6 days until the opening FIS Telemark World Cup in Hintertux, AUT

Preparations are underway for the opening FIS Telemark World Cup of the 2015/16 season in Hintertux, Austria.

Screenshot 2015-11-21 09.41.54Representing Great Britain in Hintertux will be: Louis Hatchwell, Jasmin Taylor, Jasper Taylor, Fred Thomas, James French, Sion Bingham, Alistair Cruz-Mermy, Robbie Houstoun and Colin and Alec Dixon.

It was in Hintertux two years ago Jasmin Taylor won her first World Cup podium in the Parallel Sprint, finishing in 2nd position. Speaking to the BBC earlier in the month, Jasmin said, “My goals for the coming season are ‘input’ goals rather than ‘outcome’ goals,” she continued. “But of course you always want to see an improvement in timings and results. 

“I’m extra intent on improving elements of my technique, fitness and mentality, which should in theory improve results but without that being the immediate process.”

The British Team pre-season training in Tignes, FRA

The British Team pre-season training in Tignes, FRA

Louis Hatchwell, last year, archived his best World Cup finish in the Hintertux Parallel Sprint – gaining a creditable 17th position in what is considered one of the tougher race hills on the World Cup circuit.

Once again TELE HO productions will be bringing you all the live action throughout the weekend from Austria. FIS Telemark Chairman, Andrew Clarke and ex-British Team athlete, Jack Harvard Taylor will be commentating on this exciting opening race of the 2015/16 season. Watch the LIVE action here.

Indoor Series: Glasgow

The British Team has just been competing in the third event of the Indoor Series. This was a great weekend organised by the Scottish Telemark Club in Glasgow. Athletes from France and Finland travelled to compete in the event but it was British Team athletes, James and Jaz that finished first!

On Saturday there was a training day where the team enjoyed coaching from Seb Mansart, the Biritsh Team coach. Over lunchtime there was a roller skiing taster session organised by John Mordue and a strength and conditioning session from Chris Stewart, a former Birtish Telemark Champion, who owns Leading Physique near Manchester. In the evening everyone got together for dinner which included a well fought jelly slurping race!

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The race on Sunday was very well attended, lots of new faces and the largest start list of the series so far! The times were very tight at the top, the podium places were separated by only 0.36 seconds. The full results can be downloaded here: Glasgow Results. Well done to the top 6 racers who are:

  1. James French
  2. Jasmin Taylor
  3. Antti-Pekka Auvinen (Finland)
  4. Seb Mansart (France)
  5. Sion Bingham
  6. Allan Stevenson

In the team event:

  1. Scottish Telemark Club A
  2. Crozets
  3. Marines

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Thank you so much the organisers, instructors, helpers, Snow Factor centre and the sponsors (Mountain Spirit, Ski Bartlett, Buff, Scott, Blues/Tiso and BASI). Thank you to Kevin McMurtrie sports event photography for the shots. It was a great weekend!

Last event of the series is in Hemel on 22/23rd August where the racers will fight it out for the overall series title!

Indoor Series: Tamworth

The second event of the British Telemark Indoor Series was held in Tamworth at the weekend. On Saturday there was a telemark festival day with instruction from top BASI instructors. Ben and Nicko from Telemark Tracks brought NTN telemark equipment for people to try as well. Check out their website for photos and more event information. A huge thank you to them and Ian Acey for organising a fantastic day!

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On Sunday morning, Anne Ford and John Mordue organised a roller skiing taster session on the nearby cycle track. The importance of the skate section is often forgotten in the racing so it was great to get the opportunity to learn to roller ski as this can be used in summer training.

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On Sunday afternoon the second race of the series took place. The full results can be downloaded here: Tamworth results. Congratulations to the following who placed at the top:

  1. James French
  2. Sion Bingham
  3. Colin Shepherd
  4. Jasmin Taylor
  5. Allan Stevenson
  6. Patrick Mitchell

Again, a huge thank you to all those who helped gate judge, run the race and donated prizes (Buff, Ski Bartlett and Scott)! It was a fun weekend, next stop GLASGOW on 11/12th July.

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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!

French Cup Finals – Les Contamines

The British Telemark Team was well represented at the finals of the French Cup in Les Contamines FRA over Easter Weekend.

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Bad visibility made for tough conditions on Sunday for the first of two Sprints. Following the course inspection – the start of the race was delayed by over an hour which gave the athletes time to warm up thoroughly before the race got underway.

Results (by category):
1st Jasmin Taylor (U30)
4th Ollie Wotton (U16)
4th Jack Harvard Taylor (U30)
5th Sion Bingham (U18)

Congratulations to all on such fantastic results!

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Ollie Wotton

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Jasmin Taylor

 

Jasmin Taylor takes bronze in the Sprint at the 2015 FIS Telemark World Championships

LONDON: Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Yesterday Jasmin Taylor won Great Britain’s first FIS Telemark World Championship medal in Steamboat Springs, USA.

Jasmin, who arrived in Colorado just a few days ago from her training base in Les Houches FRA, is competing against the world’s fastest telemark ski racers at the 2015 World Championships.

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Following official training on Monday, racing commenced yesterday with the Telemark Sprint race – the shortest of the three FIS Telemark disciplines with each run typically lasting 45 seconds.

Starting bib number 7, Jasmin skied into third position after the first run, just seconds behind Argeline Tan-Bouquet of France and Switzerland’s World Cup leader Amélie Reymond.

During the second run Jasmin skied well in the GS gates before storming through the skating section at the bottom of the course and finishing with a combined time of 2:03.35 for the two runs.

Jasmin commented after the race: “It’s great to finally ski the way I know I can ski. I felt so solid on the jump and went long. I’m so pleased to have won a significant medal at this level – feels awesome!”

FIS Telemark Chairman and ex-British athlete, Andrew Clarke said: “I am so very proud of Jaz; she has given it her all since starting her journey with telemark.” And went on to say, “what a transformation from the unsteady telemarker myself and Jack Harvard Taylor took for a trial ski in 2010. She deserved that today! When you put it into perspective considering the competition and see they all come from countries where skiing is almost second nature it makes it all that much sweeter.”

 

Final results of the 2015 FIS Telemark World Championship, Ladies Sprint:

1st Amélie Reymond, SUI

2nd Mathilde Ilebrekke, NOR

3rd Jasmin Taylor, GBR

 

Racing continues today (Wednesday 25) with the Parallel Sprint and will be broadcast live at 17:00 GMT.

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