Indoor Series: Manchester

The first race of the indoor series kicked off in Manchester last weekend. The Manchester Cross Country Ski Club organised a great festival on Saturday which included instruction from top BASI instructors and a strength and conditioning presentation given by Chris Stewart, owner of Leading Physique and three time British Telemark Champion. Everyone got together on Saturday evening for the now regular curry night!

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This was followed by the sprint race on Sunday, organised by British Telemark. Congratulations to the top 5 overall individuals:

1st: Sion Bingham
2nd: Ian Acey
3rd: Allan Stevenson
4th: Dean Gillon
5th: George Herd

In the team event:

1st: Scottish Telemark Club
2nd: RAF
3rd: Tamworth
4th: Royal Marine Reserves

The full Manchester Results can be downloaded. It was great to see some new faces again, we hope to see these races continuing to grow.

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A huge thank you to everyone who helped out from Chill Factore , everyone who marshalled the race, Ben Langridge and Danny McCabe for bringing Scott NTN equipment, Caroline Brown and Buff and Ski Bartlett for the prizes. We are looking forward to the next event in Tamworth on the 28/29th June.

See you there!

10 days until The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show arrives in London

Where: Earls Court 2, London
When: 30 October – 2 November 2014

What: Whether you’ve never set foot on a slope or are a seasoned pro there is something for everyone at The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show London. With live freestyle demonstrations, fashion shows, lessons for all abilities, après bars, live music, Olympic athletes and over 250 top brands, tour operators and chalet companies showcasing the best in winter sports we are the perfect place to kick-start your season!

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British Indoor Telemark Series Final

On Saturday the final round of the 2014 British Indoor Telemark Series was held at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead.

Following three tightly contested races in Glasgow, Manchester and Tamworth the stakes were high for the Hemel final with the top races looking to take the Series title.

Races traveled from all over the UK including Team Scotland who has enjoyed a fruitful summer racing in the second British Indoor Series. The races were also well attended by members of the Forces who have started training for British Army / British Telemark Championships, which will take place in January, in the Austrian resort of Rauris.

The indoor GS combi course, set by Adrian Pery, combined 13m gates with a jump and rap (360 degree turn) followed by a short skate back up the hill to the finish.

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Results:

Men

1st Colin Shepherd

2nd Sion Bingham (U21)

3rd Robert Houstoun

Women

1st Anna Morrissey

2nd Alison Morrissey

3rd Sally Bartlett

Download Hemel Results here and the Overall Indoor Results here.

Chief of Race, Jack Harvard Taylor commented: “The race wrapped up what has been a fantastic summer series. We’ve seen plenty of new talent emerge and I’ve also been particularly encouraged to see a number of alpine racers successfully crossing over into telemark which is great for our sport.”

Finally, British Telemark thanks Sally Bartlett, Simon Everitt and Alison and Anna Morrissey for organising this fantastic weekends racing.

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.

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:

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.

Buff UK Sponsor the British Telemark Team for the 2013/14 Season

The British Telemark Ski Team are proud to announce, the original multifunctional headwear manufacturer, Buff UK will be supporting the team throughout the 2013/14 World Cup season.

Team Manager, Jack Harvard Taylor, commented “We are thrilled to have Buff UK on board for the forthcoming season. Buff produce a range of exceptionally functional, good looking headwear and I know the team will really benefit from their Polar Buff’s in the sub zero temperatures in Norway.”

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Finally, check out Buff on Facebook for athlete updates and events; and on Twitter at @BuffLife

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.