Today was the showcase race of the World Championship series. All of the top US racers were anxiously awaiting for this race. For the US men we had John, Tom, Max, Marshall, and Matt racing. For the women we had Janelle, Stevie, Nina, McKenna, and Meredith. As always we had a race briefing last night to inform the racers of the course conditions, weather, gear requirements, and any section of course they need to be aware of.
Our US Press member (Mark Smiley) was able to secure himself a seat on the media helicopter. It was great to look up and see Mark hanging out the door of the heli while I was cheering at the top of the course.
Mark in heli
As usual, the race had a crazy fast start. The race only had 3 climbs of 750M, 785M, and 150M for men. The women's 2nd climb was only 470M. The course was amazing. The first climb was from the base of Pelvoux with a single booter. The second climb had 2 booters (1 for the women) and climbed up a an amazing ridge line to well above the upper lift at Pelvoux.
The racers were treated to a fantastic powder descent, then a final, short climb for another powder run followed by a mix of groomers and moguls to the base of the mountain.
Men's Race Start
Photos from the heli
Killian in the lead at the booter
John deep in the pain cave
Meredith on the transition
Meredith happy to be done
Most of Team North America: McKenna, Nina, Janelle, Meredith and Canadians Carla and Mel
The US is still in 9th place and Janelle is our points leader with 93 points!
Tomorrow is the vertical race. The vertical race is basically a king of the hill race with racers going from the bottom to top as fast as possible. There are no booters, it is just a pure uphill race as quickly as possible with racers going fully anaerobic the entire time.