probably the coldest race I have done since racing in the Alaskan high school scene when there was no cutoff!”

“No one is psyched to be so cold,” Holmes wrote in an email, “So I think it’s hard to say much about the cold affecting your performance.  Really, it’s the coaches, techs and volunteers that bear the brunt of the cold with all that standing around.”

“I was definitely bummed about yesterday’s cancellation,” she added, “I just wanted to race!”

“Chelsea [Holmes] had an awesome day today,” Gregg wrote. “[She] skied away towards the end of the first lap and led the entire second half of the race, building on her lead each [kilometer].”

“I am psyched with 3rd as classic is not my best technique,” she added.

Men’s results

Women’s results

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