Saab Challenge, Scottish Snowcross Championship

21 Apr

ASC ran a super successful snowcross event at the weekend on Cairngorm mountain.  Here’s the official press release and a couple of links to some great photos taken over the weekend.    

Saab Challenge Scottish Snowcross Championships

Cairngorm Mountain, 17/18 April 2010

Final bulletin and results

Skier and Boarder Cross – the event of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics hit Cairngorm Mountain on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April 2010 with the inaugural Saab Challenge, Scottish Snowcross Championships.

This event, organised by the highly regarded Aberdeen Snowsports Club and sponsored by Saab is the first and only one of its kind to be held in the United Kingdom.

Nearly 100 competitors from all over Scotland raced head to head in an adrenalin and action packed knockout race along a course consisting of man-made and natural rollers, jumps, kickers and banked turns, all at high speed.

The event took many days of preparation with Cairngorm Mountain specially cutting the track by moving hundreds of tons of snow with their piste grooming machines. A dedicated organising team of 20 volunteer officials from Aberdeen Snowsports Club worked for 3 days to make the course safe and competitive.  Specially commissioned starting gates, similar to those used at the Vancouver Olympics, were taken almost to the summit of Cairngorm at an altitude of 3,800 feet and erected by Maritime Scaffolding of Aberdeen, a firm that specialises in building such structures in harsh environments.

Five inches of fresh powder snow fell overnight into Sunday, adding to the existing base of over 9 feet of lying snow. This resulted in spectacular conditions as the sun came out on the course for the finals.

Experience showed through as the titles of The Saab Challenge Scottish Skier Cross Champion in both men’s and ladies categories were won by full time ski racers and members of the Scottish Alpine Ski Team, Scott McBain (22) from Glasgow and Sarah Norton (19) from Carrbridge. 

The Saab Challenge Scottish Boarder Cross Champion men’s title was won by Kevin Clark (23) from Boat of Garten, a member of the British Army Snowboard Team who has recently completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan and had previously served in Iraq. The ladies title was won by former Cairngorm Mountain Snowboard instructor Anna Dawson (29) from Aviemore.

Former Olympic Skier and BBC wintersports pundit Alain Baxter added: “The Championships at the weekend were thrilling to watch and it was fantastic to see such a prestigious sport coming to the UK.  It was also great to see a well-known company like Saab supporting the event. Saab was a key supporter of Scottish skiing during my development and their support is really important to Scottish and British Snowsports.”

David Pugh, sales and marketing manager at Saab Great Britain, commented: “Here at Saab, we’re really pleased to have been invited to sponsor such an exciting event.  It was fantastic to work with Snowsport Scotland and Aberdeen Snowsports Club, and The Saab Challenge was a great way to show our innovation and represent our Scandinavian heritage.” 

Ewen MacLean, Chairman of Aberdeen Snowsports Club, commented: “We were delighted with the success of the event and to have the support of both Saab and ski legend Alain Baxter for the first ever National Level Ski and Boarder Cross in the UK. I hope that everyone who took part had a good time and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Spectacular photographs of the action can be viewed at the attached link.


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