This weekend sees the start of the 2016/17 FIS Ski World Cup series, as the action gets underway in Soelden, Austria with the Ladies’ and Men’s Giant Slalom races.
Delancey British Alpine Team athletes Alex Tilley and Charlie Raposo will be out of the start gates on Saturday and Sunday respectively, with Soelden being Raposo’s World Cup debut.
Tilley said ahead of the weekend: “I have had a great summer of training with over 11 weeks on snow, much of the time with good conditions. I am hoping I can now take that into race day. I remember feeling very similar before the Soelden opener last season. It seems like there has been a big build up and I just want to get out there and get started.
“Soelden has a really unique feel to it. There are huge crowds and everyone can be quite tense because they don’t really know here they are at yet. I just can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Raposo said of his first FIS World Cup: "I am looking forward to the race and I am feeling pretty good after a week or so of training in Soelden. I have just been keeping in my normal routine and really just treating this as any another race. We are usually in Soelden at this time of year anyway, so although the town is starting to fill up, it feels pretty normal.
"Competing in the World Championships means that I have already had that experience of full grandstands and crowds, so I think that will help any nerves. I am not setting any expectations and I will just be happy if I ski hard and ski well, and hopefully enjoy the race."
The action will take place on the Rettenbach glacier on 22nd and 23rd October 2016, with Markus Mayr, FIS Race Director for the Ladies’ technical events stating that: “The slope preparation is perfect. It's better than it has been in the past ten years".
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