2015 Potato Cup Pursuit will be January 31st, 2015
This year’s Potato Cup Pursuit will follow the same format as previous year’s. The race will start with a mass start classic race (2/5/10K distances). After a short break following the last classic skier the winner of the classic race will be the first skate racer to start the second race. The rest of the skate skiers will ‘pursue’ the race leader by starting at their individual time back of the fastest classic skier. The first skate skier to the finish line is the winner. The categories are kids (2k classic plus 2k skate), half pursuit (5K classic plus 5K skate) and full pursuit (10K classic plus 10K skate). You can also choose to race either classic or skate only; results will be posted but there will only be awards for the pursuit race.
Registration prices have remained the same except for procrastinators which are going to be higher this year if you wait until after January 10th and they will rise again for day-of registration.
There will be the usual spread of a tasty lunch, awards and door prizes. Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope to see you there. Race Organizer Randy Anderson
2014 Potato Cup
I would like to thank everyone that made this year’s Potato Cup a successful day. It was a fitting end to a trying season demonstrating what Pocatello skiers are made of. The Potato Cup was originally scheduled for early January to accommodate changes in the intermountain citizen race schedule largely due to senior Nationals at Soldier Hollow. We were barely skiing then so we opted to reschedule for March 1st. The 8 weeks between these two dates were decent but March 1st turned out to be the worst of these two dates. There was much shoveling done during the week before between the winter rains. On top of that actual temperatures were much warmer than predicted for the entire week. After a rainy Friday night and rainy Saturday morning I met Wesley Savill and Andre Mayo in the muddy parking lot. They came from from Park City enroute to Canada. I asked their thoughts on racing in the rain, “we’ve certainly raced in worse”. This made my day and the race was on. The snow that was falling was a mix of mashed potatoes and Elmer’s glue. It may have been the first race at Mink Creek that required V2 to get down the hills. Luckily the areas with 3” of slush offered better gliding. Everyone was smiles though back in the yurt and went home happy, well fed and with bonus character points.
Hats off to everyone that contributed . Let me know if I forgot someone and I’ll make the correction.
Sponsors: please thank and support them!
Troy Neu and Old Town Embroidery- donated hats for all racers and volunteers. In addition to homemade wine/kalua for some of the race winners.
Eric Nelson- donated a lot of sporting good products for door prizes
Toko USA- donated door prizes
Barrie’s Ski and Sport- generous donation of many door prizes and gift cards. Plus Barrie Hunt was the honorary race starter.
Bingham Memorial Hospital/Orthopedic Institute- Ken Newhouse. Doug Ashton was on standby with a medical support trailer to offer help to anyone in need.
Krieg Cycling- Sam donated door prizes, shoveled a snow bridge on Chickadee and Karen donated the race beer/root beer and labels. Very classy.
Hammer Nutrition- donated Heed energy drink, gels to each racer and race packet bags.
Pier 49 Pizza- RJ Ward donated several generous gift certificates plus coupons for all.
The Wild Rose- Tim Metos’ shop in Salt Lake City provided 2 ski grind certificates (best Nordic ski grinds in the intermountain west).
City of Pocatello Parks and Rec- Lance Clarke and staff accommodated the race and changes and volunteered many hours to this event.
BJ Roberts was the food coordinator responsible for organizing an awesome spread of food. Soup: BJ, Samantha Downey and Karen Applyby
Linsay Perry, rolls and homemade jam
Cookies: Val Gill and Meg Downey
Janet Pacioretty: fruit and banana bread
Andy Hall: Andy interjected so much shoveling in energy to Friday’s course prep I’m not sure how he skied so fast on Saturday. And then he replaced the missing bolt on the Ginzu track setter.
Jerry Downey: timing extraordinaire. Bob Marcinko hand timer.
Heidi Preize and Terri Neu: put together race packets, registration and bib washing.
Shovelers: Andy Hall, Sam Krieg, Dave Roy, Val Gill, Jerry Downey, Tim Downey, Roger Schidmdt, Mike Krumberger, Lance Roberts, Branden (Parks and Rec), Ken Newhouse
Joe Perdue: made a big work schedule change to announce the race only to find we declined to set up the PA due to inclement weather. Still any gathering is a good time with Joe there microphone or not.
Joel from MN- handed out Heed energy drink
2014 Potato Cup Pictures
2013 Potato Cup Pictures
Potato Cup 2012 was cancelled; no results.