EVENT UPDATE #2!
The weather for this weekend (and the lead up) is terrible. So we are postponing THE SHOWDOWN until next Saturday, 3rd October.
Hope you can still make it, it’s going to be a good day. Promise.
There are too many good riders floating about, and choosing teams was proving tricky.
SO! We’re going to open it up. Registrations are open!
You’ll race in one of three categories:
Open (19 and over) Men, Women & Adaptive
Youth (13-18) Men & Women
Kids (6-12) Boys & Girls
The fastest in each category will be drafted into one of the teams which will race the finale on a points-based system, so we can see finally, once and for all, with our OWN EYES, who takes the crown in the Slowest. Race. Ever.
10:00 Park Opens
10:00 Pre-race check-in opens at Base 334
11:00 Pre-race check in closes (if you have not picked up your race plate by then you will have lost your place and can’t race. It will be offered to the wait list)
11:00 Course open- Practice starts at Jack’s Spot
12:50 Course closed- maintenance
13:10 Race briefing at Jack’s Spot, top of course
13:15 Timed runs start in category order (groms, youth, open)
14:45 Timed runs finish, course closed for maintenance
14:55 Winning team members notified
15:00 Final Showdown races start
Prizegiving at Jacks straight after race ends
Friend against friend.
Colleagues fighting it out, to build the most epic Dual Slalom. Of all time.*
This digger race will be a high-energy extravaganza, an incredible display of skill and mental discipline, as required for any race against the clock.
You’ll be kept on the edge of your seat, with these diggers reaching speeds of up to 0.05 km/hour (with a tail wind).
*In Glendhu Bay
The rules are, there are no rules.
This is a timed event.
Basically, the first team to finish the dig
of the dual slalom course, wins.
The losing team gets a time penalty.
It’s not rocket science.
All forms of sabotage are highly encouraged.
After many many weeks (two, probably) of intense, nail-biting digger racing, it all comes down to this.
The final race for glory.
The Glendhu Dual Slalom Champion of the World, 2020.
Dual Slalom courses are made to be raced, after all.
With the time penalty in mind, the captains will assemble their race teams. Keep your eye on your inbox – you never know who might get the call up.
Teams consist of ten riders. Two runs each. Against the clock.
Winner takes all.
See you at Glendhu on
Saturday 3rd October for “The Showdown”.
KEP’S TEAM – KEP & ASH
TOM’S TEAM – TOM & REMY
Being the best.
Also, surprisingly, none.
WHAT ON EARTH IS A ‘DUEL’ SLALOM
You spelt it wrong.
After some beers and a bit of banter at Crankworx this year, the idea of a Dual Slalom at Glendhu was floated.
Glendhu would supply the land and the labour and Yanmar (with support from the legends at Hire Centre Wānaka) would provide the diggers.
At this stage the other overseas events were still scheduled, so the availability window with Tom and his crew was small.
So, why not start the clock and race the build?
The challenge was laid down (unbeknownst to Kep who was minding his own business back in Queenstown) and the Slalom Battle, AKA Duel Slalom, was born.
Our blue dual slalom course will be able to be rolled by the mini-groms and bombed by the pros.
“Toogood Trails” is named after a gem of a fellow who just happens to have the perfect last name, and has been a great supporter of this project.
The teams choose to race Yanmar diggers.
Jokes aside, these diggers are fuel -efficient and have 35% lower fuel consumption than conventional excavators when in eco mode, saving up to 3,500L of fuel per year. Yup.
Massive thanks to Paul at Hire Centre Wānaka for these machines.
We can’t wait to get this built for a long summer of racing and banter!
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THE SLOWEST RACE… EVER
IT’S NOT WHAT YOU’RE EXPECTING