Berms, bumps and a bit of slush on the Hilltop fat tire bike slalom races

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In an effort to raise funds for the second phase of Hilltop’s Bike Park, the non-profit Anchorage ski area held its second annual dual tire slalom race on tires, the Shifty Drift.

Proceeds from Saturday’s race will go towards adding two more mountain bike trails, said Brandi White, Hilltop’s chief accounting officer.

Forty people took part in the races. They competed in four runs on the slalom course, which featured berms, bumps and a bit of slush at sunrise.

Jessica Vetsch helped her youngest children build a snowman while they waited to complete another race.

Nearby, riders took their bikes back up the hill to start the course again. Depending on the speed of the rider, the course can take less than a minute. So, was the hike worth it?

“Yeah,” the runners said, laughing between breaths.

2022 Shifty Drift Results

(Channel 1, Series 2, Series 3, Series 4 — Total Duration)

Women

1. Nocas, Cecelia 63.64, 62.89, 62.62, 62.45 — 251.60; 2. Gilman, Kari 65.83, 62.58, 61.83, 61.49-251.73; 3. Loan, Kinsey 62.69, 63.59, 60.93, 64.93 — 252.14; 4. Counter, Hannah 62.08, 62.99, 63.87, 65.52 — 254.46; 5. Woolston, Kristina 66.14, 65.37, 64.59, 63.64-259.74; 6. Vetsch, Jessica 68.41, 62.15, 64.06, 65.77-260.39; 7. Winn, Danelle 60.77, 75.28, 64.49, 61.72-262.26; 8. Hosmanek, Suzie 65.24, 66.60, 65.18, 65.64-262.66; 9. Grosshandler, Cathe 81.10, 78.27, 76.41, 73.41—309.19; 10. Skvorc, Sue 86.05, 82.58, 81.85, 90.59—341.07; 11. Fisher, Anna 87.39, 0.00, 0.00, 87.39—DNF

Men

1. Howery, Jacques 52.86, 51.89, 51.52, 51.41—207.68; 2. Shiflea, Cary 54.81, 54.72, 52.33, 54.16—216.02; 3. Lothspeich, Joshua 54.24, 54.11, 54.49, 54.07 — 216.91; 4. Petroni, Andy 56.02, 55.90, 52.51, 54.70 — 219.13; 5. Miller, Jesse 57.08, 55.41, 55.63, 56.28—224.40; 6. Eski, Ethan 56.91, 57.00, 55.67, 56.77-226.35; 7. Jensen, Mike 57.23, 57.67, 56.72, 56.20-227.82; 8. Vetsch, Daniel 58.24, 58.82, 57.40, 55.31—229.77; 9. Malijan, Randel 61.20, 58.30, 59.88, 61.81 — 241.19; 10. Capili, Edward 61.86, 60.96, 60.15, 59.56 — 242.53; 11. Vetsch, Benji 64.60, 62.50, 57.28, 59.07-243.45; 12. Vetsch, Ruben 62.86, 62.08, 61.55, 59.97—246.46; 13. Camp, Donovan 64.90, 64.11, 60.35, 62.09 — 251.45; 14. Borkhurst, Bodhi 60.03, 64.77, 64.02, 62.70 — 251.52; 15. Duenow, Andy 62.22, 63.89, 62.65, 62.96—251.72; 16. Meyers, Jerome 64.57, 62.63, 61.48, 72.96 — 261.64; 17. Tarpenning, Tyler 65.08, 66.09, 68.22, 74.56—273.95; 18. Ovsepyan, Sarkis 68.48, 66.88, 69.58, 69.35—274.29; 19. Comley, Tobias 71.44, 67.22, 67.69, 68.10—274.45; 20. Gardeline, Christophe 171.29, 0.00, 0.00, 0.00, 171.29 — DNF

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