Trespass Skiercross Championships - Review
DRAKE AND SARSFIELD VICTORIOUS IN TRESPASS SKIERCROSS CHAMPS
The BRITS Snow & Music Festival, 23rd - 30th March, Tignes, France
Tuesday 26th March 2013 - A snowy Tignes was the scene for today's action at the British Freeski Championships where Ed Drake (24, Luton) and Emily Sarsfield (29, Durham) took the overall titles in the Trespass Skiercross Championships.
A big field took to the slope and despite the heavy snow, organisers managed to keep the course in good condition for two timed individual qualification runs then the finals where the crowd who lined the course were treated to some pulsating racing as the skiers went shoulder to shoulder vying for top spot.
In the overall men's category former Alpine skier Ed Drake was the fastest in qualification and just couldn't be caught, finishing a healthy distance ahead of the opposition in the final. Sam Allen (18, Coventry) who qualified second fastest span out on his mission to catch Drake and despite crossing the finishing line behind Sam Gerrett (24, Rochester) who came second, was later disqualified for missing a gate. His disqualification meant that Danny Crompton (27, Wigan) took third.
Drake, who recently took up Skiercross after competing on the Alpine circuit since he was young, said of his first ever BRITS victory: "I thought the weather would be a real factor today but the course actually rode very well. I am loving competing in Skiercross and I am really pleased with my decision to change from Alpine. I'm very happy with my win and have been impressed with the BRITS. This is my first time and there is such a buzz here in Tignes."
For the women, British number one and multiple winner of the Trespass Skiercross Championships Emily Sarsfield put in two solid runs qualifying in first place for the final. She then went on to take the gold after her closest rival Liz Stevenson (22) fell at the top of the course then hit a gate as she recovered and was unable to claw back the gap. Stevenson eventually finished behind both Sarsfield and Tori Collins (25, Milton Keynes) who passed Stevenson as she fell and finished in second.
Sarsfield, who has already made the qualification standards for the 2014 Winter Olympics was relieved and delighted about her win: "After competing on the Freestyle World Cup circuit all winter I was really nervous coming into the BRITS. I felt a lot of pressure on me as British number one but the track was built really well and I really enjoyed riding it. I'm stoked to win again."
This is the 11th year of the Trespass Skiercross Championships and the competition continues to be a breeding ground for young British ski talent. This year saw strong numbers of entrants in the kids' category for both men and women, with Sam Gaskin (12, Bromley) and Madi Rowlands (12, Rochester) both smashing the opposition to make it onto the top of their respective podiums.
It was the junior men's final which provided extra entertainment for the day as winner Marcus Williams (16, Norfolk) lost a ski on the final jump, but proceeded to cross the line and take the victory, much to the crowd's delight.
Trespass Skiercross Championships 2013 Results
1st - Ed Drake 1st - Emily Sarsfield
2nd - Sam Gerrett 2nd - Tori Collins
3rd - Danny Crompton 3rd - Liz Stevenson
FULL RESULTS HERE
Don't forget to check out the BRITS 2013 daily webcasts and picture galleries at www.the-brits.com, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard and Freeski action from the previous day's competition.
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