Slalom races come to streets of Breck
BRECKENRIDGE – Slalom racing takes to the streets in Breckenridge this weekend with the High Peaks Drifter skateboard races.
The race will feature pro skaters from throughout the country and Europe and is part of the FCR (Fat City Racing) Series that culminates with the World Championships in October in Morro Bay, Calif. In addition to the pro level, there are also open categories for women, amateur and junior competitors.
The event has never before been held in Summit County, but the Colorado connections to the series date back about 30 years.
“One of the reasons Breckenridge was chosen was for its history with the initial wave of slalom in the 70s,” said High Peaks media coordinator Maria Carrasco. “There was a gentleman heavily involved with the sport who was based in Breckenridge, and a lot of the races were held there. Also, there’s the skiing and slalom racing that goes on in the winter months.”
There is one Colorado team competing in the pro race. Team Sandman is named after skateboarder Jeff Sandlin, who passed away earlier this year, according to event organizers.
John Krisik is the founding father of the FCR series, which went on a long hiatus at the end of the 70s until its re-emergence in 2001.
The skateboards used for slalom racing are specialized, and a little longer than standard street boards. Racers launch off a ramp, reach speeds of 30 mph and ride around cone gates spaced 6 to 8 feet apart.
“It’s gotten bigger and bigger,” Carrasco said of the series. “The racers go head-to-head and definitely have to stay out of each other’s way. Whoever wins the best of two will move on to the next level.”
The first-place purse for the pro class is $1,000. Gear and gift certificates from sponsors will be given to podium finishers in the open classes.
Racing begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with the dual giant slalom on King’s Crown Road in Breck. A dual slalom race takes place Sunday on Adams Avenue and Main Street. Finals begin at 1 p.m. both days. Registration is $100 for both days for anyone wanting to race in the open classes. Helmets and pads are required. For more information, visit http://www.fcrseries.com.
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