Two of the three US team qualifying races happened over the past weekend. In order to qualify for the team that goes to Verbier I would have to have two great races as I already botched the first race a few weeks ago in Crested Butte. Here is my very short/crappy acount of the weekend.
Targhee was back and forth between Tom Goth, Scott Simmons, and I until I gained a little time on the last climb and held on for the win. Definitely a good start.
Later that night there was a single qualifying race for the US sprint team. The top two places would get the spots. Andy and Lars dominated! It must be their 400m power that the rest of these endurance wienies don't have that allowed them to throw down.
The next day was the Jackson Race. Typically this suits my strengths pretty well and I think this year was no different. The skinning was tricky and it kept the top 5 or 6 racers fairly close. I skied the long penultimate descent pretty well and managed to get onto the last climb with a few second lead. Being the overconfident prick I am I figured I'd slowly pull away and hold on for the win! I was psyched! Then I got tired. Tom passed me with roughly 100 vertical feet to go and then Max did the same with about 15' to go. Damn. I had to settle for 3rd. Tom's time gap for the day was bigger than mine the day before so he also got the overall win for the weekend. At least the two days were good enough to earn a spot on the team! I just booked tickets to Switzerland!
|Sprint race start|
|The base of Red Baldy|
|Andy and Teague higher up|
|Andy on the summit ridge|
|Teague and Fitz. Fitz is holding rough $20K worth of camera gear.|
|Andy and Fitz futzing|
|Brothers contemplating. Photo by Teague|
|Teague about to land on a bunch of rocks.|
|Teague bouncing of the rocks and back in the chute.|
|Tom lower down|
|Once again, Freeride Teague|
|Tom and Lars heading to Kessler|
|More of the same|