It was a howling blizzard Thursday evening as the hardy or foolhardy members of Sugarbush Race Club faced the elements to attend the weekly social at the Hyde Away. Memories of great food and service drew them into the storm, and the Hyde Away delivered again. The conversation was about the howling winds, heavy snow, slippery roads, accidents and closed roads and naturally will “Friday’s race occur”.
At 7:30 the next morning it was confirmed a GO.The course was in good shape and the best runs were in the first hour as ruts developed in the fresh packed snow over time. The course called for lots of rhythmic turns and racers relished them. In the women’s group Anne Halverson captured two platinums with Janyce Goba right behind. Chris Lowenstein had the fastest time edging out Rick Duckworth who had Todd Carroll ‘nipping at his heels”. Joe Seymour lead the group whose times were in the low 30’s with John Williams a 1/100th of a second behind. And the friendly rivalry between Bollerud and Cutchins is also counted in 100th of seconds with Bollerud edging out ahead. As Club President, Bollerud had to ward off comments that he is “cooking the times” in his favor. All in all it is shaping up to be friendly, fun and a year of great camaraderie. While Mikkala Shiffren doesn’t belong to SRC, we admire her performance and she’s the inspiration to us all. Go Mikkala! Bring home the record.