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All England

 

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Ski Cross

 

Harriet Steggles

 

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All England 2010

 

With the hill at Norfolk’s magnificent artificial ski facility absolutely swamped with racers looking for the perfect line during a hectic course inspection period it was clear that this was no ordinary day.
Indeed with over 200 athletes primed to do battle down a brace of championship testers on a bright and sunny September Saturday, even as early as course inspection it was clear that the athletes were going to provide the lucky spectators with a battle royale. Snowsport England’s premier summer event, the All England Championships, was up for grabs and a substantial number of racers had genuine designs on lifting the old trophy.


In the ladies race Chatham starlet Emily Evans stamped an immediate authority upon the rest of the field with the arguable exceptions of elder sister Charlotte and Gloucester’s zero pointed Charlotte Davies. Denied victory last summer by a mere 0.13s Evans always looked odds on to go one place better this year right from the moment she put her foot on the accelerator during the opening gates of Richard Breese’s first course challenge.


The afternoon proved a markedly similar story with Evans again proving to be the class act of the field, negotiating Sally Bartlett’s second run twister like a hot knife cutting through sun softened butter. Indeed with elder sibling Charlotte producing an equally impressive 2nd run and mid-point second placed Charlotte Davies perishing over the final throes of Bartlett’s course the event not only had a new winner but had produced a Chatham and sisterly 1-2.
Elsewhere Charlotte Gould’s impressive season continued with a fully deserved 3rd place overall, whilst Alice Hales took full advantage of 2nd run mistakes elsewhere to leapfrog into 4th with Alex Bullock claiming an excellent 5th.


In the male event, home town racer Shaun Blythe looked likely to spring a real surprise after impressively negotiating run 1 with an outstanding effort that was bettered only by senior warhorse David Hatcher. And with eight or nine racers all within striking distance of leader Hatcher after the morning skirmishes the afternoon event always looked likely to be a case of do or die. Nail it and you were in with a chance, ski it safe and any chance of victory would be long gone.


As the race came to its climax and each of the top ten males left the gate to begin their challenge it became fairly evident that good course inspection and even better technique was likely to prove decisive. Indeed, as others tried and failed an old name emerged from the chasing pack and leapt to the fore as Nick Robinson, Grand Prix winner at the very same slope only 15 months earlier, applied every ounce of his superb technique to break out of the pack and stake an early claim to the title.
This, however, was a claim that Andrew Davies quickly proved capable of bettering. One of the stars of the 2010 Grand Prix series Davies continued where he concluded the GP series with another fine display of strength and technique that whilst it wasn’t quite as quick as Robinson it was still enough to nudge the Cardiff’s athlete into the lead.


A lead that was somewhat short lived as Davies’s Cardiff team mate and 2010 zero pointer Andrew Watson again reproduced the form he’s shown for a quite a while, finding a couple of tenths on Davies and snatching the lead with only Blythe and Hatcher left to race. Blythe’s impressive challenge faltered on Norfolk’s weight shifting ridge and then Hatcher followed suit, the edge of his pants racer pushing his luck an ounce or two too far on the very same ridge and perishing into DNF territory. Blythe, however, at least managed to recover enough to ensure his name and fantastic first run time would be added to the final result.
In the categories Yasmin Cooper & Brandon Matthews triumphed in Children 1 whilst Antonia Pretty and Brodie Goddard-Jones ended victorious in Children 2. Emily Evans and James Grant proved too good for the rest of their piers in Junior 1 with Charlotte Evans and Andrew Watson prevailing in Junior 2. In the seniors Emily Goddard and James Greenwood took the honours whilst Carrie Walsh and Rob Hales won their respective Masters categories.

 

 

                 

The successful switching of the minis race from an end of event space filler to a middle of the day spectacle provided our youngest racers with an event that their commitment and talents fully deserve.
Olivia Mitchell proved too good for the rest of the girls posting an aggregate time that was a full second quicker than runner up Grace Williams and Olivia Ward in 3rd.

 

In the male event Kristofer Berglindarson dominated proceedings producing a combined time that was almost a second and a half in front of runner up Ryan Llywarch and third placed Merrick Southall.
The day however not only belonged to winners Watson and Evans but also to the sport of dry slope summer racing. The Norfolk facility provides the event organisers with the perfect opportunity to showcase the sport and the talent within it to wonderful effect and with a start list brimming in both numbers and talent Evans and Watson can look back in the future and be sure that their victories were fully deserved.
Those who predict a rapid death to outdoor racing may need to rethink.

 

British Snow Tour Introduces

New Competition Format & National Ranking System

The British Snow Tour, with its fresh, newly-designed website: www.britishsnowtour.com is excited to announce that it will be shaking things up big style for this year’s Tour which kicks off in September. A new competition format, designed to maximise inclusion and riders slope time will be introduced along with an all-new National ranking system for snowboarders and freeskiers – a first for UK athletes!  

Keeping the progression of UK snowboarding and freeskiing in a constant state of evolution is the driving force behind the British Snow Tour and BRITS events. With this in mind and after receiving valuable feedback from riders and spectators alike the British Snow Tour will be implementing a number of new features this year:
New for 2010
New Big Air & Slopestyle Jam Sessions with lots of spot prizes and swag up for grabs
Three run, best run counts National Championship competition format
New British Snow Tour Seeded Riders list  
3 for 2 offers on competition entry price
British Snow Tour Ranking list
New revised Kids and Youth age categories. Kids - 12 and under, Youth -13 - 16

For more information about all of the changes to this year’s British Snow Tour and to find out who placed where on the British Snow Tour Ranking list and who made it as a coveted Seeded Athlete, check out the new website at: www.britishsnowtour.com

British Snow Tour Dates:
British Artificial Championships:
11th & 12th September – British Dryslope Championships, Giro Big Air, Protest Slopestyle & Trespass Snowboard/Skiercross Championships, Norfolk Snowsports Centre.
British Indoor Championships:
19th September – Trespass Snowboard/Skiercross Championships & Rail Jam, Glasgow SNO!zone (please note this date has changed from Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th September to eliminate an event clash)
25th September – Giro Big Air Championships, Milton Keynes SNO!zone
9th October – Protest Slopestyle Championships, Castleford SNO!zone
British Invitational Championships:
22nd October – London Ski & Snowboard Show


About the Snow Tour
Now in its ninth year, The British Snow Tour provides riders with a path from grass roots participation through to the highest level of snowboard & freeski competition in the UK. Open to all ability levels from novice to pro and served up across five age categories: Kids, Youth, Junior, Senior and Masters. It’s not all about the competition with a an inspirational schools tour, 500 FREE introductory lessons FREE product testing, live music and MC - the aim is to encourage everyone to get involved.

The British Snow Tour, which is part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, would not be possible without its highly supportive sponsors: Giro, Protest, Trespass, SNO!zone, Cushe and Snow+Rock. Demo partners: K2 & Ride snowboards and Line, Volkl and K2 skis. Media partners: Whitelines, Huck, Flipside, Extreme Sports Channel, Downdays.eu, Skiclub.co.uk, Natives.co.uk, Metrosnow.co.uk and Snowboardclub.co.uk.

 

 

Ski cross

 

Two South American Cup Ski Cross races took place today in Chapelco, Argentina where British Ski Cross Team members Emily Sarsfield, 27 and Peter Whelan, 21 competed in a field which included members of the Canadian Olympic Ski Cross Team. Yesterday's race was postponed until today due to high winds, making today a tough two-race day.
Todays races were the third and forth of the 2011 season and in glorious sunshine and warm temperatures, Sarsfield finished 3rd and 4th in the ladies and Whelan finished 1st and 2nd in the mens. Both athletes carry over their strong finishes from the 2010 season where Sarsfield won the Val Thorens ladies Ski Cross Europa Cup and Whelan finished 5th in the mens.


Since the disappointment of missing out on the Olympics due to a serious knee injury in 2009 Sarsfield has continued to improve race on race.
"To finish 3rd and 4th today in a field with Canadian Olympians (Kelsey) Serwa [5th in the Vancouver Winter Olympics] and (Danielle) Poleschuk [19th in the Vancouver Winter Olympic] is a great feeling particularly following on from my Europa Cup win in Val Thorens back in March.
"After such a difficult 2010 missing out on the Olympics, I can't wait for the start of the 2011 world cup season in December, but in the mean time I have a few things to work on which will improve my race technique."


Whelan only broke into the British Ski Cross Team back in January and has continued to grow in stature since.
"It was an amazing day and a good start for the 2011 season beating Davey (Barr) [6th in the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games].
"The results today have given me confidence for the upcoming world cup season." Peter said after the race.
The Ski Cross World Cup kicks off on 18th December in Innichen/San Candido Italy where Sarsfield and Whelan will be competing for the British Team.


Results


Mens Final - Race 1
1. Peter Whelan GBR
2. Davey Barr CAN
3. Stanislas Rey CAN
4. Nick Zoricic CAN


Mens Final - Race 2
1. David Duncan CAN
2. Peter Whelan GBR
3. Nick Zoricic CAN
4. Stanislas Rey CAN


Ladies Final - Race 1
1. Kelsey Serwa CAN
2. Danielle Poleschuk CAN
3. Emily Sarsfield GBR
4. Marielle Thompson CAN


Ladies Final - Race 2
1. Kelsey Serwa CAN
2. Danielle Poleschuk CAN
3. Marielle Thompson CAN
4. Emily Sarsfield GBR

 

 

 

 

 

Harriet Steggles

 

After having a pretty good season after performing well at the English championships and getting on the international podium in a couple of local Italian races I was feeling pretty happy with my skiing and enjoying it much more than I had in pervious year.


On arriving in Meribel ready for the first super-g I wasn’t really sure what to expect result wise. I knew I wanted to score some good points and finish as top 5 brits in most of the races. For the super-g and and downhills I wanted to place some solid runs down and try and just getting a few point results, but wasn’t planning on doing anything to special as I knew these were not my strongest disiciplines. On finishing the first super g, I came through the line thinking I had an ok run with a few small errors but felt I hadnt really pushed myself during the run so I wasn’t expecting to have done anything special, although it was a nice surprise to find out I had actually put down a good run and was lying 3rd . On finding out my time I was pleased to have only been 2.5 seconds off the older girls as I had predicted the gap being much bigger. This was probably one of my favroute races of the week as the result was much better than I ever expected I could make this season in super g.
The rest of the week in meribel continued well scoring further results in downhill and super combined, and it was also great to finally be getting on the british and international podiums at the british after a few very unsuccessful past few years at the championships.


Despite making some good results in the speed events, the tech events which I was hoping to do well in ended up not going as well as hoped. In all of the meribel tech events I found it very had to put together two good runs, which was unexpected after some consistently good races the week before in italy. Im not really sure what went wrong, the stade is a difficult piste and I think I may have just backed off to much and let the nerves get the better of me as I tend to expect way to much in slalom and so put lots of pressure on myself to perform well. It just didn’t feel like my usual slalom skiing and on watching the video in the evening it was possible to see how uncomfortable I felt. Although it made me realise how much work I still have to do in order to have the confidence in all situations and be able to compete with the other girls like Louise who was much faster than me especially first run. Despite this I was pleased to have finished 1st brit in the junior slalom. Overall I was really pleased with my results those two weeks in meribel and did much better than I could have anticipated, so it gave me a great buzz to finally see the hard work paying off and feeling that I had finally had something to show how far I had come in all disiciplinces.


The Scottish also continued well, after a well needed day off I competed in the second slalom where I scored my best result of the season. I had finally put down two consistant runs which were good enough to place me 2nd, which was great. I really like the piste at courcheval which helped me to feel more relaxed and ski better, and it was nice not to have the pressure of the championships. I really enjoyed the Scottish as they were a nice few last races to end the season on a high.

 

SNO!raiser
 
Snow-Camp SNO!raiser 9th October 2010 Milton Keynes SNO!zone


http://www.snozonemiltonkeynes.com/html/milton-keynes/events/forthcoming/?id=759


SNO!zone are hosting a pre-season fundraiser for Snow-Camp on Saturday October 9th. From 7pm until late the slopes will be set up for freestyle, refresher lessons and coaching provided by New Generation Ski & Snowboard School, a massive party in the Avalanche Bar with DJs until 2am and an auction with fantastic snow sports prizes all in aid of Snow-Camp. Book your tickets directly with the SNO!zone on 0871 222 5670 – 4 hours for £35 and 2 hours for £25. £5 from every ticket sold supports Snow-Camp's work!


To book specialist coaching sessions from New Generation Ski & Snowboard School, email elaine@snow-camp.co.uk or call 07545 431 824 – sessions will be for a minimum donation of £10. Can’t wait to see you there to kick-start the season!
 
 

 

 
SNO!zone Snow-Camp Rally 2010 in association with SCUK
The SNO!zone Snow-Camp Rally in association with SCUK is back - bigger and better than ever! It’s a totally unique skiing and snowboarding fundraising event, where teams of up to 5 people complete an epic 3-day road-trip in a race to ride as many of Britain’s participating dry and indoor slopes as possible. Access to the slopes is free for teams. Each team member has a target of 250 to fundraise for Snow-Camp. The Rally is taking place 19th – 21st November 2010 http://www.snow-camp.co.uk/snowcamprally .. Ed Leigh, one of Snow-Camp’s Patrons says "The SNO!zone Snow-Camp Rally is the closest you'll ever get to the Cannonball run whilst riding all Britain's best artificial slopes. Plus you can say it's all for charity, magic! Baggsy be Burt Reynolds."
 

 

 
Snow-Camp Everest Challenge supported by Ellis Brigham
The Snow-Camp Everest Challenge supported by Ellis Brigham is taking place 27th – 30th January 2011. From the base in Morzine participants will commit to ski or board 150km in just 48 hours – including 2 night stages! Just £185 books your place on the Challenge covering all transfers, accommodation, ski passes, guiding and admin. Each participant then has a target of £1,500 to fundraise for Snow-Camp. This fantastic event is happening 27th -30th January 2011.

 

Find out more and sign up at:

http://www.snow-camp.co.uk/everestchallenge/