Fresh snow for double Feldberg Snowboard Cross World Cups
9 February 2017
SNOWBOARD CROSS: “Bring on the double,” is the approach by Belle Brockhoff to this weekend’s Snowboard Cross World Cups in Feldberg, Germany.
The snowboarders will contest two events, beginning Friday night with qualifying, the finals live on Eurosport on Saturday from 10pm and the second race on Sunday night – again live on Eurosport.
After last week’s shorter sprint course in Bansko, Australia’s snowboard cross athletes Belle Brockhoff, Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, Cam Bolton, Jarryd Hughes and Matt Thomas revert to a more traditional one-minute course length.
24-year-old Sochi Olympian Brockhoff is aiming for the coveted overall season leader’s Crystal Globe trophy, having won two of the three ladies World Cup snowboard cross events this season (Montafon and Basko) and backs up her first career win almost a year ago in Spain.
“My first win (Baqueira Beret, Spain in March 2016) was a goal I’d been aiming for a while,” Brockhoff recalled.
“I’ve always wanted to win races and be the best since I got into the sport.”
Of her two recent World Cup victories in Montafon and Bansko, Brockhoff is always looking to see where improvements can be made.
“Looking at footage of the races that I have won helps give me an indication of where I can improve still.”
For the upcoming Feldberg World Cup this Saturday, training is underway and includes assessing the course before arrival.
“We usually see some pictures of the race course before we arrive, which gives us an idea. From there we have to figure out the course in just over an hour and do our best lap in time trials.”
“Every course can be more or less technical than others and always have different features to figure out, which challenges you,” she said.
“I’m excited for this season and really looking forward to the years ahead on the tour. I am happy with my progress and feel that I’m not near my potential yet. I have so much to learn and I’m excited to do so.”
Coach Ben Wordsworth says whilst the Feldberg course will be different to that which they saw last year, the snowboarders are ready to go.
“Belle is doing pretty well,” coach Ben Wordsworth said.
“Having won her first-ever event last season, she came back this year really motivated. She wants that Globe.
“Her equipment is good at the moment and she’s very focussed.”
2010 and 2014 Olympian and dual World Champion Alex Pullin, who narrowly missed the podium last week in Bansko in a tight finish, is currently in fifth on the world standings and looking forward to the weekend.
So too is Cam Bolton who, according to Coach Wordsworth, “rode pretty well last week and it was unfortunate he went out before the final”.
Jarryd Hughes is consistently performing and sitting in 8th position in the overall FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup standings. He will be looking for strong results in Feldberg.