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Sugar Race 1 January 9-10, 2016 Blog
GSOC Racer Blog
By David Lippucci—Race Director
Mother Nature has not cooperated this season so far. Our first race @ Appalachian December 19-20 because it was 70 degrees in Blowing Rock that weekend.
The GSOC race team is currently in fourth place after our first race of the 2015-2016 season at Sugar Mountain January 9-10, 2016. We are nine disappointing points back from the first place Winston-Salem club in The Eastern Division. We had only a few racer bright spots as soft conditions reeked havoc on our carvers.
Saturday’s 9:00 start for slalom was 40 degrees. Light wind and overcast conditions made the bumps and ruts even harder to see and navigate on the ultra-steep inaugural CSC race on Gunthers Way. By far the steepest race course in probably the USA with Mt. Hood conditions for the first 40 racers (frozen, frozen granular) gave way to step ruts, bumps and terrain features more suited to mountain climbers. Division 2 was set up on Big Birchless as Oma’s Meadow still offered a grass slope. Conditions were great and the race finished at 10:15. We had two new racers qualify to race for the GSOC on Oma’s meadow on their first try: Mark Blakely and Brooks Freeman.
Sundays GS set on an ultra-steep pitch with overnight rain offered even worse conditions. Most of our racers couldn’t figure it out and DQ’d by losing a ski or skiing out. We don’t do too well when we can’t carve turns. Temps started at 35 with a little mist, the wind picked up then sun, then sleet, freezing rain, then fog, then sun, then snow and then the bad weather started. We promise to hit the reset button! Please come out to our next race at Appalachian January 30-31 view the race from the deck or see it next to the course.
Congratulations to the following GSOC racers who finished first, second or third at the Sugar 1 race January 9-10, 2016:
Ray Berggreen—Third, flight 1 GS
Trevor Thomas--Second, flight 1 Slalom
David Lippucci—Third, flight 2 slalom
Will Spradling—Second, flight 3 Slalom
Tom Spradling—Third, flight 5 Slalom
Doug Laroe—First, flight 6 slalom, Second GS
Tim Smith—Third, flight 8 slalom, Second GS
Caity Burnham—Second, flight 10 slalom
Greg Thomas—Third, flight 12 GS
Kristy Clary—Second, flight 14 GS
Special congratulations to newly qualified GSOC racers:
Also, Congratulations to Jake Laroe who placed FIRST out of 267 at the Steamboat race camp in early December!!
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