Climb To The Castle – Men

This annual rollerski race was this past weekend, and as usual attracted a fair number of good domestic skiers. With the US Ski Team attending, it’s a good chance for folks to test themselves against folks like Kris Freeman. As with any other race, it’s natural to ask what the results “mean”. There are no concrete answers to that kind of question, but we can provide some context. For example, since Kris Freeman is essentially the benchmark for US distance racers unable to get to Europe that often, we can look at how people’s performance against him would compare in a WC race.

All of this is highly approximate, of course.

I’ve taken Freeman’s races from last season, removed some of the least comparable (prologue’s for example), and then calculated where in each of these WC races folks would have placed if they finished the same percent behind Freeman as they did in Climb to the Castle. Blank entries in the table indicate that that person’s percent back places them after the last WC skiers in that race.

If you’re wondering about the runs of identical places in the columns, the reason is that there are often some large time gaps at the very back of the field, so there are a wide range of percent backs that might fit between second to last and last, for instance.

 

Name 11-20 12-11 12-18 01-03 01-08 02-19 02-27 03-01 03-12 03-19
FREEMAN 9 23 25 11 38 57 29 24 26 20
BURKE 15 26 27 33 39 64 31 28 32 26
HOFFMAN 36 44 34 38 40 75 43 41 45 29
NEWELL 53 60 41 48 40 80 50 49 51 32
ELLEFSON 71 62 44 52 81 53 53 58 35
ELLIOT 80 67 57 58 84 60 60 62 42
O BRIEN 95 75 64 84 65 69 48
HAMILTON 99 76 64 71 49
JOHNSON 102 77 74 49
LAPIERRE 102 77 75 49

Related posts:

  1. La Clusaz Recap: North American Men
  2. Race Snapshot: TdS Final Climb
  3. U23 Pursuit Recap: Men
  4. WSC Men’s 15km Classic: North Americans
  5. WSC Men’s 50km

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2 Responses to “Climb To The Castle – Men”
  1. Christopher Tassava says:

    Among other things, this suggests that the second-best XC skier in the U.S. might be on the biathlon team.

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