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WMSC Teams: Bronrad Willric and Titus take 1st and 2nd place on the 36th Peak to Valley 2020 race!
The average GS race has roughly 35 gates with a vertical drop of 250 metres. The Peak to Valley Race is a test of determination and endurance. Running from nearly the top of the Saddle all the way down to Dusty’s in Creekside, this course is approximately five consecutive GS’s put together. It has a vertical drop of 1,443 metres, with approximately 180 gates over a 5+ km long track.
In its 36th year, Peak to Valley 2020 seems to be aging like a fine wine. In conversations with other athletes it was confirmed that the conditions for this year’s event were second to none… at least in comparison to the past 5 years. Friday was balmy and beautiful with the sun illuminating the entirety of the 5+ km track. Saturday’s race wasn’t as lucky, with a dusting of fresh snow the night before making the conditions a bit rough, but visibility remained intact.
The WMSC entered two teams in the event.
Bronrad Willric (Britt Tiltson, Conrad Pridy, William Goneau, and Kike Guerra Cusi) posted up lighting fast runs to take the W with a collective time of 21:12:97. On Friday, Britt Tilston skied into second place in the Women’s Category (fifth overall) with a time of 5:25:23, and Conrad Pridy raced his way into second place for the Men and second overall with 5:04:27. Saturday saw Kike Guerra Cusi slice his way into third place for the Men’s Category and third overall with a time of 5:27:92. Kike, a man of few words, had this to say between deep breaths of air about his experience: “Exhaustion accomplished”. On the same day, William Goneau, fresh off the FIS racing tour, posted the fastest time of 5:15:55.
Titus (Roman Torn, Meg Cumming, Jack Crawford, and Madison Irwin) put up a good old fashioned fight for first with a collective time of 21:30:51, but ended up bested by Bronrad Willric. On Friday, Jack Crawford not only won the Men and Overall Categories, but posted a sub 5-minute result and new track record (4:53:62). In the same day, Madison Irwin topped the Women’s Category and was fourth overall with a time of 5:19:40. In Saturday’s event, Meg Cumming also stood on the top step of the Women’s Category, coming seventh overall with a time of 5:48:30. Reflecting on her experience Meg said, “My first time racing the Peak to Valley did not disappoint me or the lungs. Such a fun experience surrounded by so many enthusiastic skiers!”. Last but certainly not least because he posted the fourth fastest time, Roman-The-Ringer Torn flew down the track in 5:29:19.
The event was an absolute blast! The coaches collectively reminisced about feeling the nerves pumping in the start gate again and lactic acid burning in the finish, and have officially decided to start training more gates to break off the thick coating of rust.
Training starts now for the 37th Annual P2V.”