Masters compete for Duke Cup title
VAIL – Last weekend, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail hosted the ninth annual Duke Cup on Vail Mountain.The race, one of the stops on the Rocky Mountain Masters circuit, was sponsored by the Vail Valley Foundation.More than 100 Masters racers, ranging in age from 21 to over 70, competed in giant slalom and super-G.
The Duke Cup is named in honor of Ben Duke, a former Ski and Snowboard Club Vail Masters racer and active community member, who died in a car accident in 1996. Rocky Mountain Masters president Jim Roberts said the event, “is the most important event on the Masters circuit.”SSCV chief of race P.J. Jenick was pleased to see the races turn out to be so successful. “The key to success was to have great course setters, good course prep and a hard working race crew,” Jenick said.
SSCV’s Sara Radamus set the first GS and Steve Graham, head coach of the Australian disabled team and Vail Resorts race crew, set the super-G.Racers from the East, New Mexico, and one racer all the way from Norway vied with in-state Masters racers in hopes of having their names appear on the Duke Cup trophy.Using the Sportage Racing System, racers competed for individual results within their age group per event.The Sportage system was developed to allow racers to compete on a level playing field. Using a predetermined handicapping system, a racer’s overall time is adjusted according to age and sex.
The only rule to determine the overall Duke Cup winner is that a racer must compete in all events in order to be in contention for the Duke Cup.Former Austrian Ski Team member Pepi Neubauer repeated as the Duke Cup champion for the men, and Julie Boulette, a former Ski and Snowboard Club Vail coach, was the winner for the women. Both racers finished all three events and scored the highest Sportage points to become the winners.Other winners to receive engraved glass trophies were locals Sandy Treat lll and Franz Fuchsberger. Locals Susan Roberts, a Rocky Mountain Masters board member, and Elyse Wilson also earned trophies.The Masters racers move on to Aspen next weekend for more speed in super-G and downhill.