Vancouver, BC ¿ Over 200 snowboarders were ready in full force for the Time Trials portion of the Kokanee Boardercross® Grand Nationals three-day competitive event. The Time Trials allow each rider a chance to race down the obstacle-laden course, as fast as they can handle. The best time is used to determine who will make the 24-women and 48-men cut.

The dense fog created a delay in racing and a challenge for the male athletes. The women’s Time Trials were postponed until early tomorrow morning. The women’s category includes top pros: Maelle Ricker (Vancouver), Carlee Baker (Kelowna), and Marguerite Cossentini (AUS).

Drew Neilson (Vancouver) finished first for the men in his timed run with 51.94 seconds, the 48th position (last to qualify) finished with 58.683. The time spread between 48 athletes was pretty slim. Placement also determines your lane position, so the faster your time, the better your gate position. Boardercross® features six riders racing concurrently down a course that features jumps, banked turns, tunnels and whoops. It is the only competition in which Alpine (hard boot) riders compete against Freestyle (soft boot) riders.

Schedule of Events for Saturday January 8th, 2000

8:30 am ¿ 9:15amWomen’s Training
9:30 am ¿ 10:30 amWomen’s Time Trials
11:00 am ¿ 11:45 amTraining Men & Women
12:00 noon ¿ 3:30 pmBoardercross® (top 48 men and 24 women from Time Trials)
4:00 pmAwards follwed by Live Entertainment featuringTroublemaica

Mount Seymour’s Boardercross event has attracted national sports coverage, is sanctioned by the Canadian Snowboard Federation (CSF), and will showcase Industry demonstrations and live entertainment.