Peyragudes Deluxe Cup

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Peyragudes Deluxe Cup

Peyragudes, France

On the border between France and Spain, nestled in the Pyrenees is a small ski resort, about 10 kilometers above Lindon. The ski resort is a collection of apartments and hotels with a hand full of restaurants. I believe it has only one lift.

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There are a couple of small villages on the way down to Lindon. Lindon is a large town, literally at the end of the line.

 The course is the road up to the resort. The start line was at the opposite end of the parking lot from the resort. Not long after the start, where many standup guys stopped kicking was the first hairpin.

The finish line was just after the exit of this corner.

Tuesday, July 8

The race doesn't start till tomorrow, but we took the overnight train from Paris and arrived in Lindon early in the morning. There was about a dozen of us on the train. The organizer was nice enough to send a couple of cars down to pick us up. After getting settled in and checking out the resort, a few of us decided to walk the road. After checking the road out, we continued on down the road to find some food.

Registration was open in the evening.

After registration, most people just kind of hung out and chatted. There were a few party rooms, one was Sector 9 HQ

Wednesday, July 9

There was a deal set up to provide 3 free meals. We had received tickets for each meal in our registration packet. The tickets were good for a particular restaurant. Mine were for the downstairs restaurant, which was closest to my room. The restaurant was a bar that was normally closed during the summer.

After breakfast I gathered my equipment and headed across the parking lot for the start line. We were supposed to start at 9am, but most people were milling around, I wasn't sure when we would actually start. I noticed that two people were suited up and on the line, ready to go.

The road was fairly fast. The chip seal in the first right was a pain, I kept sliding through the gravel. The course is long, took over 3 minutes to get to the bottom. I was tired when I got to the third of the three hairpins, and still had about 1/3 of the course left! After the first few runs everyone was all smiles.

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We got in several good runs, when we broke for lunch. It was nice to walk across the parking lot and up to my hotel room. The weather was nice enough, most people ate outdoors.

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The road is pretty long, and takes a while to get down. So we always had some waiting to do.

As soon as practice was over, I made a run down to Lindon. Turns out there are no ATMs at the resort, so I needed to go into town to find one, as well as hit a store for a few supplies. I borrowed someones van, and drove through some narrow streets. Not exactly what you want to do in a borrowed vehicle.

I made it make up in time for our free dinner. After dinner we all headed down to the tent

There is some nasty weather forecasted for the weekend. The original schedule was day of practice, followed by two days of half day practice/half day qualifying. I was decided to run all of qualifying tomorrow, and run the standup race on Friday. The luge race would be run on Sat.

Thursday, July 10

Today will be a busy day. Not only would do we have to do tech,

Then we broke for lunch.

With a large standup field, standup qualifying

Qualifying took pretty long and finished up around 7 pm.

After dinner everyone gathered at the tent to check out the times.

As usual about half the people listened to the band, and half hung around outside and chatted.

Friday, July 11

The plan for today was to practice in the morning and run the standup race after lunch. The morning started off with clear blue skies.

The clouds continued to roll in during lunch. It wasn't raining, but it was getting cooler.

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As the race wore on the fog got lower.

The girls raced last. Brianne had a decent lead entering the corner.

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I think I got sick on the plane ride over. I started getting a scratchy throat a few days ago, but it really hit me today. I ended up crashing in my hotel room after the races finished. I only woke up because dinner was being served.

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After dinner I got roped into doing some work. Karin had written some knew software for IGSA to use, and there was a few problems with the results. She wasn't here to work on it herself. While I was working on the results a live interview was shown on the web.

Saturday, July 12

I woke up Saturday morning feeling pretty miserable. I looked out of my window.

We had access to wi-fi, and we watched some videos. We hung out here until about 2pm when it was decided to cancel the race. In addition we would have an early prize giving. There was a recommendation for people to leave tonight, because the road would be closed by 10 am tomorrow, to accommodate the Tour de France!

We held the prize giving in the tent.

Women Standup:

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Davies, Luginbühl, Gemperle

Buttboard:

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Tournisac, Blottier, Lebarthe

Street luge:

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Torunisac, Lebarthe, Lacey

Standup:

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Reimer, Smith, Siegrist

As soon as the awards were wrapped up most people started to take off.

Sunday, July 13

The road down the mountain was going to be closed at 10am, so by the time I woke up and checked out, pretty much everyone had left. On top of that it was Sunday so the restaurants were closed. The resort itself was pretty empty. Our train doesn't leave till 9pm, so we had the day to blow.

Marcus and I walked down to watch the Tour de France.

It was pretty exciting, and even better that it was just a short walk away.

When we got back to the resort, a few guys were doing slalom, while a few of the course workers were riding the road.

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Peyragudes was a really well run race that start pretty much on time. The biggest problem was with the weather, but there isn't much that can be done about that. Having the resort right on the start line was also nice. Unfortunately the campground was spread out over several overflow parking lots.

We had several people separate their shoulders. I think one person ended up with a broken arm, or severely strained.