Day 2: Checking out the Trespass British Boardercross Championships
Despite polishing off our bottle of Eristoff Black and hitting the Indy club for hiphop night on Monday, we managed to get up and out for a morning of riding before the day’s big action – the British Boardercross Championships.
While the riders took part in solo time trials we headed to Flims to find some decent snow and give the slush a swerve for as long as possible.
Early afternoon we headed back to the boardercross course for the finals. The course seems to have been moved a little this year – the walk from the restaurant definitely seemed to be further than before.
Crowds had gathered on the slopes to the side of the course to cheer on their friends and relatives. It’s tricky to watch boardercross sometimes – when the riders vanish round a bank or over the other side of a kicker you’re sometimes waiting a few seconds, holding your breath to see who will emerge out of the other side.
The course started with a kicker that looked not far off vertical from where I was standing – a challenge that made this course not for the faint hearted. Nevertheless plenty riders took it on – with the competitors ranging on age from ten to 46.
I’ll post full results when they come through but the prize-giving session took place at apres time after an acoustic session from Morzine-based Joel Erith.
Interestingly there were two pairs of siblings on the podium. In the women’s competition Kate Foster came third, Ivy Taylor came second and Charlotte Bankes took the overall Trespass British Championship title. In the men’s contest I missed who came third (sorry!) but Kate’s brother James Foster came second and Charlotte’s brother Tom Bankes came first.
Tonight there are film premieres at the Rider’s Palace and then tomorrow sees the riders hit the
kickers for the big air contest. The sun is predicted to shine for us again so must make sure to pack the sunscreen.
Oh and today’s snowboard of choice was the awesome K2 EcoPOP. It’s an all terrain board inspired by K2 rider Gretchen Bleiler. The eco bit comes from the textile topsheet, hybrilight core and thin sidewall all designed to keep the board light and reduce the amount of waste produced in its manufacturing.
Really loved this board – it’s fast, stable and easy to ride even in slow, slushy conditions. Made it all the way home without getting stuck on the flat bits and was sad to say goodbye to it. It’s a good looking number too – some awesome pinkness going on.
Day 1: The Brits arrive for the, erm, Brits