Boarder-X at the Brits 09 in Laax
Tue 31 March 09
Day 1 of the Brits, and would overwhelming favourites Zoe Gillings and James Foster take the top prize in the boarder cross?
On the first day of the 2009 British Snowboard Championships it was time for the racers to show off some high speed action in the Trespass British Snowboardcross Championships, which witnessed over 100 snowboarders going head to head down the challenging course until only the fastest remained to battle it out in the finals. Snowsport GB Team members, James Foster and Zoe Gillings dominated the day’s competition, both gaining the two fastest race times of the competition as well as claiming the titles, for the second year running.
In the women’s final, it was set to be a fast paced race with three of the four finalists being Snowsport GB team members and snowboardcross specialists. Zoe Gillings, who had got the overall fastest time in the first round of qualifications, got away from the others first with a great fast start out of the gates.
Hitting the first jump Zoe increased her lead even further following a couple of the other competitors crashing, but all rode away to continue the race. Zoe held onto her lead for the entire race, securing her the top spot and title for a second year running. As Zoe crossed the finish line, Lesley was hitting the last kicker of the course finishing in second place, followed by Dani Stone in third and Ivy Taylor in fourth.
Zoe Gillings said – “It was awesome to win! I’ve been competing in Snowboardcross all season so couldn’t have had better training for today. As I was one of the favourites to win that added extra pressure so I feel really happy and relieved at the same time to have won.”
The men’s final was just as competitive with all eager to be first out of the gates to get an advantageous lead. James Foster, who had got the fastest time overall of the days competition and had been riding solidly all day, got away from the others first and despite the others being hot on his heels throughout the whole course, he held onto his lead for the entire race securing him the top spot and the title for the second year running. The rest of the riders all had solid faultless runs and continued to try and close the gap on James but his impressive run meant no one got the chance to steal his lead on this occasion. Second over the finish line was Tim McGregor followed by Nick Dudar and in fourth place David Osgood.
“It’s really good to be back at the BRITS, the course was bigger and better this year and luckily the weather was kind to us. I’m very happy to have won as it’s my first race of the season”, said James Foster of his win.
Tue 31 March 09, Mammoth Mountain, USA
Jana Mayen-Wetherby takes the slopestyle contest with Brit star Jenny Jones coming 2nd. Kelly Clark won the halfpipe and takes the overall TTR series title.
Wed 01 April 09, Laax, Switzerland
2nd day of the BRITS 09 for the Quiksilver Big Air Championships yesterday and the standard of riding was immense. Nate Kern set a new BRITS record with a backside 1260 and Laura Berry stepped it up with a huge 360 to take the 2009 British Quiksilver Big Air Championship titles. Check out the highlights here!
Thu 02 April 09, Cardrona, New Zealand
The hosting torch has been passed from Snow Park back to Cardrona for this years event which is being held 11th-15th August
Thu 02 April 09, Laax, Switzerland
Ben Kilner carried his excellent season form into yesterdays halfpipe with Dom Harington and Dan Wakeham filling the other 2 podium spots. In the ladies it was Lesley McKenna who proved she is still the women to beat. Check out the highlights here.
Fri 03 April 09, Laax, Switzerland
Surely the safest bet for any of the competitions in the Brits would be that Jenny Jones would win the slopestyle, and true to form she did. 15yr old Jamie Nicholls picked up the mens title with a super technical run.
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