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More than 200 racers tackle Governor’s Cup

ANDY FRAMEsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad OdekirkBreckenridge resident Dan Bell leads a group of skate skiers up an incline in the first loop of the 15K portion of the Govenor's Cup Saturday morning at the Frisco Nordic Center.

FRISCO – Michael Brothers took his first step toward a great cross country season, winning the biggest race of the day – the 15K skate – Saturday at the 29th annual Colorado Governor’s Cup at the Frisco Nordic Center.Taking advantage of an opportunity the other leaders gave him, Brothers, of Monument, took the lead on the final lap of the three-lap race. “It started out at a fast pace, faster than I like to go,” Brothers said. “So the first two laps, I was just trying to hang on. Then as we entered the third lap, those guys stepped aside and wanted me to lead, so I figured I might as well try to make a break on the hill. I probably gained about 30 seconds on them, then just held on to the lead.” Brothers, who is in the Air Force and based out of Denver, hopes to compete in some of the biggest Nordic races in the United States, and even overseas.”I hope to do the Birkie,” Brothers said, speaking of the Birkebeiner cross country ski marathon in Wisconsin. “I want to do the U.S. Masters Nationals in Minnesota, and I hope to make the Military Olympic Team and race in Romania.”

Mason Lacy, a lesser experienced skier at only 14, felt the same satisfaction as Brothers, winning the 5K skate race.”I thought I might win the 14-and-under age group, but definitely not the overall,” Boulder’s Lacy said. “It was easy. There weren’t many hills.”A number of locals also brought home wins, highlighted by Kevin Schehrer’s one-second win in the 10K skate. Schehrer, of Breckenridge, barely edged Boulder’s Lennard Zinn to win in 36 minutes, 8 seconds. Frisco’s Jason Kreger finished third, three seconds back.Breck snowshoe speed demon Isaac Barnes took top honors in the 10K snowshoe race, averaging an impressive 7:36 per mile. Dillon’s Paul Jamison was third in that race.Frisco resident Martha Lunsky took second in the women’s 10K snowshoe, and Dillon’s Mary Frielingsdorf finished runner-up in the women’s 15K skate.

The 29th Governor’s Cup brought more than 200 skiers and snowshoers to Frisco for a festival atmosphere, where the theme was the love of fitness and the outdoors. Competitors ranged in age from their early teens to 60-plus, beginners to lifelong addicts.”This is what I live for,” said Sim Thomas of Summit Cove, who pulled off what is called a pursuit by racing in the 10K classic, then going immediately to the 10K skate. “It’s wonderful that they appeal to so many levels.”Many of the skiers had a hard time predicting Saturday’s weather, which made it difficult for them to choose which type of wax to use. The waxing of the skis can make or break a race for even the most experienced skier.”It’s just a science and an art,” Thomas said. “You can spend the rest of your life at it, and there are some days when you just click and there are some days when you are just awful. I nailed it today.”Other competitors weren’t so lucky.

“I waxed for 10 degrees, and I show up and it’s 25,” Denver resident Rodger Steeper said. “I was slow because of it.”But with what most called perfect conditions, the racers were in their element Saturday.”Downhill’s fun,” Brothers said, “but the feeling of the speed and the glide and going through the trees on a day like today with the snow coming down, there’s nothing better.”Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at

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