We have had a fantastic year with new coaches joining the team, new camps, new athletes and lots of new success stories.
The highlight of the season had to be Alpe d huez with 6 out of the 9 JJC starters passing. It was really rewarding to have a few of them stepping up to the plate and getting it done first ever euro test first ever run! We had more fantastic results through the season with more passes and candidates moving into the ball-park with promising results. As always we had some near misses which is always tough to stomach at the time but it can be a process with knock backs but its how you pick yourself up afterwards, understand the process and use the experience to move forward that is important. As coaches we can see the progression and know that the program will continue to build and carry momentum into next season with more exciting results to come.
As openers we also had a great season setting more times than any other season. Between the three of us we set 40+ times and it was really cool to get our names on the certificates with our trainees. This also gives us confidence that we can deliver the most accurate simulation of race day during our pre season mock tests and gives our trainees a real feel for the level they need to achieve.
We believe strongly in our values and keeping our set up moving in line with our vision. We will continue to run 6 per group and keep the program small but effective. As we continue to see the results from the program as it develops from season to season we have also seen a big rise in interest and greater numbers of athletes coming onto our camps. We have already started to take deposits for November and have the capacity to look after 24 candidates per week over 4 groups ranging from entry level to those trying to find the last few hundredths.
Last season we ran a generic strength and conditioning program with several phases building up to Autumn training. This year phase 1 will be a building program with testing at the end. The following phases will then be bespoke to ensure we a focusing on the areas individuals need to improve on and to ensure we have well rounded athletes arriving ready to make the most out of their on snow time.
Location will again be in Saas Fee as we truly believe in the product we can offer there with full length courses, multiple lane options and the freedom to pick appropriate terrain to set for the tasks the candidates have. For an entry level to race training we are looking at different options now as there isn’t always the need to have access to Saas Fee’s terrain on peoples first introduction to racing.
We are honoured to have current ISTD’s, trainers and past JJC euro tests passes wanting to return or join in on our program for the first time. Although we predominantly are aiming to train candidates towards their euro test we are confident that having such talent and knowledge joining us for training can only be a benefit to our current athletes in demonstrating the level and sharing tips and stories of how they succeeded will only add to what we already do on the hill.
For the fist time we will be adding a test technique group to our set up. The program will start off indoors during the summer, building up to autumn. Laandgraaf ski hall offers a fantastic opportunity for candidates to train efficiently without the disturbances weather can bring to the glaciers. We will be offering 2×2 hour sessions on the slope, strength and conditioning training in the gym and full board accommodation. We believe this innovative Test technique program is going to be key in building pass rates and accelerating the process. The training opportunity will also be extremely beneficial in building quick feet, movement patterns and a good knowledge of building and releasing pressure for euro test candidates.