Road(Race) Trip

Beth and I (with Wyatt partially in tow) are just wrapping up a epic racing road trip and figured a recap was in order.

First off the three of us raced the Boulder Mountain Tour (BMT, not to be confused with the sandwich) in Sun Valley last weekend. If you haven’t raced the BMT race yet put in on the list of ones to do. A fast net elevation loss course combined with a ton off pack skiing and drafting is a blast, especially if you have fast skis and wily tactics. Beth finished 6th, with wyatt and myself 25th and 22nd. We owe a big thanks to the Fereday family for hosting us for those races.

After convincing another Tahoe skier from the BMT to give Wyatt a lift home (he doesn’t take up that much room) Beth and I headed off to Vail for some SuperDuperTour action. We were generously hosted by Gus’s parents in SLC, which broke up the drive quite nicely. Once in Vail we were able to stay with the Woods’ family, if you haven’t already noticed a theme of great generosity we have been very fortunate.

We raced the Teva Mountain games a 10km Nordic Freestyle on Friday, which despite not being a supertour brought out a very competitive field due to a hefty amount of prize money. Unfortunately the race didn’t go quite so well for either of us, but I did get to ski in a pack almost exclusively made up of men ranked in the top 10 of the supertour points standing for a few kilometers. While doing this I probably (well almost certainly) was going too fast, it was awesome and I can’t wait to ski a whole race with them. (photo by Fasterskier: Vail does have some nice mountains)

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The Supertour races were in Aspen, a bit of a drive from Vail so we were able to stay with some of Team Homegrown in a very nice house they got to crash at. If you didn’t already know the Vail team does an amazing job networking, rallying support, and generally getting hooked up i.e. private jets, crashing in some very nice second homes, oh and their ski academy has their own stone grinding machine. There is a fair amount to be learned from how well they have been able to win some amazing support from the community. The Vail coaches were amazing and took care of all of our waxing giving us great skis for the Teva games and Supertours. Saturday I had a 10km classic featuring a lot of early hills in the 5km loop. Focusing primarily on pacing paid off well for me and I was able to pick up the pace on the second lap finishing strong to pick up some more places. The women raced a 5km and Beth finish 7th just seconds out of the prize money.

Sunday was the Owl Creek Chase a 22km point to point supertour from Snowmass to Aspen. This was easily the toughest ~20km course I have ever skied with some long grinding climbs. After racing two 10 km races the two consecutive days before I was pretty tired to start the race but ground my way through. Beth, feeling a bit run down, toured the race with a bib on, much to the jealously of some other racers. For a difficult course it was still a bunch of fun with some awesome mountains, a couple long downhills, some fun S-turns, and an narrow bridge spanning a canyon. We owe a huge thanks to the Vail coaches and skiers who took care of us like their own and they take very good care of each other.

Today we drove back to SLC and are spending the night in Alta, which means some highly anticipated hot tubs and more awesome mountains. Below is a map of the route we took, I can now say that I’ve traveled around the West a fair amount.

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About Spencer Eusden

Spencer is a born and raised Mainer and a recent graduate from Bowdoin College. After experiencing summer skiing and real mexican food during the first year of the Far West College Summer Residency Program in 2011, he had little choice but to come back and race for Far West!