One of the C.A.M.P. sponsored Team Salomon/Crested Butte Adventure Racing team’s goals for 2007, was to be the overall winner of the Adventure Xtreme Series. Overall winners (regardless of the sport) must be consistent, dedicated, hard working, and a little lucky.
With a win on September 8 in Vail, the team virtually sealed the deal with its fourth first place finish in five races.
The first race of the season was in Moab, UT where the team ousted the perennial World Champions from Nike. Later in May the team once again held strong to win the Buena Vista, CO race. Our only blemish came in Durango, CO as the team was recovering from the AR World Championships in Scotland and sent out the “B” team which took third (a podium finish to be proud of). With the full squad healthy again, the team collected two more victories, first at Breckenridge, CO and most recently at Vail, CO.
Such a successful season might lead followers to believe that Team Crested Butte is simply functioning at a higher level. But this is not necessarily the case.
“Not during a single one of the races did we ever feel like we had won until we crossed the finish line,” says lead navigator Jari Kirkland, “With adventure racing in the Rocky Mountains, nearly any team on any given day can show up and expect to win. That’s the level of competition out here!”
All that remains now is a hard three day, 300 mile expedition length race in Moab, UT where the points awarded will be double giving other teams one last opportunity to sneak onto the podium. With nearly five years of international experience and success in expedition adventure races, it is unlikely that the team will finish outside of the top three.
Team Salomon/Crested Butte certainly could not have had such a successful season without the gracious support of our sponsors: Salomon, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, C.A.M.P. technical adventure equipment, Fuji Bikes, Suunto, Leki, Carey & Company Ltd, Pacific Outdoors, Backpackers Pantry, Nite Rider, Pacific Outdoor and Go Pro Cameras.
Team Salomon/Crested Butte