I am happy I went to a handfull of Mt. Snow races in the 90's and Jay's articles reminds me of how fun they were. Sleeping in my car, absolutely sucking racing XC but absolutely loving the woods sections of the course, watching Shawn Palmer, Missy Giove, Juli Furtado, seeing Tomac riding mulitple disciplines, the Spooky Cycles mayhem, womens naked crit.
The part about Eric Carter winning at 38 doesn't surprise me. That guy has always had way to much bike skill.