Says Pete Vordenberg, "Howling winds but clear, sunny skies. We’ve had rain and snow and ice in the past so why not some wind. Outdoor sport, you know." So it was at the 2010 Race to the Castle rollerski race. Vordenberg estimated that winds in excess of 50 mph through narrow cuts in the mountain.
Kris Freeman was the first skier to finish the 5-mile climb up the Whiteface Memorial Highway, a climb with an average grade of 8%. His time was 38:37, 39 seconds ahead of Noah Hoffman (39:16). The top women was Laura Spector in 46:58, with Morgan Arritola second in 48:02.
Ida Sargent pushing into the wind. Just before this stretch is a really narrow cut in the mountain and the wind must have been blowing over 50mph through that gap against the skiers. Sarget finished 5th overall. (Photo: Pete Vordenberg. More photos at http://nccsef.org/news/?p=1015).
Three videos from the US Ski Team Dartfish site were taken by Matt Whitcomb. A subset of final results is below the video.
This video shows the start of the girls race, start of the guys reace and clips from within the middle of they guys race, plus a few finishes:
Mainly clips from the women's race, but there a are a few clips of the men:
Clips of the men and a couple women:
Top 15 Males 1 Kris Freeman 38:37 2 Noah Hoffman 39:16 3 Ben Sim 40:32 4 Tad Elliott 41:05 5 Aidan Lennie 41:26 6 Andy Newell 41:30 7 Brian Gregg 41:36 8 Matt Liebsch 41:51 9 Brett Denney 42:00 10 Simi Hamilton 42:11 11 Tim Reynolds 42:19 12 Billy Demong 42:25 13 Garrott Kuzzy 42:39 14 Colin Rodgers 42:46 15 Taylor Fletcher 42:52 Top 10 females 1 Laura Spector 46:58 2 Morgan Arritola 48:02 3 Liz Stephens 48:43 4 Jessie Diggins 49:04 5 Ida Sargent 49:29 6 Adele Espy 50:28 7 Brooke Gosling 51:42 8 Hannah Dreissigacker 52:45 9 Chelsea Little 55:28 10 Tara Geragthy-Moats 56:10