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S1 Helmets
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Just a short note. We are manufacturing a short run of S1 helmets. Please see British Speed Ski Team Facebook page for details. Price on application.

Posted on: 2012/1/17 18:22
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Re: Les Arcs 2010?
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Jjukan, now theres a track to remember, what about Stelvio?
Bring back Les Arcs, I support this!
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Millar

Posted on: 2009/10/15 14:08
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Re: CERVINIA CANCELLED
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Vars will be on the BBC 2 next sunday evening. I think it will about 23.00 central european time. Also on BBC iplayer.

Posted on: 2009/2/9 11:12
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Re: BRAVO ET MERCI A VARS !!!!!!
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Couldn't agree more. Well done Vars! A great race.

Posted on: 2009/1/26 12:11
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Re: Archive Film Footage/TV
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Thanks Guys. Lollo, is that the correct email address, as it came back to me?
Any more footage would be greatly appreciated.
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Millar Reid
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Posted on: 2008/12/10 12:14
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Can you help. The BBC are putting together a feature on our sport of Speed Skiing and as such will be filming in Vars. This part will feature Graham Bell, former GBR downhill racer and now television presenter, fore running the track, as well as other features. Yesterday we were with Graham and the TV crew in the Argyll Wind Tunnel, Glasgow University, with Graham testing various racing positions. What we are looking for is old film footage of our sport in the early days, I remember that Cervinia had footage of the old track and Les Arcs has similar, the old track. We would be grateful if anyone can forward contact details for old film footage.
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Millar Reid
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Posted on: 2008/12/4 14:04
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Re: training before the world championships ????
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Marc,
Good point, have to agree with you that the situation is not ideal. A training camp would benefit all concerned, wheather this is held at Vars or another venue. Speed Skiing has to put on a good show for the sport to increase its interest to other parties.
Millar

Posted on: 2008/10/27 12:10
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Re: Schedule for 2008 ?
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Ok, Speed Skiing, our sport whats it all about? The ultimate goal, definately yes! World records, country records, personal records, yes. But there's more to the sport than that. Now, I'm definately one of the old timers, 20 years, jesus, that long, no wonder I was skint for years. I have seen fields of 120 racers to fields of 25, so whats changed.
Firstly, fast tracks, in the old days, absolutely mental. Nothing like we have now, now we have perfect groomed motorways. I don't think many would be around at the fast races if they hadn't evolved. Look at Les Arcs, Verbier and see who turns up for Vars this year. Fast tracks will always attract the numbers. This alone should tell us something. World Cup tracks need to be exactly that, World Cup, so they must meet a minimum standard, this is where it has gone wrong. Events with the World Cup status must be above 160km/h.
However, Speed Skiers have to start somewhere and its not at any of the above. Look at the Fins, Sweds, etc. Lots of low to medium speed tracks where the skier can build confidence and skill, it works. The sport does need the structure to allow the skier to gain the experience for the opportunity to go fast.
Lets look at another ski sport. Ski Flying and Jumping. 90% of there circuit is made up of medium hills 100m to 130m but they have in the circuit the Flying hills, where the pursuit of the record can be realised. Maybe this is a model that our sport should follow and believe it or not its done within the constraints of FIS.
As I am now more or less retired, I can look in and as such I believe the Ski Jumping model is something we should look at. Look how the TD's control the event in terms of start heights, wind speeds, weather, etc. Now look at our TD's, enough said. Look at the infrastructure and organisation around a Jumping event and it only makes our sport look poor.
I believe that we should have a circuit within one body that encompasses all of the above. World Cups of no less than 160km/h, with a couple of big hills toward the end of season. This way we can market the sport under one umberbella. We have something to sell!!!! How many of you out there would like prize money. Ski Jumpers can win 30,000SFr at an event, cars, etc!
We, the sport have to take a professional stance if we want to go forward, Les Arcs has to be part of that. Its time to rebuild and rebuild together.
To all who race this year, Race Fast and Safe.
Cheers
The Highlander!

Posted on: 2008/1/11 12:24
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Re: usual lack of information
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Once again we are having debates about the organisation of our sport or the lack of it. I have said before that some of the decisions may have have been knee jerk, but something had to change and we had to start somewhere. So the helmet rules and back protector can only be good in the long term. As I have said before, we now have the skier regulated, helmet, back protector, skis, poles, suits, undersuits, etc. As Jukka mentioned, now we need to address the track safety. Some of tracks in the last few years have definitely been a little too be desired. The safety especially in some of the FIS races is sub standard, this along with TD's who know little or nothing of the sport and its rules only undermine the situation. We have guidelines set down in the rules for the minimum widths of the tracks, fall zones, timing cell protection, start points and piste marking to name but a few. When can we say that all the rules were adhered to surrounding the track? Combine this with a TD who is weak and knows little about our sport and at the same time is trying to please organisers and racers alike, and we have an extremely poor event.
Why is this, do the organisers of the events try to get away with the minimum? Are the TD's ignorate of the rules? Do racers try and take over the event? Does the TD get put under too much pressure from both racer and organiser alike? We must ask all these questions. If we look at Verbier, we can say for sure that the organisers tried everything to make the racer safe, extra nets asked for were provided on more than one occasion. The only area of concern was surrounding the final run. I would agree with Marc in saying that team captains with racers still in the event should have had had the vote. Captains without racer representation should have had no vote. Hidesight is a wonderful thing.
To all who read these forums, remember that speed skiing relies on people giving up their free time, 99% of the work done for the benefit of all is done free.
At the end of the day, no one forces us to run, its the racers decision. Sometimes it takes balls to walk away.

Posted on: 2007/12/10 16:07
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Marc, I can fully understand your furstration. The sport has had a major blow and will take some time to rebuild. It certainly will not die. Some of the decisions taken may have been a bit of knee jerk reaction but we had to sit up and take notice. Its been a long time coming but some rules have definately required change, what other alpine discipline allows homemade equipment? Standards have been set down and ultimately will be required to be adhered to.
As for the circuit. As someone who has been in sales most of his working life, the biggest thing is the lack of money. Why is this because we don't sell the sport properly, this is on both circuits. This effects everything, tour sponsorship, event sponsorship and personal sponsorship. And because the sport is not 'sold' interest wains. This effects new blood entering the sport. At present there are more men in our sport with grey hair and bellies than any other ski discipline, not a good sign I think you would agree.
If you look at our situation, GBR, the only new blood that we have had in the last few years has been Tom and Cait and sadly we lost Cait. Why is this, firstly lack of snow at home and secondly, the drivers of the sport on home soil are busy with there own life. This season will all most certainly be GBR's leanest. Nigel has gone to Canada, Norman and Jillian have just had a new baby girl, Richard is considering wheather he wants to carry on and myself, I fear retirement. So the only GBR representation will be yourself and Tom. Tom is the only licence application to arrive to date. The only light is that after many years, finally the ski federation have recognised us.
If I have time, then as you know, I would be willing to assist with organisation of the sport. But as most of you know, I'm a little abrupt and at times can upset some people. But, I have been around the sport for over 20 years, I am one of only five Brits ever to from the top of Les Arcs, in the past had some not bad results. I've seen some horrendus tracks as well as some absolute crackers. I know whats right and whats wrong and I know the rules.
As for the lack of information, you know when I receive information then I circulate it to the interested parties. FSV and FSSV are major sources of the information and should be commended for the work over the years. It worth remembering that these organisations are run on a part time basis by basically volunteers. As for FIS, well we should receive information via our sports home nation governing body, this is where the link in the chain breaks down in many countries.
On the point of information, Marc, please send me a profile for the Federation, I have already got Toms'.
Channel your anger on next big run and go fast!
Millar

Posted on: 2007/12/6 14:15
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Stephane,
surely there will be different sizes of inner helmet, therefore there will be different sizes of shell. A 48cm helmet on some of the girls will be like a full fairing on a motorbike. They will be able to hide behind it! Its now October so as much information on this subject would be helpful to next seasons competitors.

Posted on: 2007/10/3 10:26
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Re: Risk Assessment
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Jukka,
You win the free beer! There we go, the CE mark explained. Well done Jukka.
Cheers
Millar

Posted on: 2007/7/27 10:50
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Further to the topic raised by Ville.
Speed skiing is an exciting sport, both to watch and take part in. However there are risks. As such the organisers of events must assess these risks and take the necessary steps to reduce these risks.
The helmet rule, first thing we must ask ourselves is this, is this just a knee jerk reaction to the accident, to cover up the real reason for the accident or the only solution.
Lets look at everything surrounding the Speed Event, this sould be from the access to the track, to personal protection. I would argue that some events have cut back in the preperation in and around the track, to almost the minimum that they can get away with, fall zones that don't meet the minimum requirement, poor timing cell protection, fences that don't protect the skier, to name but a few. This allied to TD's that don't even know their own rules and guidelines, only adds to the problem.
What I would like to see is a proper risk assessment carried out before the skier even starts training. This document should be available to all skiers attending the event. From this document the skier can see what has been identified as risk and what has been done to minimise that risk. This would also force the organisers to consider the skier.
It must also be noted that risk assessments are carried out in almost other event, from rock concerts, to exibitions and sports events. This would allow our sport to come into line with other events.
Your thoughts would be welcomed.
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Millar Reid
British Speed Skiing

Posted on: 2007/7/26 10:40
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Re: New rules
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Ville,
At last a little bit of common sense. I too am on the large side 184cm 110kg with a 62cm head. For years I have been using a copy Goitch helmet which has a full face inner. To fabricate the inner helmet required a number of moulds, but it works and unfortunately has been tested out, though not through choice. The inner helmet does have padding 10mm.
Your correct in saying that the rule has to be changed for the skiers with larger frames, a downhill helmet for a large skier will never fit through a 40cm hoop after the shell has been fitted. As for the strap closure, this I'm not too sure about, motorcycle helmets use both methods, buckle and D loop.
Your also correct in the black protector rule, it must also be changed. Once again I fully endorse the use of motorcycle/downhill back protectors, personally tested in Cervinia and Verbier! Once the rule has been changed its the same for everyone, theres on excuses.
You have hit on the one thing that would make all the difference, safety outside the nets, mogul fields are not acceptable. When was the last time you seen a mogul field next to a downhill course. If a skier comes through a fence at high speed, regardless of helmet design and back protection and lands in a mogul field, then we can only expect serious injury.
However, skiers around the world are looking for the rules to be finalised soon, time quickly runs out and before we know it will be the start of the season.
Look forward to hearing other points of view.
The Highlander
Millar Reid
British Speed Skiing

Posted on: 2007/7/21 13:03
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Marc is on his way home from france.Should be back in England this weekend.

Posted on: 2007/5/4 12:29
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Stephane. Thanks to all at FSV for recognising the speed achieved by Caitilin. She gave the performance during the race and its only just. Thank you from all British Speed Skiers.
Millar Reid

Posted on: 2007/4/25 12:40
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Re: course du 24/25 Mars
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Please,if there is a chance that the Marco Salvaggio race is rescheduled for the dates that Lolo suggests can FSV please inform us early enough to travel down to Les Arcs by car. We would need to leave Scotland on the evening of the 3rd April.

Posted on: 2007/3/21 17:55
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