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