Sunday Jan. 2nd our winter break closed with a pair of great Slalom races at Bromley Mtn. There was a springy mud season feel in the air. I believe Saul Cohen said he could smell the ocean out there today. The snow was soft and the wax additives were straight out of my Nationals kit. SMS Racers handled the conditions well in each start. Yesterdays training ruts couldn't even be flattened overnight for fear of thin snow so the soft surface was gouged with banks and bumps.
No Problem for Josh Cohen who won each race in not only the Youth men's group but also overall for the first and second race. That will seal his slalom spot for usasa nationals in april to go along with his previously earned GS spot. Congrats. Also sealing up a Her own series championship and another berth to Nationals was Liz Hernandez who won each of her races by extra large margins.
In the Open Class wmn's group Phoebe Novello took second in each race and notched a podium in the overall category in the second race. "It was all a matter of seconds" said Novello.
Karen Kobayashi continued her strong racing season after a difficult slam in the first run of the first race to come back to a third place after two runs. In her second race she was all smoothe and won her age group and by winning both runs and edged Novello on the podium for overall with a Second.
Mason Geils took second place in the Youth men's group in race number one and was just edged out into third in race number two. A double podium with a fractured radial growth plate and a sprained thumb all packed into a three day old cast. Hard core.
The final age category (for SMS riders) of the day saw Maverick Shaw returning to the mix with a pair of Thirds, Tanner Pentony taking an eighth and a seventh and Xander Raith dualing it out again with stratton comp team rider Dylan Udolf. Xander took the first race and finished second in the second. Just like two weeks ago these breaker boys have a very tight competition motivating them and will definitely continue to elevate each others performance in the final day of GS and Sl. to come for the Southern Vermont Series. The SVSS will return to Bromley in two weeks for two days of SBX racing.
Training in our home state and at school will begin for some and resume for others tomorrow. Good Luck to Spencer Shaw and Chris Tierney at the European Open this week. The rest of the Elite crew and half of the Ams are heading out to the Rev Tour at Mt Hood Meadows, OR. on friday or saturday...
i got a few photos from todays races in my email tonight but they are sideways and iphoto doesnt want to work on them for me...I cant blog sideways pics but I'll put em in tomorrow if I can remedy the situation...