Returning from international duties, our international racers and budding amateurs have fought it out for the national titles.
Every year the British Alpine championships are held towards the end of the season after the World Cup and Europa Cup tours have finished. The first week saw the senior championships with a highly competitive field of Olympic and World Cup skiers trying to claim British ski racing’s top prize across all disciplines.
Day 1: Men’s and Women’s Downhill
After a couple of days of training, the highest ranked Downhill skiers battled it out on the first day of competition at the 2019 Delancey GB Alpine Championships.
Cara Brown from bib 1 set the fastest time of the day which the rest of the field couldn’t get near. The 25-year-old won comfortably by over more than a second and a half to beat Jess Anderson and Abi Bruce.
“I did what I wanted to do and what I planned to do so that’s good and I’m just glad it’s over,” said Brown. “I definitely like the piste here – it was a bit of a surprise that there was a jump this year because there’s not usually a jump, and that’s not exactly my strong suit in the downhill.
“But it’s a good piste, it’s a fun hill and the weather’s amazing, so it’s cool.”
After his first full season on the World Cup circuit, Jack Gower showed his class by winning the men’s Super G by over a second ahead of Roy-Alexander Steudle and Ian Innes. Gower hasn’t competed in the British Championships in some time, and this was his first ever Downhill National title.
“There are good racers here from Britain and from other countries, so it’ll be good races and I’ll be pushing pretty hard to try and make things happen,” Gower said. “It’s always lovely and it’s always something that you dream of, to win these titles.
“I’m very patriotic and it’s great to come here and get that done.”