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The kick off of the Summer season means we pack up and head to the mountain of West Virginia for first of three Snowshoe Mountain Resort Series races. Summer? You said Summer, right? That’s supposed to be dry and hot? You know the old saying that goes along with Spring, “April Showers, Brings May Flowers”? Well, Mother Nature doesn’t appear to play by those rules much these days. No matter where you are in the continental United States, weather is the hot topic whether it be torrential flooding downpours, destructive tornados and yes, even Tropical Depressions. Put Snowshoe in the same sentence with Mother Nature and depending on your opinion of those conditions of which we have no control over, you get a weekend that keeps riders on their toes. It makes one think, yeah the developers of Snowshoe Resort sure got it right in terms of location. In the winter months, that’s great….. in the summer months, maybe not so great. Hell, what’s racing without a little challenge anyway.


Day One, Friday, Do Whatcha Want Day -  I mentioned the hot topic of weather. What would it be this time, ahhhh, just a simple tropical storm named Andrea, need I say more? Let’s just move on.


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Day Two, Saturday, Official Practice Day. Though the Roanoke forecasters got it wrong claiming 0 pct chance of precip, not 30 minutes before the rope dropped opening the race course, mother nature blessed us again with another rain shower. How long would it last, as grumbles were heard in the pit tents? Thank god, it maybe lasted 35 minutes or so. Fast forward just about the same amount of time once the rain went away, the sun started pushing it’s way through the clouds. Combined with some steady easterly winds, finally an opportunity for the track to get some dry time.

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Day Three, Sunday, Race Day. No rain over night combined with that steady wind continuing to blow out of the west the trail covered by the canopy literally felt like walking on fly paper. TACKINESS is good! No more slipping and a sliding!

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With only four Elite women, all bets were on Rae Gandolf continuing here domination of the series…. she wouldn’t no disappoint. Rae posted a 5:46.67 over her closet competitor Hillary Elgert with 6:03.98. In just a few short weeks, we’ll have to see as Pro-GRT comes to town if Rae can continue to ride the wave of  momentum she seems to be surfing. Ladies, come one, come all! (Yes, we are trying to stir the pot for a contender to give her a run for her money).


The question that lingered in the back of everyone’s mind all weekend was, with the names that seem to frequent the podium in the past, sounds like Fesperman, Shaw (Luca/Walker) and Newpher each doing new things in 2013, whom would it be on the top block of the podium when all was said and done? Blakely, Treglia, Nonno? We’d find out.


19 Elite Men would take their best shot at it. Team Billy Goat Bikes Brandon Blakey and Max Morgan ran the freight trail together most if not all the weekend. Must be the secret sauce….. feeding off each other’s energy, as they would finish one (Morgan), two (Blakely), following by young Mr. Kyle Grau 9 secs off Max’s fastest time of 4:24.51. Nicely done ladies and gents!

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Snowshoe is a blast to ride, watch, shoot and just simply hang out. We’ll be back in just over 30 days for the GRT and then just two weeks after, the second race in the series. Thanks to the resort, crew, and staff for kicking off the season with a great one.


Full Results:On scribd.com

What's next?
July 13-14 USAC Pro-GRT
July 27-28 Snowshoe Series Race 2


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