Trespass Snowboardcross Championships

Tuesday 22 March, 2011 – As everyone knows the Alps have been a little short of snow this winter and the fact a boardercross track could even be fashioned from the minimal snowfall was a testament to the skills of the course shapers. Event organisers made the decision to change from the original format of four man heats to the standard fall-back plan for this kind of situation and had riders racing individually. Each rider had two runs with their best time being used as their attempt to podium in both their age category and the title of overall champion.

A little later than scheduled, the Trespass British Snowboardercross kicked off under the bright blue skies in Laax with the women’s category and 13 year-old Maisie Potter from Wales took top spot with a time of 76.12 seconds. Coming in second place was 25 year-old Kate Foster from Sussex who crossed the line in 77.89 seconds for her second podium in as many years and Rowena Kealey placed third with a time of 78.41 seconds.

Maisie Potter quoted: “I wasn’t expecting that, I fell on my second run but my first was good enough so I’m really stoked.”

Next up was the men’s turn and the boys stepped up to the plate and rode right until last lifts. 30 year-old James Foster from Sussex took his second gold in three years with a time of 69.79 seconds. Young gun Max Thidling proved he can kick it with the big boys – the 15 year-old picked up silver with an impressive time of 70 seconds flat. Bronze medal went to 29 year-old Simon Nicholson who came in with a time of 70.48 seconds.

James Foster quoted: “It was a good day we had some troubles this morning with the course but we worked them out and we actually got to run a race today which is amazing.”

Trespass Snowboardcross Championships Results


1st James Foster

2nd Max Thidling

3rd Simon Nicholson


1st Maisie Potter

2nd Kate Foster

3rd Rowena Kealey

Don’t forget to check out the BRITS 2011 daily webcasts and picture galleries at, where you will be able to check out the Snowboard and Freeski action from the previous day’s competition.

The BRITS, which is part of the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, would not be possible without its highly supportive sponsors: Giro, Protest, Trespass, SNO!zone, Cushe, Garmin and Snow+Rock. Demo partners: Ride, Salomon, K2 & Volkl snowboards and Line & K2 skis. Media partners: Whitelines, Huck, Flipside, Extreme Sports Channel,,,, and Destination partners: Switzerland Tourism and LAAX.

Author: silvia