GSOC Racer Blog
By David Lippucci—Race Director
The GSOC has earned the sole lead in the Eastern Division by 16 crushing points ahead of the Winston-Salem team after our fourth race at Beech Mountain February 9-10, 2019. We look forward to the Sugar 2 race in two weeks to retain the soul crushing lead.
Saturday’s slalom offered fairly cold temps around 30 degrees with spotty sun. Very challenging day due to snowmaking on Robins Run during our race! We all glistened like your holiday turkey taken out of the freezer. Division 2 started first with a short but sweet set and short run out. No salt or chemicals made the course rut up where the warm, wet snowmaking laid its sticky cover. Division 1 started an hour adding about 10 gates much more technical and rutty that benefited the tight line racer. Poor visibility and “step” ruts.
Sundays GS conditions mirrored Saturday but only warmer. The snow guns stayed on until temps warmed up past 35 degrees about noon. Clouds came in then fog and rain to make the last hour quite challenging. For Division 1, a set between 18-20 meters between GS gates along with some fall away ruts favored tight line racers that love rough conditions. Division 2 started nice then ended up in fog and rain. Division 2 used some of Division 1’s track for a quick re-set.
Congratulations to the following GSOC racers who finished first, second or third at the Beech race February 9-10, 2019:
Jake Laroe—First, flight 1 Slalom, First GS
Will Spradling—Third, Flight 1 Slalom
Liz Beadle—Third, flight 3 Slalom
Mark Blakely—First, flight 3 Slalom
Tom Spradling—Second, flight 5 Slalom
Tim Smith—First, flight 6 Slalom
Dan Walsh—First, flight 7 Slalom and GS
Brooks Freeman—First, flight 9 GS
Mathew Smith—First, flight 11 GS
Steve Shea—First, flight 11 Slalom, second GS
Scott Shea—Second, flight 13 Slalom, First GS
Kilee Blakely—First, flight 13 Slalom
Greg Thomas—Third, flight 14 GS
Garreth Williams—Third, flight 15 slalom
Mitchel Freeman—Second, flight 18 slalom