Ce vendredi sur l’étape inédite de Coupe du monde de Vallnord-Arcalis en Andorre, l’équipe de France de snowboardcross est parvenue à qualifier la moitié de ses représentants lors des finales qui auront lieu demain, à 13h30.
Dans le sillage de son bon début d’hiver, la prometteuse Charlotte Bankes (10e) signe la meilleure référence côté Tricolores. La Haut-Alpine sera accompagnée par la Savoyarde Elisa Ravel (18e), 18 ans elle aussi, et la Haut-Savoyarde Nelly Moënne-Loccoz (22e). Déception en revanche pour Claire Chapotot (28e), Déborah Anthonioz (29e), Chloé Trespeuch (30e) et Océane Pozzo (33e), de nouveau privées de finales comme ce fut déjà le cas à Lake Louise le mois dernier.
Chez les garçons, en l’absence de Pierre Vaultier (rupture des ligaments croisés antérieurs du genou droit), on retrouvera les deux médaillés olympiques Tony Ramoin (36e) et Polo de le Rue (35e), accompagnés par Xavier de le Rue (34e). A l’inverse, William Bankes (56e), Robin Ligeon (60e) et Pierre Ramoin (66e) ont été éliminés.
The last couple of weeks have been great. After being at home for the Christmas and new year period, we then had European cups in Puy st Vincent which went well and for once we had good weather and great racing!
Right after that I flew to Toronto for a couple of days travelling relaxing and sightseeing. We visited Toronto and Niagara Falls which was really good fun and was a great way to get over jet lag!
We then had a 10 hour drive to Quebec for the World Championships which are held in Stoneham. The great thing about this event is that we all stay in Quebec City which is a change from the usual resort style villages and the old town of Quebec is wonderful to walk through although with record low temperatures all over Canada, it did make sightseeing rather arduous.
On the 23rd we go to train on the course, in temperatures of -46C we had to tape up our faces to avoid frost bite, however the course was amazing with 6 jumps in a row before dropping into a section with 5 banks and rollers which was amazing fun!
Qualification went well for me with my best qualifying result in World Cup event finishing 37th after my second run which I was pleased with dropping 3 seconds from my first run. I seemed to have found the right balance between relaxed and tense and was able to qualify with a run better than my training runs.
After a day off we went back for the finals, I had second to last choice in my round which was the third one. I got a good start managing to stay with the guys ahead of me, however I had a bit of bad luck as Schad missed his timing on a double roller which made him cross the while course, loose speed and crash into me in mid air. I came off worse out of this encounter and crashed, finishing last in my heat.
We are now on our way back Toronto and Blue mountain in four days time which will be my next competition in our Canadian tour!
I have just come back from my fist two weeks on snow,
I was in Saas fee with Myles Mcneany and Ro Kealey for a week, with awesome weather and a great track, we then met up with the rest of the guys from the British team in Hintertux where we had a further 6 days training. The weather was not so good, however there were some very interesting modules and got some early season powder in!
For the last competitions of the season, we had the British Snowboardcross and Skicross Championships
The British championships took place in Switzerland, Laax. The course was a big improvement to the previous years, with some really nice features and some fast sections. I decided to take part in both the snowboard and Skicross event as they were on consecutive days.
For the Snowboardcross, the weather was amazing, nice and sunny. It was nice to be competing with the whole team which created a bit of competitiveness. The qualifications went well with everyone getting two runs. I qualified first which gave me lane choice the whole way into the final.
Once the four person heats started the race was properly on, with sixteen people qualified into the heats.
I managed to qualify first in all my heats which made me confident going into the final heat where the podium was to be decided!
My start was difficult, I pulled out of the gate last but managed to squeeze my way into second place in between the Wutang and the first turn, I then used the aspiration after the second turn to take first place which I managed to keep until the end.
Going into the skicross event, I had mixed feelings as I hadn’t skied all year,as I had been solely training snowboarding. I did however know the track from the day before so I was confident. The weather was not so nice, but we were going faster, overshooting most of the jumps. I qualified third, but in the finals finished second which I am very eased with!
I’m happy to have come first in the Boardercross as there was quite a lot of pressure even if it wasn’t the biggest event of the year.
It is defiantly a great way to end the season. I am now in Barcelona enjoying a couple of weeks off!
I would like to thank everyone for this great season she I have had some great results, especially Norton Rose, BSS, TASS and Skiers Trust.