|Is this thing on?|
The USASA Nationals course at Copper Mountain was fun. It started with a quarterpipe drop in to a wu to a jump to a left turn, then a series of rollers, banked turns, and jumps along the rest of the course. We weren't allowed to mount GoPros on race day, however I recorded some footage during the "official" practice day so you can see the course.
Boardercross Official Practice Day -- 2014 USASA National Championships from teamhaleakala on Vimeo.
Race day was pretty intense. Jb and I left the condos early in order to drop our gear at the start area and go through some warm-ups. We had an inspection run and a couple of practice runs through the course, and then we waited. And waited. And waited some more. Due to an issue with the timer during time trials, our start times were delayed, which added to the race day anticipation.
I broke my wrist a few weeks before leaving for Colorado, and was stuck with a cast on my left forearm that added an extra challenge during the race, as it affected my ability to pull with full strength out of the start gate.
|Focused on my line right before the drop|
|After the start wu|
I crossed the finish line, and allowed my brain to turn back on again to acknowledge what just happened...I was the first place finisher! After a moment of mixed exhilaration and wonder and thankfulness, I celebrated with Jb...two National Champs! Nick made it to the end of the course shortly afterwards and we celebrated some more. (Many thanks to Mel Diaz for capturing the finish and celebration on video.)
|Mountain Athletes Unite!|