On Sunday the 5th of August 115 skiers took part in the 26th annual Hotham to Dinner Plain race. At the pointy end of the race Mt Beauty local Phil Bellingham and French skier Iris Pessey took the major honours Sponsored by Ajay Snow Country Sports and supported by Mount Hotham Alpine Resort and the Dinner Plain Hotel, the “Pub to Pub” is a mainstay of the Victorian club racing circuit. Full results are posted here and also available on the event home page.
It was (to quote Paul Kovacs after the race) a “fun race” where a 12km course through quiet snow gums took skiers from the General Pub at Mount Hotham to the Dinner Plain Hotel. During the week race organisers were sceptical of the go ahead due to patchy areas on the low parts of the course however thanks to the Blizzard of Oz kicking in, the freshly groomed course was lined with soft powder and white overhanging branches the whole way. Perfect conditions.
At the front of the field Paul Kovacs led for most of the way ahead of Phil Bellingham and Seve de Campo. Bellingham made a successful break on the final climb and took first place and first one to the Dinner Plain Pub. Paul Kovacs came in second ahead of Damon Morton in third. First woman across the line was French skier Iris Pessey, followed by Darcie Morton in second and Jillian Colebourn in third place.
However, this race was not about the top end, but more for the brilliant array of spot prizes. Most people ended up getting a spot prize and therefore most people (probably everyone anyway) left Hotham that evening feeling pleased and financially intelligent.