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DAVE RYDING: BACK TO THE FUTURE - Jane Peel, Chief Reporter
Tuesday April 2, 2019 - Email this article to a friend

Britain's No 1 alpine skier has described his winter as a blast. With some extreme highs & some ‘tough old times'.

The 32-year-old slalom specialist got his second World Cup podium of his career in the 2018-19 season but he also had a few disappointments.

Despite the ups and downs he still finished ranked 9th in the world.

Usually Dave Ryding's final race is the slalom at the GB National Championships, which are being held in Tignes in France this week.

He holds the record for the most slalom wins at the Championships.

He has won it 9 times

PlanetSKI spoke to him in Tignes in April 2017 when he took his 8th title, breaking Alain Baxter's record.

Jane Peel & Dave RydingPlanetSKI's Jane Peel with Dave Ryding in Tignes in April 2017

















This year, he's decided to sit out the Championships.

He has been critical of conditions for racing there at this time of year but his decision is based on the timing of the event, which he says does not fit his programme.

"Season 2019 was a blast!" he says in a post to his followers on social media in which he thanks his fans, sponsors and GB Snowsport.

"Extreme highs to some tough old times, sometimes all in the same day.

"Sport can be a cruel mistress but there is always the next opportunity to get after!

"I had many an up and down 1st and 2nd run but to finish the World Cup Season 9th was good!"

Dave RydingDave Ryding in action this winter














So, how did he do?

Here's a run down of all his races in 2018-19

  • Levi - 12th
  • Saalbach - 23rd
  • Madonna di Campiglio - 4th
  • Oslo - 2nd
  • Zagreb - 11th
  • Adelboden - DNF
  • Crans-Montana invitational (non World Cup) - 2nd
  • Wengen - 8th
  • Kitzbuhel - 15th
  • Schladming - 9th
  • World Championships, Are - 9th
  • Stockholm - joint 9th
  • Kranjska Gora - 12th
  • Soldeu, Andorra (World Cup Finals) - 12th

Ryding says his return to racing on Dynastar Skis and in Lange boots felt like going home.

"To get the skis on the podium in my first season back was definitely a proud moment! Hopefully there is still one step to climb......

"I still feel more is possible!"

Dave RydingDave Ryding loving his Dynastar skis















Ryding says that, at 32, he's not the ‘youngest kid on the block', although his body still feels good.

Neverthless, he has to respect it and be smart in his planning.

That's why he's not competing in Tignes this year.

"Instead I am choosing to give my body the extra 3 weeks rest to make sure I am fully recovered and ready to start training for the next season.

"I aim to be better by the next Olympics and in order to do this I must fully focus on the World Cup.

"The year-long grind is exhausting."

Have a good rest, Dave.

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