It has been hard trying to find a convenient date for the Scottish FIS races over the years. Recently they were in Chamonix tagged on to the end of the Europa Cup Slalom races and running alongside the Children’s races in Les Houches. By joining forces with Evolution and running the races at the renown training base of Reiteralm, the guarantee of the races happening was strong. By putting on a double slalom and double Giant Slalom, the appeal to the international racers got stronger.
A healthy number of British racers took to the first slalom to challenge some quality international racers. With the paucity of races happening in Europe in early January, this was a coming together of those wanting to put their talent out there.
Beth Widdup took the spoils amongst the British racers in the Girls Slalom as she rose from bib 27 to finish in 21st spot with Alice Macaulay taking a break from her studies at Bath University to place 23rd. Yasmin Cooper, with Youth Olympic Games qualification on the cards, posted two good runs to rise from a start number of 46 to 27. Cooper’s first run had been of an exceptional quality that had seen her comfortably inside the top thirty flip. Sadly a mistake on the second run saw her drop down the field.
The boys did not have such a successful day with only three racers finishing the race. Euan Kick was the pick of the racers taking 37th place. A few of the younger racers may need to learn the need to not give up after making a mistake as too many exited the race after small errors. Sometimes the winner of the race is the racer who makes the fewest mistakes and not who skis the cleanest line.
With 140 guys at the start and over 100 girls, the quality and depth of racing was great to see. With penalties of 13 (Women) and 15 (Men) there were opportunities to be had for good scores.
Pictures from the racing are available on www.racer-ready.ifp3.com