The team is back in the UK for 3 weeks before heading back to Austria for the season. Our first camp proved to be hard work, expensive but successful. Driving from the UK to Austria takes ages but its a fairly easy drive apart from the countless number of roadworks on the Autobahn. Unfortunately we had two unscheduled stops forced upon us by the German Police. Three young lads in Van seemed like a good target and we were pulled over and subjected to a drugs search. Being professional athletes we didn’t have anything to worry about and the police were polite, did their job and let us continue with our journey. Not more than 40km later we were stopped again! We explained to the police that we had already been stopped but they took us to the station, checked our documents and let us on our way. Frustrating but its something we had no control over and just had to deal with. A word of advice; Always have your documents handy in your vehicle. Passport, Vehicle registration, driving licence and insurance. Without these to hand you will be in trouble! Expect a full write up of European driving soon!
We arrived in the village of Flattach at midnight, got to our apartment and slept!
We lost the first 3 days of the camp to poor weather! On a 6 day camp this is annoying but again we have no control over it and used the time for fitness training and some classroom sessions.
The following 3 days provided excellent conditions for training on the Molltaler Glacier. We put the start gate in place, built a small course and had the pleasure of training with world number Tomas Kraus as well as the Austrian Ski Cross team. A great experience!
Even with only 3 days of training the camp was a success and the athletes are eager to kick off again in a few weeks where we build up to the first world cup of the season in San Candido, Italy!
Our thanks to http://www.noteam.at for providing us with the start gate and course to train on! Great guys, great skiers and with their support we are heading into this season better prepared than ever before!