I was recently away in Mayrhofen, Austria with the GB guys to get a bit of end of season riding done and it was sick! I wasn’t too sure if I was going to be able to go as I’ve got my final exams of the year coming up but eventually I made the call and it was definitely the right choice!
I travelled out there on the 7th of April with Jamie Trinder and Henry Shackleton. After a pretty long travel day and a lot of last minute arrangements we finally made it to ‘Hof. When we got in we were quickly greeted by our coach Hamish before heading off to bed.
The first day was really sick! The weather was really nice and the park was pretty perfectly shaped. The lap is so short so we managed to get an unbelievable amount of runs in each day. I spent most of the first day getting used to snow again and working on getting all different rotations down on jumps. I’m really stoked to have gotten all four 9s landed as I’ve not tried them all on snow before. During the first day Katie Ormerod tried her first double backflips which was mega sick! It definitely got the rest of the team motivated to try a few doubles…
Day two was the day for progression and almost everyone was heading up with some sort of a double in their head. In the morning we all got warmed up and started to prep whatever double we were thinking of trying. I had the double backflip in my head so I did quite a few tucked singles to get the feeling in my head. I had decided at the start of the day that I was going to try it after lunch once it had softened up which was probably not the best idea as it was soft enough before lunch and that’s when everyone first started trying them so I had to do my first try by myself hahahaha. Katie O was the first to go for it and she stomped it on her first try! Then Henry and Jamie tried some cab double underflips. Henry got a really clean one before lunch and Jamie got so close! So after lunch it was just me and Jamie to try to land one. It took me a couple of runs to get it back into my head but eventually I felt ready so I just chucked it. I was so stoked to get my first one over with and from then on out it wasn’t as bad. On my third try it came round to my feet. It was a bit scrappy but I was stoked to have landed one.
The next day I headed up and wanted to land more than one and get the landing cleaner. My prep took a lot less time and I landed the double on my second attempt of the day. I then went on to land another two in a row right after it! I also did some more on the Thursday and landed it first try so I’m mega happy to have progressed a bit each day in a different way. We then had a bad weather day on Friday so we all chilled and went and did a bit of swimming.
Saturday and Sunday were booth pretty fun but sadly I tweaked my knee a bit on the Saturday so I ended up just taking it easy both days as I’d already done the double which was my main objective for the trip.
I’m now back in the UK and doing my final exams which isn’t too fun. When they’re all done I’ve got a couple days off before I go back to school so hopefully I’ll be heading up to Cairngorm for a bit to do a bit of fitness with The Trinders.
Check out these shots of all the doubles that went down in ‘Hof!