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Beech Race February 6-7, 2016 Blog
GSOC Racer Blog
By David Lippucci—Race Director
The GSOC remains in fourth place in the Eastern Division after our third race at Beech Mountain February 6-7, 2016. We look forward to the Sugar 2 race in two weeks to hopefully re-gain some points for a podium finish for the season.
Saturday’s slalom offered mild temperatures just above freezing with sunny, then cloudy then sunny skies. Division 2 started first with a wide open, fun and slightly icy set. Previous nights snow making left golf ball sized ball bearing in some spots to navigate. Division 1 started an hour after with a little more technical and still icy track.
Sundays GS conditions mirrored Saturday but a bid milder. Slightly cloudy weather came in and left for the first few racers on Division 1 starting at the top shack on Robins Run. Exactly 20 meters between all GS gates along with some late ruts favored smooth racers on shorter radius boards. Division 2 started crystal clear then ended in cloudy conditions and flat light. Chad Hooks, our visually impaired athlete finished his first timed run this season! Chad and his guide Roger Brown decided to let Chad go first with Roger following, giving Chad instructions through an inside the helmet speaking/hearing device.
Congratulations to the following GSOC racers who finished first, second or third at the Beech race February 6-7, 2016:
Jake Laroe—First, flight 1 Slalom
Trevor Thomas—Third, Flight 1 Slalom
Garry Whitaker—Third, flight 4 Slalom
Dan Walsh—Third, flight 5 Slalom
Roger Brown—Third, flight 8 GS
Caity Burnham—Third, flight 11 Slalom
Mark Blakely—First, flight 13 Slalom
Steve Shea—First, flight 15 GS
Kip Blakely—Second, flight 16 Slalom
Kilee Blakely—Third, flight 17 Slalom
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