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Dave Ryding becomes the first skier to win eight GB slalom titles, breaking Alain Baxter's record. PlanetSKI was slopeside for his last race of an incredible season & has been speaking to him. NEW & UPDATED

Ryding topped the podium at the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes in France, beating off the challenge of GB rising stars Laurie Taylor and Billy Major.

"I'm happy I won the British title but not so happy with my skiing," the World Cup silver medallist he told PlanetSKI after his two runs.

"It was a difficult day, difficult conditions.  You have good days and bad days.  I wasn't loose.  I was probably a bit nervous to be honest and that's respect to the young guys because they are getting better and better.

"Next year if I ski like that I'm gonna get beat."

Dave Ryding slalom British Nationals 2017Dave Ryding in action in Tignes













Laurie Taylor, Billy Major, Dave RydingLaurie Taylor, Billy Major, Dave Ryding
















The pressure was all on Britain's leading alpine skier, who is ranked eighth in the world after a spectacular World Cup season.

He was expected to win the race easily, and admitted that he really wanted the record of eight British titles. 

PlanetSKI spoke to Dave Ryding on the eve of the race.

He told us he was tired after his World Cup season - which saw him stun the world's leading snowsports nations by winning the silver medal at the World Cup at Kitzbühel in Austria in January - but it was never an option to miss the British Nationals, which are being held in Tignes for a third year.

Watch the full interview here:

Jane Peel with Dave RydingWith Dave Ryding in Tignes
















PlanetSKI has been following Ryding's season closely. 

Our article after his 11th place at the World Championships, which includes our earlier interview with him, can be found here.

And Dave has just posted this picture of himself after the race Wink

What a slacker!What a slacker!




















" Its been a long road this season but some great experiences along the way. I wasn't able to match the french boys today but happy to claim the British Slalom title for my 8th time.

Time for reflexion.... Massive thanks for all your support throughout the season!" Dave said on Facebook.

The Championships bring together all the top names of British alpine skiing for two weeks of racing until 7th April.

The Senior and Junior Championships are taking place in the first week. The second week is dedicated to the Children's Championships.

Here are the results of the first week of competition in chronological order:

Monday - Super G Day

On the opening day, there was some great racing on display.

Iain Innes and Cara Brown claimed the National Championships Super G titles, and in the National Junior Championships Super G, Billy Major was crowned Men's U21 Champion, and Jessica Anderson was Ladies U21 Champion.

In the U18 category, Leo Karavasili took the title of Men's Champion, and Abigail Bruce was Ladies Champion.

Full results from the Super G races can be found on the British Ski and Snowboard website.  

Cara BrownCara Brown - Super G National Champion












Iain InnesIain Innes - Super G National Champion













Wednesday - Downhill Day

After training on Tuesday, Wednesday was the day for the downhill races which took place on another beautiful sunny day.

In the Men's National Championships Billy Major (1.12.21) reigned supreme, just nudging out Iain Innes (1.12.68) to claim the British NC Downhill title by 0.47 of a second.

Innes, who said 'he could not have skied much better', took second ahead of Sam Todd-Saunders (1.14.20), who also claimed the prize for the fastest non-British team skier.

Ryan Brown was the fastest Under 18 skier, clocking a time of 1.15.62.

Billy MajorBilly Major -  Downhill National Champion















The National Junior Championships gave Innes the chance to take revenge on Major, putting down his second solid run of the day to clock the fastest time of 1.13.54 and claim the Under 21 Downhill title.

Behind him was Todd-Saunders (1.14.03) in second and Zak Vinter (1.16.14) in third, whilst Major missed out on another podium after a problem with his boot on course.

In the Under 18 category, Ryan Brown (1.15.68) took the NJC Downhill title, ahead of the in-form Scott Buchan (1.16.66) and Leo Karavasili (1.17.06) who took the final spot on the podium.

The Ladies NC Downhill produced some exciting racing from the Brits, with Darcie Mead (1.15.83) putting the disappointment of two DNFs from the Super G behind her to claim the title with a storming run.

Darcie MeadDarcie Mead - Downhill National Champion














Mead was just fractions of a second ahead of Cara Brown (1.15.99) who was competing in her first Downhill race since her knee surgery. Third place, and also fastest non-British team athlete, went to Natalia Harte in a time of 1.16.68.

The fastest Under 18 prize went to Abigail Bruce (1.18.48).

Mead took top spot on the podium again in the NJC, convincingly taking the win and NJC Under 21 Downhill title in a time of 1.16.79 ahead of Yasmin Cooper (1.17.63) who was second and Honor Clissold (1.18.20) in third place.

In the Under 18 Ladies category, Abigail Bruce looked impressive as she sealed the win and the NJC Under 18 title in a time of 1.17.45. Behind Bruce was Olivia Ward in second (1.20.70) and Hannah Loeffen Gallagher (1.23.68) in third place.

Full results from the downhill races can be found here.

Thursday - Men's GS & Ladies Slalom

Two of the stars of British skiing showed what they could do today as Charlie Raposo defended his title of British National Men's GS Champion, and Charlie Guest defended her title of British National Ladies Slalom Champion.

Charlie Guest showed that she is still the one to beat in Slalom by claiming the crown of Delancey British Ladies National Slalom Champion for the second year running, clocking a time of 1.22.55. With closest rival Alex Tilley skiing out on her second run, none of the other British competitors could get close to Guest.

Charlie GuestCharlie Guest - Slalom National Champion














Taking second place in the NC Ladies' Slalom was Ella Still (1.28.27), who was lying in third place after run one, but managed to climb above Nicole Ritchie (1.28.76) in the second run to take second, with Ritchie being pushed down into third.

The fastest Under 18 award went to Abi Bruce (1.31.19), who continued her successful Championships run to claim the 'Schools Abroad Trophy', and fastest non-British team skier was Marion Legeais who clocked a time of 1.38.32 to win the Ladies Ski Club Challenge Cup.

There was some exciting skiing from some of the top British men in the Delancey British Men's National Championships Giant Slalom. With the top three being split by fractions of a second, it was Charlie Raposo who put down two solid runs to claim the British title, finishing in a combined time of 1.57.12.

Charlie RaposoCharlie Raposo - GS National Champion














Just behind Raposo there was a tussle between teammates Billy Major and Laurie Taylor, with Major just nudging his training partner out in a time of 1.57.82 to take second, with Taylor finishing in a time of 1.57.89 and claiming third.

Scott Buchan (2.05.33) continued his fine form in the Championships, winning the Gordon Skiers Cup as fastest Under 18 British athlete. Gregory Saunders (2.04.90) was the fastest non-British team skier, winning the Palmer Tomkinson Trophy.

Full results of Wednesday's races can be found here

Friday - Men's Slalom and Ladies GS plus the Overall Champions are crowned

In a hotly contested Uvex Men's National Championships Slalom Dave Ryding was the fastest of the British athletes in the first run with Laurie Taylor just behind him and Charlie Raposo in third.

Going into the second run, Ryding put down a solid run and an overall time of 1.26.70 to seal the British slalom title and the record of eight wins.

Taylor was just behind him in 1.27.94. Unfortunately Charlie Raposo straddled a gate in the second run and clocked a DNF, meaning Billy Major (1.30.56) moved up to take the third and final spot on the podium.

The fastest Under 18 skier was Harry Deighton (1.42.08) with Sam Todd-Saunders (1.37.52) claiming the prize for the fastest non-British team athlete.

Alex Tilley (1.58.93) put yesterday's disappointment of not finishing the slalom to one side to put in two cracking runs in the Uvex Ladies National Championships GS and take the title of British National Champion.

Alex TilleyAlex Tilley - GS National Champion














Behind Tilley was Cara Brown who kept her second place going into the second run to stand on the podium with an overall time of 2.01.32. Third place went to Charlie Guest who was doing her first GS for several months. She finished in an overall time of 2.02.53.

The fastest Under 18 skier was Alicja Krahelski (2.06.73) and the fastest non-British team skier was Natalia Harte (2.04.82).

Today saw the overall British National Champions crowned with the culmination of the NC races. Taking the overall crown and the Sir John Ritblat Victor Ludorum Trophy was Billy Major after his consistent results throughout the week, including four podiums and a win in the National Junior Championship Downhill.

Just behind him was Cara Brown who claimed three podium places throughout the week. Brown was the recipient of the Lilywhite Trophy for the overall Ladies NC Combined title ahead of Honor Clissold and Jessica Anderson.

Cara Brown and Billy MajorCara Brown and Billy Major - Overall National Champions




















For the men, Billy Major took the Men's NC Combined title and the Fedden Trophy ahead of Iain Innes and Zak Vinter. The overall Under 18 prizes went to Abigail Bruce and Leo Karavasili and the non-team British prizes went to Natalia Harte and Sam Todd-Saunders. Sunday will see the overall National Junior Champions crowned.

Full results from Friday's races are on the British Ski and Snowboard website here.

Saturday - Junior Championship GS Races & Parasnowsport Races

In the Men's National Junior Championship GS, Iain Innes (1.44.09) continued his top form to claim another British title in the Under 21 category, ahead of close rival Billy Major (1.44.21) who was nudged out by Innes into second. Laurie Taylor, who was fastest Brit after the first run unfortunately skied out on the second run after charging a little bit too hard. Third place went to Zak Vinter in a time of 1.47.55.

In the Under 18 Men's category, in-form Scott Buchan claimed another Championships podium to take the title in a time of 1.52.51, with Kieran Troup (1.52.56) just fractions of a second behind him. Third place went to Leonidas Karavasili who clocked a time of 1.55.16.

The IPCAS British National Championships returned to Tignes for the second year running. Featuring 12 athletes, four guides and five different classifications, both the Para-Snowsport GB team and development athletes tackled a GS.

In the Women's Visually Impaired GS, Menna Fitzpatrick alongside guide Jennifer Kehoe took the victory from Alexandra Adams and guide Jim Gibb. In the Men's Visually Impaired classification, husband and wife combo James and Alice Luetchford (James' guide) couldn't be beaten as they took the win ahead of Billy Black and guide Neil Graham.

Menna Fitzpatrick & Jen KehoeMenna Fitzpatrick & Jen Kehoe














In the Women's Standing race, Grace Murray-Conway, who started competitive skiing last year, took the win ahead of Molly Griffith In the Men's Standing race it was a carbon copy of last year's podium, with James Whitley defending his British title, taking top spot on the podium ahead of Matt Short and Andy Barlow.

In the Men's Sitting race, Josh Landmann became British Champion for the first time after taking up competitive sit skiing under a year ago. After a tentative first run, Landmann put down a quick second run time, ensuring he clinched the British title. 

Josh LandmannJosh Landmann














Full results from the Junior Championships GS races can be found here.

Sunday - Final day of racing

The overall National Junior Championship titles were decided after two snowy slalom runs, whilst the British Parasnowsport athletes also tackled the tricky slalom course for their second and final race of the IPCAS British Championships.

After competing in Downhill, Super G, GS and Slalom, the overall British NJC title went to the in-form Iain Innes, with Billy Major in second and Zak Vinter in third.

For the women, Under 18 athlete Abi Bruce took the title, beating off challenges from Under 21 athletes Jessica Anderson and Honor Clissold.

NJC overall men's podium 2017 Innes, Major and Vinter on the podium













NJC Overall women's podium 2017Bruce, Anderson and Clissold on the podium













In the Men's National Junior Championship Slalom, Billy Major looked impressive in the snowy conditions as he clocked two solid times to finish in an overall time of 1.34.82 and claim the Under 21 title.

With Laurie Taylor skiing out in the first run and Zak Vinter in the second run, it was left to Iain Innes to take second place in an overall time of 1.38.99. Third place went to Royal Engineers skier Duncan Kuwall in a time of 1.44.77.

In the Under 18 Men's category,  Scott Buchan topped the Championships  podium again to take the title in a time of 1.46.86 with Jack O'Neill (1.48.80) behind him in second place. Third place went to Leone Tarantelli in a time of 1.49.03.

After tricky slalom conditions caught out many of the racers, the fastest Under 21 female was Honor Clissold, claiming the British NJC Slalom title in an overall time of 1.49.10. In second place behind Clissold was Zoe Karavasili (2.07.11), with Maxine Hancock (2.07.91) in third.

In the Ladies Under 18 category, Alicja Krahelski (1.47.08) reigned supreme again to take the British title and clock the fastest British time in the race, just ahead of close rival Abi Bruce who finished in an overall time of 1.49.65. Third place went to Hannah Loeffen Gallagher (1.54.78).  

In the second IPCAS British National Championships race, the Parasnowsport athletes tackled the slalom course in equally challenging conditions.

In the Women's Visually Impaired slalom, Menna Fitzpatrick alongside guide Jennifer Kehoe claimed their second victory of the Championships, with an impressive time on the snowy course.

In the Men's Visually Impaired classification, James Luetchford and guide Alice Luetchford put in two solid runs to stave off the challenge of Michael Kear and his guide Jimmy Nutt, who were in the lead after the first run, but had a fall on run two. 

In the Women's Standing race, Grace Murray-Conway again took the win against her rival Molly Griffith, and in the Men's Standing race James Whitley claimed his second British title of the Championships ahead of Jack Peters and Andy Barlow.

Full results from today are here.

And the Overall British NJC results can be found here.

Speaking ahead of the Championships, Dave Edwards, Chief Executive of British Ski and Snowboard, said the competition followed a season of unprecedented success for GB snowsports.

"It is also the best chance in the racing calendar to see all the young rising British stars in one place. We are hugely grateful for the support of Sir John and Jamie Ritblat, and Delancey as principal sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard and the Championships.

"They ensure we can deliver the best event possible, attracting all the top British skiers and making for a fun and competitive event."

Delancey British National Alpine Ski ChampionshipsDelancey British National Alpine Ski Championships
















The event was supported by Delancey's charity partner, Snow-Camp, whose apprentices have been part of the on-snow organising team.

This year the apprentices in Tignes were Hamza Alkebida (17), Aimee Hudgell (17) Lewis Young (20) and Laquan Bacchus (20).

 "It will be a life-changing experience for them," Snow-Camp Founder and Director Dan Charlish said before the Championships got under way.

"Going from inner-city London to the mountain environment will broaden their horizons and provide them with fantastic work experience. 

"We're so grateful to everyone at Delancey and British Ski and Snowboard for believing in our work and supporting us."

Snow-Camp apprentices in TignesLaquan Bacchus and Aimee Hudgell on the scoreboard
















This coming week, the youngest British ski racers take to the slopes to fight it out for the Under 16, Under 14, Under 12 and Under 10 title honours.

Racing photos and podium photos: Vanessa Fry Photography

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