I have to admit that it did feel a little crazy to be driving six hours away from the prime spring-like riding conditions on the coast to watch DH racers fling themselves down the slippery luge of a snow track at Silver Star Resort. It wasn't until the post-practice pub session on Saturday that I remembered - it's not always about the having the best riding, it's about who you are with. FrostBIKE is reunion of sorts, and in a year where attendance certainly was not driven but inaccessible riding elsewhere, it was even more evident that the folks who were there, were there for the good times.
The course was faster this year than past years, allowing racers to momentarily enjoy sending the last jump, before bailing or crashing into the finish corral fencing. Per usual, this was the highlight of the race for the crowd of fans who had gathered. There were decidedly less heckles from the skiers and snowboarders on the lifts this year, maybe they were envious that we were making the most of the lacking winter season, maybe they are less protective when there's no powder to be had.
The faster track also led to a few injuries - huge shout out to Silver Star Ski Patrol for efficiently and professionally tending to the broken ones. During a fifteen minute medical course-hold while the racers up top kept themselves warm with an impromptu slalom course and group skidding. . . is that a thing? While some notables took to the course on Sunday, the race didn't get 'serious' until the last handful of pros watched Anthony Evans charge out of the gate and pedal into the first berms. The win, however, would go to Remi Gauvin who almost simultaneously crossed the finish line, came off his bike, and rolled into a giant snowball.
Here are some photos of what you missed. RESULTS:
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