Well done to all our Team GB athletes - some great performances with Nicky Cresser 7th overall in the Classic and three Sprint finalists. We wish them well as they prepare in Augsburg for next weekend's racing
Thirteen athletes came to Muotathal in the Swiss Alps for the first race of the World Cup series at the course which will hold the World Championships next year.
Saturday saw the classic race on a roughly twelve minute long continuous section of whitewater through the alpine town of Muotathal, the course finishing with a tough rapid which would be the place for Sundays sprint races.
Nicky Cresser put is an excellent performance in a strong field usually only seen at World Championships to finish 7th, the best result in the K1M classic for a long time.
Laura Milne also put in an excellent debut performance as a current junior team member finishing 19th competing against senior athletes.
Sunday was the Sprint race just down the most technical and biggest white water at the end of the classic course with a section taking around one minute to complete. With rain from three in the morning the river changed dramatically overnight rising to a level where the race was almost cancelled.
This posed a challenge for all the competitors who had no chance to practice on the river at this level.
After 1st Runs Nicky Cresser was in 6th narrowly missing a direct route to the final. Many British paddlers improved on their second runs and a very impressive three made the final, unfortunately Nicky could not reproduce his first run and missed out. The finalists were; Mike Rees-Clark in K1, Ryan Hunt in C1, and Rachel Houston in C1.
The high-pressure situation of the final showed and nobody managed to improve on the runs which got them into the finals.
Ryan finished 11th, Mike finished 15th, and Rachel unfortunately was unable to complete the course.
Training begins Tuesday in Augsburg, Germany, where the team will look to build on their results.