Report from the Lake Mountain Sprint X (courtesy of Lake Mountain website).
In launching Australia’s 2014 cross country ski race calendar, Lake Mountain’s Sprint X event attracted some of the nation’s best on Saturday, June 28.
The field included Australian sprint champions and Sochi Olympians, Esther Bottomley and Phil Bellingham, members of the national team and Tom Smith, a US development coach working with the Australian squad and a top level skier in his own right.
Phillip took out the Open Mens while Esther topped the Open Womens.
Race organiser and Director of Operations at Lake Mountain, Andrew Paul, said it was great to see such a high caliber of skiers at the Sprint X despite the challenging weather conditions.
“The event is very competitive, but there is a real fun element with competitors dressing in their favourite onesies ranging from fluffy kangaroos to 80s fluro lycra. There are also spot prizes such as ‘best stack’,” he added.
And whilst the weather was poor, Andrew commended course designer, Alan Eason, and his team for building such a tight, and fantastic race course.
1st Phil Bellingham
2nd Tom Smith
3rd Paul Kovacs
4th Kevin Tory.
1st Esther Bottomley
2nd Casey Wright
3rd Kat Paul
4th Ash Spittle.
Masters Men: 1st Yuri Paul, 2nd Greg Paul.
Masters Women: 1st Mary Hall, 2nd Sandra Paul.
Under 18 Boys: 1st Seve De Campo, 2nd Abe Wright.
Under 18 Girls: 1st Charmaine Beggs, 2nd Danielle Nadj.
Best jump: Casey Wright; Best stack: Alan Eason, Best onesie Ash Spittle; and Best tele: Greg Paul.
Winner of the ARB random draw prize: Matt De Freitas.
A special thanks to our generous sponsors: Deacam Power Services; ARB; ROJO/Fischer Skis; Marysville Ski Centre; Ski and Snow Australia; Lake Mountain Ski Patrol and Belgravia Leisure.
For time trial results go to the full report on the Lake Mountain website