Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for January 22, 2013

Greer places third in ‘chaotic’ Super Tour race

Members of the Yukon Elite Squad ski team continue to churn out excellent results on the trails.

By Marcel Vander Wier on January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

SURVIVOR – David Greer, pictured last month skiing in the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club’s Don Sumanik race, finished third in a Super Tour race this weekend.

Members of the Yukon Elite Squad ski team continue to churn out excellent results on the trails.

While Colin Abbott is currently competing at the Under-23 World Ski Championships, and Fabian Brook is coming off a win at the local Don Sumanik race, David Greer added another top-three finish to his season at a Super Tour event in Minneapolis, Minnesota Sunday.

He finished third in the 20-km Open Men category featuring129 competitors with a time of 47:55.4, only 2.4 seconds behind the winner Torin Koos.

“That was by far the most chaotic race I’ve ever done!” Greer tweeted following the race. “Happy to make it on the podium and to be one of the few people not to crash.”

Fellow Yukon skiers Knute Johnsgaard and John Parry also competed in the race, but both were slowed by crashes.

The race took place on a 3.3 km loop, with skiers racing the same stretch of trail six times.

The Yukon skiers had a break between races, and decided to attend the Super Tour event to compete in the American version of the Canadian NorAm series.

Since the trail did not have any climbs in it, it was difficult to break up the field, Greer told the Star.

“It was a very tight race,” he said. “It felt more like a criterium than a ski race. You needed to be really aggressive to stay near the front. I consider myself lucky not to have fallen or been taken out, because racers were falling right, left and centre throughout the entire race. It was very chaotic.”

The 23-year-old Whitehorse skier said he stuck in the middle of the lead pack until the last 1.5 km, where Koos made his big push.

“I was in about 12th place at the time and everyone was trying to chase him down,” Greer said.

“I slowly started picking guys off up and over the hill until I was in fifth. From there to the finish stretch, I moved up to third.”

With a short finish stretch, and relatively little time to pass, that was where Greer finished.

What made Greer’s third-place finish even more impressive was the fact he was coming off a sickness which had forced him to slow his training.

“I wasn’t actually 100 per cent sure if it was a good idea to start the races this weekend, because my lungs were still pretty congested,” he admitted.

“It was obvious to me that I hadn’t raced or done any intensity in a while. I felt like I was missing that top-end racing gear.”

He did not feel himself in a 15 km skate race Saturday, where he finished 11th.

An overnight drop in temperature from above freezing to -15 C caused the race course to become very icy and fast, which caused many skiers to slip and crash.

Following the weekend races, the three Yukon-based cross-country skiers headed back to Canadian soil, to catch a flight back to Toronto via Thunder Bay.

The trio’s next races will be back on the NorAm circuit in Duntroon, Ont., west of Barrie.

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