A total of 143 cross-country skiers and snowshoers braved blustery, chilly conditions to compete in the sixth annual Tahoe Rim Tour from Tahoe Cross Country to Northstar this past Sunday.Far West Nordic Farm Team racers took the classic division honors, as Noah Brautigan of Truckee won with a time of 1:37:04, Reno's Wyatt Fereday was second in 1:37:09 and Tahoe City's Gus Johnson third in 1:41:28. Incline Village racer Evan Vomund finished fifth overall in 1:44:54, and fellow Incline resident Peter Hanson was sixth in 1:46:32.Holly Whitney of Truckee was first woman and 11th overall with a time of 1:54:51, Ellie Phillips, from Australia, was second in 1:57:50 and Julie Young of Auburn was third in 1:59:15. In the freestyle division, Dan Warren of Truckee took top honors with a time of 1:36:02, while Truckee's Beth Thomas was the first woman and second overall in 1:37:02. Alex Ferneyhough of Truckee and Mark Johnson of Mountain View finished second and third, respectively, for the men in 1:37:28 and 1:37:43. Genevieve Evans of Carnelian Bay and Mischel Twining of Tahoe Vista were second and third in the women's division in 1:40:07 and 1:44:07, respectively.Ross McMahan of Incline Village defended his snowshoe division title, completing the point-to-point race in a time of 1:42:31. Dolores Bergmann won the women's snowshoe division and was second overall with a time of 1:51:22, while Sarah McMahan was third overall in 2:08:17.Find full results at www.farwestnordic.org.
The top snowshoe racers in California will traverse over Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl in Plumas Eureka State Park when the United State Snowshoe Association (USSSA) holds its 2013 state championship races Feb. 16.Peter Fain, western regional director of the USSSA, chose Johnsville for its diverse terrain, rural setting and as an added attraction for the upcoming Winter Snowfest. Snowshoe racing begins at 9:24 a.m. The race course is 5 kilometers in length (10K racers will run it twice). The race will start and finish near the lodge in the ski bowl, climb one ridge, loop around Eureka Lake and back down the opposite ridge.Contact Fain at email@example.com for more information.