Rochester Active Sports Club (RASC) is a nonprofit club based in Rochester Minnesota, designed to promote nordic skiing, mountain biking and road biking in SE Minnesota.
 

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Maintenance work on various segments of recreational trails

The Infrastructure Maintenance Division will be fog sealing recreational trails as part of the annual recreational trail maintenance program Wednesday, August 21 through Friday, August 23, weather permitting. Below are the general areas affected:

  • 55 St NW – North side of the road between 50 Ave NW and Clearwater Rd NW
  • 55 St NW – South Side of the road between 18 Ave NW and W River Rd NW
  • W River Rd NW – West side of road from 55 St NW to 41 St NW
  • 48 St NE – North and South side of the road between W River Rd NW and Broadway Ave N
  • Broadway Ave N – East side of the road from 48 St NW to 37 St NW
  • Viola Rd NW – West side of the road from CR 22 to 14 Ave NE
  • John Wellner Memorial Trail – from Viola Rd NE through Parkwood Hills and Quarry Hill Park
  • Quarry Hill Park Trail System
  • Silver Creek Rd NE – East side of road from Quarry Hill Park to College View Rd NE
  • College View Rd NE – North side of road from Silver Creek Rd NE to CR22
  • CR 22 – West side of road from College View Rd E to Hwy 14 E
  • Towne Club Pkwy SE – East side of road from Hwy 14 E to Eastwood Rd SE
  • College Pkwy SE – South side of road from College Dr SE to 19 Ave SE
  • Trail between Graham Ct SE and Neville Ct SE
  • Trail between 19 Ave SE and 8 ½ St SE
  • Mayowood Trail – between Hwy 52 S and Bamber Valley Rd SW

The fog seal operation involves spraying a hot tar emulsion on the trail surface. This re-seals the bituminous pavement and extends the life of the trail. The noted trails will be closed off with caution tape and fresh oil signs. Trails will be re-opened once the tar dries, which typical takes two hours.



 

Routes: 23 mile  31 mile  37 mile





Congrats to RASC member, Noah Billings, on taking 1st in his age group and 4th overall at USA Triathlon 2019 Youth & Junior National Championships in Westchester, Ohio!

Thanks to Ian Torchia for two great dryland training clinics on August 17th. If you missed the opportunity to attend one of these clinics, we are hoping to have ian back in Rochester for another clinic in November.

Below are video clips from the morning session from local news channels.


Congratulations to Jim Bennett who won the free pair of Marwe rollerskis donated by Finn Sisu!




ABOUT IAN TORCHIA:
Ian Torchia began skiing the day before he turned 2, but was on his Mom’s back long before then, sliding around Rochester’s golf courses during the winter months. He grew up a runner, chasing his older brother Mike around on the roads and trails and cross country skied in the winters as a member of the Rochester Nordic Ski Team. During his junior year in high school, Ian won the American Birkebeiner Korteloppet race and it was later that year, at his 1st Junior National championship in Fairbanks, Alaska, when Ian decided to cross-country ski at the collegiate level, breaking away from his 4 siblings’ tradition of running in college.  He attended Northern Michigan University under the direction of legendary ski coach Sten Fjeldheim, and accumulated 6 All-Americans, tied for most in program history. His junior season, he became an NCAA champion in the 20k freestyle in Steamboat, Colorado. He was a member of the US Development Ski Team for 3 years training alongside the nation’s best skiers.  Ian earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing skiing at the professional level with the Stratton Mountain School T2 Elite Team, a professional ski team that boasts of 3 Olympians, including Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins.  Ian recently got engaged to his fiancé, Kameron Burmeister, who he coached to a 2:42 marathon at Grandma’s, an Olympic Trials qualifier!  He is stoked to come back to Rochester this summer to teach and inspire the next generation of skiers!
  
Dryland Clinics with Ian Torchia are sponsored by the Rochester Active Sports Club and the Rochester Nordic Ski Team



Maplelag Photos


Photos from Maplelag time trial


Thanks to Anna Sortland for all these photos

 


Victoria's Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual RNST team fundraiser on Sunday January 13th. A total of $1300 was raised, simple by team members and friends dining at Victoria's on that day. Funds from this event help to support maintenance of the ski trails in Quarry Hill and Essex Park.

Many thanks to Kristin Sorenson who organizes this fundraiser, and to Victoria's restaurant for their generosity. 



RASC Road Biking Survey

RASC's Road Cycling Committee is working on providing safe and fun rides for all athletic cyclists in the Rochester-area. We've been asked to consider some enhancements this year and wanted to gather your input. Matt Lynch has generated a small survey to get feedback from club members on what they are looking for in club rides in 2019.

If you have not already responded to this survey on Facebook or Google Group, please take sometime to respond to this small survey!

Here is the link to the on-line survey

https://goo.gl/forms/X1LgBaXL1jAeTPyI3



1st place in the state!!

Congrats to the Rochester Middle School MTB Team on their 2018 season win!

Individual Top 10s for Middle/High School
3rd: Caleb Kittleson - JV2 Boys 
4th: Franziska Rinkleff - 8th Grade Girls

5th: Patrick McCauley - 8th Grade Boys
6th: Ari Walker - 8th Grade Boys
6th: Jack McCauley - 7th Grade Boys
6th: Veronika Voss - 7th Grade Girls
8th: Noah Billings - 7th Grade Boys
10th:Victoria Voss - Freshman Girls 

  


Eastwood Ski Trails - Dec 16th 



Get out and enjoy the great local trails while conditions last!


Filthy 50

The 2018 edition of The Filthy 50 lived up to it's name, and then some. Epic weather conditions and a badass group of 533 gravel enthusiasts made for a legendary day. Documentary film maker Nicholas Kapanke was on course capturing the carnage. He chose to put these few clips to a humorous tune by Breakmaster Cylinder to give the viewer an idea how insane the day looked through his lense. Oh, he also nabbed a few riders "catching the crapper".  Out of the 533 Filthy riders who took the start, about 40 were RASC riders.. Enjoy!



2018 Tour de Essex Results


Temperatures in the mid 30's and winds gusting to 30 mph greeted runners as they gathered for the Tour de Essex trail run on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Sunny skies took off a bit of the edge as the runners started their 7.45 K sojourn through Essex Park in Rochester.

 

Three runners bounded up and down the relentless hills under a 7 minutes per mile pace. Joey Keillor led all runners in a 6:16 min/mile pace with Danny Whipple cranking out 6:26 minute miles and Spencer Moul finishing with 6:34 min/mile pace.


Barbara Swenson finished first among women and 5th overall with a 7:17 min/mile pace. Barbara's pace is the fastest pace among women in the history of the Tour de Essex. The next women across were Lindsey Carlson with a 7:42 min/mile pace and Leah Karsten at 8:31 min/mile.


Congratulations to all of the runners who came out and endured the challenging hills of the Tour de Essex!


2018 Tour de Essex Results





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