We arrived at the resort at just past 7 for an hour of prep and warming up. Jon and Jari looked pumped and I was psyched to represent on our new and insanely light gear! This was going to be my first race of the season on the Ski-Trab Duo Race World Cup skis and Trab Race binding. The pace at the front was fast and furious for the first 30 minutes. Greg Ruckman ran to the front and kept a gap of 5-10 seconds for the first 15-20 minutes. Marshall Thomson, Pete Gaston, and myself were in the chase group. Marshall put in some hard efforts and left Pete behind. I passed Pete and about 5 minutes from the top we were all together. When I turned on a switchback near the top I saw Jon working his way up. On the first descent there was confusion about the direction and there were about 6-8 racers bunched up. Pete had an awesome descent and was alone at the second transition. Unfortunately Pete had some major skin issues and was passed by myself, Marshall and Jon. I attacked the first ascent and was steady on the boot pack. By the last skin ascent to the top I had 15 seconds. Marshall dug deep and had me reeled in by the top. From there to the last skin strip on Defiance we yoyo'd. I blasted the last descent and held a 27 second margin to Marshall. Jon blazed to the line less than five minutes later for his first COSMIC podium. Jari had a strong race and finished on the podium for 3rd as well. Sari Anderson took the woman's race with CB local Stevie Cramer in second. A solid showing for the locals of Gunnison County!
|Men's Podium All CB! L-R Marshall, Smithy, JB|
All in all our new gear met and exceeded my expectations for lightweight performance. The Alien boots were super stable with the new bellow-less lower shell. The skis and bindings were not only lighter but performed better than anything else I've raced on. Turning was effortless and precise. The Piuma vertical poles were light enough to keep nordic race tempo on low angle approaches and accelerations.
Next stop for the team is the North American Championships on their home mountain. With home field advantage to Team Crested Butte, top results should be expected. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more podiums.
CB team member