The Peru Nordic Masters travelled to Day, NY to race in two weekend races at the not-so-friendly confines of arch-nemesis Saratoga Biathlon Club. The result was two victories, and a ton of NYSSRA points!
On Saturday, Mike Wynn won the Shenendehowa 10 k Classic Race. Despite what appeared to be every attempt at sabotoaging his own race, like missing his start, Mike gutted out a strong 10 k and beat the open/masters field. The rest of Peru Nordic had solid races, but young rival upstarts like Southern Adirondack’s Eric Seyse, Andrew Nevins and Shenendehowa’s Chris Yarsevich were able to block a potential podium sweep. Chris Rose and Jim Kobak finished 5th and 6th, both feeling the effects of cold weather training, “…my lungs felt like they shrunk three sizes.” David Kvam had another strong classic race, finishing 8th. Bob Maswick finished 15th and would have had a better race, but he took some bad waxing advice from a teammate whom he refuses to name (note- this unamed teammate strode easily by Maz during the race with the same “bad” wax choice).
On Sunday, the Great Sacandaga Mini-Marathon (results) turned out to be a tremendously exciting race. Organizers shortened the course to 21 km due to the extremely soft conditions. Unfased, Mike Wynn duked it out with some Vermont hot-shot, before using home course advantage to win his second race in as many days. Jim Kobak and David Kvam survived the attrition in the chase pack and worked together for much of the race employing team tactics to finish 3rd and 4th overall. Kvam noted, “First Seyse dropped, then Carly dropped then Underwood dropped… we then pulled eachother along over the course before Jim stepped on the gas over the last k. What a great race!” Stan Hatch continued with another strong showing finishing 7th, working with Ed Lis and Steve Bailey, before launching an attack over the last 7km lap. Joe Korzenecki also had a good race, beating Bob Maswick in the M5 category, who, as expected, delclared, “It was awful…” as he crossed the line.
After three weeks on the road, the Peru Nordic Masters return to the North Country for the NYSEF Harry Eldridge Races on Saturday and Sunday, Jan 24 and 25.