Tech Month

It has been a month of tricky snow conditions.  We’ve had lots of snow and warm temperatures so have adapted our schedule to suit.

We have had good training at Hintereit for the last month. If only race day could produce similar conditions.

The last two GS series were challenging. We went to Hochficht where I had scored a 2nd last year and had high expectations.  Unfortunately I was struggling to find the right line and on a soft flat slope i was bleeding time the whole way down. After that we went to Chur (true, bro) in Switzerland for two GS race at Lenzerheide. The first race didn’t go so well. I was in 24th after the first run and then did not finished the second.  It was a really tight tough course set with lots of people having similar problems.

The second race was much better. I was sitting in 4th after the first run, but the weather didn’t play ball. Heavy snow from the night before and milder temperatures made the course deteriorate pretty quickly and after 40 people went down it was a misty minefield and the race was cancelled.

The World Cup at Schladming a couple of weeks ago has been the highlight of my season so far. Even though it was slalom and I didn’t make it very far. Nothing beats the atmosphere of 45,000 crazy Austrians enjoying a winter evening race.

Even the World cup Circuit was struggling to hold the races in these conditions. The World Cup GS in Garmisch (GER) was next. I was looking forward to doing this race. I had bib 57, inspected the course then was told that the race was cancelled.

One piece of good news was a result of dropping in to the Head factory on the way back from Lenzerheide. I replaced two pair of GS skis and had a good discussion with the boot tech who confirmed my boots were too stiff.  He made up a softer pair for me on the spot and I am looking forward to my next races with more confidence.

Coming up are some speed events in Saalbach, 2 Downhill and 2 Super G, hopefully there is good weather and we can get these races off!


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