“I am now a GOD”

"I now sit beside Odin, Thor, Bjorn and Vegard in Valhalla!"
"I now sit beside Odin, Thor, Bjorn and Vegard in Valhalla!"

Chris Rose reached VCHS Immortality today, joining the chosen few in Valhalla who have captured three consecutive Viking Helmet Championship Series titles. 

"by Odin's whiskers, that's a VHCS three-peat!"
"by Odin's whiskers, that's a VHCS three-peat!"

If ever there was a display of raw ferocity, it came from Rose today.  Bed-ridden with a demonic flu, Rose rose up from the throes of Death and managed an impressive second place in today’s race.  By doing thus, he solidified his iron grip on the Viking Helmet, vanquishing the legion of contenders.

Rose guts out the VHCS Finale
Rose guts out the VHCS Finale

Rose was beaten today by Jim Kobak, who, riding high on his Ragnarok victory, relentlessly attacked his weakened opponent.  Unfazed, Rose answered most of the attacks, before finally fading in the last two kilometers. 

Kobak Ferociously Attacks!
Kobak Ferociously Attacks!

The slow corn snow and warm temperatures made competitors work hard right up to the end.  Jayce Ashline finished third with a strong race.  Charlie Mitchell came in fourth… racing yet another VHCS race on his bike.

Axe of Execution!
Axe of Execution!

VHCS FINALE: Official Results

1 Kobak Jim 0:14:00
2 Rose Chris 0:14:48
3 Ashline Jayce 0:20:10
4 Mitchell Charlie ?:??:??
Rose cruises to the overall VHCS title!
Rose cruises to the overall VHCS title!

 When the dust settled, Rose remained atop the VHCS leader board.  Rose won 10 of the 18 VHCS events, including overall victory in the Tour de Ski and the Peru National Championship.  Rose finished with a commanding 4.7 point advantage over Jim Kobak.  Steve Bailey slipped into third overall for the series. 

2008-09 VHCS Final Standings!

VHCS standings races VHCS Computer ranking
Rose 18 39.657
Kobak 18 34.951
Bailey 11 33.936
Mitchell 11 29.227
Maswick 8 26.003
Santor 6 20.279
Ashline 8 18.574
Hatch 5 16.223
Wynn 3 13.611
Kvam 3 13.542
Beattie 3 10.069
Moffett 1 8.536
Findlay 2 7.648
Hunter 2 6.602
Lis 2 5.713
Korzenecki 2 4.546
Jennings 1 2.802
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