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Chapman Hill Challenge a Success

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The inaugural Chapman Challlenge was a big success.  Twelve participants completed the race which included 3 laps up and 3 laps down Chapman Hill under the lights.  Light weight randone skis led the race.  Mile Venzara and Scott Simmons continuously diced it out at the front.  Simmons won with a 3-lap time of 25:16.  Venzara came in a close 2nd with a time of 26:33.  Biking legend Frank Mapel rounded out the podium with a time of 29:00.  Mapel raced on a heavier Alpine Touring set-up.  Jen Gersbach, pro-mtn biker, came in 4th overall and 1st female.  She passed 4th place male Mark Ianhoe at the downhill finish line.  Ianhoe completed the steep, icy course on skate skis!  Brett Butterstein, Greg Lewis and Jimmy Nicholson finished 5th, 6th and 7th.  Holly Simmons, the only skier on tele-mark skis was the 2nd female finisher.  She narrowly beat Sven Brunso, passing him as he lost a ski on the final downhill run.  Michael Andres rounded out the men on his first day ever on randone skis.  Quinn Simmons, the lone junior racer, won his category.  Organizers are hoping for a big turn-out next year!Colby Simmons at the top, changing skins

Colby Simmons at the top, changing skins