07 December 2017

British Alpine athletes return to Team Evolution this winter

Note: This article was written and produced by Team Evolution

The start of the Winter Olympic season has seen Delancey British Alpine World Cup athletes Dave Ryding, Alex Tilley & Charlie Guest continue to use Team Evolution’s winter home in Radstadt, Austria, as an ideal preparation base for an exciting season ahead.

Training on snow in the nearby World Cup mecca of Reiteralm, the British Alpine athletes are sharing the specifically designed Team Evolution training facility with promising British athletes aged from fourteen to twenty-one years old.

Dave Ryding has used the Team Evolution Training base as his European home for the past three seasons, and after returning to mainland Europe from his fantastic opening World Cup in Levi commented:

“It’s nice to come back to a place that feels like home, with other British athletes and staff, after time away on the road. It’s got a really nice feel to it that’s relaxed and professional. The location of the base is perfect, and having access to a decent gym and ski room makes it all work. There are excellent slopes in this region, and the support and hospitality I get from Team Evolution is brilliant.”

Over the past few weeks the Delancey British Alpine Team athletes have all shown just how exciting the winter will be, and with Ryding training alongside other elite international athletes in Reiteralm, the young Team Evolution athletes have been privileged to watch Britain’s best go up against the likes of Hirscher on a daily basis. As Paul Telling, Team Evolution Programme Director explained:

“Having the British alpine athletes based with us and training alongside us provides a fantastic opportunity for our student-athletes to learn each day. The work ethic and attention to detail by Dave, Alex & Charlie is second to none, and they are so open to advising the younger athletes and giving them advice based on their own experiences. It opens up great opportunities for our trainees to work alongside Britain’s top skiers in the gym or on the slopes, and we look forwards to further developing the relationship we have with British Ski and Snowboard to provide this kind of training environment.”

The benefits of having the World Cup coaching staff all sharing resources with the Team Evolution programme is already proving beneficial to theTeam Evolution staff and iuniors with the World Cup team helping out with physical training guidance and support in the ski room. This working together to help provide education and opportunities to the next generation of British skiers cannot be undervalued.

Noel Baxter, Head Coach of the Womens World Cup Team added: “Having our base in Radstadt is great for our team, we enjoy coming back to base and having our own space in the Evolution building. It's great to be amongst other Brits and fellow GBR team members like Dave Ryding, it allows us to spend time together as a group and build great camaraderie in our relatively small world of British Alpine racing. It’s nice to spend time alongside the next generation of young racers striving to make the step up to the national team, and it gives them a valuable insight to how World Cup racers train, rest and manage their lives. The training possibilities within an hour drive are outstanding and the easy access to World Cup events like Schladming, Flachau and Zauchensee are a great - the area really is the centre of the Alpine ski racing world.”

Full information on the Team Evolution Programme can be found at www.teamevolution.eu and more information about the Team BSS athletes based at the Team Evolution training base can be found at www.teambss.org.uk

Photos from behind the scenes of day to day training involving Team Evolution and Team BSS athletes can be found on the Team Evolution Instagram account @TeamEvolutionRacing

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