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Freeman and Spector overcome 50 mph winds to win Race to the Castle.

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Mon, Oct  11, 2010 - By Mike Muha

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.

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:

Results

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