What a day!
With 72 riders this year the event was bigger, badder and even more fun than last year.
The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with Dr. Poz leading the riders and volunteers through the rider meeting and team draw. For those who may not be familiar with Dr. Poz, he’s our intrepid MC who has a love for vintage snowmobiles, fine wine, long hair and old teeth. Riders left the meeting on Friday night having met some new friends, and stoked for a good day in the mountains on Saturday.
Saturday arrived quickly and before we knew it riders were checking in to race. The show lap of the course was quickly followed by Dr. Poz’s fore-running lap and then the first riders were out of the gate. Brent Pukas drew #1 so his team’s first rider had the best tracks laid in the course before long.
The race progressed relatively smoothly with less passing and head-to-head racing this year; a blessing when all the tree sections and epic ruts and brake bumps were considered. Once again there were no serious accidents and all the riders showed up to the after party ready to celebrate a great day.
Brent Pukas’s team #1 ended up winning the day, followed by closely by Niclas Mader’s and Dallas Gottler’s teams. Riley Suhan’s team ended up 4th but he won the day with the fastest lap and fastest hill climb, reinforcing why he’s a young prodigy in Golden and the race bears his name. Certainly he’ll have a large target on his back next year with lots of guys looking to take the win from local hands.
This event would not be possible without the huge support of sponsors and volunteers… to name a few:
Riley Suhan for being a good rider, having this idea and having a cool name. Imagine this was called the Dick Cox Invitational? 👌
Mountain Motorsports – for help setting the course, loaning volunteers sleds, hosting the rider meeting, and everything else you do. We are lucky to have you in Golden.
Dugout Bar & Grill – for hosting the after party, being a huge fan of sledders, getting our billboards up on the highway and making the best darn burgers in the county.
Golden Search and Rescue – for keeping us safe, bandaged up, and able to party at the end of the day. … and every other day. We’re donating half our gate receipts from Saturday to these guys and Brent Pukas’ team threw in $450 cash from their winnings. Thanks guys!
Alpine Helicopters for getting our volunteers to and from Quartz on Saturday and Whitetooth Helicopters for being on site and ready to help if needed. These guys are both super rad and major supporters of the club. Whitetooth Helicopters offers heli-snowmobiling if y’all wanna try something crazy.
Dr. Poz for being so positive! … and hilarious. Thanks for sharing your mojo with us.
Willowbank Outfitters for doing our day-to-day grooming all winter then throwing down two full days in support of this event. You might have seen them working their tail off getting the rhythm section ready for the race.
Zone 4 timing for keeping us on time, in time, and with fast and accurate results. These guys use state-of-the-art technology to make sure we know who won.
Kicking Horse Embroidery for engraving the winning team names on our trophy while we were cleaning up for the party. We love being able to hand out that trophy with your names already engraved. They also made all of the winner plaques.
Columbia River Catering Company for the delicious eats at the rider meeting (Golden’s very own and tasty as heck food truck) and Golden’s Whitetooth Brewery for making the delicious beer we were pouring at the rider meeting. Cheers to sweet local businesses!
Jesse Oatway, Dave Best, and Mountain Sledder Magazine for being on site and capturing the action with photo, video and words. Stay tuned for links to see what they’ve created.
ALL of our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS – without you guys this event would not happen. Period. Give a volunteer some nucks next time you see them. Their passion and kindness is necessary.
… and all of our Prize Donors. We had more prizes than we knew what to do with and saw some excellent arm wrestling at the awards for some of the sweeter items. You guys keep it fun!
This unique mountain race will traverse a large loop of the Quartz Creek riding zone and be executed in a relay format.
Compete or watch – there will be a BBQ, great viewing and good times to be had by all.
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019
Where: Quartz Creek (event to start and finish in front of Quartz Creek Cabin)
How Much: 40 spots will be reserved for invited riders, and 40 spots will be open for public registration. All riders will pay a $100 registration fee. Register here (click here) – only 80 spots available (7 left on April 1).
Bib Draw & Rider Meeting: The bib draw, rider meeting and team selection will take place on Friday, April 5, 7:00 pm at Mountain Motorsports in Golden.
Awards & After Party: No better way to celebrate a day well spent than over a few beers at the Dugout, Golden’s sledder bar. We’ll gather after the event on Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 pm for awards, photo slide-show, and general good times.
Race Day: Rider sign in at 9:00 am at Quartz Cabin. Cool lap of course at 10:am pm for all riders. Start at 11:00 am, all riders finished by 2:00 pm. The Dugout will have a BBQ fired up from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm so bring some cash for a burger. Note: schedule subject to change based on avalanche conditions.
The course will be announced on the day of the competition, pending avalanche concerns and terrain stability. The course will form one large loop of the Quartz Creek riding zone.
Riders will be in teams of four and complete the course sequentially in an order of the teams choice. We will do the team draw on Friday, April 5 in Golden. Each team will have one pro, one lady shredder (if we have enough) and two randomly selected other members.
The prize purse will be $2500: $1250 to first place team, $750 to 2nd place and $500 to 3rd place. Prizes will also be given out for the fastest lap, fastest rider on the timed climb, and for sportsmanship.
Huge thanks to our sponsors for providing sick prizing and swag.