World Cup Montafon

Charlotte and Manon take 3rd in Montafon

Charlotte and Manon take 3rd in Montafon

Article from inside the games.

Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Chloe Trespeuch guided France to a thrilling victory in the women’s competition as team events brought the International Ski Federation (FIS) Snowboard Cross World Cup in Montafon in Austria to a close today.

Loccoz, the 2015 World Cup winner in the discipline, and Trespeuch saw off the challenge of Italy’s Raffaella Brutto and Michela Moioli in the final.

The bronze medal went the way of Manon Petit and Charlotte Bankes, also of France, to complete a successful outing for the nation.



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Long time no news


After a great end to the season, I needed a proper break this spring. I therefore went off sailing with Tom across the Atlantic and back. A great new experience for me and the best way to get a proper break.


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After 2 months on the boat it was time to get back to training to get ready for the new season. I went off straight away on a physical training camp in Hossegor, South-west coast of France for some surfing, biking and all sorts of different activities.



Then the rest of the summer was spent between Aix les Bains with all the french team for intensive weeks of physical training and Savine le Lac, home with a lot of sailing, biking with the dogs and more physical training.

P1000327After all this physical training it was really time to get back onto the snow. Beginning of September, I was off to Argentina for a 3 week training camp start back on the snow, test some new boards but also some giant and boardercross training. This camp started really well with great condition, beautiful view of the lake and even some fresh snow.


But unfortunately on Tuesday the 15 while training on the course I hurt my knee due to a bad landing on a jump. It didn’t look like it was good news but had to wait to get back in France and get an MRI. After been flown back, I went to Grenoble and Lyon to get all the test and see the surgeon. The diagnostic was clear my ALC is completely torn but the rest of the knee is okay.

The next step is therefore to be operated next week and then start intensive reab until been ready to get back on my board in about 6 months

Thanks to everyone for their support

As well as to my sponsors Oxess, Dragon, Reusch, Northwave and Drake.

And no worries I will be back next season even more motivated


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Jounée Porte Ouverte Club Ecrins Snowboard

Screen Shot 2015-04-10 at 10.55.59 amOn Saturday the 11 of April, the snowboarding Club is organising an open day in Puy St Vincent. Everyone who may want to be part of the club is welcome to come along, ski or snowboard

Hope to see you tomorrow at the ESF of Puy St Vincent 1600 at 9am.

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A long trip

After a little break due to the cancelation of the World Cup in Squaw Valley, I’ve had a couple of crazy weeks with a lot of traveling.


First stop was China for the Junior World Championships where I hoped to defend both my titles. So after 30 hours of traveling we got to Yabuli, China escorted by police. The conditions in China were really cold and windy but the course was nice and we had some fun racing over the next 4 days.








It went really well for me, winning qualification and then all my runs to secure the World Junior title for the second year running in front of team mate Julliette Lefevre and Canadian Katie Anderson. A great day for the team with Ken Vuagnoux getting the bronze medal in the mens event.





The next day was the team event that I raced with Juliette. It was great fun, with some good riding from both of us and some nice passes which allowed us to win the gold medal. Unfortunately the men finish 4th cause of a crash in the final.



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This ended a great trip to China, and we were then off to Spain for the last World Cup of the season. After a really long travel with a stop in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower we arrived in Barcelona where we spent the next couple of days relaxing and recovering from jetlag.



It was then time to drive up to La Molina where the conditions were a lot warmer and there wasn’t much snow. Even through they had managed to make an interesting course and with a couple of early starts to preserve the course, the training and qualifications went well.

Unfortunately the weather was crap for the finals , with wet snow falling making the course a lot slower. With some good starts and good riding I managed to get through some very tight heats into the final. After been 2nd or 3rd all the way until the last bank, I managed to get more speed on the last bank and overtake everyone on the 2 last jumps to secure my first World Cup victory!



A big thanks to all the French team for everything. Most of all the coaches and techs for their great work!!

Also well done to Nelly who finish 2nd and secured the Globe and Ken for his 8th place.


Now back at home, making the most of the puppies before going off to Bad Gastein, Austria for the Europa Cup finals and Val Thorens to test the new Oxess boards for next season as well as competing in the French Nationals.


Thanks to my sponsors DragonOxess, Drake, Northwave, Reusch

To my Club Ecrins Snowboard and all the trainers

And to everyone for the support and messages, it means a lot.



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A long day of racing in Cortina

After the European Cups in Puy St Vincent, Charlotte was in Cortina, talie this weekend for 2 more European Cups.


Arrived in Cortina on Thursday after a long drive with snow most of the way. Friday was supposed to be the training day but due to the heavy snowfall over night and the high winds, training was canceled.





Saturday was the first race of the weekend. A long day ahead of us with training and qualification in the morning and then finals in the evening. Happy to discover a good course with some nice bank turns witch looked fun. Even though the snow was slow,  I had fun in training and was looking forward to racing.

After a good time in my first qualification, happy to finish second after the 2 qualification runs. After that it was time to have a bit of time to rest before the finals starting at 6pm.
Some great heats witch were tight at the start meaning the starts were very important, very good training for me.
Winning my quarterfinal and semifinal, I was into the final against 2 Italians Michela and Rafaella and British rider Zoe. After a good start, I was second into the first bank and waiting for a little space to overtake Michela. In the fourth bank turn took the inside of the Italian and overtook her and stayed in front until the finish.
A great win for me, really happy with my riding after a long day of riding finishing at 8pm. And well done to Zoe who finished 3rd. Good race for Pierre Vaultier who won the mens race.
Sunday’s race got canceled due to strong wind.
Well done to Chloe Trespeuch and Nathan Birrien for their medals in the University Games in Spain.
Now a couple of days rest at home, off to Germany next weekend for 2 more European Cups before starting the world Cup circuit beginning of March in Squaw Valley, USA.
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European Cup in Puy St Vincent

Good couple of weekends racing in Puy St Vincent


With the snow that has fallen in the last couple of weeks, the club was able to build the boarder cross course in Puy St Vincent.

10390303_10203871050640127_7985621892542875016_nSo after organising the Regional races last weekend under a nice blue sky, this weekend was the turn of the usual European Cups. The weather wasn’t as good with a snowfall on thursday evening and then some variable weather with snow, wind, fog and some blue sky over the next 3 days. But thanks to the great work from the volunteers, trainers and members of Ecrins Snowboard we were able to run the 2 races.

A great weekend of racing with about 100 racers from all around Europe including some World Cup riders from Italy, Switzerland and France. Here is a link to  a little video on the local news.

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Start of the new season



With the lack of snow in Europe the races scheduled in december were postponed and then canceled. I have therefore been on standby, waiting for the season to start and spending my time between home, the canaries for a bit of sailing and glaciers to try and get some training in.



But at last the season in going to start. After a 4 day training camp in Isola 2000 witch enabled us to get back into racing mode and build some confidence thanks to  some great conditions and a good challenging course.

We are now in Kreisberg Austria for the World Championship with the qualification on Thursday and the Finals on Friday the 16 live on Eurosport 2.


I would also like to welcome 6 littles puppies to the Bankes family. Well done Messy, you’re the best mum even if you could have chosen a better moment than 2 am to have them.



Looking forward to discovering the course tomorrow for the first of the 2 training days.


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Tom and Charlotte go to World Championships

British Ski and Snowboard have announced their 22-strong team heading to Austria later this month for the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

For the biggest freestyle event on this year’s calendar, taking place from January 14 to 25 in Kreischberg, all eyes will be on snowboard slopestyle athletes Aimee Fuller, Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan after Team GB’s success in slopestyle at Sochi 24. The trio will be joined by big air specialist Sam Turnbull.

Katie Summerhayes, Anna Vincenti and Isabel Atkin are the three British ski slopestyle entries, with James Woods staying over in the US to compete in the X Games in Aspen.

In Ski Halfpipe, 17-year-old Molly Summerhayes will take part in her first major competition, hopefully joined by Rowan Cheshire who is currently on her way back from injury. For the men, Sochi stars James Machon and Murray Buchan.

In Moguls, Ellie Koyander will represent Great Britain in the ladies events, with Andrew Longley, who has come out of retirement to compete at the Championships, competing for the men.

Brother and sister Lloyd and Elodie Wallace will represent the team in the Aerials competition, while in Ski Cross Ed Drake will be representing the British men, with Liz Stevenson, Emily Sarsfield and Pam Thorburn representing the women.

In Snowboard Cross, Winter Olympian Zoe Gillings-Brier will ride alongside Stephanie Gehrig, in their first major competition of the season. For the men, Thomas Bankes will be Great Britain’s only representative.


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The end of last season was quite busy with

Tom having to put an end to his season suddenly after rupturing his ACL on the world cup in Veysonnaz. His other knee just gave in so in April it was time to get operated of both knees. This meant he spent most of his spring in a rehabilitation center in Hauteville.

Will took a very difficult decision at the end of the season as he decided to end his career after having a difficult season but it was the right one as he wasn’t enjoying what he was doing.

As for me, after a good end of season, it was time to go back to school  to do some work as in June I had my BAC. In the spring, I also had to have an operation to try to sort out my pain in my pelvis.

After it was a question of being patient for Tom and me so that we would recover properly. So we decided to go on a boat trip down to the Canaries from Marseille via Menorca, Gibraltar, Madeira and the sailing tripSalvagen islands. A great trip with some good sailing, nice places and great views.

After these 4 weeks, it was time for me to start my rehabilitation while Tom stayed down there sailing around the islands and also doing some courses so as to get his RYA skipper qualifications. He is now Captain Thomas




I spent 3 weeks in Cap Breton at the CERS in rehab. Will came to visit for a week with Zucco and a bit of surfing




After that back home for a pleasant time making the most of the Indian summer with some sailing, cycling and some physical training always with the dogs.





Now November has arrived, and with it the weather has  turn, winter is coUntitledming. But it is also time for me to get back on my board for some gentle training. SO making the most of a little window of good weather, I was of to Saas Fee in Switzerland last weekend for 3 days of riding in nice fresh snow. Good to be back on the snow.


Now back home with the dogs for a week before flying off to Finland to get some proper training in before the beginning of the season in Montafon on the 6th of December.




Thanks to drake/ Northwave, Oxess and Dragon for the new kit.




Back on the road for a new season


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Charlotte Bankes 1ere Argentièreoise


Une Argentièroise aux Jeux Olympiques de Sotchi

Pour la première fois de son histoire, la cité des mines d’argent verra une de ses pépites de la glisse participer à l’événement le plus important du monde sportif.

Charlotte Bankes, 18 ans, représentera L’Argentière-la-Bessée et la France dans l’épreuve de snowboardcross. « Lorsque j’ai appris ma sélection, j’étais très contente de faire partie du voyage à Sotchi, surtout sachant que c’est ma première année sur le circuit de Coupe du monde », a commenté la jeune femme.

Alignée sur ses premières coupes du monde depuis décembre, elle a dynamité la hiérarchie installée en s’installant dans les dix meilleures mondiales de la discipline dominée par les Américaines et les Canadiennes. Elle en est déjà la meilleure française.

Et pourtant tout n’a pas été simple pour Charlotte Bankes, victime il y a deux ans d’une fracture du bassin qui l’a éloignée des circuits pendant plus d’un an. Malgré cela, l’Argentièroise s’est battue pour revenir au plus haut niveau. Vice-championne du monde junior en 2012, victorieuse de sept coupes d’Europe, championne de France senior en titre, elle dispose déjà d’une solide expérience du haut niveau.

Pour la troisième olympiade consécutive (Pierre Vaultier en 2006 à Turin et en 2010 à Vancouver), le club dont elle est membre, Écrins snowboard, enverra un de ses athlètes au Jeux olympiques.

Pour vivre au mieux ce grand rendez-vous, la population est invitée vendredi 7 février à une soirée olympique sur la place du kiosque à 19 heures, ponctuée par un spectacle pyrotechnique.

La commune retransmettra dimanche 16 février au foyer culturel la course (qualifications à 8h, finales à 10h) sur écran géant.

Par Angélique FEDORENKO | Publié le 29/01/2014 à 06:00
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