Podium in Val Thorens

Tom podium in Val ThorensJust got back from the french cup in Val Thorens from a weekend of racing with the British Snowboard cross team. It was really well organized and we were all really lucky with amazing weather and a great course that was fast but not dangerous which was nice after coming back from Turkey and the University games where the objective was more to get down the bottom without getting hurt more than anything else.

Getting there on the Friday lunch time meant that I got to train on most of the course for a couple of laps to find some of the good lines. With a well made course everything could go into optimizing the lines and getting down as fast as possible.

The saturday started out really well for me as I qualified in fourth position which is one of my best qualifying results yet in a French cup. The finals started out good as well as I got through the first round in first easily qualifying for the quarterfinals. Unfortunately whilst in the quarterfinals in second position, a Swiss guy who was in third tried to overtake me and completely misjudged it taking me out and landing ten meters further down and had to be stretchered off the mountain. It meant that I finished third and the race was over for me much earlier than I had hoped finishing in a disappointing 9th place.

On sunday I was out to take my revenge which I did. Taking it easy in training and qualifying as I was already feeling the strain of a rather intense week I qualified in a safe 14th position. I then proceeded to win all my heats by pulling out and working very hard on the top section of rollers where a lot of speed could be gained to be carried into the rest of the course. I made it into the finals on a high with the last lane choice but got another good start and came out second. After a slight error in one of the banks cost me a bit of speed I finished third in an extremely satisfying position for me as it is my best result yet in an international competition and also gave me the points to qualify to world cup which was my goal for this season!

I now have a couple of days rest around Geneva before flying out to Kongsberg in Norway for a European cup in which I hope to confirm the results I got this weekend in a European cup.

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