Still waiting for the results…not race, but medical, before getting back on the course. Yes, I was out for the race, but only to give a hand as it was combining two of the clubs that I’ve been spending so much time in the two Winters.
Edelweiss Ski Club was hosting the Ottawa Masters GS. This was the second Wednesday night race in a row at Edelweiss. Why two weeks in a row? The Masters Exec had to play musical chairs with the events due to postponed first race at Fortune and the fact that Zoomer wasn’t ready for its race on January 11. So a switch was made; move back and switch location for the second race (which was going to be the first race) and fourth race between Fortune and Edelweiss, so that is why there were two Wednesday night race at Edelweiss in a row. It made even more sense than holding a make-up GS at Fortune; they just moved the Fortune Slalom to the Make-up Race Thursday.
Week 1: Fortune GS moved to Week 2 instead of Make-Up Day.
Week 2: Fortune from wk 1. Edelweiss GS moved to Week 4.
Week 3: Cascades SL
Week 4: Edelweiss from wk2. Fortune SL moved to following day (Make-Up Race).
Week 4 / Make-Up Race : Slalom from previous day at Fortune.
Week 5: Edelweiss GS
Week 6: next week is a SL at Cascades
The turnout was slightly under 40. The forecast might have scared a few people away. The original forecast this weekend was calling for +6c and rain for Wednesday. Turned out to be +2c in Ottawa with some light snow and drizzle. There was a risk of freezing rain for later in the evening. Conditions that night happened to be a perfect. Temps around freezing, soft snow. Wow..great carving snow!!! Nothing to do like this past Saturday at Cascades. The course wasn’t even on ice. I didn’t get much skiing in, but I was happy to be out again on a Wednesday night.
Made a few turns while I was helping out around the course on Zoomer. This was my first day at Edelweiss since January 10; since that time, the full width of Zoomer has open as well as steeper Strief. Only made 6 runs tonight in 2 hours, but I was happy I did.
Here is the word of the prez
Amazing Race at Edelweiss
What an amazing race at Edelweiss. For those that missed the race because you thought it might be bad weather missed the most excellent race of the season. About -2C, light wind. We had three full runs with the course getting faster each run. Gary Jones, skiing with the 100 bib threw down the fastest run of the night on the 3rd run. The big 4 were in mortal battle for the Mens win. You should have seen them mentally calculating who was ahead of who trying to figure the winner. In the end young brawn succeeded wiley age for the gold.
Never let the weather dictate!
Back on track
After swapping the two races: Race 2: GS at Edelweiss with Race 4: SL at Fortune, we are back on the original schedule track. Back to Cascades Feb 8 for our second visit this season.
Ladies night is approaching! We have lots of great prizes for the ladies! Really good prizes! Too good to let them all out now. But I’ll give you hint: BleuSpa. SO, get your girlfriends, lady friends, and come on out and have a great race at Vorlage!
The night’s results
That was already race #5, I only did the first one. January 2012 has totally sucked for MadPat, with 7 outings in January, it was my worst winter month dating back to the 2000-01 season. It was also two years after my dad passed away…strange coincidence.
Here are parting words from my betting partner from last night and after the first race I missed with the help of some ‘friends’.
Young guns coming out tonight, both in the girls (Allison) & the guys (Gary). Good to see the next gen! Too bad my Arch Nemisis Pat is no longer with us…. I wanted a rematch.
At Cascades a few weeks ago.
Masters racing at Mont Cascades tonight, an impressive turnout with 40 racers braving the cold. A moment of silence was held for one racer who never missed a race: Pat, you will be missed.
I can’t believe his is no longer with us…one of my fondest memories of Pat was his wild tales of skiing in exotic locations in far of lands. RIP my friend.
In our heart of hearts, Patrick came first! RIP my friend.
Funny, because I had that bib in my ski bag at home with me.