Hey Dave, I was meaning to get an e-mail out before now but I have been busy at work.
The GOODE skis are the best randonee skis I have skied so far. They ski like a big board not an 875 gm race ski. They are predictable and solid from tip to tail. I have never gone as fast as I did on a 160 ski before!
As for the race: I had my binding ice up on the start. I lost like 5 minutes to the leaders (Bryan Wickenhauser for 75% of the race) before I got the ice cleared and the pack was out of sight. I just about waited till the leaders came in for lap two to have people to race with. I got really mad and just went as hard as I could. After two climbs and some crazy fast descending I got within a minute of Bryan with about 30 minutes left in the race. I took over the lead at the start of the boot pack and never looked back. I won by 1 minute 40 seconds! My first randonee win to date!
All in all I was blown away by the big ski performance of such a light ski. Very snappy and stable at high speeds. Being an alpine ski racer growing up I can appreciate a good stiff ski. You have really helped to bring my randonee racing to a new level. Thanks, Dave!
– Brian Smith
GOODE Skis is a proud sponsor of Brian Smith. Brian also won the 2008 Xterra Winter World Championships. Brian uses the GOODE Rando 160cm. Click here for more info.