Snowshoe double – part 1
I headed up to
North Conway for the second annual Whitaker woods snowshoe race on Saturday. It was the kick-off to the snowshoe season and the start of a long weekend of driving and racing.
It was 9 degrees when I arrived at the race site. I met up with race director and teammate Kevin Tilton and we headed out on the course. We ran the 4 miles putting the final touches on course markings to make sure everyone stayed on course this year. The loop was very fast groomed snow with a little single-track that was also well packed. It would be a good day for the fast guys.
At the start everyone bolted like it was a sprint. I was hurting and in 5th place in the first 200 meters. I slowly caught up to Chris Dunn and passed him about ½ mile in, then got Danny F on the first climb. At the same time Jim Johnson broke away from Judson Cake. I caught Judson on the second climb and felt pretty good, but JJ was out of site now except on the long straights. I gapped Judson but he came back on the descent and caught me with about 1 mile to go. He really took off in the last mile and I didn’t have another gear. I worked as hard as possible and was rewarded with a third place finish and over a minute improvement on my time from last year.
After a quick change I headed back out to clear the course. JJ & Judson joined me which helped the time go by and made picking up the flagging a lot easier. I was fully in “bonk” during the final mile of clearing the course and was glad when we were done (and JJ gave me a coffee before I collapsed). 12 miles on snowshoes was a heck of a way to start out the racing season!
Place Time Name Gend Age Club Points
1 27:27 Jim Johnson M 34 CMS 100.00
2 28:25 Judson Cake M 34 Acidotic 96.60
3 28:40 Dave Dunham M 47 CMS 95.76
4 29:49 Danny Ferreira M 29 Acidotic 92.06
5 30:33 Chris Jasparro M 44 TNT 89.85
6 31:06 Chris Dunn M 43 Acidotic 88.26
7 31:52 Ryan Welts M 31 Acidotic 86.14
8 33:44 Dan Hayden M 25 81.37
9 33:53 Scott Mason M 54 TNT 81.01
10 34:22 Jason Massa M 44 Acidotic 79.87