Peg’s Posts: Forerunner and Edge making tracks in snow sports


And then I heard from Jon, head snowboard cross coach for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. Jon said: “I’ve had a Garmin Edge 305 for a couple of years and use it extensively for mountain and road biking. As the snowboard cross coach, I’ve always been curious how fast my riders actually travel while on a BoarderCross course. This past December, I was in Telluride, Colorado for a FIS World Cup race. During our warm-up runs on a training day, I handed my Garmin, set to record maximum speed, to two-time gold medalist Seth Westcott to see what speeds we could hit. Our group launched into See Forever, a long blue run with steep pitches followed by long flat stretches — perfect for “pointing it”. When I hit top speeds on my board, I typically refer to it as “JFF”, meaning Jacket Flapping Fast. Until that day, I’ve never been able to put a mph number to JFF. At the bottom of the run, Seth started laughing as he looked at the GPS. We clocked 66.2 mph. That’s pretty fast. We had previously guessed we’d be going around 50 … maybe 55 mph. All of us were pretty surprised to see we were pushing 70. Luckily, ski patrol wasn’t around. Since then, I’ve been using the GPS to calculate all sorts of things for my riders during training. Max speeds, acceleration rates, degree of pitch, etc. Turns out that my GPS bike computer is a pretty useful tool for training BoarderCross as well.”

Here’s to Scott, Jon and all those customers finding out exactly how far, how high and how fast (JFF, to be exact) they can go with their Garmin devices.

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