Peyragudes 2luxe Cup

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Peyragudes 2luxe Cup

Peyragudes, France

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.

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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.

Wednesday, July 15

Today is practice day. I got early enough to partake in the first of the meals

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that came as part of our entry fee. Breakfast wasn't much, a baguette or croissant and coffee. 

The weather was fairly nice, with just some low lying clouds.

and it requires a little braking. Of course the hairpin to enter the old course is fairly sharp, and requires a lot of braking.

After getting in a few runs, we broke for lunch.

La Panache. When we registered we were given food coupons that specified which restaurant we were to eat in. Although I think either restaurant would take either coupon.

It was back out for an afternoon of riding.

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.

Before dinner we at a Welcome Party.

His shirts were popular, and the few he brought were gone in seconds.

After dinner, it was back to the tent for the riders meeting.

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.

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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.  

Luge and buttboard went last. But by lunch time we got a complete round of qualifying done.

One of the coolest things about this race, is the hotel rooms are just a short walk away.

These kids were having a grand time. They would ride down the gentle slope, then run back up and do it again.

Not long after lunch was over, the morning qualifying times were posted.

We managed to get everything finished, not quite on time, but not too late. Unfortuantely it was late enough that it wasn't worth hitting the pool.

After dinner, we all gathered in the tent for drinks

Friday, July 17

When I woke up I took one look outside, and didn't see much,

After we finished lunch, Koma was explaining to Marcus what he was planning on doing for the buttboard race.

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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.

After the meeting, the longskate crew (the organizers of the race) had a surprise. They had a short movie titled Angel to show us. The movie was presented by the priesthood.

I'm hoping this movie gets posted somewhere. The party didn't last too much longer, at least nobody who is racing tomorrow stayed late.

Saturday, July 18

The storm blew over, as the morning started with just  a few low lying clouds.

We had a long lunch break next.

Standup practice came down with the classic final. After I was done racing I walked down

I didn't know pickups existed
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The race finished up around 7 PM, and we headed straight to the tent for the prize giving.

Inline:

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Ladurner, Buxin, Prudent

Women's Inline:

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Christ-Thomas, Philppoteau, Marchand

Streetluge:

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Labarthe, Echegaray Diez, Eliot

Women's Classic:

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Gemperle, Sentenac

 

Classic:

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Bouaich, Serek, Echegaray Diez

Women's Standup:

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Luginbühl, Kornienko, Gemperle

Junior Standup:

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Piton, Conan, Galvez Calico

Standup:

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Pilloni, Lundberg, Siegrist

After the awards were handed out, the local government gave Koma

Unfortunately there was not a lot of food at the buffet, not enough to feed everyone. And it wasn't really the type of food you would want to eat, just cold cuts and some apples.

Once most of the food was eaten, a band took the stage.

After the band left someone took over the DJing duties, and the part continued till early in the morning.