Development Camp and homebound!

TeleTracksI have just finished a weeks training at our development camp in Val d’Isère with Ben Langridge from TeleTracks. It was a great week, focusing on skating, gate training, race starts and jumping. We also took part in a GS Flèche race on Wednesday and had video analysis sessions most afternoons. I attended the camp last year also and I was pleased that Ben could see all the improvements I have made to my skiing this season.

Unfortunately I injured myself quite badly in the Flèche race so was unable to ski for the last couple of days but it was nice to watch the others training and make the most of the sunshine! Ben has a strong Alpine race background and is a lovely telemark skier so I learn a lot from his teaching. He is based in Val d’Isère all season so visit his website for details of their teaching weeks if you are interested, he also has a stock of Scott NTN kit that you can rent.

I now have to start packing up all my stuff and I will be homebound in the next couple of days. It has been a very long season, 7 months on snow but I am so glad I did it! I have had a fantastic time and was so pleased to finish in 9th place overall at the end of the World Cup season. Good bye France…it’s been great!

Podiums at French Championships!

I am pleased to finish the end of the racing on a high with two podium places! The French Championships were held in Les Houches, France and were the last of the French Cup races. It was great to have a couple of days training with the Les Houches ski club, coach Seb Mansart and team mate Jack before the races this weekend. Conditions were pretty difficult with very slushy snow at the end of the season and on Saturday visibility was really poor. I came second in my age group in the Classic on Saturday and third in the Sprint today! It was good to see Jack out on snow again and the Wotton boys racing well. My mum also raced and came second in her age group in both races, go mum! I am looking forward to the development camp that I am organising next week and then sadly the long journey back to Scotland awaits…

 

Rjukan Telemark World Cup!

I am now back in France after a two week trip to Sweden and Norway. Our last set of races were in Rjukan, Norway and were sadly the last World Cup races of the season. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my best set of results here, I came 15th in the Classic and in the Sprint. I had a fantastic time in Rjukan, I especially enjoyed the Classic race so I was annoyed that I fell after the jump but pleased with the way I skied before that. A big congratulations to our new Junior team member Louis Hatchwell who had two more top 30 World Cup finishes. The much talked about ‘World Cup party’ on the last night lived up to everyones expectations!

The final World Cup standings have now been published and I am so proud of myself to be World ranked no. 9 this season! At the end of last season I was ranked 18th, so it is great to see such an improvement this year. A big thank you to everyone who has helped me this season. A special thanks to Huntly Nordic Ski Club, the German Telemark Team, Tele Tracks and Urban Simcic for the training. And to Snow Angel Ski wear, Nine point Nine, MBC and Surefoot for the kit. The season would not have been possible without it all.

This weekend I will go to the French Championships in Les Houches for one last race and then we have a British Development camp with Tele tracks in Val d’Isere. I am looking forward to a chilled April!

Geilo Telemark World Cup

We have just finished the set of World Cup races in Geilo, Norway. We had a Parallel Sprint, Sprint and a Classic this weekend so we are all pretty tired, especially after the races in Sweden too. Our accommodation has been amazing, we are in our own apartments which each have their own saunas and ski prep rooms! Alongside this World Cup the World Junior Championships were ran, these happen once a year. It meant there was a large number of racers for both the ladies and men which was good to see.

I didn’t qualify for the parallel sprint on the first day but was happy to finish in 12th place in the Sprint and 14th place after todays Classic. The parallel was streamed live on Norwegian TV which was amazing! It looked so good and is a huge step towards the sport becoming olympic. The boys skied great this weekend, James finished 24th in the Sprint and Louis had his best finish of 28th in the Classic today.

We have a much needed day off tomorrow where Louis and I will travel to Rjukan, Norway for the last World Cup races of the season. We have a training day on Wednesday followed by three more days of racing. It is sad that the season is nearly over!😦

Funaesdalen Telemark World Cup!

I have just arrived in Norway after competing in two great World Cup races in Funaesdalen, Sweden. The car journey here was a bit sketchy…JAMES…ha! Three of us from GB competed in the Sprint and Parallel Sprint in Sweden. This was my first trip to Sweden and I would love to go back. It is a beautiful country and I really enjoyed the race piste we were on.

The conditions for the sprint were perfect, blue skies and great snow! I had a good first run leaving me in 9th in a tough field of 13 girls. Unfortunately my second run was not as good and I fell down a couple of places to finish in 11th place. It was also my birthday on the day of the sprint, what a nice way to spend it!

For the parallel the following day they took the top 16 women and top 32 men which meant everyone could participate. I qualified in 11th place and met Sara Haugen from Norway in the first round. I was happy with both runs even though I did not go through to the next round. I was very close to her in the gates and got 0 penalties in one of the runs too. My team mate James had a fantastic result in the parallel coming 5th equal! He knocked out two people to get into the final 8 where he unfortunately met Tobi Muller GER, world number one. This is the best result for a British male in a Telemark World Cup, well done James!

We are now in Geilo, Norway where we have three more World Cup races and the World Junior Championships. In the opening ceremony for Geilo they made a small jump for the top ranked juniors to jump…including a ring of fire!

Sun, snow and dodgy road trips!

I’ve had a fantastic two weeks. I had a lovely break from skiing when I went home to Edinburgh to see friends and family, I also went to see one of my favourite bands…Bastille! I then came back out to France with my parents. We did a lot of skinning, making the most of all the sun and new snow we have had! I had a few days skiing with team mates in St Foy in preparation for the upcoming Scandinavian World Cup races. We had a couple of road trips in some equally dodgy cars ha! It was great to have lunch in Chamonix to visit Jas who has sadly had a bad leg injury and needed a cheer up. James, Louis and I leave for Norway and Sweden tomorrow where we have the last three sets of World Cup races. I’m so looking forward to my first trip to Sweden!

Steamboat USA World Cup

I have just finished a tough four days of racing in Steamboat Springs, USA. I have had such a good time in America so far and I am looking forward to a couple more days in Denver before flying back to France. I sadly missed the opening ceremony, leaving Jas to fly the flag for Great Britain on her own! I had two days to get over my jet lag before the races started and the resort organised some fantastic training for us in these days where we could train on each of the runs they would be using for the races. The jet lag actually worked in our favour making sure we were very early to bed and early waking up.

We started the racing with two long Classics followed by a Sprint and finishing with a Parallel Sprint. The Classic is the longest race we do, it is typically about 3-4 minutes long. These two races were especially hard with two long skate sections and two raps, made even harder by the fact that we were racing at about 2500m above sea level! Luckily, the sprint and parallel sprint were much shorter as everyone was very tired after the first two races.

I had some of my best results in these races finishing 9th and 7th in the Classic races and I was really happy to finish 6th in the Sprint! I unfortunately did not qualify for the Parallel Sprint on the last day but it is a great race to be able to watch. My team mate Jas did really well finishing 5th in all her races! We were the only two racing, but we had team mate Andrew Clarke supporting us as well as my parents who came to watch. To finish the week off the ski club organised a big party for all the organisers, volunteers and racers. It was well deserved after some tough racing! A big thank you to everyone involved in making the week so much fun and such a success, especially considering the tough snow conditions on the last day. Everyone is looking forward to the World Championships in Steamboat next season!

The day after the last race my parents and I went horse riding in the snow which was really fun, at points the snow was up to our feet, it was so impressive how the horses made it through the challenging paths. It was a really relaxing ride in a very remote area outside the city of Steamboat. I will stay in Denver for a couple of days now before the long flight back to Geneva, France…fingers crossed for some good movies!