Despite snowfall on top of some of the high peaks throughout the East – there are two events left in the 2019 High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series! On Sunday October 27th the Maine Event Cross Country Cross (XCX) and 5k run will be held at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. This years field is expected to draw competitors from EISA programs in Maine, Maine High School skiers and clubs from outside the region. On Saturday November 2nd the Trapp Invitational 10km classic will be held in Stowe, Vermont. This year we are extending our invitations to the Elite and Development team, EISA college teams, skiers who have achieved a top-5 in their age group throughout the 2019 High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Series, and skiers who were signed up for the Rossignol FreeFall. The field will be capped at 150 competitors.
Due to the cancellation of the Rossignol FreeFall prize money from that event will transfer to the Trapp Invitational and overall Series ranking will be based on best two results. That is $200 for the overall male and female winners from Rossignol on 11/2. The Series prize money, again graciously donated by Kathy and Marty Hall, is $500 – 1st, $300 – 2nd and $200 for 3rd. We look forward to some hot action as the temperatures continue to drop!
The Maine Event will be the second running of the first open Rollerski Cross Country Cross event in the world. This exciting summer version of Cross Country Cross (XCX) builds on aspects of both sprinting and agility. New for 2019, the rollerski competition will be preceded by a 5k run and a Learn to Rollerski clinic on the ski trails at Pineland Farms. This is also the last open competition in the 2019 Series.
(Course Map) The course will be set on a 400 meter loop including 3 ramps (Bicycle, Speed Whoop and Step Down Jump) and other agility components including: the Nokian Tyres – Figure 8, one-legged balance, grass skiing and several turning features including slalom. Skiers should be prepared for a course under 2 minutes in length – with sections of open skiing including a finish straight. All skiers will participate in instruction and qualification. The top-16 Open and top-8 Junior skiers will advance to single elimination rounds – advancing by heat time. Head to Head competitors will start and finish on opposite sides of the event “oval.” Overall results will rank based on fastest recorded time.
The 5k run and rollerski event will start in the same location with the run following the “Campus Loop” trail counterclockwise. Course map here.
Photos of the 2018 event courtesy of Steve Fuller.
On November 2nd, the 3rd running of the NENSA Trapp Invitational will be hosted at the Trapp Family Lodge, the home of the 2019 NCAA National Championships. The race was designed to provide a race opportunity for NENSA Elite and Development teams in 2017 — and has since grown to include EISA programs and other elite teams. This year we are extending our invitations to the Elite and Development team, EISA college teams, skiers who have achieved a top-5 in their age group throughout the 2019 High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Series, and skiers who were signed up for the Rossignol FreeFall. The field will be capped at 150 competitors. Eligible competitors and coaches will receive invitations and registration instructions on 10/18.
The event is designed to celebrate the strength of American cross country skiers and offer a high level competition as final preparation for the 2020 ski season. The Trapp Invitational highlights successful athletes across age ranges, inspiring those in attendance, while displaying the talent of New England skiers to a broader audience. We aim to showcase our sport with national and international exposure.
Make it a full day and celebrate John Brodhead’s induction into the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in the evening starting at 5pm.
We encourage spectators to join us for both of these events and the culmination of a fantastic rollerski racing season!