Greetings NENSA Community~
Today is the FINAL DAY for on-line registration (5pm close) for our Lake Placid
Adirondack Rollerski 2-day Mini-Tour,
this Saturday 9/14 and Sunday 9/15, part of our
NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series
. This weekend includes a Doubleday (prologue and a XCX) on Saturday, and the Climb To The Castle (hill climb) on Sunday. Like the App Gap, there will also be a Masters touring wave at the Climb the Castle for masters wanting the challenge of a great training hill climb without the pressure of racing. Note: There will be DOR for all three races this weekend, so if you miss the online deadline you can still come race!
HOT OFF THE PRESS - There will be CASH prizes for the top 3 male and top 3 female finishers who do all three races this weekend!!
A HUGE NENSA THANK YOU to both Joe Lamb, of Lamb Lumbar, for providing the $250 each, 1st prize awards ($500 total), and to Ed Finnerty for providing the two $100 second place, and two $75 third place ($350 total) cash awards for this weekend's LP Adirondack 2-day Mini Tour!
And, thanks to the generosity of Kathy and Marty Hall, we again have $2000 in CASH prizes for the overall top male and overall top female in the 2019 NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series (best 3 of 6 races, to be awarded November 2nd, at the Trapp Invitational). The Halls have been huge supporters of our NENSA Rollerski Race series from the start, and both NENSA, and our athletes appreciate that support! One race down, 5 more to go, and lots of chances to win that cash! We hope you will join us this weekend in Lake Placid ~ sign up today on
Coming up next weekend September 21 & 22 ~
our NENSA Fall Coaches Symposium
Technical Delegate & Event Organizer training weekend
a BKL Leader/parent training
L100 Technique Clinic with US Ski Team Coach Matt Whitcomb
L200 coach certification with Bryan Fish
, AND, a great lineup of evening guest speakers -
all be held at the Dublin School in Dublin NH. Registration is now open on
. Updated schedule is listed below. Hope to see you there!
Still looking for more coaches education this fall? NENSA will have two more regional L100 Technique Clinics - one this Sunday September 15th at Bowdin College in ME, and the second on November 9th at the Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Lincoln MA. See calendar listing below for full info on these two great clinics in ME and MA.
And finally, we shared the very sad news of Tom Kendall's death earlier this week. Please see box below for more information on a Memorial service for Tom, to be held at the Dartmouth Skiway on Sunday afternoon September 29th. Our hearts go out to Tom's family and his wife Nancy during this very difficult time.
Amie W. Smith
New England Nordic Ski Association
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NENSA’s High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Series:
Adirondack Rollerski Mini Tour:
Doubleday (Prologue / XCX) and
Climb To The Castle (Hill Climb)
The New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF), the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and High Peaks Cyclery (HPC) invite athletes, friends, family and fans to a Rollerski race weekend in Lake Placid, NY.
Lake Placid Doubleday
will consist of a 3 kilometer prologue with an interval start, followed by a 1.5 kilometer cross-country ski cross (XCX) preliminary sprint. The Doubleday will begin at 9:00AM with an
Athlete Safety Meeting
Results from the Doubleday, will determine the starting order for day two of the event which is the legendary Climb to the Castle (C2C).
NEW this year -
High Peaks Cyclery
will be hosting the C2C pre-registration / bib pickup from 6:00PM-8:00PM on Saturday night at their store in Lake Placid. Come get your bib early and socialize! Join us for smores, beverages and make new friends!
Climb to the Castle
freestyle race will begin at 8:00AM. The course will start at the Whiteface toll booth, climbing for approximately 5 miles with an average 8% grade up the Memorial Highway to the summit of Whiteface Mountain – New York’s 5th highest peak with an elevation of 4,867 feet.
longtime NENSA friend and timer,
passed away last Friday September 6th
NENSA has lost a dear friend and colleague. It is with a heavy heart I share the news that Tom Kendall, a longtime fixture in the Northeast skiing community, died last Friday night from injuries suffered from falling off a roof. Many of you know Tom from Bart Timing, and the countless races he timed for both NENSA and the EISA Carnivals, as well as Supertours and our Rollerski Race series. He was a kind and gentle man, and all around wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, especially to Tom's wife Nancy, who often accompanied Tom as his partner in the timing shed at our NENSA events. He will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday afternoon September 29th at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme NH. Anyone wanting to be included on information on that service can add their name and contact info to this spreadsheet the family is using:
Updated Schedule for NENSA's 2019 Coaches Symposium and TD & Event Organizer Weekend ~ September 21 & 22
Weekend Schedule ~ For our L200 course, L100 Technique Clinic and
BKL Leader/Parent Workshop:
(See detailed TD/Event Organizer schedule at the bottom of this box):
Saturday September 21st
BKL Training - classroom and field time
9:00-10:30am: L200 Programming (Classroom)
10:30-12:00pm: L200 Training
12:00pm – Lunch (provided at Dublin)
1:30-3:00pm: L200 Technical & Tactical
Level 100 Technique Clinic (Yankee Magazine Parking Lot)
3:00-4:00pm: L200 Equipment
4:15-5:00pm: L200 Psychology
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the evening program!
TD presentation (Fred Bailey - NENSA's TD Cooridnator) and Q and A with Prizes
(Dublin Outing Club) ~
(Dublin Outing Club)
An Evening with NENSA and Keynote Speakers (Academic Center) featuring Peter Graves, Perry Thomas and Justin Beckwith
Sunday September 22nd:
Breakfast On Your Own
9:00-10:30am – L200 Games Approach to Coaching Skiing (Yankee Magazine Parking Lot)
10:30-11:15am – L200 Competition
11:15-12:00pm – L200 Introduce Group Training Plan
12:00pm – Lunch in respective groups (provided at Dublin)
12:45-1:30pm – L200 Finish and Discuss Training Plans
1:30pm – L200 Closing Remarks – Coaches Discussion
TD & EO Training Detailed Schedule:
9:00am - Meet and Greet
9:30am - Cross Country Cross (XCX) / Review of concept and Competition Rules - Justin Beckwith
10:00am - Rules Update - Allan Serrano (including Appeals process for Championship events)
10:30am - Break - Coffee and treats
10:40am - Rollerski Considerations - Amie Smith, NENSA staff
11:20am - Turning Zones classroom - Jim Rodrigues
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Yankee Magazine lot - Turning Technique and XCX demonstration with USST, TD's and Coaches who want to attend (TD's will have the ability to ski if they wish - Swenor rollerskis and Rossignol boots provided)
2:00pm - Break
2:30pm - Further Discussion with TD's - wrap up turning zone, RS features
3:00pm - 2 Lap Sprint Races - Dustin
4:00pm - Break
4:30pm - Introduction to Bicycle Ramp (opportunity to ski) - Justin Beckwith (Yankee)
5:15pm - Social and Fred's TD talk to everyone
6:00pm - Dinner followed by the evening program of speakers
9:00am - Seeding - Fred Bailey (registration deadlines, jury decisions, NENSA protocol)
9:45am - Event organizer Q & A - Tom Weir / Amie Smith
10:30am - Review of Course changes, trail design and snowmaking at the Dublin Trails - Brad Bates / Fred Bailey
12:00pm - Lunch
U.S. Ski & Snowboard, our National Governing Body (NGB) requires the following individuals complete training provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport:
Individuals associated with Member Clubs (that means any NENSA club)
- Adult athlete members of Member Clubs, except Short Term Athlete Members due to their limited participation and Master Athletes who do not i) have regular contact with minor athletes or ii) have authority over minor athletes
- Adult members (who are not athletes) of Member Clubs who i) have regular contact with athletes, or ii) have authority over athletes
- Employees and Board Members of Member Clubs
- Individuals providing services to Member Clubs, including but not limited to contractors, volunteers, interns, who i) have regular contact with athletes or ii) have authority over athletes
- More info here: https://usskiandsnowboard.org/safesport-athlete-safety/safesport-training
NENSA urges ALL New England coaches, parent volunteers, venue volunteers and anyone working with youth to take the SafeSport on-line course and get certified. NENSA requires this of all our staff and volunteer coaches and wax techs at JN's and REG Camps. Please take time this season to be sure all your club volunteers and coaches are SafeSport certified. Do it today. Go to:
Further information on SafeSport, and important updates made as of 4/15/19 to the SafeSport Program, can be found on our NENSA website
More NEWS from our NENSA Partners
Dear Coach or Team Director,
Below are links to the Toko Team Night Forms. The program is similar to in the past. The idea is that your team members get together and fill out what they want and then submit the forms (all on one form or all on individual forms depending on how your local retailer wants it) to a local retailer. The local retailer then would place an order to us for the product. We would ship it to them. The team members would then come in and pick it up and pay for it. Prices are discounted 35% off retail. We also give a price break to the store so it is worth their trouble.
97% of Toko waxes have been cleared for commerce by the EPA. We have signed documentation to verify the approval of our waxes and cleaners and we are now in 100% compliance with the TSCA law (EPA). The 3% of our waxes that have yet to be approved are the 100% fluorinated products (JetStream and HelX). We are working on solutions for this category and will inform you as soon as there is progress.
We do have new exciting products though that cover what was previously the LF and HF range. These products are not compromised to satisfy the EPA requirements. These are the very same products that are used on the World Cup and are the best performing waxes on the market. The development of these new waxes started three years ago when the Euro 2020 pact was made between leading wax manufacturers, the FIS, and the EU. They say "necessity breeds innovation". This is a perfect example of that. At the time the EU expressed concern about the toxicity of fluorine in racing ski waxes. We asked them what they would like to see and an agreement was made where there were minute thresholds set as to what kind of toxins the waxes could contain. These new waxes adhere to these thresholds. Not only are they the purest waxes (many raw materials contain impurities leading to toxicity) but they are also the least dangerous to use. The thresholds on PFOS and PFOSA and 31 other toxic substances come in at miniscule levels deemed to not be unhealthy. For example, these waxes contain less than 25 parts per billion of PFOA and less than 1 part per billion of most of the other harmful substances. One part per billion is 0.000001 milligrams per kilogram of wax. Despite this achievement of making the waxes substantially less toxic, they are also the fastest waxes we have ever made. We changed the length of the fluorine chains to extremely short and then put a ton of them in each fluorine molecule such that they are even more potent (in terms of being slippery, resisting dirt, and repelling water) than the previous less safe formulation. We also changed the name of the wax line. What was previously LF is now called "Performance" and what was HF is now called "High Performance".
One product to note is the High Performance Liquid Paraffin. This is a revolutionary product that yields quick application (flexible - you can apply it race morning once you know what is happening with the weather) and very fast skis. Generally it is applied over a hard base layer such as Hot Wax Performance Blue. There are a number of advantages to applying the High Performance Liquid Paraffin over a hard base wax such as increased acceleration, improved durability, and better dirt resistance. This is because the High Performance Liquid Paraffin does not get heated in and thus does not soften the base hardness the way it would be if it were heated in. You get the best of both worlds: a hard base that accelerates quickly, is dirt resistant, and very durable while at the same time having a wax job that is super slippery and hydrophobic. The Toko High Performance Liquid Paraffin does this better than any other liquid paraffin out there because our particle sizes are the smallest on the market. Having a small particle size means that it doesn't need to be heated in (which makes the particles smaller, but also softens the base) to be durable or fast. That's the whole key to the advantage that this wax gives over competitor products. High Performance Liquid Paraffin is approved for use whenever HF products (not top coats or perfluorocarbons) are allowed. They should be applied in a warm and dry environment and allowed to dry for an hour or more ideally (less still works though). They can also be reapplied outside at Nordic sprint events between rounds or for 2
nd Alpine race runs with great results in wet snow with great speed but worse durability than if applied conventionally.
All of the Performance and High Performance waxes (including the liquid paraffin) should be available to ship the first week of October. Most all other Toko products are available now including the new Base Performance waxes (previously known as NF wax) and all grip waxes, klisters, and spray klisters.
By the way, if you want to know if a wax (fluorinated wax such as LF or HF or a topcoat or perfluorocarbon) is approved by the EPA, just ask the manufacturer for the Material Safety Data Sheet for that specific product. It should say in section 15 (Regulatory Information) if the components are listed or exempted by United States Inventory (TSCA 8b) or not. If this section does not address this, then the wax has not been approved by the EPA.
Please let me know if I can help you with anything
Here are the downloadable order forms (XLS format)
800 343 8335
for First Time Members
Good for First-Time NENSA Members only
Yes, you heard that correctly ~ we want everyone to
, so we are offering anyone, of any age ~ Youth, juniors, seniors, masters, parents, grandparents, a FREE membership to NENSA
(if you have never been a NENSA member before)
. This is a great way to try our NENSA programing this coming season and join in all the summer, fall and winter fun! You can try out that rollerski race, BKL program, an Eastern Cup race, a Citizen’s race or a coaching clinic, and your NENSA membership is FREE!
If you are already a NENSA member ~ THANK YOU! Click here to
your membership today. June is the official start of our new membership year, so take a few minutes to renew, or join for free, and
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Save these Dates ~ more info to come soon!
December 21 & 22:
Eastern Cup Opener in Sugarloaf ME
Eastern Cup/Supertour/UVM Carnival in Craftsbury VT
Eastern Cup/Bates Carnival in Rumford ME
Eastern Cup Dublin Double Races, Dublin School, NH
Eastern Cup Cheri Walsh Memorial Race, Holderness School, NH
February 29 & March 1
: New England BKL Festival, at Great Glen, NH
: 2020, US Junior Nationals in Truckee CA
: 2020 World Cup Race in Minneapolis MN - USA!!!
Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing
New England Nordic Ski Association
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