February 17, 2013
Roughly 160 people braved the drizzle at Alpental yesterday for the Monika Johnson Memorial Rally. Rain-softened bumps and a slightly altered course made for some spicy and fun racing. Here's Kevin's firsthand report of what went down:
"Nice race course. Rain softened up the top surface and made for good skiing. Two ringers from SLC place 1 and 2. Brandon ended up 3rd. Seth had a cold and ended fifth. Holly took 3rd in race women. I ended up 15th. Frank skipped out, not liking the rain and thinking the bumps were still firm. Good turn out, 160 racers?"
More to follow later, and I'll try to find out who the "ringers from SLC" were . . .
More: The winner was Jason Dorais (misspelled in the results), second place went to Eric Carter (Brandon says he's actually from Canada). Congrats to all who showed up, especially those who went two laps! For complete results, click here.
Brandon emailed me this synopsis:
"Missed you out there yesterday. Yes despite the rain, the skiing and skinning was good. No Traslins, guess they were sick, Heather didn't participate as she was sick as well. Luckily (?) I just caught her bug the day before so I felt crappy but not bad enough to miss out on some suffering. With Seth and Holly sick it seemed to be the common theme of the day for a lot of people. Despite the Traslin brothers no show, Jason Dorais (they misspelled his name) simply destroyed the competition putting down pretty impressive times at what was probably a comfortable pace for him. Jason is the current Grand Teton ski speed record holder among many other accomplishments, pretty talented dude, and pretty humbling watching him just amble off into the distance. The second place dude was a twenty something fast guy from Canada. Another fast guy was the BD rep Alan, who Seth knew from bike racing, he was with Seth and I the whole race, and looks to be even faster once he gets more efficient. Alan actually was ahead of me towards the end of the second lap but got off course a bit thinking the Snake Dance gate was a turnaround. This was an opportunity I capitalized on, although I think that I could have caught him on the downhill anyways. All in all it was a great day, hope that some day we could have more of these events locally."
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