CRANMORE — The Jesse E. Lyman III Memorial Downhill Race got its earliest season start Wednesday in Week 7 of Cranmore Mountain Meisters racing, following last week’s February vacation week break.
Held for the first time in the month of February, the race featured cold weather with very little wind, at least compared to Tuesday’s wind storm.
After a brittle start strewn with debris, Phil Haynes set a large swinging course with a yellow undergate that got the best of some. Before the race began we had the luxury of a snowsports snowboard instructor with leaf rake in hand cleaning the course. He did a great job.
The course held firm all day long and everybody had an equal shot at a top time. For the women, Maggie Flynn gets the downhill win with Kayla Kowal right behind her and Hilory McCloy in for third. For the men, the fastest time was put down by Richie Scanlon, followed by Tim Simoneau and Skip Bartlett.
Martha Leich was the lone female telemarker and the usual suspects Paul Robert, Bob Tafuto and Matt Howland took the top three men’s spots. For women snowboarders, it was Danielle Jones, Diedre Braun and Heidi DeWitt. For the men, the top three were Trevor Kupetz, Dave Paulger and Jeff Frechette.
The Gibson Cup postponed the Super G until next week and ran the second slalom race instead. It was set by Eddie Bradley and was a wild ride for many. Tim Simoneau found his rhythm in the course and pulled away with the win followed by Sean Doucette and Daryn Gladstone. For the women, Maggie Flynn took the top spot with Dyane McIndoe in second and Ailie Byers in third.
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed a beautiful winter day on the mountain.