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!

For more information – click here!

Telegraph Ski Show

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.

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.

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!

2013 British Championships Race Report

On the 5th January the British Team arrived in the small Austria town of Rauris to commence training in preparation for the British Championships and the second FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2012/13 season.

Joined by over one hundred servicemen and women from across the three services (British Army, Royal Navy and RAF) competition was fierce for podium places in both the Army and Open Championship races.

Rauris, Austria

With the addition of the recently selected Junior Development Team, comprising of: Edward Lees, Nick Henderson and Ollie Wotton the team spent the first five days freeskiing before progressing into GS gates prior to the first Championship race.

As a result of the rising temperatures in the valley, the race jury took the decision to move the opening race up the hill to the Gipfelbahn piste.

Kicking off with GS, racers battled against poor visibility and 30cm of fresh snow on the hill. With less than a second separating the top three men after the first run, Chris Stewart took the gold medal followed by Jack Harvard Taylor and James French.

Jack Harvard Taylor

The following day provided the British racers with similar, challenging conditions for the Sprint Classic race. Again Chris Stewart skied into first place, closely followed by James French and Jack Harvard Taylor finishing in bronze medal position.

On the final day of racing the sun emerged for the Classic race, the longest of the three Championship races. The demanding course started with a flat one hundred metre skate before dropping into a series of open ‘super G’ style gates. Following on from this, athletes where put through their paces with a long GS section before the rap (360 degree banked turn) and uphill skate into the finish. After an exhilarating race Chris Stewart beat Jack and James, finishing with an impressive final skate and clinching the gold medal.

British Telemark Championships 2013

Today the 2013 British Telemark Championships drew to a close in Rauris, Austria after three very tightly fought races.

Results:

Overall men’s –

1st Chris Stewart

2nd Jack Harvard Taylor

3rd James French

Overall women’s:

1st Anna Morrissey

2nd Alison Morrissey

Overall junior’s:

1st Ed Lees

2nd Ollie Wotton

With the British Championships now over, the team is focusing its efforts towards the British hosted FIS Telemark World Cup taking place on Friday and Saturday in Rauris.

Full report to follow!