Super Touriffic

It was a treat to have the Super Tour Finals in Truckee. Besides getting to race alongside the best in the nation, I think it was an excellent show of support from the local community for hosting quality races and supporting elite athletes. Truckee/Tahoe proved that it is a legitimate venue(s) for high-level racing, even with barely any snow! Big thanks to all the volunteers who got it rolling and kept it on the white stuff, despite numerous challenges. Hope we get one next year again!

Go fast. Like this.

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Billy Dutton Downhill

This tweet struck me, and I think it's important to keep in mind today. On a day when we're all glued to sad news and the social networks following the incidents in Boston, I wanted to share a lighthearted video of the aftermath of the Billy Dutton Uphill: the Billy Dutton Downhill.

G-Unit

Music: Be thoughtful today. Listen to something unplugged or slow.

Billy Dutton Uphill

Today I raced the Billy Dutton Uphill, and what a great way it was to end the season! But more importantly, it was #summitsunday!

The summits today were numerous.

1st I tandem skied with Johannes for the Billy Dutton Uphill Race

People were so impressed that they made a division specially for us. See the later photo, but spoiler, we won.

Then we summitted High Camp for the finish of the race

 

I guess Johannes technically crossed the line before I did

Then I tandem skied DOWN Mountain Run with Spencer (a video to come)

 

Summitted the chair in the Village for good measure

THEN, I went tele-skiing with Alex and Johannes at Northstar for N*’s last day. At this point my phone was dead, so there aren’t any photos, but it was equally as epic.
All in all, a pretty good day.
-GusTruck
Music: I can’t get over this music video. Maybe it’s the Skeleton Dance Party at around 1-minute into the video.

Get The Fun

I’d like to preface this post by saying how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of the supertour finals as an athlete these past few days. I’ve just finished racing the first three races in the mini-tour, and will now be switching over to the volunteer aspect of the competitions. The pressure of racing is off, and weather permitting, it’s time for me to have some fun in the California sun.

Can you see the lake?

Today was the course inspection day for the 2013 Supertour Finals pursuit style hill climb event being hosted at Royal Gorge and Sugarbowl tomorrow morning. The race course starts with three kilometers of flat skiing in the meadow at Royal Gorge and then climbs up the alpine area at Sugarbowl to the top of the Disney lift. It’s going to be brutal, especially in soft conditions. But Sugarbowl graciously offered lift tickets to the athletes as a part of their inspection of the course, and I -of course- seized the opportunity to show my xc athlete credentials in order to strap on some fatter skis (relatively speaking) for the day, and rip around at a place I’ve never skied before. I did a quick inspection of the cat-track leading up to the top, and then proceeded to “inspect” the other terrain and chairlifts Sugarbowl had to offer.

It started as a foggy and misty day, especially at the higher elevations. Today also happened to be #summitsunday. The  summit photo (above) is of me at the overlooking lake view. Can you see it? Eventually the clouds burned off and it became a beautiful sunny day.
I can’t express how much fun I had skiing today with all the other nordies. I met a bunch of new people too. I’ve gotta say, take a bunch of nordic skiers downhilling and you’ll laugh your butt off at their enthusiasm, questionable ski attire, and unfamiliarity with edges. You can’t look down us too much though, because we shred with so much passion that it makes up for our downhill technique flaws. On the whole you can tell that we’ll can get down the mountain, but it’s rather unpolished and that makes it all the more fun. My only wish was that there was one more rest day between today’s “inspection” and the race day so that more of the athletes could have come skiing all day, instead of being worried about saving their legs for tomorrow. You gotta get the fun while there’s still fun to be had.
-Gus Truck
Music: I’m beginning to forget which songs I’ve shared here. Here are several I’m not sure whether have made an appearance yet.
Calexico’s “Splitter” I like the driving rhythm guitar.
CHVRCHES “The Mother We Share” Turn it up, close your eyes, rock to it. Sorry for the swear.
The Decemberists “Rox in the Box” 1) Girls Skateboarding. 2) The lyrics. I can’t decide if it’s about mining, or sailing, or general hardship, or suicide, or what. but I like it.

Live from the USSA SuperTour Finals!!!

In all seriousness the prologue today was a lot of fun and it was great to see so many local racers jumping against some of the fastest in the world.

The Invasion Has Begun

 

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There are several of the nation’s fastest skiers rolling into town and checking out the trails at Royal Gorge and Auburn Ski Club for the Super Tour Finals. It’s really exciting to see and be a part of, so get out there and enjoy it- and make a new friend or two (turns out, nordic skiers are pretty fun people to be around.)

After skiing at ASC this morning I tried to teach myself a little bit about long-boarding in the parking lot. I’m just learning, but I’ve found the more I play the part of the laid-back California skater dude, the easier the balance is. I was beginning to think myself pretty “steezy“, but then I saw the first 40 seconds of this video.

Music: I’m joining the Alt-J team. I like his delivery (strange, but unique and refreshing).

Peace out guys,

#G-unit

 

The ski life…

If you ski on NNN long enough you’ll find NIS keys in places you’d never imagine…

 

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