Mixed results for British Team at Les Contamines World Cup

Last weekend the FIS Telemark Word Cup went to the French resort of Les Contamines Montjoie for the second set of races of the 2013/14 season.

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Les Contamines Montjoie

Representing Great Britain was: Anna Morrissey, Jasmin Taylor, Fred Thomas, Jack Harvard Taylor and James French.

Following a training day on Friday, racing got underway on Saturday morning with the first of two Sprint races. In the men, James and Jack struggled in the first run and failed to make ‘the flip’ (top 30 go in reverse order for the second run) and finished 30th and 31st respectively.

In the ladies, both Anna and Jasmin skied consistently in both runs finishing in 7th and 14th position.

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Jack, James and Anna

The following day only Jasmin qualified for the Parallel Sprint (top 8 ladies and 16 men). Team Captain, Jack Harvard Taylor said “the strong field in Les Contamines made it incredibly difficult to qualify for the Parallel. Usually the organisers try to include the top 32 men but due to time constraints and poor snow cover they took the decision to run with only the top 16”.

Jasmin put down two excellent runs against Mathilde Ilebrekke from Norway but was unfortunately beaten to the line. Mathilde went on to take silver medal in the final, racing against World Champion and overall World Cup leader Amelie Reymond.

Jasmin ready for the Parallel!

Jasmin ready for the Parallel!

On the third and final day of racing, Anna recorded a personal best – finishing in 8th place in Sprint. Jasmin experienced a few difficulties in her first run but managed step it up in the second and crossed the line in 7th position.

Jasmin commented, “It was a tough set of races for me, I’m not satisfied with my skiing but taking a positive, I have learnt a lot and gained more, much need, experience on the World Cup”.

Jack fought hard in both run, finishing in 25th after a tough race with its fair share of thrills and spills!

Watch the highlights here:

Jasmin Taylor wins first FIS Telemark World Cup medal for Great Britain in Hintertux

British Telemark racer Jasmin Taylor took silver medal in Sunday’s opening World Cup Parallel Sprint race of the 2013/14 season, making her the first British athlete to reach the Telemark World Cup podium.

Skiing consistently well in the mornings heats, Taylor reached the final round of the competition and drew Swiss telemark veteran and reigning World Champion, Amelie Reymond.

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British Team Manager and FIS Telemark Chairman, Andrew Clarke commented, “Jasmin beat fellow teammate Anna Morrissey and continued on through the next three rounds to find herself up against the ubiquitous Amelie Reymond, who secured two wins in previous days. Not prepared to give Reymond an inch she battled on in the first run, chasing by only a few tenths of a second into the rap and then following in hot pursuit into the skate. Reymond took the first run with only a couple of ski lengths in it…

In the second run, despite the clear lead Jasmin was relentless and skated the last 100m hard. Unfortunately it was not enough to win but it was more than enough to give Jasmin her first Senior World Cup podium and put British Telemark firmly on the map!”

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Jasmin will now return to her training base in Les Houches, France to commence preparations ahead of the next round of the FIS Telemark World Cup which will be staged in the popular French resort of Les Contamines from the 21 – 23 December.

Jasmin is supported by: EdgeRiders, Colchester Physiotherapy, Kneissl UK, TDS SafeGuard and The Mountain Boot Company.

Anna Morrissey starts snow training!

I have been in Austria for a week now and am loving being back in the mountains! I am feeling fit after my hard work over summer. I trained weekly with Huntly Nordic Ski club to work on my skating technique. In summer they train on roller skis and I was fortunate to live very close to them with my summer job. I was able to have coaching from the GB head coach, Roy Young and some of the British athletes: Posy Musgrave and Alex Standen. A massive thank you to the Newman family who really looked after me and gave me a lot of help!

I also had a personal trainer, Greg Anderson, who I completed a three month program with and he has given me a training schedule that I can continue with while I am in Austria. The training has given me a fantastic base fitness which has made my transition to snow training a lot easier.

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So far, I have had one week skiing on the Stubai glacier and one day on the Hintertux glacier. I have spent four of these days with the German Telemark Team who have kindly offered the British Team to join them this season. My team mate, Andrew Clarke is staying with me just now and we have had a few great days skiing in the sunshine…though to our surprise we have just woken up to a FOOT of snow in the valley!!                                              Skiing after Tux press conference

I was struggling to get into a rhythm in my first few days but I am skiing much better now after the help from the Germans and Andrew. I am feeling very confident that with two months on snow before the first World Cup I will be race ready. I have my first few days of gate training this weekend where I am looking forward to try out some of the new techniques I have learnt.

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           Loving life in Stubai!                                            Sporting our Buff UK headwear

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.

 

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!

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Easter Success at the French Cup

Yesterday Jasmin Taylor and Jack Harvard Taylor represented Great Britain at the French Cup in Les Houches.

With the combination of heavy snowfall 48 hours before the race and flat light the organisers decided to shorten the Sprint race and run a giant slalom instead. Jasmin, a regular competitor on the French Cup series, said “the conditions were terrible for the first run. In the second run the sun was trying to break through which made racing a little easier but there was still plenty of fresh snow on the course!”

Jack, Jasmin and Madi McKinstry

Competing against many of the French National Team Jasmin had two superb runs which put her in first place and Jack took the bronze behind France’s Antoine Bouvier and Clément Bergeretti.

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A great weekend of racing for the British Team!

Chamonix World Cup

After a short break the British Team are now in Chamonix, France for the next FIS World Cup and the 2013 World Junior Championships.

The Chamonix Vallee is home to British athletes Jasmin Taylor and Jack Harvard Taylor who will be looking to take advantage of the familiar surroundings and gain some valuable World Cup points.

Representing the British Telemark Team in Chamonix:
Chris Stewart
Jack Harvard Taylor
Andrew Clarke
Fred Thomas
Andy Salter
Jasmin Taylor
Anna Morrissey
Come and show your support on Saturday night at Les Planard for the night Sprint!