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Photos: Berms, bumps and a bit of slushy snow during Hilltop’s fat tire bike slalom races

In an effort to raise funds for the second phase of Hilltop’s Bike Park, the nonprofit ski area in Anchorage hosted its second annual fat tire bike dual slalom race, the Shifty Drift.

Proceeds from Saturday’s race will go toward the addition of two more mountain biking trails, said Brandi White, Hilltop’s accounting manager.

Around 40 people participated in the races. They competed in four runs down the slalom course, which featured berms, bumps and a little bit of slush as the sun came out.

Jessica Vetsch helped her youngest children build a snowman while she waited to complete another run.

Nearby, racers hauled their bikes back up the hill to do the course all over again. Depending on the speed of the biker, the course could take less than a minute to complete. So, was the hiking worth it?

“Yes,” the racers said, laughing between breaths.

2022 Shifty Drift results

(Heat 1, Heat 2, Heat 3, Heat 4 — Total time)

Women

1. Nocas, Cecelia 63.64, 62.89, 62.62, 62.45 — 251.60; 2. Gilman, Kari 65.83, 62.58, 61.83, 61.49 — 251.73; 3. Loan, Kinsey 62.69, 63.59, 60.93, 64.93 — 252.14; 4. Counter, Hannah 62.08, 62.99, 63.87, 65.52 — 254.46; 5. Woolston, Kristina 66.14, 65.37, 64.59, 63.64 — 259.74; 6. Vetsch, Jessica 68.41, 62.15, 64.06, 65.77 — 260.39; 7. Winn, Danelle 60.77, 75.28, 64.49, 61.72 — 262.26; 8. Hosmanek, Suzie 65.24, 66.60, 65.18, 65.64 — 262.66; 9. Grosshandler, Cathe 81.10, 78.27, 76.41, 73.41 — 309.19; 10. Skvorc, Sue 86.05, 82.58, 81.85, 90.59 — 341.07; 11. Fisher, Anna 87.39, 0.00, 0.00, 87.39 — DNF

Men

1. Howery, James 52.86, 51.89, 51.52, 51.41 — 207.68; 2. Shiflea, Cary 54.81, 54.72, 52.33, 54.16 — 216.02; 3. Lothspeich, Joshua 54.24, 54.11, 54.49, 54.07 — 216.91; 4. Petroni, Andy 56.02, 55.90, 52.51, 54.70 — 219.13; 5. Miller, Jesse 57.08, 55.41, 55.63, 56.28 — 224.40; 6. Eski, Ethan 56.91, 57.00, 55.67, 56.77 — 226.35; 7. Jensen, Mike 57.23, 57.67, 56.72, 56.20 — 227.82; 8. Vetsch, Daniel 58.24, 58.82, 57.40, 55.31 — 229.77; 9. Malijan, Randel 61.20, 58.30, 59.88, 61.81 — 241.19; 10. Capili, Edward 61.86, 60.96, 60.15, 59.56 — 242.53; 11. Vetsch, Benji 64.60, 62.50, 57.28, 59.07 — 243.45; 12. Vetsch, Reuben 62.86, 62.08, 61.55, 59.97— 246.46; 13. Camp, Donovan 64.90, 64.11, 60.35, 62.09 — 251.45; 14. Borkhurst, Bodhi 60.03, 64.77, 64.02, 62.70 — 251.52; 15. Duenow, Andy 62.22, 63.89, 62.65, 62.96 — 251.72; 16. Meyers, Jerome 64.57, 62.63, 61.48, 72.96 — 261.64; 17. Tarpenning, Tyler 65.08, 66.09, 68.22, 74.56 — 273.95; 18. Ovsepyan, Sarkis 68.48, 66.88, 69.58, 69.35 — 274.29; 19. Comley, Tobias 71.44, 67.22, 67.69, 68.10 — 274.45; 20. Gardeline, Christopher 171.29, 0.00, 0.00, 0.00, 171.29 — DNF

Emily Mesner

Emily Mesner is a multimedia journalist for the Anchorage Daily News. She previously worked for the National Park Service at Denali National Park and Preserve and the Western Arctic National Parklands in Kotzebue, at the Cordova Times and at the Jackson Citizen Patriot in Jackson, Michigan.

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