British racers prepare for first race
25th November 2011
Dougie Crawford and TJ Baldwin are in Lake Louise in Canada for their first World Cup races of the season. They have sent PlanetSKI some photos and an update on their training runs.
The Downhill and Super G are the first of the speed races of the World Cup season.
The winter racing kicked off in Solden in Austria earlier in November with slalom and then the next competition in Levi Finland was cancelled as there was not enough snow.
For many people the rounds in Canada and then Beaver Creek in the USA mark the real start to the season as we get the Downhill and the Super G. The speed events.
The snow in North America has been falling in abundance. So much so that the first training runs at Lake Louise had to be cancelled as we reported here.
The crews though put in an amazing performance to clear the course once the snow stopped with some working through the night.
The second scheduled training run took place in perfect conditions.“The second training run took place today without any problems. A little delayed while the course team put in a huge effort to clear the soft snow from the track,” Dougie Crawford has told PlanetSKI. He was racing alongside his teamate and friend, TJ Baldwin.
“The training run was reasonable for both of us. I was certainly hoping for more but the bumpy piste and a few mistakes cost me a bit of time. Plenty to improve on for tomorrow’s training run and Saturday’s race. TJ and I were very close time wise so it’s great to have the two of us pushing each other.”
Here on PlanetSKI one of our reporters, Lisa Young, is in Lake Louise on a snowsports boot camp. She has been enjoying the powder in the resort as she told us about in this report.
Dougie Crawford has also commented about the snow.
“Snow conditions are unbelievably good for recreational skiers with a lot of early season snow. Especially when there’s none in Europe!” he said.
Here on PlanetSKI we will let you know how the British racers get on.
See here for a report from Dougie Crawford as he set off for Canada.
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