Successful British Championships and Rauris World Cup!

Last week we all returned from Rauris, Austria after a fantastic few weeks of training and racing. The first 2 weeks were the British Championships which were followed directly by the third World Cup of the season. The standard of skiing at the British Championships was the best we have ever seen and really bodes well for the future of British Telemark! We were slightly lacking in snow but the event was still a huge success and a big thank you must be given to the Army and Navy for all their work organising it. Thank you also to the sponsors who gave some fantastic prizes this year: Snow and Rock, POC, Belton Cheese, Reusch, Rossignol and Tog 24. The full results from the British Championships can be found at: AWSA Telemark

We had three Championship races: GS, Sprint and Classic and two Development races: Sprint and Classic. It was great to see the Development racers racing their Classic on the same slope as the Championship race. Congratulations to Jasmin Taylor and James French who are this years British Champions! Anna Morrissey came second in the ladies and Fred Thomas and Jack Harvard Taylor came second and third respectively in the mens.

The new Senior and Development teams were announced at the prizegiving, congratulations to all those selected! Thank you to Chris Wotton who has taken over the role of team coach and was fantastic at spotting new talent and getting everyone involved. The event finished with the mountain race where everyone gets up stupidly early to race up the mountain. A special mention to James French who was leading the race until his skin fell off ha!

New Senior Team:

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Ladies: Jasmin Taylor, Anna Morrissey
Men: Jack Harvard Taylor, James French, Freddy Thomas, Chippy White, Andrew Clarke

New Development Team:
Men: Robert Houstoun, Louis Hatchwell, Ben Atkinson, Danny Johnson, Paddy Armour

Men: Robert Houstoun, Louis Hatchwell, Ben Atkinson, Danny Johnson, Paddy Armour

Jas, Anna, Jack, James, Freddy, Chippy, Andy, Ben, Louis and Robbie competed in the Rauris World Cup. Everyone skied really well, Jas finished 6th in the Sprint and James finished 19th in the Classic. It was impressive to see a couple of the new Development team members getting a top 30 place too! The classic race, set by Urban Simcic, lived up to last years with seven rollers in the skate section taking us all the way to the bottom of the Kreutzboden chair lift..very tiring!
Unfortunately the Slovenian World Cup that was due to follow Rauris has been cancelled due to lack of snow. A few of us are competing at the Inter services Championships in Meribel next week and then Jas and Anna will fly to Steamboat, America to compete in the fourth World Cup.

British Indoor Series Final – Hemel Hempstead

Last weekend the final round of the British Indoor Series took place at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

The race was well attended by telemark enthusiasts from all over the UK and even attracted a number of FIS Telemark World Cup athletes, including French racer Rémi Fradet. Ski Sunday’s, Graham Bell even foreran!

1157729_10151890253284252_1147928192_nSeries Coordinator, Jack Harvard Taylor commented, “The Hemel race was a real success on a number of levels. It was great to see plenty of younger, alpine racers coming along to give telemark a go!”

“With almost 30 racers at the start and many more taking advantage of free coaching delivered by BASI Telemark Trainer, Joe Beer – this is a huge milestone for telemark racing in the UK”.

Following the racing, Mr Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead kindly awarded the prizes to the winners of each category.

1186190_10151890252934252_1406612762_nThe 2013 indoor series is now over for this year but if you are keen to get into telemark racing – make sure you make it out to Rauris, Austria in January for the 2014 British Telemark Championships!

Full race results can be found here.

British Telemark would like to thank: Ski Bartlett, Backcountry UK, BASI, Scott UK, Hemel Ski Race Club and Ian Findlay for all their support.

 

British Indoor Telemark Series – Hemel Information

Next Saturday (31st August) the final of the British Indoor Telemark Series will take place at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

09:00    The Snow Centre slope opens

13:15    Racer registration closes and bib collection

14:30-14:50 Course inspection and jump practice

15:00    First run

16:30    Second run

17:00    Free practice (with time permitting)

18:00    Prize giving (Prizes awarded by Mike Penning MP for Hemel Hempstead)

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Further information about The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead can be found online at: http://www.thesnowcentre.com/

Event contact details: Jack Harvard Taylor (Chief of Race) – 07799300140

British Telemark looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday at what will be an exciting and fun day!

2013/14 FIS Telemark World Cup Calendar Released

The International Ski Federation (FIS) recently announced the seven venues which will host the 2013/14 Telemark World Cup.

2013.4 World CupFor the first time, racing will commence in November rather than in the New Year. Starting in the Austrian resort of Hintertux, the World Cup will then move over the border and into France where Montgenèvre will hold the second set of races followed by Les Contamines Montjoie.

After a short break during the Christmas period the racing will pick up in Rauris, Austria for the British hosted Telemark World Cup which follows on the back of the British Championships which is due to take place between the 4-16th January.

Slide 1In February (7-23rd) the XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held Sochi, Russia. This gives the telemark racers a chance to go home and re-energise prior to heading out to Norway for the penultimate World Cup in Geilo and the final in Rjukan – the home of telemark skiing!

The British Indoor Telemark Series gets underway at Glasgow..

Yesterday British Telemark hosted the first of the British Indoor Telemark Series’ races at Scotland’s premier indoor snowsports venue, Snow Factor Braehead.

The event attracted racers from all over the UK including a number of the British Team who are currently preparing for the start of the 2013/14 FIS Telemark World Cup season.

With the first run getting underway at midday, the racing was tightly contested amongst the Junior and Senior racers. Following a short lunch break the second run started and provided spectators with an exhilarating display of thrills and spills as competitors fought for podium positions.

Alongside the racing, the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) provided coaching for novice telemarkers and competent alpine skiers wanting to try telemark for themselves.

Chairman of British Telemark, Adrian Pery commented “This race represents a major milestone in the development of British Telemark, we have established a forum for skiers of all ages and abilities to learn and race Telemark and it is wonderful to see everyone here racing with such enthusiasm. Our thanks go to all who have worked so hard to organise this race and set us on the right path for the future of the sport, it bodes well for the future of telemark”.

Prize winners

Results:

Children Boys –

1st Scott Williams

2nd Nick Henderson

3rd Kit Maclellan

Junior Boys –

1st James French

2nd Robbie Houston

Junior Girls –

1st Jasmin Taylor

2nd Sandra Weiler

Senior Ladies –

1st Anna Morrissey

Senior Men –

1st Chris Stewart

2nd Jack Harvard Taylor

3rd Colin Shepherd

British Telemark would like to thank the Scottish Telemark Club, Scott Sports UK, Braemar Mountain Sports, Backcountry UK and BASI for their support at the event.

British Telemark Announces the British Indoor Telemark Series 2013

British Telemark is proud to announce the British Indoor Telemark Series 2013. This is the first ‘telemark specific’ indoor race series to take place on UK soil.

Starting in Glasgow on the 27th July, the series will then move down the country to Manchester (17th August), before finishing at Hemel Hempstead on the 31st August.

The races are not just for the telemark elite.. British Telemark welcomes telemark skiers of all ages and abilities as well as competent alpine skiers who think they have what it takes! Free informal coaching will be available on the race days and there will be spare telemark equipment available for hire.

The races will take place in the form of a sprint / combi race and times from two runs will be put together to give a winner. A number of the British Telemark Ski Team will also be at hand to offer racing advice and general telemark tips!

For more information and entry, go to the event page.

British Telemark Development Camp

Last week British Telemark hosted its first development camp in the exclusive French resort of Val d’Isère. The camp, attended by nine racers including members of the British Senior Team, Junior Development Team and a group of athletes identified in Rauris at the British Championships, was hugely success.

Senior Team athlete and 2013 British Champion, Anna Morrissey reports:

I have just returned from a very successful training week in the French Alps. The week was intended for the Junior Development Team members and some new faces that were keen to get involved in racing. It was great to see such a high attendance. Myself and James French from the Senior Team also attended and were amazed by how quickly the new comers took to the racing. Ben Langridge, a BASI qualified British telemark instructor/coach taught us each morning and kept it very race specific. He recently set up a new telemark ski school with Nicko Braxton in Val d’Isère called Tele Tracks and I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say that we had a fantastic week with Ben. He went above and beyond for us including video analysis, pre-race preparation, gate training and took us down some horrible bumps that are meant to do wonders for our skiing (but secretly I think it is just so he could have a laugh at us). Although our week was race specific, they cater for all abilities and what really stood out for me was their enthusiasm for the sport. Thanks must also be given to the Grand Stade in Val d’Isère for the use of their gates and a training lane.

From the Junior Development Team we had Edward Lees and Nick Henderson and some new faces to look out for in the future include Louis Hatchwell, Ben Atkinson, Robert Houston, Alastair Cruz-Mermy and Jack Morrissey. Below is a picture of the group after successfully completing an ESF Flèche race which took a couple of the members back to their childhood…

Following this race we all competed in the French Championships which were held in Tignes last weekend. Jasmin Taylor was also competing in these so it was great to see her there too. The first race was the qualification for the dual slalom for which Jasmin, Alastair and Edward all qualified. Jasmin went on to win her category (go Jas!), Ed unfortunately, after qualifying with the fastest time in his category, fell in his first race and Alastair gave it everything against Antoine Bouvier but narrowly lost in the small final.

The following day was the Sprint Classic and again it was unbearably hot so we all have very impressive goggle tan lines now. It was another successful day for the Brits with Jasmin coming third in her category which also secured her the overall French Cup series. Alastair put down some very impressive times in his respective category and I came third in mine. It is always so nice to see so many youngsters at the French Cup races and I think Nick really enjoyed racing against people his own age. The others have improved so much over the course of the week and did very well in the races, especially considering their lack of experience. It was really great to see so many Brits competing in this event and all of them doing so well. Below is a picture of myself and Jasmin on the podium. It was a fantastic end to the season and bodes well for the future of British Telemark!

Anna and Jasmin

Mixed Results in Chamonix

The British Team had a mixed weekend at the Chamonix FIS World Cup and Junior World Championships.

On Saturday, the team competed in a night Sprint race on the Le Planard slope in the centre of Chamonix. With a good turnout of spectators lining the course and plenty of British support, there was a great atmosphere as the light faded into darkness.

Team captain, Jack Harvard Taylor said “it was a tough race for all the British Team. The first course, set by French National coach Dennis Garcon, was fast in the gates and very rhythmic. After the first run, Bonny Michelle SUI set the second course which wasn’t quite as open and opted for a slightly shorter skate after the rap (360)”.

The following day the team headed down the valley to Les Houches for the Classic race. Taking place on the lower half of the famous La Verte piste, where the Alpine WC downhill takes place in February, Jasmin Taylor skied into 5th position in the Juniors – narrowly missing out on a podium finish. Well done Jasmin!!

Season update with Jasmin Taylor; How things are going for her this winter?

Jasmin Taylor has returned to the Chamonix Valley for her second season competing full-time representing the British Telemark Team on the French National Cup circuit and FIS Telemark World Cup. Making the transition from alpine to telemark racing only three years ago, Jasmin won her first bronze medal at the Junior World Championships last year in Espot, Spain.

Q: So Jasmin, how has the season been so far?

I haven’t had the best start to the season but I always knew this year was going to be tough after my fitness training was disrupted over the summer due to a painful stomach problem. This meant I couldn’t train normally and had to take things a bit easier. It also affected my immune system which hasn’t been quite right for a while now.

During the British Championships I had a chest and throat infection but I like to think that I’m back on track now, ready for more French Cups and of course the World Junior Championships in Chamonix in just over a week’s time.

Q: Last season you scored some great points on the French Cup circuit, and achieved a podium finish at the Junior World Championships in Spain. What are your aims for the 2012/13 season?

The goal this season is to try and better my results from last season. All I want is to progress and it’s nice when you podium or do well because the proof of that improvement is in the results. I am hoping to do just that this season. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself – I will just wait and see what I can do.

Q: I understand this season you are living with Madi McKinstry from the US Telemark Team and training alongside the French Telemark Team in Les Houches. Tell us a bit more about your training?     

Madi is good fun and it’s great training with someone who shares the same passion for Telemark! When you are training with a mixture of people it makes everything more interesting and pushes you much more. It’s also great when all the French Team join us too because it’s good to watch and learn from some of their top telemark racers.

Seb Mansart is my coach this season. I’ve been working with Seb from the beginning and training has always been excellent in Les Houches. I am also doing a bit more cross-country skiing this season season as it’s the weakest element of the race for me.

Q: Coming from an alpine racing background, why do you find telemark so appealing?

There are so many different components involved in a telemark race which makes it far more interesting and varied. In telemark you need to be very versatile as it involves an element of ski jumping, giant slalom and cross-country. All this keeps training pretty fun and allows us to mix things up a bit.

I have always loved skiing but there’s something about the telemark turn that’s just magical for me!

Q: Is there any chance we will see telemark racing in the Olympics one day?

Absolutely! I can definitely see it happening in the future and with Andrew Clarke recently appointed as Chairman of the FIS Telemark Committee he is pushing hard for inclusion. I have also been campaigning like crazy in my home town of Ipswich – I want everyone to know about telemark. I don’t see how it can’t be a Winter Olympic discipline?

Q: What would be your advice for alpine racers looking to get into Telemark racing?

Join your local telemark ski club – there are clubs in: Manchester, Hemel Hempstead, Tamworth and Glasgow. Also, there is the British Championships every January in Rauris, Austria where people can try telemark for the first time and at the end, compete in either the Championship or the Development races depending on their ability and confidence.

Jasmin Taylor is sponsored by: Kneissl UK, Mountain Boot Company (Scarpa), ChamExpress, TDS Safe-Guard (www.destroy-it.com), Edge-Riders, Pulsin’, Hemel Hempstead’s Snow Centre.

Madi & Jasmin

Interview from Racer-Ready