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First Masters Super-G Race Coming Up...Help

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I have been racing Masters GS (class 4) this year in the Northeast and am heading for my first Super-G at the end of February. I am interested in the racing Bears' view on how to approach the race in terms of training, strategy, tactics; what to expect, what to watch out for. Essentially how to make a respectable showing for my maiden voyage without killing myself. I really don't need equipment advice because I will be using Stockli Laser GS with a stiff plate. It's only 186, but skis long and is solid as a high speed cruiser. Besides, I won't get a specialty ski unless I ski more than two of these Super-G's per season. Appreciate the help.
post #2 of 7
I dont know how they will modify for masters,
but I would work on gliding tucking drills, downhill as well as across mountain, and work on air time in tuck, somtimes these are hard to work on if mountain does not give you enough space to train, also race day during inspection if there is air time in course or blind turns memorize exactly where you want to be set up. I dont race but I have a couple of juniors j2 j1 thats their advice
post #3 of 7
No comments regarding SG ..... but good luck and chalk one up for Stockli.

That's one fast ski.

Let us know how you do!
post #4 of 7
Have you ever had a training run on a Super G course? If the race is going to be your first run at those kinds of speeds don't expect too much. Be sureyou are very exact and thorough in your inspection of the course. When I see juniors make mistakes in these races, more times than not it is due to them not being commited to a turn. That's usually a result of being suprised at what the course has thrown at them. I think it's unforgivable to make an error because you were mentally unprepared. Technical mistakes will happen to every down the course, but to force yourself into a defensive position is unacceptable.

Obviously, you'll want to practice your tuck, not just making turns but gliding as well. If you don't ski in a tuck a lot (who does?) you'll notice that when you glide you will still be on your edges. It's difficult to glide with your bases flat, meaning minimum edge contact. The skis will become less stable but they will be faster. Try it, it's harder than it sounds.

Being your first race, during your run the only thing I would consciously focus on is starting your turn early. Make sure that you have completed most of you direction change above the fall line so you can accelerate out of the turn.

And make sure you wax properly. Be careful and have fun.
post #5 of 7
When my boys were JR I&II racers, their most reveiling Downhill and SuperG comment was, "to go fast, ja gotta be slow". In other words, the higher your speed, the slower your body movements. Flat skies are fast, harsh body movements and lots of edging is slow.

Also, hitting the right wax setup is hugely important when running high speed events.
Especially on runs that approach 2:00min in length.

For my son Lbrother1 his longest Downhill run was Whiteface, NY, Olympic course. Longest SuperG was Sugarloaf, Maine. Both courses wicked fast and enough to scare the daylights out all the participants!

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 24, 2002 01:06 PM: Message edited 1 time, by HarryO ]</font>
post #6 of 7
Where is the Super-G? Depending on the mountain and the trail you will find a varing type of SG.

Some mountains run a tight glorified GS(mostly smaller mountains in NY like Bristol or Windham) and others will run a SG approching what looks like a DH coarse.

Like HarryO said, places such as Whiteface(NY), Sugarloaf(ME), and Sugarbush(VT) will have very steep faces w/ long offset gates. These turns will be closer to the radius of a GS but at a much higher rate of speed. Be prepared to see speeds that range from the upper 50's to upper 60's. I would also expect air at these mountains.

On mountains that are less steep like Gore(NY), Mount Snow(VT), Attitash(NH) you will find a more open and DH feel to the race and speeds will vary deepending on ones ability to carry speed across flat terrain.

I just got back from a SG this past weekend(Jan. 26, 27, 28) and one thing that was very evident was lack of confidence. Many people are not used to competing in speed events, so when they inspect the coarse and see what is instore for them they become very nervouse. This nervousness is then translated into a poor run. Why? Because each and every turn has been used (unconsiously) to check/gauge the racers speed. This fear of speed is hard to overcome. The only way I know of is to keep training and competing in speed events. The fear and nerves should never go away, but it will eventualy become less of a hinderence.

About the actual technical aspect of SG, the other posts are right on. Inspection sould be very maticulous. Memorize your line arc to arc. Make note of all terrain changes and memorize how body posision will have to change at each terrain change. Examine the condition of the snow all the way through the coarse. The top may be colder than the bottom, thus creating different types of snow (hard and icy to mushy corn). Take into account your starting # and upon inspection look at the shadows that fall on the coarse. When you go are there going to be more shadows or less? How is this going to effect your vision? What is it going to do to the snow?

Just a few things to think about.

post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Actually, the race is at Bristol on 2/22. Thanks for the advice.
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