Just wanted to report some more results from the race this last weekend in Snowmass.
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Next stop is Monarch this weekend… it’s a busy 6 weeks with Xterra next weekend the Powder Keg after that, the USSMA Nat’s in Jackson then the Grand Traverse the last weekend in March!!!
There must be something in the water here in the Gunnison Valley (or maybe it’s the skis!) as the domination continued this week in the COSMIC series. The Valley posted 4 out of the 5 top spots in the mens field with the “youngster” Travis Scheefer leading the way.
This weeks’ race in Snowmass is always highly anticipated and hotly contested. The course is the only point to point on the circuit and features some great varied terrain; both groomed and ungroomed climbs, steep off piste descents, back country traversing and even a bit of kick and glide to test everyone’s skills.
First out of the blocks was Wick with the usual suspects trailing his tails. It didn’t take long to reach the first real pitch and sort things out a bit with Brian Smith and Travis, then Wick and I and Max Taam a few seconds back. This is pretty much how it stayed up until the first short descent at Rock Island. I had pulled up on Travis and Wick had dropped back a couple of seconds but going in to the descent I bobbled a little and left the transition with Smithy, Travis and Wick up ahead and Max right with me. Up the next climb we went off piste and the more technical climbing brought the chase group together until the cat road at the top. At that point, Smithy was still about a minute up but Travis and Wick through down a little surge of kick and glide to the next downhill transition and pulled away from Max and I. The descent was steep and then into a fun little glade. I couldn’t believe how fast those guys disappeared but was happy to see all but Smithy still in the transition when I pulled up.
The next climb was up a series of groomers to the backcountry gate leading to a traverse over to the top of Buttermilk. I knew this was going to be the last chance to bridge up to Max or Wick and Travis but as I crested the top I could see that Trav and Wick had the same thoughts and heading up the last pitch they had caught on to Brian. From that point I lost contact and didn’t see them until slapping 5 after the finish. Too bad for me since it turned out to be such a tight finish – I would have loved to see it!
As for me, I hit the BC gate and had a great ski through the “Ewok” forest portion -ducking and dodging at high rate of speed. At one point I was thankful not to be ripping through there with 4 other guys tip to tail! There was one last uphill transition that came and went without incident and knowing I only had about 10 minutes of traversing the last bit of ridge before the high speed groomer to the finish, I made sure to enjoy the scenery.
So at the finish I got the low down on what played out up front and again, sure wish I was part of it! I guess after Wick and Travis bridged they all went ripping through the woods together and hit Buttermilk at the same time. Travis and Smithy got a little bit of an edge on Wick and went down at terminal velocity. Travis must have had a tighter tuck and flew across the finish less than a second ahead of Brian for the closest finish this year and maybe in any COSMIC race (?)!
Congratulations goes out to everyone that competed and a big thanks to Pete and Mona and all of the volunteers that helped put on another great event!
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