The small ski resort, Peyragudes, once again hosted the Deluxe Cup. The ski resort lies about 10 kilometers above the spa town of Luchon. The resort has a few condos, a brand new hotel (still under construction) and a couple of restaurants and bars.
Only two of the restaurants are open during the summer months for the few hikers that visit.
This year the course starts off on the opposite end of the parking lot from last year. The begging of the course is a right hander
This leads into a gentle left, into a hard right. The road then drops away heading for the original course. At the bottom of this drop there is a tight hairpin onto the old course. The original course heads out to two left turns, before building up speed to a hard, but wide right hander. The speed continues to build down to the first of several hairpins. A hard right hairpin, a short distance to the left hander, an even shorter distance to the right hander. Another long, fairly straight run to the final hairpin, just before the finish.
Tuesday, July 14
Our original plan was to take the night train to Luchon, which would have gotten in about 7:30 AM. Apparently this time of year, lots of people like to go to the South of France, and we had to take a different train, getting us in, in the afternoon.
Each time we got back to the top a dozen or so people jumped in line to get teched. Since the lugers usually started off each run, I skipped tech, until later in the afternoon when I decided to skip a run. Three plus minute runs can be quite grueling, especially when it is the first race of the season.
Originally the plan was to have a half day of practice and one round of qualifying over the next two days. But a bad storm was supposed to be coming in, so it was decided to do both qualifying runs tomorrow. If the weather was nice on Friday, we would have a full day of practice. There was also mention that Sunday might be used as a rain day if the weather was also bad on Saturday.
Thursday, July 16
I woke up to incredible weather, with nary a cloud in the sky.
We didn't even have low lying clouds like we had the last few days. We have a full day today, to get both qualifying runs in. After a delicious breakfast of a baguette and jam and hot coca we got started on time with one warm up run before qualifying.
We started off qualifying with standup. But it took a couple of hours, and the day was turning into a hot one.
After we finished lunch, Koma was explaining to Marcus what he was planning on doing for the buttboard race.
We would run a modified version of the GP format. Instead of everyone racing at once, with 3 or 4 rounds. There would be two heats of two rounds each. Basically the riders would be split into two groups, the odd qualifiers and the even qualifiers. Each group would line up based on qualifying and race down the hill. The second round riders would line up based on the finish of the first round. The top half of the second round would move on to the finals while the bottom half would move on to the consolation round. To start the third round, the winner of the odd group would line up in the pole position, while the winner of the even group would be second, and so on. The final round racers again line up in the finish order of round three. The winner of the final round takes first place. While we were discussing this, Marcus decided we should start the race Le Mans style. Which would require lining up the boards against the wall, and the racers start on the other side of the course. When the gun sounds, they would run across the course, grab their boards, jump on them and go. Le Mans start would take place in the first and third rounds, while a grid start would be used for the second and last rounds.
As the afternoon wore on, the lunch room turned into a geek out session.