The second officially scored race at Spring Series and possibly the most exciting, fun-filled event for spectators and racers alike–the classic team sprint relay–came down to a fierce final 50m battle which resulted in a photo-finish between Zach Violett (FSx) and Canadian wonder-junior Alex Harvey.
Violett had teamed up with fellow FSx racer Dave Stewart (XC Oregon) while the J1-year-old Harvey was anchoring for possibly the fastest male sprinter in Canada, Phil Widmer. The Canadians were at the front almost the entire race, even getting a gap over the FSx team on one of the last laps, but Violett closed it up and coming into the final straight in front of the stands the two skiers were virtually dead-even, double-poling fiercely to increasingly loud and wild cheering from the crowd of spectators and skiers around the finish. The final lunge across the line was too close to call from most people's vantage points, but after examining the photo-finish it was clear that Harvey had the win.
Leif Zimmerman tags off to Steve Scott mid-way through the final
Speed. Colin Rodgers (leading) hammering out some serious double-pole power