Sunday, February 12, 2012

Teva Winter Games

7th place Ultimate Mountain Challenge

Vail, Colorado February 10-12, 2012

'Classic' bus ride in Vail, CO.

The Teva Mountain Winter Games was host to many winter extreme venues. The, UMC, Ultimate Mountain Challenge was a venue that was targeted to ski mountaineers and snowy mountain enthusiasts to test their range of skills over three consecutive days.
The UMC race featured most of the finest ski mountaineering athletes in the country. The three day event consisted of three different races:

Day 1          Feb10          Nordic  10k Freestyle
Day 2          Feb11          Ski Mountaineering Race  18 miles, 10,000 vertical
Day 3         Feb 12          Vail Uphill  2.0 miles and 2,200 vertical (Run or Nordic)

The UMC three day event featured approximately 26.6 miles of length and included 12,300 feet of vertical gain. The event tested a wide variety of skills – more details  hopefully later this week.

The Ski Mountaineering Race drew the largest gathering in the United States ever with 146 racers starting the event.
The Vail Uphill/ Run also drew a huge crowd with about 167 racers
The Nordic event had 70 athletes at the start with many well known names.
Racers included many former and current Olympians and many National Champions in various sports.
After the three days of incredible skiing I finished the Ultimate Mountain Challenge in 7th place overall.
The winner of the UMC was Brian Smith from Gunnison, Colorado. The women’s UMC winner was the always cheerful Sari Anderson from Carbondale, Colorado. Congratulations to both their great performances.

The winning Overall time was 5 hours 12minutes 29 seconds
I finished 7th in which was 15 minutes and 12 seconds back of first place.


Results Ultimate Mountain Challenge

Results Nordic 10k Freestyle

Results Ski Mountaineering

Results Vail Uphill

Pictures: Hope for more soon.
I will try to get a short write up as well in the next few days about the races.

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