Boardercross riders roll with the punches
Red Onion at Aspen Highlands was the venue for head-to-head boardercross action on Feb. 22 and 23 as part of the USASA-Aspen/Snowmass series. AVSC athletes rode strong against a competitive field, which included a solid contingent from Winter Park.
Three races were held over two days, allowing plenty of time for athletes to memorize the interesting course. AVSC coaches built Wu Tang jumps, banked turns, steps and a table top feature from the ground up into the intermediate trail.
After taking a timed speed run, riders and skiers were grouped in heats of up to four athletes. From there, winners were determined by who was fastest across the finish line.
Growing in popularity due to the exposure the sport has received through the Winter X Games and Winter Olympics, the boardercross on Red Onion attracted local and visiting athletes from Ruggie (7 & under) to Kahuna (50 & over).
Nordic Junior Nationals
A team of three AVSC Nordic skiers is headed to the 2014 USSA Cross Country Junior Championships in Stowe, Vt., which takes place March 1-8.
Hailey Swirbul of Basalt, who had already qualified for junior nationals prior to last weekend’s races in Minturn, will be joined at junior nationals by Logan McNamee and Hudson McNamee. Aspen native Nina Beidleman was named first alternate.
Maria Stuber, AVSC’s nordic program director, said this final qualifying series was highly competitive because it also served as the Western region college championships.
Stuber said that in the clutch, Logan and Hudson McNamee performed to the best of their abilities. “Both of the McNamees came on at the end of the year when they needed to,” Stuber said. She said some team members who were skiing in more competitive age classes for the first time had results that didn’t meet their expectations.
“There were a few disappointed kids at the end of the weekend.”
On the positive side, “It’s really great to have a team of three at junior nationals,” she said. And they’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature may throw down.
“The East is so variable in March. We could have pouring rain or bluebird, sunny skies,” Stuber said.
The Dan Prater Memorial Cup is a 34-year-old legacy race hosted by Crested Butte that also serves as the U14 Rocky/Central junior championships qualifier.
The best three results from one super-g, two giant slaloms and two slaloms determine who will compete in the Rocky/Central Junior Championships on March 11-16, in Winter Park.
AVSC athletes who have qualified for the U14, U16 and U18 Championships and the U.S. Nationals will be included in the March 5 edition of The Aspen Times.
Enjoy a sneak preview of AVSC alpine excellence on the new “Weekly with Walt,” which airs at 7 p.m. today (Feb. 26) on GrassRoots TV. It is repeated throughout the weekend.
Join host Walt Evans as he speaks with AVSC coaches about the upcoming championship season.
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