The Peru Nordic Tour de Ski continued today with the annual Gauntlet Relay at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. The team of Chris Rose and Jon Santor handily beat the rest of the relay teams, which enabled Chris Rose to extend his Tour de Ski overall lead.
This year’s race featured teams of two alternating classic/skate laps over a 2k course. Brutally cold conditions made kick waxing a breeze, but slowed the freestyle racers down. The race started with Rose setting a blistering classic pace, coming in for the tag two minutes ahead of the pack. On the second leg, Jim Kobak was able to erase that gap. On the third leg, Rose dug deep and crunched out an incredible lap time.
Kobak was only able to chip away slightly at that lead. Meanwhile, the classic legs turned into gut-wrenching battles between David Hunter, Chris Beattie and Janet Findlay, each trading leads and pushing the pace higher and higher.
At the finish, it was Santor followed by Kobak and it came down to a thrilling stadium sprint between Bob Maswick and Ed Lis. After reviewing the photo finish, Bob Maswick was declared bronze medalist by a toenail.
The Tour de Ski continues Saturday with the Glens Falls NYSSRA Race before wrapping up on Sunday with the Chemical Warfare 8 km Biathlon Race at MitcHELLbeiner Skistadion at 1 pm (note new start time… 1 pm on Sunday!).
Tour de Ski… Stage Three: THE GAUNTLET RELAY final standings:
TOUR De SKI overall standings… Through Three Stages: