Tom Bankes and Maisie Potter get gold at the Brits

Wed 21 March 12

The BRITS 2012 kicked off in style with the Trespass Snowboardcross Championships today. The competitors were greeted with blue skies, warm weather, loads of snow and a perfectly shaped course.

Tom Bankes and Maisie Potter get gold at the Brits

Tom Bankes and Maisie Potter get gold at the Brits © The Brits

GB coach James Foster tweaked Laax’s first permanent snowboardcross course and the riders were eager to get stuck in. Head judge Andy Mills said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather and the snow were both perfect.”


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After an intense day of racing, the top riders could barely be separated, meaning tight finishes and carnage on the course, which made for a classic snowboardercross final.

 

Brits Snowboard Cross
Brits Snowboard Cross
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In the women’s category, Maisie Potter from Wales came first in both her age group and overall. “I’m really happy. The course was really good and fast, the best one yet,” she said.

 

Brits Women's Podium
Brits Women's Podium
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Kate Foster continued her strong run coming in second place, securing a podium finish for the third time in as many years. Sarah Marriott took third place to cap off a great day for the ladies.

 

Women's Snowboard Cross
Women's Snowboard Cross
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Next up were the men, which included the entire GB snowboardcross team, who have been training hard throughout the season. The hard work paid off and there was a clear sense of rivalry between the squad, who dominated the podium. James Foster showed the younger riders how it’s done, coming in third place behind Kyle Wise who took second.

 

The Brits Men's Podium
The Brits Men's Podium
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But it was Thomas Bankes who secured top spot above his teammates. “We had a great day. The course was amazing and a great improvement by the organisers. Riding with the guys in the finals was fun, to win here at the Brits is always good,” he commented. 

Trespass Snowboardcross Championships Results

Men                                                                           Women

1st – Thomas Bankes                                                1st – Maisie Potter

2nd – Kyle Wise                                                          2nd – Kate Foster

3rd – James Foster                                                    3rd – Sarah Marriott

Don’t forget to check out the BRITS 2012 daily webcasts and picture galleries at www.the-brits.com, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard and Freeski action from the previous day’s competition.

The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive sponsors: Protest, Trespass, Dare2b , Snow+Rock and NookaMedia partners: Whitelines, Huck, Extreme Sports Channel, Downdays.eu, Ski Club of Great Britain, Metrosnow.co.uk, In The Snow and Snowboardclub.co.uk.Destination partners: Switzerland Tourism and LAAXGoverning BodiesTTR, AFP, WSF and BSS.

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Snowboard Guide rating 9 out of 10 “Excellent snowsure resort with a good long season. The slopes are great for freestylers and freeriders alike, as well as suiting beginners. The resort can be slack at opening lifts and the off-piste gets tracked out within hours of a dump.”

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