Racers were tucking and pumping their legs off this past week at the Shaun Palmer SBX/SX Camp at Copper Mountain. See the course as we take you through first person POV video and what it took to put together a World Cup training facility.
Posted by Chris Runyon on January 18, 2012
Boardercross and SkiCross are like NASCAR on snow. Depending on the course, four to six thrill-billies race through the obstacle course and gates. Only the top two shred ninjas advance to the next heat. Copper's Race and Competition Department and the International Snowboard Training Center (ISTC) crew pushed mounds of snow into the most technically challenging and exhilarating course in the history of Copper and probably the U.S.
Vein Glory is where one can find the snow gauntlet. The architect behind this snow-coaster is Jeff Kubick, a fantastical Cat Operator and wizard. Imagine squeezing a World Cup quality course into a trail that's 1/2 the size of most courses. Most the features are barely a cat’s width apart.
Not only is Kubick a Piasco with a Cat but he’s as fast as Jeff Gordon. He built the race course in record time for the Shaun Palmer SbX/ SX Camp that took place this past week. For the past three days, over 50 racers came out to run course. That’s what happens when 6-time Winter X Games Gold Medalist, Shaun Palmer, is involved; you just know it’s going to be awesome.
“If you are coming to train or compete, expect one of the technically challenging courses in North America,” says Paul Krahulec, Director of the USASA Rocky Mountain Series.
Here’s a first person POV of the course by snowboarder ninja, Kevin Leahy. Leahy currently is a boardercross athlete on the World Cup tour. Leahy took fourth and fifth place over of a 150 racers this past weekend. Just to give you an idea, the course has 9 tables, 8 berms, 1 double, 1 double to single roller, 1 single roller, 1 transfer, 1 1/4 pipe, and 4 start features. That’s a total of 30 features racers have to zip over until they reach the finish. We timed Leahy doing the course in 1:11 seconds (give or take a couple). Check it out:
"It's most technical course I've ever been on. With so many features packed in , there's no downtime. Super fun and great training," says Kevin Leahy.
Copper will also be hosting back to back USSA HoleShot FIS races, part of the NorAM tour on January 21st & 22nd. You need to be 15 years of age and have a current USSA & FIS membership to enter these two races. Click here for more info!
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