Austrians kick off season preparation plunging in

09 September 2016 14:03
The Austrian sbx squad atop of the Wetterkreuz
The Austrian sbx squad atop of the Wetterkreuz -

Snowboard Team Austria's snowboard cross athletes have celebrated their start into the final preparation for the new season by jumping in at the deep end in Tyrol.

The squad's wax tech James Woodford, also a certified canyoning guide for 'Feelfree' in Oetz, Austria led Alessandro Haemmerle, Luca Haemmerle, Markus Schairer as well as Julian Lueftner, Lukas Pachner, Jakob Dusek and Sebastian Jud through the well-known and demanding Auer ravine.

“This gorge provides jumps from 16 metres into the crystal-clear Neder stream as well as thrilling slide and rappel section and therefore caused some adrenalin rush for my team,” reported Tom Greil, OESV SBX Head Coach, who was responsible for the mix of training units offered in the first five-day pre-season training camp.

Besides yoga sessions also a six-hour mountain bike tour from Kuehtai to Oetz including some hike-your-bike sections or hours in the Bikepark Serfaus-Ladis-Fiss were also on the programme.

Lukas Pachner knows how to hike a bike

The camp was rounded out by some high diving from 15 metres in the well-known 'Area 47'.

“This course indicated that the boys have done their homework over summer and are well prepared for the first on-snow sessions coming up this September.

As our season's highlights are right at the start (home World Cup in Montafon) and at the end of the winter (world champs Sierra Nevada), we are taking the World Cup calendar into account during our preparation.”