Carpet Burn Cup – Skier / Boarder X

28 Feb

The Carpet Burn Cup series continued in fine style on Wednesday 22nd February with one of the most exciting events – the skier / boarder X. Taking the format of a knockout competition, competitors race two at a time through a course set with proper snowcross gates and a couple of jumps, challenging racers and freestylers alike. Due to the large number of competitors this event was a battle for 1st and 2nd place, gaining 20 and 19 points respectively with all other competitors getting 18 points each instead of the usual 15 for taking part.

The night was set with technical difficulties, having to take place without Nicol’s usual banter as the microphone was refusing to work (batteries were checked)! Despite this Kris Bell and Neil Cameron did a good job of gathering everyone at the top of the slope and getting everyone ready for their races. Big shout out to the club coaches giving everyone tips on how to navigate the tightly set and quite technical course and an even bigger shout out to all the competitors for stepping up and taking on a challenging and slightly daunting course! There were plenty of spills, a couple of lost skis and, staying true to the series, some minor carpet burns but overall a fantastic turn out and high level of riding from everyone. Great to see the progression throughout the series so far and from last year’s competition!

First up were the snowboarders with Zarak Samdani and Fraser Jack setting a good precedent for the night with a closely contested race. With only three people in the u10 male category the competition was run as a round robin with each competitor taking on the other two. Zarak came out on top with Cameron placing second overall. At the halfway point through the series, Zarak and Cameron are neck and neck on the leaderboard with Fraser Jack trailing by a mere 3 points – these three are pushing each other on and this should be one of the closest contested categories of the series.

Emma Swanson got back on her board this week to give Abbie Dorward some competition in the Female u16 category. Emma put up a good fight at the start but took a tumble part way down allowing Abbie to cruise to victory.

It’s a fact of life that as you get older things just get tougher. This year Andrew Budge is in the 11-15yr category and despite getting a solid win in the u10 boarder cross in last year’s series, he lost out to Jordan Webster in the first race of the 11-15 male competition. Newcomer to the series Rohaan Samdani dominated the competition to take the gold – must be down to his jump start technique helping him to fly out of the starting gates and down the course every time. Ally Rogers took home the silver improving on his 4th place last year. Good work guys!

Onto the skiing where we had a lot of late entries turning up at the start gates causing some confusion for the start judges. For the rest of the series please make sure you are registered at reception so we know who is taking part and don’t have to turn anyone away!

Keilan Bremner may have had one of the fastest times down the slalom course the other week but he wasn’t quick enough to hold off Rory Cameron whose high speed and good choice of line saw him come through all the heats to take the u10 male gold. Nice work Rory! Jay Waters and Finlay Jacobs had the luck of the draw against them not making it through their initial rounds despite some very close racing. Alexander Geekie put up some good competition in a controversial race against Andrew Simpson who snuck into the u10 category. Sorry about that guys, but being slightly older didn’t prove too much of an advantage as Jimmy Muir smashed his way through beating Namen Maheswari and Andrew Simpson to place 2nd.

The girls’ u10 ski is a new category this year and it’s brilliant to see everyone coming along each week and pushing each other on – there are only 6 points between the top three so it’s all to play for over the rest of the series! Ramone Waters took one of the biggest tumbles of the night but managed to come away smiling in the end – well done Ramone, that dendix is tough stuff to fall on. Emma Swanson managed to beat Catherine Jackson in their race but lost out in the final to Kirsty Muir who took first with Emma coming in second.

In the male 11-15 group, defending champion Angus Jacobs held onto 1st place with Fynn Gentle, a newcomer to the series, battling against Andrew Haddfield and Owen Restrup to take the silver. In keeping with the rest of the night, there were some really close races and even confusion about the course which saw the final being re-run as both Angus and Fynn went round the flags the wrong way! This is another really close category with just 5 points between the four at the top of the leaderboard!

Newcomers Jessica Preslie and Rachel Brown put in their first appearances of the series to challenge Emma Cornwall and Abbie Miller in the female 11-15 category. Emma continued her winning streak from the slalom event beating Abbie in the first heat and going on to take the gold from Jessica in the final.

Some of the funniest scenes of the night were in the adult ski competition with Grant Donald and Adam Hunter charging each other down – poles, skis and elbows all over the place! Both crashed out near the bottom of the course, Adam tried to ski off with one ski, lost that and ended up crossing the line in just his boots to leave Grant plenty of time to cruise down and finish the course. After much debate a re-run was called but for the record guys, you have to cross the finish line with at least one ski on so technically the race was Grant’s… Barry Parker continued his dual discipline action taking second in both the male +16 ski and snowboard categories losing out to Grant Donald and Nicol Paton respectively.

Claire Birnie made her first appearance in this year’s series to take silver in the +16 female snowboard category. Heather Goldsworthy continued her clean sweep to take gold – can she keep it up for the rest of the series?!

Quickly switching to skis, Heather put up a good challenge to Katie Boyd, Kirsty Birnie and Catrina. These girls were matching each other down the course, elbowing each other for space over the jumps and through the flags. In the end, Katie’s experience came through and she finished first with Catrina taking silver.

Next up it’s the rail jam on March 7th, see you all there…

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