It has been a fun adventure having the elite crew along with the typical Jackie and Mike show. The level of enthusiasm and laughter is inspiring and it has been a blast. Stops seven and eight of the Nor-am SBX tour concluded today under snowy, rainy, windy skies. Jackie and Mikey stepped up to the challenge of the two day stacked field all gunning for the coveted World Cup spot. Some changes were made to the course from the rev and some sharpened features and jumps had everyone a little shaken early on the first morning yesterday. After settling in Jackie charged through the first heat but encountered a bobble on the second run that would end her day in 6th. Mikey in his first ever nor-am turned heads as he picked of Nor-am veterans and athletes with Word Cup experience one by one. He narrowly missed the four man final and raced to a solid 7th in the consi round.
Day two brought the weather and with it more challenging conditions. Jackie well out front got caught in some snow missed by slippers and would settle for a ninth. Mikey continued his tear and proved he was not a one day fluke. "Wonder boy" was thrown around at the start as he was one of the youngest men in the field and was picking of pros like they were standing still!!!! The tear ended again with a photo finish in the semis narrowly missing the final and a trip to the consi round. Riding tough he again placed 3rd in the heat and a solid 7th and the second US junior on the day (under 19.) Jackie will bounce back strong and with one more stop to go on the Nor-am tour and a full 500 point race in her sights at Tremblant on the 31st, the season is poised to end up in fine fashion. She has had countless podiums this year and is working hard. In SBX racing anything can happen and perseverance and hard work puts you in the best position to be successful. Currently she sits in second for the title just 172 points off the lead.
So many highlights NOT caught on film...all the racing action...Jackie shredding the pipe with grabs! Joe cab ten, fs ten, Hunty cab ten, Phoebe huge fs fives, and bs sev attempts, Mikey bs nines, and charging the sbx, Chris locking in and boosting up (check the fs nine) and sbs five and countless others.
Think positive thoughts for Hunty as the aforementioned stomped ten went a little deep and he is nursing a sprained ankle and strained knee.
Here is a clip of what the boys (and Phobe) have been up to in addition to cheering on their teammates.
Be home soon.