Ryding continues fine form with record eighth British title
Alpine Skiing

Ryding continues fine form with record eighth British title

02 April 2017 / 06:38

Dave Ryding is no stranger to rewriting the history books, and he saw more records tumble as he picked up his eighth British title in the shadows of the French Alps on Friday.

In January, Ryding recorded the best World Cup result by a British Alpine skier in 35 years, thanks to his silver medal-winning performance in Kitzbuehel.

From then on, he has gone from strength-to-strength, finishing in the top ten on four other occasions to seal an overall eighth place in the season standings.

But even with the campaign of his life under his belt, two-time Olympian Ryding admitted the pressure was on to continue his form into the British National Championships, in Tignes.

His nerves didn’t show, however, as he bagged the title with a combined time of 1:26.70 to climb atop the podium ahead of Laurie Taylor and Billy Major, but that’s not to say he was happy with his performance on the piste.

“I’m very happy to win the British Championships, but not so happy with my skiing,” he said.

“I was probably a bit nervous to be honest, and that’s full respect to the younger guys because they are getting better and better.

“I’ve got more of a challenge on my hands these days, and I know if I ski like that next year, I won’t win.

“I need to try and enjoy it more rather than worrying about it. I knew that I had seven British titles and no one had ever got eight, so it’s good to get that ticked off and now I can let someone else go for it now.

“It shows that the British Championships mean a lot to me. I really like winning this one and it tops off a good season.”

The British Championships also saw success for Alex Tilley, who bounced back from crashing out in the women’s slalom to take the giant slalom title.

Tilley, who finished in the top 20 at the World Cup in Squaw Valley this season, set a total time of 1:58.93 to cross the line ahead of Cara Brown and Charlie Guest.

“I’m so relieved, Thursday didn’t go to plan because I got a bit too much on top of myself with expectation,” she said.

“We went away and spoke a lot about how I was feeling in the start gate, and I’m happy that I was able to focus that in more of a positive way.

“I think I attacked the first run more so than I did the second, conditions were a little harder and more easy to go.

“In the second run, I had to be a little smarter because slushy snow can sometimes go away from you.

“I think I coped with it well considering, I’m just happy to get the win.”

Brown and Guest got their own tastes of victory however, winning the Super G and slalom respectively, with the former also taking away the overall title following fine performances across all disciplines.

The men’s overall trophy went in the way of Major, a triumph helped by his win in the downhill, with Iain Innes the victor of the Super G to finish second in the overall standings.

The other two titles were clinched by Charlie Raposo and Darcie Mead, who won the giant slalom and downhill races respectively.

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