After a long hiatus due to Presidents week and the weather, the Sugarbush Racing Club returned to the slopes in style to contest races 6 and 7 of the 8 race championship. Big thanks to the Sugarbush Race Department, because the courses that greeted the racers on March 5th were both barnstormers and created a lot of good buzz among the club members. At the top of the Mens division points, Riley Winch, lead Rick Duckworth by a scant single point, but a mistake and a short hike at the end of the second run put Winch in the runner up spot and cleared the way for Rick Duckworth to take the win in the first race, while Dave Seymour stepped onto the podium in 3rd. The first race in the Womens division belonged, as usual, to Laura Jenks, followed by Anne Halvorsen and Cheryl Brayman.
After a quick reset and inspection of the new course, the racers returned to the start hut for race 7. The second race course ran a lot faster than the first and times were much lower. Laura Jenks found herself in familiar territory in first place for the Womens race with Anne Halvorsen taking her second runner up finish of the day. Janyce Goba took the final podium spot barely edging Gail Webster out of 3rd. In the Mens division Riley Winch cruised to victory over Rick Duckworth with Dave Seymour again finishing 3rd.
We stopped for a chat with Chelsea Winch, the club videographer, to discuss the race from a slopeside perspecitve. She shared with us that, “A lot of racers made huge improvements over the season, and I’m really happy to see some variety in the course set. Also this was the warmest season I’ve been a part of so standing on the side of the hill was a pleasure this year.” The after party was great and the club thanks Toast and Eggs in Waitsfield for hosting the event. The next race will be the final race in the SRC season and there is still a lot to play for.
The race results and race video are accessible elsewhere on this website.