Forty-two racers gave it their all in the fifth of the Sugarbush Racing Club series of eight races but Elizabeth Walker and Rick Duckworth managed to come out on top once again! Co-pacesetters Bridget Gilroy and Chad Koenig were really fast but there were several gold medals and even three platinum medals awarded.
Walker was first in the ladies’ division by a comfortable margin but she anxiously watched the runs of her closest competitors, Colleen Winchester, Anne Halvorsen and Lauri Landau, who were second, third and fourth respectively. Caryl Hurwitz and Janella Pennington were next ahead of Louise Messner and Lauren Keating.
Blue-suited Rick Duckworth blazed his way to first in the male division with a platinum performance while Bob Kogut and sartorially perfect Doug Day were close behind. Dave Seymour barely squeaked by Brooke Weston who has been steadily climbing up on the leader board a and Al Hobart, Dave Ellison and Mike Ware all turned in stellar runs. Rumor has it that Brooke is tuning up (pun intended) to beat his son, Hobie, in the upcoming Chez Henri race! Rising stars Ray Bollerud and Jim Cutchins have gained much notoriety on the racing circuit with their recent performances to the dismay of Gil Edwards, Rich Jones, Win Smith and Peter Menkes all of whom had to take a step down in the results this week. The results this week also revealed a new placement for Mike Barker who had to look higher up in the standings for his name! Bob Stevens, Peter Koch, John Wilson and Mike Strojny were grouped closely together while Bernie Pistilli, Mike Sharkey and Richard Brady narrowly bettered the club’s oldest competitor, Henri Borel! Usually speedy Gary Duncan apparently saw a gate he was supposed to make out of the corner of his eye as he sped by and was disqualified.
The social committee led by Deb Koch has been very creative this year as over seventy people attended the after race party held this week at Mad River Glen’s “Basebox!” Many Mad River skiers as well as club members enjoyed the delicious appetizers served up by Chef Mike and club racing videos were shown simultaneously on two screens. Prizes were raffled and Rich Jones took home a whopping 50 – 50 prize which benefits the Vermont Adaptive charity.