Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase Update

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August there were four Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events held: The Justoyota Stirling Hill Climb at Mt. Stirling, the Ski de Femme at Falls Creek, the Tullicoutty/St. Phillack Cup at Mt. Baw Baw and the Rocky Valley Rush/Sun Valley Ramble at Falls Creek.  Many thanks to all the organisers: Melbourne Nordic Ski Club, Mt. Stirling Resort, Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club, and Warwick Davis and his team at Mt. Baw Baw.

At Mt. Stirling a warm week meant the start of the Hill Climb had to move further up the mountain as the great cover at low-levels earlier in the week deteriorated.  This meant the course became a bit of a sprint at least for the winner Rob Curtis, who managed to get to the GGS hut in under 22 minutes (300 m climb over 4 km).  Participants were rewarded with great views from the summit, fun and challenging descents and some amazing skiing among the Mountain Ash at lower elevations on the return.  In good snow Mt. Stirling really is a fantastic place to ski. 

At Falls Creek on Sunday zero visibility early in the day caused the Rocky Valley Rush and Sun Valley Ramble to be reduced to laps around the Nordic bowl area.  Of course, the fog cleared and the sun emerged by race start time, and the fresh overnight snow soon glazed over to provide a fast albeit unsteady (for some) race surface. 

At Mt. Baw Baw 39 competitors were greeted with fresh snow and cold, gusting winds that added an extra challenge to completing the technical and undulating course. Despite the wind chill nudging past – 10 degrees there was a great atmosphere on the day with a friendly rivalry amongst the competitors of the mountain based clubs.  Due to the small number of Ski Chase competitors in this year’s race, it’s fair to say that anyone looking to bag some handy points in next year’s Ski Chase should aim to be at the 2015 Tullicouty/St. Phillack Cup weekend.

We don’t yet have a race report on the Ski de Femme, and the points have not yet been added to the results.  (Each Ski de Femme participant will receive 50 points.) 

Interim results can be found here: SkiChaseMen14Aug2014 SkiChaseWomen14Aug2014

These results include only those people who had registered by Monday 11th of August.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.

In the women’s competition Zoe Beanland is hanging on to her lead, but she has almost been caught by the fast finishing Penny Grose who jumped from 5th to 2nd place.  Belinda Phillips and Jackie Kildea hold on to 3rd and 4th respectively, while Alison Beanland moves up to 5th place.  In the men’s competiton Kevin Tory’s unbeatable lead continues to grow having competed in two more events than any other participant (you got to be in it to win it).  Len Budge and David Hood have moved up to 2nd and 3rd place bumping Ben Derrick down to 4th.  David’s a big mover, climbing five places with a win out at Mt. Baw Baw.  Stephen McDowell, a new registrant, jumped straight to 5th place, proving it’s never too late to register.

The competition for the cash prizes is hotting up too, with five in the women’s competition currently outside the top 12, but still with a chance of climbing back into the top 12 to be eligible for the cash prize draw. 

With competitors only able to compete in one more event for the series, and points for only the best two Falls Creek events counting in the final result, there could be some big movers among those with only one Falls Creek event in their tally.  Stay tuned for the final report.

The final events of the series are the Kangaroo Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey Hoppet at Falls Creek Saturday 23 August.  Race start from 9:30.  Unlike other Ski Chase events, the three distances are treated as three separate events.

Any questions? Try the information at http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html or send an enquiry to victorianskichase@gmail.com

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2 Responses

  1. Do we have any results for the 2015 Tullicouty Cup at MT Baw Baw?

    • Hi Geoffrey,
      I can’t post here at the moment. Could you send me an e-mail, and I’ll forward a copy of the results to you. (My ‘disguised’ e-mail address is: kevin ‘at’ skitree ‘dot’ net.) Note, I will not have internet access after about 5 PM tonight.

      Cheers,
      Kevin.

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