Sugarbush Racing Club veterans, Elizabeth Walker and Rick Duckworth, captured first place in their respective divisions out of a field of fifty-three racers for the second week in a row. This third race of an eight race series was set on Racer’s Edge trail at Lincoln Peak. Bridget Gilroy, the former Saint Lawrence University standout, was the pacesetter again this week and only the top three male finishers were able to eclipse her time.
Walker and her nemesis, second place finisher Petra Park, traded victories in the two runs but the combined time proved Elizabeth to be the winner. Anne Halvorsen and Cyndee Button were only fractions of a second behind in their hotly contested division while Colleen Winchester who has been improving with every race bested her senior, Lauri Landau. Newcomer Susan Day garnered a bronze medal as she topped Jeanne Monroe.
Duckworth and Bob Kogut, always in contention for top honors in the male division, were almost overtaken by Jeff Rubin in his first race of the season and who pushed Dave Seymour to fourth place. Stan Button did not race last week but roared back this week to narrowly defeat Brooke Weston, telemarker Mark Haberle and George Seward. Doug Day and Peter Wicklund rounded out the top ten while Al Hobart, Philippe Marielle and Dave Ellison were close behind and garnered gold medals. Gil Edwards, who was able to finish his first race and demonstrate just how fast he could be standing up, topped Gunnar Sievert and vice president Ditmar Kopf. Win Smith and Mike Ware seem to be in close contention with each other while Rich Jones and a surprisingly fast Jim Cutchins were in the top twenty. Ray Bollerud, Richard Brady and Wheaton Simis have been improving with each race as have bronze medalist Mike Barker and President Manny Apigian.
Seventy members gathered at the Pine Tree Pub later that day for prizes and videos and to review the race results. There will not be a race on the sixth of February due to a conflict at the mountain but the social committee alertly grasped the opportunity to plan a dinner and dance for the date at the Valley Players Theater!