The 3rd SRC race was held on February 19th in mild temperatures. Will Nye, the “race guy”, set a straight course with a fast pace. However, we suspect that when he set the pace his backpack must have been filled with bricks to provide more downhill momentum! The use of a digital readout of our times is a great addition this year. Thanks, Sugarbush.
Competitive spirits were in full flower, although everyone professes that they “just want to improve their time”. Peter Menkes was caught using a spray wax hidden in his pocket to gain out more speed. There is some question about how effective it was. Dan Towle took out a gate and lost a ski, which slowed him down, but undaunted, he finished. Jula Fender showed a great improvement in his time. He admitted to some body awareness training from a certain racing instructor which improved his edging. He was right on the heels of Dave Ellison who still eked him out. Yet Dave Seymour and his precision skiing still takes the lead lead in this threesome. The competition for the Champagne Prize is heating up with Stephan Ham-Ellis leading (or should we say “lagging”) the pack. For you fence sitters, there is still time to join the club and give him a run for his money.
This week four “sisters” hit the course. All of them had strong showings. NIcole deFau Lowenstein came out with an impressive time and led the women. She was followed by Anne Halvorsen, Cheryl Brayman and Cindy Carr.
Among the “fast and furious men” we certainly have a contest between Michael Dixon, Chris Lowenstein and Luke Brighton. Chris Lowenstein is taking the lead with Luke Brighton and Michael Dixon threatening to overtake him in the weeks ahead. Riley Winch we need you to join this mix and make it a foursome. Was Al Carr’s 2nd time accurate? Darn it was wishful thinking, Will Nye recorded it incorrectly, too bad, as it provided a brief period of wonder and awe. The venerable Rich Jones had two impressive runs. His observation is that at a certain point age takes a toll on speed; something many of us can identify with. There are a number of racers who came in around 37 to 39 seconds. They are working hard to improve and providing great camaraderie. Maybe they should call themselves the “38’s plus or minus”.
The club did not have a take out meal and “zoom get together” this week because the restaurants were busy with vacation week. Next week, we start again with a take out meal from the Hyde Away. Please check out their menu at https://hydeawayinn.com and place your order after 4 PM on Thursday, February 25. Supporting our local restaurants during this difficult time is important and a good way of saying “thank you” for all the events they have put on for us over the years. We have quite a line up of meals this year and will go till the end of March.
On Thursday, February 25 Sugarbush will run a race clinic. Hope to see you all there, preparing for our race on Friday, February 26.