VIDEO – The 2009 Hotham Banked Slalom

August 18th, 2009

The first annual Mt Hotham Banked Slalom was officially certified as an unreal high speed shred event.It was a really fun day. We were blessed with plenty of very rare sunshine and the coarse was really fast and gnarly.




The gates were set high on the walls of Gunbarrel and there were even a few rocks to dodge which added to the challenge. Competitors had two timed runs down the coarse with fastest run counting towards final score. A time in the low fifties was considered good if you didn’t crash. There were lots of crashes! This meant that anybody could have taken first place and won a flight to Mt Baker and entry into the Legendary Mt Baker Banked Slalom. There were some hungry locals that were just as keen to get there name engraved onto the first of twenty spots on the perpetual trophy that will live on the mountain. Others were just keen to get a better time than their mates and win bragging rights.

In the end there was only 0.94 seconds between first place and sixth place.

If you weren’t there you should plan a trip for next year.

Thanks to everyone that helped out, Mt Hotham events department and everyone that competed and good luck at Mt Baker Cowley!

Results:

Open Men’s:

1st – Mark Cowley  52.00
2nd – Myles Pollock  52.18
3rd – Richard Langslow  52.25

Women’s:

1st – Stacey Doleman  58.13
2nd – Hannah Studd  1:00.33
3rd – Rachel Patrick  1:01.26

Grommets:

1st – Nik Gray  57.59
2nd – Richard Fishmunga  57.99
3rd – Richard Wildman  59.23