It was a fast-paced, action-packed day in Thredbo last Saturday, with the annual Top 2 Bottom race hitting the slopes for the 22nd time.
The event was a huge success with 115 competitors turning up to try their luck at winning a share of the $10,000 in cash and prizes.
Mother Nature put her best foot forward for the race and the early morning mountain was a treat for competitors.
“It’s probably the best conditions I’ve ridden the Top 2 Bottom in,” said women’s snowboard winner Wiki Jones.
Touted as Australia’s longest downhill race, competitors took off all at once, for a Le Mans style running start.
From the top of the Kosciusko Express, racers battled their way down 3.2 kilometres of leg-burning terrain.
“There was a couple of chatter bumps up there, but by the bottom I think it was the most dangerous where you had some massive straights and dead legs,” said Amateur Men division winner, Sam Tomasi.
The competition was broken down into six categories with the bravest, strongest and fastest in each category reaching the finish line first.
Anton Grimus took out the men’s open ski, while Brian Duncan topped the men’s open snowboard.
Local Sam Tomasi took out first place in the men’s amateur ski for his Top 2 Bottom debut and Duncan Burns won the men’s veteran ski division. Sami Kennedy-Sim was the fastest of the women’s open skiers while Wiki Jones was way out in front of the women’s open snowboard.
The annual Top 2 Bottom race is a well-loved staple of the Thredbo events calendar and competitors are already looking forward to next year.
“We don’t get a lot of opportunity for head to head competition here in Australia. It’s a really traditional race; it’s been around for a long time.
“You become a part of history and it’s probably the most fun in the world,” said Sami Kennedy-Sim.