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Road Trip by Air: Besh Cup 3 and 4

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Erich skis to a solid 6th in J2 A Final.

FAST flew down with a small but strong crew for Besh Cups 3 and 4 in Sodotna last weekend.  Leaving Fairbanks at -38 was easy and landing in Kenai at +22 on Friday was even better. The 3″ or 4″ of fresh snow made for some hard work on Saturday’s sprint, but trails were firm by Sunday.

Waxing so furiously that we're a blur.

The loyal opposition, APU, waxing in Darth Vader masks.

Mikko double poles on the flat in the qualifiers.

Tristan in J3 A Final

Skiers scramble up the headwall in J3 A Final.

Erich prepares for J2 Semifinal.

Game face on, Kuba readies for his semi.

Kuba takes 4th, best classic finish yet!

The end result for the weekend, Mikko did not qualify in the sprint and we later found out that he had mono. So there’s next year.
Tristan had his best two Besh races as a J3 and was 4th in the classic sprint and 4th in the 3K freestyle.
Meanwhile, Erich and Kuba improved mightily on last year’s classic sprint results, when they barely made the B final. This year’s 6th and 4th respectively were very solid. And the best was on Sunday when Erich eked out a 2nd place in the 5K freestyle, just 0.7 sec (a ski length) ahead of Kuba who was 4th. Tight race!
Great trip and a nice respite from the deep freeze. Now that things are warming to humane temperatures (about  0 +/-5 degrees), we are looking forward to Besh 5 and 6. Nothing like home turf in the cold and on the hills.

May the FAST skiers soar like eagles for the rest of the season!

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Congrats to FAST, First Generation!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Highlighted by David Norris’s (now with UAF) 3rd overall in the 15K classic and a couple of leading J1 sprint efforts by Logan Hanneman, former and current FAST skiers had another outstanding week at US Senior Nationals.

Logan will be racing on the Scando team for the second year in a row, and David has moved up from the World Junior team to U23s. Meanwhile, Reese Hanneman (now skiing for APU) made his second consecutive U23 team.

We’ll be tracking and cheering for these guys over the next month. Meanwhile, Congrats on a job well done!

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