Again, this is a mostly-pictures post. I took a plane from Salt Lake City to Munich, arriving on the morning of January 2nd. From there a few trains took me to Blaichach, a small town in Bavaria that had rooms free in an outdoor center when Elise and I were looking to book somewhere to stay (it also happens to be about 30 minutes’ walk from two different train stops that take you to Oberstdorf). I met up with Elise in our room that afternoon. Due to inclement weather (it was basically raining the entire time that races weren’t going on) and long travel times from our hotel to the venue in Oberstdorf, we didn’t explore the neighboring towns too much. In fact, we ended up watching Firefly in the evenings and eating at the same restaurant, a 2 minute walk from our room, both nights. The first time was because it was getting late, we had been walking around for over an hour, and Blaichach apparently didn’t have any other restaurants open; the second time, it was pouring rain and we didn’t feel like adding an hour of walking in the dark and rain to our evening plans after a day spent standing in the cold. Not that it was a bad restaurant (quite the opposite); I just wish the weather would have cooperated a bit more so we could have gone for a nice evening exploration of Sonthofen.
The main attraction wasn’t the food, of course, but the opening races of the Tour de Ski in Oberstdorf: a freestyle prologue (3 km for women, 4 km for men) on the first day, which determined the racers’ start order/time in the classic pursuit (10 km for women, 15 km for men) on the second. There were two Dartmouth alumnae helping represent the USA: Ida Sargent ’11 and Sophie Caldwell ’12, and it was really exciting to see them racing internationally in person! Elise and I were originally planning to meet up with Sophie’s family for this trip, but unfortunately that didn’t end up working out. We did get the surprise pleasure of meeting and cheering with Ida’s parents, and they kindly gave us rides back from the stadium to town after both days of racing.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures of either of the men’s races, with the exception of one view of the pack on the second day, so the photos here are skipping straight to the second day of races.
Full race results for the 2015 Oberstdorf Tour de Ski races can be found here:
It’s been exciting seeing results from the rest of the tour (you can easily find them from any one of those links), and it was really nice to spend more time with Elise! I’m glad that being in Cambridge facilitates a little bit of continental exploration. 🙂
Next up: photos from Basel!