Local athletes prepare for Revolution Tour at Sugarloaf
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – For athletes at Carrabassett Valley Academy, traveling is nothing new. Each season, snowboarders at CVA span the globe to compete at premier level competitions and tackle the top terrain the world has to offer. This week, however, the team’s travel budget will see some relief as the rest of the snowboard world makes the trip to Sugarloaf for the final stop on the 2009 Revolution Tour March 9-11.
For CVA, the Revolution Tour will provide a welcome respite from a busy travel schedule.
“It certainly helps, and we’re really excited,” said Barry Tripp, CVA Snowboard Program Manager. “Sugarloaf is where we live and where we train, and being able to wake up in our own beds on the morning of the competition will really provide an advantage for us.”
A total of 16 snowboarders from CVA will compete in the Revolution Tour at Sugarloaf, which is the top junior snowboard tour in the country, featuring competitions in halfpipe, slopestyle, and snowboardcross. The Tour is used to qualify athletes for World Juniors, U.S. Open, U.S. World Cup, US Grand Prix, USASA Nationals and Project Gold camps. The entire field of riders for this year’s tour sold out in 20 minutes.
“There are so many talented athletes who come from Maine and it will be great for them to compete on their home turf,” said Abbi Nyberg, US Snowboarding Program Manager. “This season's riding has once again raised the bar and we expect to see some great riding at Sugarloaf, particularly since it’s the final stop of the season with a lot on the line.”
Several CVA riders have competed in all of this season’s Revolution Tour stops, taking them to locations in Colorado, California, and Oregon. Those riders include siblings Juliette and Benjamin Bisson of Carrabassett Valley, two of CVA’s top athletes and as good a bet as any to spend time on the podium next week.
Juliette Bisson, following her appearance in last week’s Visa US Snowboarding World Cup at Sunday River, will compete in snowboardcross on Wednesday, March 11, while brother Benjamin will compete in all three Revolution Tour events. Juliette took first place in the final leg of last season’s Revolution Tour, and finished 2nd this season at a stop in California.
Also making the trek to all four tour stops across the country this season (and another likely bet to be seen atop a podium at Sugarloaf) is senior Alex Tuttle from Stratton, ME, who is currently the top snowboardcross rider in the nation in the USASA Open Class, and recently received an invitation to compete in the 2009 Junior World Championships in Nagano, Japan. Tuttle will compete in the snowboardcross competition on March 11.
Other CVA riders competing in next week’s Revolution Tour will be senior Dylan Darienzzo of Stratton, juniors Ian Daly of Kingfield, Alex Rodway of Rangeley, Nicol Colarusso of East Wareham, MA, Molly Wasik of Rumson, NJ, Ben Eames and Hank Poulin of Carrabassett Valley, sophomores Abe Darienzzo of Stratton and Beau Shanahan of Kingfield, and freshmen Emily Eames of Carrabassett Valley, Jack Dawe of Freeport, and Jasper Tripp of Old Orchard Beach.
About the Sugarloaf Resort – Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is recognized as one of the top winter and golf resorts in the world and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East and one of Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.