The night had finally arrived when us Big Kids could have a go through the gates. The evening started in the Ski Hire shop where we were weighed and measured before being given a pair of skis that where suitable only for a person half my height. There was a discussion as to whether I was a Level 2 ability or Level 3 ability and thus whether my binding should be set at 4.5 or 5.5. I thought there was a danger of the police being called when I asked for them to be set at 8 so compromise was made at 6.
The Race piste looked fantastic with a suitably straight course being set and some very modern timing equipment being used. Gone are the days of our ski club races being timed with a variety of Semaphore flags, sundials and egg timers…….this was like being at the Olympics.
There were a few minor injuries at the start as we all tried to get our overly tight race number bibs on. Bryan Glass slipped a disc in his back trying to stretch his down over his Moobs and 2 other racers narrowly escaped injury as the elastic on the bib gave way as he pulled it over his beer belly sending spandex shrapnel in all directions.
After some very wobbly practise runs the racing started. The 6 gate slalom was more than enough for us. Indeed there may have been some serious accidents had the course been even 1 gate longer. I thought I had timed it to perfection by taking the lead on the 2nd run only to be told there was to be a 3rd run! …….a 3rd run!!!
And so it was consistency that took the victory at Race 1 with Roger Hughes, who has had a consistently bad hairdo for the last 30 years, taking the win. Young ‘Whipper Snapper’ Joe Constantine tried to take advantage of the Old People’s failing fitness with a stunning 3rd run, and missed out on the win by 2 hundreth of a second. Better Luck next time Joe!!!
Roger informed us at the medal ceremony that he had in fact being using a new technique called ‘Carving’. The was a discussion amongst us other athletes, that did not have the ability to ‘Carve’, as to whether this technique was allowable under the 1986 Ski Racing Rule book that was being used on the evening! This technique will be monitored closely at future races.
Thanks to everyone that set the race up and came along to support. The atmosphere was wonderful.
The next race starts at 5pm on May 20th and is open to everyone that can turn and stop a pair of Skis and fancies having a go through some Slalom poles. If you are over 40 and under 100 years of age, we hope to see you on the Slope.