Sugarbush Race Club braves the cold


Despite an overnight low of 0F, the Sugarbush Resort Race Department set beautiful courses early in the morning of Feb 28. The sun came out and the temperature soared into the teens. William Nye, the pacesetter, had times of 29.18 sec on the Yellow Course and 29.25 sec on the Blue. Most of the SRC racers also found the Blue course slightly slower.

All four of the women who raced earned NASTAR medals. Elizabeth Walker had the lowest combined time and earned a Platinum medal. Barbara Brady and Janella Pennington were second and third, respectively, and both earned Silver. Renee Epstein was fourth. She fulfilled her motto: “Go for the Bronze.” Renee expects the frame for her new Bronze medal will cost about the same as her Sugarbush season pass.

Twenty-five men raced. Douglas Day had the fastest time of the Day at 27.85 sec on the Yellow course. Rick Duckworth had the fastest time on the Blue course at 27.98 sec, but he missed a gate and got a DSQ on the Yellow. Duckworth was the only racer to miss a gate: all 24 other racers completed both courses. Day had the fastest combined time. Joseph Seymour, David Ellison, Peter Wicklund and Al Hobart rounded out the top five in Platinum medal time. The next five: Jula Fender, Gil Edwards, Ray Bollerud, Jim Cutchins and Richie Jones all finished between 65 and 69 seconds. Ten men earned Gold medals, and most of the rest earned Silver, including Henri Borel.

Henri is sponsoring the Chez Henri Cup race to benefit Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice. Registration is Friday, March 22 and the race is Saturday, March 23, 9:00 to 11:00am at Sugarbush Resort. Check for more details. Awards after the race at Chez Henri starting at 4 PM.

The Feb 28 after party was held at Fit to Be Thai’d, downstairs at the Sugarbush Inn. Owners Bruce and Nattaya Isaacson put out a terrific buffet of food from Nattaya’s native Thailand. Bruce played some of his original music for those who stayed for dinner when the SRC party ended. One could have a serious argument over whether Bruce’s musical skills are matched or exceeded by Nattaya’s culinary skills. Both are outstanding.