St Ulrich Report #2

Even after Finn’s regular reminders that we need to write a race report, somehow it’s now running a week late, and for that, we apologise!

Last weekend, half of the team travelled to St Ulrich, Austria for our first OPA Cup race of the season. The courses were challenging, and the weather was cold, however everyone enjoyed a good weekend of racing. We arrived on Thursday afternoon to test skis and inspect the courses, ready for Friday’s race; a freestyle sprint. The Australian field consisted of Esther, Georgia, Ash K, Ash S, Lescinska and Anna Trnka, who joined us from her training camp in Czech. We were all satisfied with our races, although there was a clear stand out performance of the day, with Esther achieving her personal best OPA Cup result. After a stellar performance in the heats and semis, a lunge finish qualified her as lucky loser for the final. She lead the first part of the race, skied to the halfway point in about second or third, and then due to the short breaks between races, she finally had given it all she had, and finished up an outstanding 6th place. Well done, Esther!

 

Saturday saw us racing at -13 degrees Celsius up some taxing hills in our first 5km freestyle distance event this trip. We all recovered well from Friday’s racing and felt that we were prepared for the race. Good skis were had by all thanks to the advice of Nick Grimmer, who was our stand in coach for the weekend. To some of us it was a new course, others had raced it previously, and our general plan was to ski the first 2km “within ourselves” and then “hammer home” for the last 3kms. Most of us found that this worked well, and our races were good, however we all hope to improve our results at the next OPA Cup in Oberwiesenthal.

 

It was another cold day on Sunday for the 10/15km mass start classic race.  Ash S competed in the Women’s U20 and coach Nick decided to become an athlete for the day to compete in the Men’s event. Ash enjoyed her race and felt that it was good to gain some more experience racing 10kms, and would like to thank Georgia, Ash K and Lescinska for the support during the race. Nick, who usually favours the 15km classic event, was a little disappointed with his result when everyone he passed during the race pulled out, yet he is glad that he raced, as it was good preparation for World Champs.

Until next time…

Georgia, Ash and Ash

Ash, Ash and Georgia

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