Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Change of Schedule

Well, as expected, this morning arrived with the rain still falling at village level, meaning that the junior downhill was cancelled. This was good news for Impulse member Matt Thompson as it meant the junior results would be taken from yesterdays senior race, giving Matt the British Junior downhill title!

Matt Thompson on his way to the British Junior Downhill title
(Picture Courtesy of Racer Ready)

With the DH cancelled, came the decision to run the slalom leg of the super combined. The organisers got to work setting, and salting, the courses on the Meribel stade. The rain was easing by now and would soon stop. Inspection had to be made from outside the course to give the salt some time to work on the snow.
The race itself was very good, considering the conditions and the snow held up well. Our trainees performed well with Matt Jessop moving up to 33rd from a start number of 50, Ed Fenton-Fowler was unlucky at number 71 and fell about 20 gates down. Sam Fairbairn finished in 26th, making the top 30 flip for the super g run but was subsequently disqualified for incorrect passage of a gate which was a great shame as it was his run of the season so far!
Matt Thompson continued his successful run with 12th overall, 3rd Brit and 1st Brit junior. This gives him a good position in the super g tomorrow to capitalise on and, hopefully remain in this position (at least).
Early starts all round for a 7am inspection for the super g leg tomorrow. Here's hoping for another good race.

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