Thomas Bankes and Maisie Potter go gold at Trespass Snowboardcross Championships

The BRITS 2012 kicked off in style with the Trespass Snowboardcross Championships today. The competitors were greeted with blue skies, warm weather, loads of snow and a perfectly shaped course. GB coach James Foster tweaked Laax’s first permanent snowboardcross course and the riders were eager to get stuck in.

Head judge Andy Mills said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better day, the weather and the snow were both perfect.”

After an intense day of racing, the top riders could barely be separated, meaning tight finishes and carnage on the course, which made for a classic snowboardercross final. In the women’s category, Maisie Potter from Wales came first in both her age group and overall. “I’m really happy. The course was really good and fast, the best one yet,” she said. Kate Foster continued her strong run coming in second place, securing a podium finish for the third time in as many years. Sarah Marriott took third place to cap off a great day for the ladies.

Next up were the men, which included the entire GB snowboardcross team, who have been training hard throughout the season. The hard work paid off and there was a clear sense of rivalry between the squad, who dominated the podium. James Foster showed the younger riders how it’s done, coming in third place behind Kyle Wise who took second. But it was Thomas Bankes who secured top spot above his teammates. “We had a great day. The course was amazing and a great improvement by the organisers. Riding with the guys in the finals was fun, to win here at the Brits is always good,” he commented.

Trespass Snowboardcross Championships Results
Men Women
1st – Thomas Bankes 1st – Maisie Potter
2nd – Kyle Wise 2nd – Kate Foster
3rd – James Foster 3rd – Sarah Marriott

Don’t forget to check out the BRITS 2012 daily webcasts and picture galleries at, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard action from the previous day’s competition.

The BRITS would not be possible without its highly supportive sponsors: Protest, Trespass, Dare2b , Snow+Rock and Nooka. Media partners: Whitelines, Huck, Extreme Sports Channel,, Ski Club of Great Britain,, In The Snow and Destination partners: Switzerland Tourism and LAAX. Governing Bodies: TTR, AFP, WSF and BSS.

Author: silvia