MESA MELTDOWN RESULTS
SKYWAY, MARCH 18, 2018
Brave ski racers gathered for the Mesa Meltdown at Skyway to wrap up the 2017-2018 race season and it was a “blast”! By race start it was snowing hard and sideways. I was in awe that racers were actually lining up to go out in that tempest but out they went. I remarked to one of my timing crew members that I thought it was a safe bet that we would see a number of dropouts at the 10K mark when the race looped back through the start area next to all of the warm inviting parked cars. Shame on me for no faith! A few took a quick breather to refuel and one switched to another pair of skis but there was only one that didn’t charge back out into the fray for another 10K. Bravo!
A tight pack of 3 men blew through the 10K mark. They were still close at the finish but Eivind Roed was able to gain some slight separation for the win followed closely by fellow CMU teammate Andrew James and Chris Marcione of Silverthorne. Lillian Miller, also of Silverthorne, skied unchallenged to the top women’s finish and a nice 7th overall. Jordan Miner is getting better all of the time and skied strong to place 2nd for women.
Andrew and Jordan put their second place finishes together with two previous strong finishes to win this season’s 3-race point series. Each won a handy Flexlite camp chair from REI for their efforts.
Four Points Bars and Element Rice Cakes again were a hit for sustained energy and great flavor. Prize donors REI, Summit Canyon Mountaineering, Copper Club Brewing and Kannah Creek Brewing are greatly appreciated for providing excellent rewards and motivation! And a huge bravo to the crew of volunteers who were also out there in the blast getting racers fed and timed: Bob Major, Danielle Burritt, Rick Peterson and Scott Vig.
It was a challenging season for race conditions but we still managed to have lots of fun with some great competition. Let’s hope we can get back to our usual early snow pattern on Grand Mesa so that we can reconvene again in early December to start a fresh season of terrific ski racing. See you then!
Tom, GMNC Race Director
20K FREESTYLE RESULTS
|5||Lew Kirkegaard||46||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:28:37|
|6||Martin Wiesiolek||51||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:28:46|
|11||Ken Pill||56||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:36:14|
|19||Doug Johnston||62||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:45:20|
|23||Chuck Bodie||64||M||Grand Junction||CO||1:57:25|
|26||Michelle Oberndorf||25||F||Grand Junction||CO||3:33:44|
5K FREESTYLE RESULTS
|8||Anky Von Schnoplau||63||F||Hotchkiss||CO||45:29|