Same old same old for Town Race Series | VailDaily.com

Same old same old for Town Race Series

Ryan Slabaugh

The 2003 Vail Town Race Series, complete with a new beer sponsor and a few new teams, began Wednesday with another win for SnowellUSA.com, the defending champion, and beat sister-team SnowellUSA, runner-up last season, in the first race of the season.

SnowellUSA team member Eric Archer put up the best time in his first run, 28.61 seconds, knocking off David Viele of Team Viele Construction/Mill Creek.

“I felt good today,” said Archer, who has a World Powder-8 championship on his mantle, among his other racing trophies. “The course was very fast. I felt lucky just to get down.”

Viele Construction/Mill Creek wants to be that team that knocks off Snowell’s four-year hold on the Vail Town Race Series. Dan Nixon, who finished eighth, was one of two team members who finished in the top 10. SnowellUSA had three in the top 15, while SnowellUSA.com finished with four in the top 10.

“All we want to do is beat Snowell,” Nixon said. “They have all the fast guys. If Franz (Fuchsberger, member of Snowell) asked me to be on the team, I’d just have to say no. Somebody needs to beat these guys.”

The trick, says Archer, is to have older speedsters. Brian Rooney, race coordinator, said by changing this year’s rules to benefit older races, in actuality, they gave both Snowell teams an advantage.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot,” Rooney said.

It seems like everyone wants a new champion.

But tell that to Snowell, who earned the points it needed to start its defense of another title. The next race in the series is scheduled for a slalom on Golden Peak Jan. 22. The slalom races will now be in single-pole, rapid-gate format, giving the race a similar look to the International Federation of Skiing races.

To register a team, the $350 charge covers six team members and seven races. To race as an individual, a competitor can pay $25 per event or $150 for the season. For information on the Vail series, contact Rooney at 476-5119, ext. 116.

For information on the Beaver Creek series, which occurs Mondays, call 845-6207. Athletes can register the day of a race for $12 between 9-9:45 a.m. at the race course.

Ryan Slabaugh is a sports writer for the Vail Daily. Contact him at (970) 949-0555 ext. 608 or at rslabaugh@vaildaily.com.