Winsport Canada Cup
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Calgary sits on the Canadian plains at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics.
The Olympic Park
The ice luge access track is the course. The course starts right next to the start of the ice luge track. It immediately dives into a right hairpin. From here it is a left hairpin, right hairpin, speed bump, left hairpin, right hairpin, left hairpin (dubbed crash corner), big right sweeper, speed bump, and a straight to the finish line.
Friday, Sept 2
The forecast called for rain today, but a nice weekend. I woke up and the ground was wet, it had rained sometime during the night. But the sky looked like it was clearing up. Perhaps the rain came early?
We were supposed to start riding at 10:00 AM, with registration and tech from 8:00 to 10:00. I figured I didn't need to get there right at 8:00.
Shortly after 10:00 it was announced that the road was ready. This course is a fairly unique course, in that we didn't need a chase vehicle to take us back to the top. Instead we would use the ski lift.
Thanks to the lift, once things started going, they went quickly. You got to the top, usually only had to wait a moment to give the previous group a little room. Shoot to the bottom, walk to the lift, and do it all over again. There was rarely a wait.
We got about three hours of practice before lunch break. There was a snack bar
And then it started to rain, and hail! I had decided to skip qualifying, if the road was wet. Because the forecase claimed tomorrow would be nicer, and there was no reason getting a wet time in, if we could get a dry time tomorrow. But it was also lightinging. Apparently the lifts aren't allowed to run if there is lighting in the area. So everything got pushed back. The rain didn't last long, although it was hard.
Qualifying was changed to start at 3:30. Quite a few people decided to ride the wet road, but I sat out and watched. But over the two hours, the course dried out. I got up to the top just before we were supposed to start.
We had about an hour to wait before street luge would qualify. Unfortunately it wasn't a matter of waiting for the next truck, we had to be at the top when standup finished. I waited for about an hour then went up to the top. Turns out I was a little early.
We finished up right at 6:00 pm. Turns out dinner was also served right at 6:00.
Saturday, Sept 3
Once again riding was supposed to start at 10:00, but there was nothing going on before then, so I slept in. I was just pulling in about 10:00. Another nice thing about the ski lift, there is no bus to miss!
Today the weather was quite good, and a bit warmer than yesterday. So qualifying started right at 2:00.I watched from the corner for a bit, and also scoped it out. It was a tight radius and I think I was diving in too soon.
Today was quite a contrast to yesterday. Yesterday was cold and windy, today was hot.Starting our qualifying at 4:00. After luge qualifying there was time for some more free rides. Between the multitude of runs, and having to carry my luge at the top and the bottom, I was exhausted and decided to call it a day. Dinner was also some sort of macaroni and cheese, so I went into town for dinner.
Sunday, Sept 4
Racing was going to get underway at 10:00. We started with juniors,
The event was being streamed live on the net, as well as being show on two jumbo trons. So Dave was running a few interviews.
After lunch we went out to the finish line to watch the race on the big screen.
There were only eight lugers. So we were going to start our race to finish at the same time as standup.
We were supposed to run luge with the last two heats of standup. But Zak Maytum was luging, and he was also doing well in standup. He ended up in the consilation. So we had to wait until he was finished with standup, and made his way back up the course. In my luge run, I didn't have a great start, but I wasn't too far back. I was close enough to get pelted with the dust that everyone in front of me threw up.
We ran the the street luge consilation next. I was fairly beat by now. My abs were a bit sore, and I had a difficult time taking the corners as fast as I needed to. I wasn't too far back as we approached crash corner. I saw Williams take out Kamink, so I broke a little harder to stay out of the wreckage, and finished in second. Then I was able to the finals from the finish line. Kolby had set the course record in luge, and he raced well in classic. Kolby was leading coming down the straight, but Condon passed him at the last second.
There was roughly 140 standup riders, and 96 raced in six man heats. There was a late decision to run a 'B' race for 93-140. Instead of taking their qualifying positions, they'd get another race. I think the decision was made too late, and not enough people knew about this race to participate. Those that did go up, were allowed to race. I think the top two were given positions 97 and 98, and the rest their qualifying positions.
The awards ceremony was scheduled for 5:00. But we ran late. So the awards ceremony took place not long after the street luge race was finished.
Junior II Standup:
Junior I Standup:
After the awards ceremony, dinner was served. I think more people were concentrating on packing up and heading out.
I think Winsport has big plans for this event. It was announced that they will host the 2012 World Championships. There are plans to produce a tv show from the results. But a live web broadcasts and jumbotrons is a huge step. With a little advertisement this could be a big event. The park is only about 15 minutes from downtown Calgary. Next year should be promising.
There were a couple of dislocatted shoulders, and I think the only other major industry was the injured hand.