F ll s eed at Falls

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - NEWS - By JUSTIN JENVEY

JULY is race month at Falls Creek and once again there is a packed sched­ule of events.

Open­ing pro­ceed­ings is the Snowracer Se­ries with two days of ac­tion on July 7 and July 8 and then the Ros­sig­nol Cup and Cranky Char­lie Cup the fol­low­ing week­end.

The South Aus­tralian In­ter­school Snows­port Cham­pi­onships ( July 15-20) are next on the cal­en­dar be­fore the hugely pop­u­lar Wom­bats Ram­bler Night Race caps off a big month.

Falls Creek race and events su­per­vi­sor Travis Reid said there’s rac­ing for young kids, teenagers and adults.

“The Snowracer Se­ries is a three race se­ries which is con­tested on Nas­tar race­course, suit­able for in­ter­me­di­ate-ad­vanced skiers and snow­board­ers aged 5 to 18 years,” he said.

“There are usu­ally 80-100 kids that com­pete in those races, with a lot of them ones from the Falls Creek Race Club.

“The first of those races will be the first race for most the kids this sea­son so it’s a good way to kick things off.

“The Ros­sig­nol Cup is the last of those three which takes place on an ex­tended course, and is on the same day as the Cranky Char­lie Cup for adults.”

Mr Reid said Falls Creek will wel­come back South Aus­tralian pri­mary and sec­ondary stu­dents for the third year.

“The SA In­ter­school Snows­port Cham­pi­onships is get­ting big­ger ev­ery year, I think we’re ex­pect­ing about 150-160 en­trants this win­ter,” he said.

“Those kids come over for the week and have a cou­ple of days of train­ing and then race on the Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.”

The big­gest event for the month though, is the Wom­bats Ram­bler Night Race on July 27.

The race is now capped at 120 com­peti­tors and is pop­u­lar view­ing for lo­cals and guests.

“We were as­ton­ished with how pop­u­lar the race was in its first year in 2015,” Mr Tait said.

“We started off with 160 en­tries but it was just too long a night so we had to put a limit on it.

“It’s a dif­fer­ent style of rac­ing and is very much a race for the adults for brag­ging rights.

“There’s live timing broad­cast in St­ingray in QT so if you’re not on the fin­ish line watch­ing a lot of peo­ple are en­joy­ing a bev­er­age and watch­ing the live timing on the screens.”

PHOTO: Char­lie Brown

HIGH SPEED: Plenty of snow will make for great rac­ing con­di­tions at Falls Creek over the com­ing weeks.

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