The sun had presented itself perfectly and even managed to leave the wind behind especially for the occasion. For many the familiar event culminated some strategic planning and careful sewing, for others it was an exciting introduction to true Banked Slalom etiquette.
With almost double the contestants to that of last years event the competition was fierce and reigning best dressed champion was clearly in it for the win. Sharks, unicorns and UFO’s alike rivaled and also lined up to speed down the slushy slope.
After finishing touches were added to the course and all racers were warmly welcomed by the Quest team, another momentous event was officially underway.
Local legends like Deni Bevin, Christy Prior, and Nick Hyne were among the long list of contending champions. The course was tight and peppered with tussock, ready for both pros and amateurs to skilfully navigate each burm and simultaneously block the barrage of snowballs coming in from every direction. Now if you’re sitting there thinking you’ve ever been in a snowball fight, I politely ask you to think again; bloody noses, black eyes and lost goggles were just a few of the many casualties encountered, and that was only after the first turn. Though despite the pain no civilians crossed the finish line without a smile.
The afternoon saw in complementary t-shirts, a well deserved BBQ, and party laps, complete with high pitched heckling and “shukkas”. Finally the highly anticipated award for best dressed was announced, undeniably deserving to Craig Vernon, with an outfit ready for the big screen. Unfortunately the sheer number of athletes caused a slight delay in collating everybody’s times and announcing the fastest man and woman; Deni Bevin and Adele Walker had to wait for the after party.
Evidently the day was a huge success. The team at Quest can assuredly rest easy after their biggest turn out yet, whilst the rest of us should probably knuckle down and get on top of costume designing.