It was a great day for Team USA. Today was the Sprint Race and the team had a great day.
The sprint race race course was fantastic. I as long in distance with some icy sweeping corners. The US had 9 racers in the sprint
- Jesse Young
- McKenna Douglas
- Jari Kirkland
- Sarah Cookler
- Max Tam
- Matt Burgunder
- Andy Dorais
- Colin Cares
- Rory Kelly
Sprint Course in Champsec
US Women’s Team lined up for the qualifying round start
The racers were able to have a leisurely morning with a 10:30 AM start following the Junior and Cadet divisions. The Sprint Race consists of a time trial style qualification round followed by a 5 heat quarter finals, 2 heat semi-finals, and finals round each with 6 racers. The men’s course had 75M ascent and women’s course had 55M ascent. To get an idea of the speed of the top racers, the winning men’s and women’s time were both 4:13.
The women excited about making the quarter finals
Andy Dorais (finishing 24th overall)
Max Tam on the climb
Max Tam ripping the descent with Matt Burgunder in the background (finishing 30th overall)
Official Sprint Race Results - The US had lots of great finishes with 2 men and 3 women in the top 30.
Saturday is the Vertical Race. The course is fantastic as it winds through the streets of Verbier and then ends at the top of their main gondola. The race does not start until 4pm so the team will have plenty of time to recovery from today and scout out some of the rest of the course.
Views of the Team scouting the Teams Race course today.