SKYWAY, MARCH 14, 2015

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council 2014-2015 Race Series wrapped up in warm and sunny fashion at the Mesa Meltdown. The beautiful weather meant times were fast and the hanging out afterwards eating chili and telling war stories was long. A great time for all. The 20K Freestyle was the Series finale even though we are still looking forward to the Grand Mesa Loppet Marathon and Half Marathon on March 28. These are new races added to our schedule this year and have not yet been incorporated into the Series.

In the 20K, Bryan Cook quickly put a gap on the field and skied smooth and fast to the finish to be the only racer to come in under an hour. Very impressive. The most exciting finish was when Danny Pierce and Christie Aschwanden came up the last hill side-by-side both digging hard for the line. Danny managed to extend his toe over the line just ahead of Christie’s. She was still 6th overall and the first place female. Similar to the 20K, Jordan Miner skied hard from the start and put a big gap on the field for the win in the 5K. Quinn Finnoff was the first male 5K racer but had to finish with a strong kick to stay ahead of Cambria Camp for second overall. All of this good effort was rewarded with excellent refueling from KIND Bar and PROBAR and generous prizes from REI, Kannah Creek Brewing, Copper Club Brew Pub, Cravens Coffe and Avant Winery. A huge thanks as always goes to our volunteers Danielle Burritt, Trish Rothwell and Angela Johnson.

Now rest up and get ready for the Loppet! Details can be found here.

Tom, GMNC Race Director



The top two 20K females were all bones but, wow, could they ski fast!

2015 Mesa Meltdown RESULTS

2OK Freestyle

Place Name Age Gender City State RaceTime
1 Bryan Cook 31 M Carbondale CO 0:58:02
2 Ross Delaplane 44 M Golden CO 1:03:14
3 Terry Daley 53 M Ridgway CO 1:05:02
4 Lewis Kirkegaard 42 M Montrose CO 1:05:48
5 Danny Pierce 68 M Aspen CO 1:09:55
6 Christie Aschwanden 42 F Cedaredge CO 1:09:55
7 Greg Finnoff 48 M Longmont CO 1:12:29
8 Christopher Welsh 32 M Grand Junction CO 1:12:32
9 Winslow Robertson 59 M Palisade CO 1:13:40
10 Rosemerry Trommer 45 F Grand Junction CO 1:15:08
11 Jeff Stahl 45 M Colorado Spgs CO 1:15:09
12 Chad Harris 39 M Moab UT 1:16:16
13 Ken Pill 53 M Grand Junction CO 1:16:16
14 Lisa Moot 40 F Montrose CO 1:16:59
15 Helen Carlsen 54 F Basalt CO 1:19:04
16 Dan Schultz-Ela 58 M Hotchkiss CO 1:19:25
17 Brad Burritt 53 M Hotchkiss CO 1:19:27
18 Kyle Stone 46 M Fruita CO 1:20:13
19 Roger Mitchell 54 M Eagle CO 1:20:18
20 Sophia Finnoff 14 F Longmont CO 1:20:46
21 Mark Miller 52 M Estes Park CO 1:21:50
22 Colleen Finnoff 48 F Longmont CO 1:22:10
23 Denny Hogan 65 M Buena Vista CO 1:23:51
24 Tim Carter 79 M Grand Junction CO 1:24:55
25 Tina Wilson 58 F Grand Junction CO 1:26:25
26 Bill Miller 65 M Grand Junction CO 1:26:27
27 John Thrasher 65 M Delta CO 1:28:30
28 Anne McCorkle 38 F Grand Junction CO 1:36:29
29 Steve Ela 51 M Hotchkiss CO 1:37:52
30 David Batten 64 M Montrose CO 2:00:54
31 Paul Sheya 56 M Montrose CO 2:21:16


5K Freestyle

Place Name Age Gender City State RaceTime
1 Jordan Miner 12 F Mesa CO 19:31
2 Quinn Finnoff 12 M Longmont CO 23:33
3 Cambria Camp 15 F Grand Junction CO 23:36
4 Lori Stone 51 F Fruita CO 29:22
5 Ewell Culbertson 57 M Delta CO 31:31
6 Theresa Miner 49 F Mesa CO 33:24
7 Angela Johnson 40 F Fruita CO 36:54
8 Sydney Camp 13 F Grand Junction CO 42:48