We left Morzine on the 22nd at 9am with a twelve hour drive ahead of us. Our destination was Prague where we spent a day being proper tourists and then went on to Dolni Morava, a slightly less known part of Czech republic, but where our competition was to be held. Our first day we spent training on the track and then competition started with the Czech championships. The light in the morning was beautiful, and the piste was golden with the light reflecting off it. I finished qualifying in 3rd but it took ages as every person had two qualifying runs and there was also an open race on at the same time.
The finals were good, the track was pretty nice allowing good competition, it got faster and faster as the day went on which meant that overshooting the kickers became a slight issue but otherwise it was fine. The finals started as the night was setting in and after a mistimed start, I was not able to catch the others up and finished 4th overall. It was a solid result but I was not super happy with it and wanted to get a better result on Sunday.
Sunday dawned cloudy and snowing, it had snowed around 10cm overnight which meant that the organizers had their work cut out but worked really well to get the course ready fast. I had the first bib, which wasn’t an advantage due to the new snow, but I got the best time in my first run, and qualified 2nd after both qualifying runs. Myles Mcneany also got a good qualifying time fifth. My final runs were better, and I was able to dominate my 4×4 all the way to the finals. My final run was solid, with a slight problem over the first section getting caught up with another rider, but managed to finish third overall and am happy.
We are now in krakow, which is a really nice city well worth the visit with a lot of monuments and open spaces good energy stones, and a really cool fire breathing dragon! Our next competition is in Krnica Zdroj for the Polish Championships.
Just wanted to thank Norton Rose group for their help this season.
Also thanks to TASS, the BSS and The Skiers Trust.
Thanks to Tom Akass for the photos