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    Midwest Pacesetter Trials - Mt Holly

    Kudos to NASTAR, Bill Madsen, Daron Rahlves, and the race staff at Mt. Holly, for a great day yesterday at the 2017 Midwest pacesetter trials. Many of us have been saying for years that it would be nice to have trials on a typical NASTAR course like we normally run, and Bill, Daron and Mt Holly came through in fine fashion, running over 70 pacesetters through courses all day with nary a hitch.

    The weather was perfect, in spite of the rising temps (48 degrees by the suit race) causing the course to break down into big ruts, but there were no complaints from the competitors, as there were many single digit handicaps posted, which will be happy news for Midwest racers this winter.

    Watching Daron Rahlves run the courses was the highlight of the day - his smooth, silky technique camouflaged his intensity and speed, and he gave everyone some low numbers to chase. He was gracious and accessible all day, hanging at the start, mingling with competitors, answering questions, taking pictures, and generally just being one of the gang - really cool to be a part of, and a very impressive display of ski "ambassador-ship" on his part. Kudos to you, Daron!

    Also introduced was the Race of Champions, which provided all the pacesetters the opportunity to race against each other using their handicap earned in the suit race; we watched at the finish as successive racers came down and knocked previous racers off the podium - followed by Daron Rahlves, who raced last - it was interesting to watch racers, young and old, with their different techniques, digesting technique and analyzing what was fast and what was not.

    And the Mt Holly crew had the race course prepped impeccably, and kept it that way all day, running the races without any issues. Kudos to them too!

    All in all, a great day for NASTAR. Thanks again to Bill Madsen, the long time face of NASTAR, for organizing such a big event, herding all the cats, and generally being the leader of the pack. Great job, Bill, and thanks for letting me be a part of it.

    If the rest of the season goes as well, it's going to be a great 50th year for NASTAR!
    Last edited by Racer X; 12-21-2017 at 12:03 AM.
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    Thanks!

    As a member of the course crew and on behalf of the Mt. Holly staff, we are glad to hear that you had a good time. We look forward to doing it again sometime.

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    Great recap! We're looking forward to our pacesetting trials at Wachusett Mountain in early January.
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    Great news Matt! Thanks for the recap. I've always been a HUGE D$ fan. He's such a great guy. It is so cool to see these USST Studs, step up when AJ needs a long deserved break. D$, Casey and Marco are truly great Ambassadors carrying the huge Banner of our forever National Pacesetter, The Alpine Jet!

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