Tanner wins again at Copper biz league
COPPER MOUNTAIN – Scott Tanner was suffering from jet lag, but you really couldn’t tell by watching him race Friday.
The Dillon resident posted his second giant slalom victory in as many days in local town races, and this one came at the Copper Business League race on the Bittersweet trail. Annelies Zirknitzer bested the women’s field to take the gold.
“I just wanted to stay relaxed and have some fun,” Tanner said. “Mission accomplished.”
Tanner came into the race one day after taking the gold at Breckenridge’s Wednesday World Cup, so recovery time was a concern.
“Last night I didn’t really sleep,” he said. “But this morning, adrenaline is like caffeine. It really gets you going.”
Tanner posted identical times on both his runs, sealing the victory over four-time winner Sean Ramsden, whose best time was slightly more than .5 slower than Tanner’s.
“You’ve got to travel around to get all the people in the county, because they don’t enter every race,” said Tanner, referring to Ramsden, who did not race at Breckenridge Wednesday.
Mike Walsh was in second place after his first time down the course, but after a bad start the second time around, he decided not to finish the run.
“I had a really tough top,” he said.
“I didn’t want to finish. Didn’t start good, didn’t end good.”
Despite many complaints about the condition of the course, Walsh said the ruts from turning weren’t a huge issue.
“They truly weren’t as bad (as people said),” he said. “It was more turny than it was rutty. This is a day off from work, so even if I didn’t do good, it’s a day off.”
Most racers’ times were slower – sometimes significantly so – on their second runs than on the first ones. Emotions ran high as some were disappointed by the decline.
Ann Brewster, a member of the Over the Hill Gang “Gold Seekers” team (they got the name “because we never win gold medals”) joked around with fellow racers as they gathered to check out their times.
Brewster was once described in a newspaper article as needing to “pull a Tonya Harding to get anywhere near the top.”
She enjoyed the distinction.
There are two more events in the Business League series, which take place Thursdays at 10 a.m. at Copper Mountain.
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