REVOLUTIONARY TRAINING FOR GB’S FASTEST SKIER
31st December 2018 | James Cove, PlanetSKI Editor
Last modified on February 14th, 2020
Jan Farrell was 5th in last year’s FIS Speed Ski World Cup. He’s strapped himself to the roof of a car to ski faster!
Farrell has gone to new lengths to perfect his Speed Ski technique.
Skiing from the top of a custom-fitted BMW M2.
He has been reaching speeds of 180kph at Jarama Circuit outside of Madrid in Spain.
Instead of training in a wind tunnel like years past, Farrell has been perfecting his body position on the track, while working to cut wind drag at high velocity.
“In competition, my runs only last for 15 seconds. But, by training on top of a speeding car, I can spend more time in my racing position, allowing me time to memorise the perfect form and test my new material,” says Farrell.
“It is the perfect preparation for skiing at more than 200kph.”
Last winter he took a bronze medal in the World Cup in Sun Peaks in Canada and showed his potential:
Farrell has also teamed up with the innovative sports training team at Iberian Sportech in Seville, Spain.
He has harnessed the latest technology of sports analysis to develop a cutting-edge Speed Ski training program.
Utilising advanced training apparatus like the Exentrix Smart Coach, a resistance tool used by top level international football clubs.
The program strengthens ill-balanced muscle groups to prepare Farrell for shaving off precious hundredths of a second on the Speed Ski track.
“Thanks to my new training routines, I hope to maintain a more consistent static position at high speeds while adapting to changes in terrain and absorbing irregularities. I feel more balanced, but I’m spending less hours in the gym with better results, certainly promising,” said Farrell.
Farrell will continue to train on snow until the first World Cup event in Idre Fjäll, Sweden on February 7th-9th.
He is aiming to top his career-best speed of 231.66 kilometres per hour and compete for a FIS Speed Ski Crystal Globe.
Speed Skiing is the fastest land-based, non-motorised sport in the world.
We looked at it in a special feature at the end of last season.
Specially prepared tracks allow skiers to reach speeds of over 240kph in the right conditions.
Dedicated equipment includes speed skis of up to 2 metres, 40 centimetres in length and aerodynamic helmets – as well as suits designed to reduce any possible drag.
The sport requires strength, endurance and nerves – but also technical skills that can help to shave valuable seconds to racers’ times.