UPDATED If you haven’t started roller skiing yet – wait, you’ve been rolling three times a week since May, right? – maybe the coming roller ski race season will get you going. The App Gap has come and gone, but the queen of northeast roller races – the Climb to the Castle – is right around the corner. Here’s the schedule, as best as we can ascertain at present. Some dates are subject to confirmation.
9/15/2012: Whiteface Climb to the Castle, Wilmington, NY. Five miles, eight percent grade. 8:00 AM start. Info and link to register.
9/29/2012: Capitol Region Nordic Alliance roller race in North Creek, NY. Rolling terrain; 10 km. Your choice of technique. More info at Capital Region Nordic Alliance. There’s a whole weekend’s worth of events affording multiple opportunities to beat the crap out of yourself in one day: in addition to the roller race; there’s a Saturday afternoon summer biathlon at Garnet Hill, along with a 5 k trail race at Gore the following day. There will also be presentations from Olympic athletes and coaches.
10/14/2012 (TENTATIVE) Mount Greylock. Starting from Rockwell Visitors Center, Lanesboro. Eight miles / 12.8 km. Info will be updated as organizer Berkshire Outfitters finalizes the details.
10/28/2012 Peru Nordic’s Sufferfest, Prospect Mountain, Lake George, NY. A kinder, gentler version of C2C. But still all uphill. Very informal on a closed road. You’ll need to return down under your own power, but not on rollers.
10/28/2012 Mt Kearsarge Roller Ski Race # 1. Rollins State Park, Warner, NH. Six km, 1480 feet vertical gain, average grade 8%.
11/18/2012 Kingston Roller Races, Kingston, NY. 5 km classic, 10 km skate and novice events. Application will be available at Kingston Nordic’s blog. N.B There will be prizes for the male and female athletes with the best combined time between the Capital Region race and the Kingston races.
11/18/2012 Mt Kearsarge Roller Ski Race # 2. See race one above for details.
Although the date and actuality is unconfirmed at present, Capital Nordic is investigating the possibility of a roller race in downtown Albany in October. With state government closed on weekends, there should be clear road for a short loop. Distance and race format TBD. Stay tuned.