Ryding and Tilley at British Champs

For immediate release: 27th March 2015  

Ryding and Tilley take British Slalom titles and Max Baggio is crowned overall winner of the Delancey British Alpine Championships

Two - time Olympian Dave Ryding lit up the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships on a day that saw Great Britain’s best battle a cocktail of tricky conditions.

The British field got even stronger in the presence of Ryding on Friday, as he took to Tignes’ slopes for the Slalom – the last race of this year’s National Championships – knowing that all eyes were on him.

But this was to be no breeze for the 28-year-old, who was forced to work hard as snowfall and poor visibility made for two extremely difficult runs.

Of the 100 male competitors that started only 28 completed the race and blazing a trail was Ryding, whose aggregate time of 1:19.73 minutes beat the rest of the field by more than a second.

The British National Championships slalom title is one more success in a wonderful season that has placed him just outside the top 30 seeds in next year's World Cup for the moment.

But even he admitted Friday’s conditions caused him trouble.

“It was difficult obviously with the weather and the snow but that’s what you’ve got to expect at this time of year,” he said. “It does make for a more stressful day than a nice sunny one would have been – in the end it wasn’t vintage me but it was reasonable.

“I’m 31st on the World Cup start list at the moment, but for next year I should start in the 30 with a few people retiring.

“It’s massively important, breaking into the top 30 is what everyone is trying to do and when you do it you’ve got to make sure you come properly ready and kick on from there.”

Completing the British men’s podium was Billy Major, who picked up his fourth silver of the Championships, and Alex Barounos – the bronze his first medal of the week.

While Ryding was Friday’s star attraction teenager Max Baggio has been the talk of Tignes all week, and he was fittingly awarded the Sir John Ritblat Victor Ludorum Trophy as overall winner of the National Championships.

The 19-year-old won the British Super-G, Downhill and Giant Slalom titles before he was robbed of consistency at the last, failing to finish his Slalom run while well positioned to take another run at the podium.

He beat last year’s overall winner Cara Brown into second, who slipped outside the medals in the ladies' Slalom, but nonetheless will leave Tignes as British National Downhill Champion.

And Baggio said: “I’m really happy, I definitely didn’t think about it before I came here.

“To have won the overall trophy is exciting, and it’s always been one of the things I’ve wanted to win. It was a bit annoying after coming out of the Slalom, but sometimes that’s the way it goes.”

It was double delight for Alex Tilley in the women’s race, who dominated in much the same way as Ryding did to pick up her second gold medal in as many days.

Her searing aggregate time, 1:16.80minutes, placed her five seconds ahead of nearest British challenger Natalia Harte.

“Here it’s all just about the title and it’s a very different feeling standing at the start gate,” said Tilley.

“You have something to lose and that can be difficult to deal with, I think I did my best tactically over the last two days and thankfully it paid off.

However Harte’s second place was no mean feat after she revealed that a wheat allergy attack struck just as she was about to start her second run.

“I ended up skiing all the way down crying because it makes you dizzy and gives you double vision,” explained Harte, who fended off third-placed Brit Alice Macaulay by just five hundredths of a second to take silver. “So I’m very, very shocked that I got that result.

“I was pretty sure that I was going to come out at every gate, but I just thought to myself that I was going to get down the course no matter what.”

Friday brought the curtain down on the National Championships but with both Giant Slalom and Slalom National Junior Championships races still to come, there is still plenty of silverware up for grabs in Tignes. 

For all the information on the Delancey British National Alpine Ski Championships visit www.britishalpinechamps.com . You can also follow the Championships on Twitter via @TeamBSS 




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Background to Principal Sponsor Delancey’s Involvement

This is Sir John Ritblat’s 37th year of funding for the sport, which has been critical to the success of the team. It has also inspired his son Jamie to become involved, providing support from Delancey - Jamie’s property investment and advisory business, for the last four years.

With Delancey’s existing support and new extension of funding, British Ski and Snowboard, has been able to – and will continue to be able to - run training and development programmes to enable our top athletes to compete on the World stage 

About Delancey

Delancey is a specialist real estate investment, development and advisory company with over 20 years' experience and a portfolio that covers retail, residential and commercial developments across London and the UK. Collaborating on a wide range of assets, partners and clients, Delancey is recognised for its innovative and diverse approach to creating long term value from real estate. Delancey also advises clients on appropriate capital structures, financing and provides asset management and development services.

Delancey has a diverse portfolio of retail, residential, office and corporate assets across London and the UK, including the Alpha Plus Group, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, the Walbrook Building in the City and 185 Park Street on the South Bank. Delancey is also a pioneer in the private rented sector and has spent much of the last few years bringing the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics to life; delivering over 3,000 homes for rent at East Village, the former London 2012 Athletes Village; and revealing the UKs leading creative and digital hub at Here East, the former Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre, which will provide over 4,500 jobs on-site and an expected additional 2,000 jobs in the local area.

Delancey’s work is not simply restricted to bricks and mortar. Founder and CEO Jamie Ritblat and his team are conscious to ensure they have a positive impact on the environment, its local community and future generations. As well as contributing to relevant projects and initiatives local to their developments, Delancey was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 Centenary Chelsea Flower Show with an ‘East Village’ garden - which was later re-located by the charity Groundwork London to a Children’s play area in East London. Delancey also looks to support young, future stars as Principal Sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard, the UK Schools Chess Challenge and as charity partner to the innovative youth charity Snow-Camp.



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