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Whistler, BC – Hello all, it’s been awhile. Let’s start with this years Peak to Valley Race. The race course starts up at the top of the Saddle, continues past the reservoir to Old Man before hitting Upper Franz’s and finishes at Dustys via Lower Franz’s. Total vertical drop 1385m, total length 5600m with 173 gates.
Over beers one night I found myself volunteered to a team. Head hurting, I woke up the next day hoping it was all a dream. However the cruel reality was that I was the fourth member of an elite team of athletes. A powerhouse team that was intent on…..well finishing in one piece. Our team name, We’re Here for the Beer. Training was intense as we were up to 8 pints a day before the event. Nothing short of victory woud do.
Our team Captain Sian and Dave were our Friday racers. Conditions couldn’t have been better. Bright blue skies, hard snow up top, a little soft on the bottom, it was a racers dream. Sian started us off with a great run clocking in at 7:17:60 putting her 33rd for the women that day.
Sian heading to Upper Franz’s, Peak to Valley Whistler BC – Feb 2, 2007
Knowing that he’d have to beat that time or be forever riddiculed, Dave collapsed across the finish line in 7:02:20. That was good enough for 68th place in the men’s. Fastest time of the day was a blistering 5:02:94.
Dave crossing the line, Peak to Valley Whistler BC – Feb 2, 2007
With half of the team down we were set for Saturday. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t. Overcast and snowing lightly was the order of the day. The light on the Saddle was so flat you couldn’t see any of the monster ruts that had formed. Watching the five people before him in varoius stages of explosions and recoveries in the first 5 gates, Steve gingerly left the start hut. Following our Captain’s strict instructions, he safely made it to the finishing line (although we think we stopped for some tea along the way) in a scorching time of 8:25:50, thus earning him 91st place and the self-imposed nickname of Jefferslow. That left me to go. Bib number 147 put of 160, the ruts, which you couldn’t see, were huge. After leaving the safety of the start hut and “feeling” my way down the first 6-7 gates we got racing. Legs really started to burn half way down Upper Franz’s, but settled a bit down to the bottom. I reached my goal of making it to the bottom, without getting passed, and stopped the clock at 6:37:57 good enough for 52nd.
Meesh in the finish, Peak to Valley Whistler BC – Feb 3, 2007
Fastest time for Saturday was 5:16:92. As a team we finished 11th in our age category with a combined time of 29:21:87 and overall we broke the top 50 with a 49th place. All in all it was great fun, and I think I would do it again.
Back to the skiing, we haven’t had a lot of snow since mid-January. Had some warmer weather roll in and bring some rain so conditions have been pretty Eastern lately. That being said, it’s snowing right now, big fat flakes, so hopefully we’re due for some more. After topping out at 302 cm for a base we are back down to 258 with 959 cm of cummalative snowfall. Hope to see you on the slopes soon.
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