Christian Conaway takes 1st at Prince Edward County Gravity Fest
Christian Conaway takes 1st at Prince Edward County Gravity Fest. Conaway broke the track record with his qualifying time of 1:23.548 besting Louis Bouchard’s 2011 record by over 4 seconds. Photo credit Joey Marion.
By Gazette Staff Writer — Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Following his 2nd place finish in Calgary Canada two weeks ago, Christian Conaway flew to Eastern Canada to compete in the Prince Edward County Gravity Fest, which was held in Picton Canada on Sept 15 & 16. PEC was the 6th race in the IGSA NorAM Series. The race was promoted by Classic Luge Canadian Champion Kolby Parks. Parks and his entire family organized a wonderful race which was held in the middle of town. According to Conaway, “it seemed like the entire town came out to help set up the race course, move hay bales and help run the event”. It was great to see so many people watching and encouraging the racers on both days”.
Conaway broke the track record by over 4 seconds with his qualifying time of 1:23.548 besting Louis Bouchard’s 2011 record by over 4 seconds.
On race day most of the racers participated in a Flag Run, with each rider displaying their native flag.
“Part of the course was recently repaved which resulted in faster speeds over last year due to the smooth grippy road surface” said Christian.
On this course the start was critical due to a long flat roll-in prior to the first steep drop on the road. Conaway used his ability to gain advantage at the top of the run. Nick Kinnish said, “The man has the most insane push, he was miles in front of the pack”. Conaway advanced through the race heats to the Street Luge Finals. When asked how the race went he said “The race was fun, my runs felt smooth and clean from the beginning to the finish line”.
Christian will next complete in the IGSA NorAm Championship in San Dimas California on October 6 & 7. Last year Conaway won the event and claimed the title of US National Champion. He is also working to earn the IGSA North American Street Luge National Championship which will be award based on the top 5 finishes in the NorAm series. After the NorAm Championship Christian will take a two year leave from racing to serve an LDS Mission in Bogota Columbia beginning in November.