2011 6th Annual Potto Raid Report
January 18, 2011
What a great day for the Potto Raid! We had the best-ever turnout with 22 on the line. 10 ended up doing the full Potto. Big bonfire picnic afterward. Lots of prizes (microbrew sixpacks, JiffMix, and OYB media!). Super-duper snow conditions. The best ever! --Gave perfect entre to the glorious Pinckney backcountry. Sunny, 5-20F. The deadly descents were well-padded. Skis protected by a great base. The leader's pace was perfect for a max performance: 50% effort-level for first hour, 75% for 2nd, 100% for last drooling hour. 110% for last mile, after I made my Move on the biggest, longest hill...with 5 hills (and tricky descents) to go. Only one sizeable injury -- knee log contusion. 17 mi's, 3:05 winning time, yours truly co-champ with Speedy Ben Caldwell. Top 4 within 5-10 minutes. No waxing drama (plus a piece of trail-breaking) kept front runners together longer than ever. Brian Beauchamp, visitor from Up North, said he had a glorious day, and that it was a wonderful event -- he came in 5th, the 1st on no-wax skis. Jen Conine -- 1st lady Potto (Lite) finisher. Thanks to title sponsor JiffyMix! [Check out this Course Profile: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/54899225]
Potto Podium. Co-champs JP and Ben (on bench). 3rd Gary on right. 1st-ever female Jen. Worst crash (knee burger) Jason at left.
Starting line-up. 22 skiers -- most ever!
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