Frye Colie, Woodbeck win VASA 48K

TRAVERSE CITY – The 41st annual North American VASA had a change in the skiing course for the first time, changing to a counter-clock wise direction instead of the traditional clockwise course.

On the men’s side, Kevin Tarras of Grawn won the 28K race with a time of 1:20:18. In the 48K, Jay Woodbeck of Brighton took home the title in his first time racing in the VASA. He had a time of 2:20:14.

"In the second lap we kinda took turns attacking each other a little bit,” Woodbeck said. “And then I put a big move in about 10k from the finish, and kinda separated the group and never looked back.”

Rebecca Davis of Homer won the 28K race on the women’s side with a time of 1:32:01, while Mariah Frye Colie of Higgins Lake won her second consecutive VASA title in the 48K race with a time of 2:44:19.

“I’ve never skied on skis this fast before, so that was a huge perk,” Frye Colie said.  “But yeah, last year it was like 0 degrees, and there was 4 inches of snow on the course, so it felt extremely different than that.  So it was so nice to feel fast.”

More of today’s top finishers:

11K Freestyle Male: Nick Amato, Suttons Bay: 33:59

11K Freestyle Female: Abby Potts, Ann Arbor: 39:03

6K Freestyle Male: Reid Goble, Harbor Springs: 15:52

6K Freestyle Female: Emma Schwab, Williamsburg: 19:29

42K Fat Bike Male: Jorden Wakeley, Grayling: 1:23:47

42K Fat Bike Female: Susan Vigland, Traverse City: 1:44:51

10K Fat Bike Male: Ryan Linden, Washington: 25:52

10K Fat Bike Female: Karen Wright, Charlevoix: 32:40

The racing continues on Sunday at Timber Ridge, with the classic races starting at 9 a.m.