Great Britain goes to the World Roller Games!

As some of you know the World Roller Games in Barcelona, the WRG, registration was closed on the 15th of February. The BDSL was able to take steps to ensure that Longboarding and Luge would have the opportunity to be represented at the WRG.

To that end, there are the following positions available:

6 Male Longboard (maximum number available)
3 Female Longboard (Can be increased to maximum of 6 if required)
3 Mixed Luge (maximum number available)

The WRG event is to be held on the 3rd to 8th of July in Barcelona, a draft itinerary is attached to this email in the form of a Mailchimp Download link. Also attached are the official accommodation prices and site map.

Event entry fees have not been finalised but are expected to be around the £120-150 mark. Additionally, as this is a World Skate and an IOC event there are some additional conditions to entry, mainly Anti-Doping requirements and confirmation of Nationality, copies of which are attached in the download link. Any extra information you may be interested in can be found out at:
http://www.worldskate.org/skateboarding.html
http://www.worldskate.org/clean-sport.html

If you wish to put yourself forward for potential selection, please let the committee know by replying to this email or sending an email to info@bdsl.co.uk. Please send your request before the 15th of April to give time to process the requests.

Information pack available here

FAQ:
How will the final decision be made on entrants?
Should more people come forward to represent GB at the WRG than spaces are available, positions will be allocated based on 2018 IDF ranking followed by 2018 BDSL ranking.

Is funding available to assist my travel and/or event fee?
Currently the BDSL does not have any discretionary funds to help riders attend the WRG.

Why is the BDSL choosing riders?
The BDSL is the recognised longboarding and luge body in the UK by World Skate as a subsidiary of the British Roller Sports Federation. Previously this position was held by the British Roller Sports Federation only. The BRSF is the current body representing all roller sports, including skateboarding. The BDSL has managed to work with the British Roller Sports Federation to ensure autonomy of the BDSL for selecting riders, as well as ensuring that Longboards and Lugers interests are represented going forward.

When does the event registration open/close?
The event registration opens on the 15th of April and closes on the 31st of May. Please ensure that your request to compete is entered before the 15th of April to give the BDSL & BRSF plenty of time to process your request. Late entries will be considered only in the event that the available positions are not already filled.

How come there is a rider limit?
The rider limit is set by WS for the WRG and is not something that the BDSL has any say over at this time.

Why is the event so expensive and why do I have to use the organisers hotels?
A transport network and subsequent transport pass is included with the official hotel accommodations. Athletes are able to book their own accommodation but will not be entitled to the transportation pass and will be responsible for their own transport during the event, including airport transfers.
A 30% deposit will be required before the event, date to be confirmed, should you wish to book with the WRG hotels.

What do I need to provide if I chose to compete and am successfully chosen?
A copy of your British passport, a passport sized photo and a signed anti-doping agreement.
Entry fees will also be required, exact price to be confirmed, expected between £120-150 per rider.

Do I need to be at the event for all four days?
A draft itinerary is attached to this email, minimum required is 5th till the 7th of July, registration and official training starts on the 4th onwards.

What format does racing take?
The racing will be in the form of a Time trial qualifier with the fastest 64 riders going through into 4 rider knock outs, for both Longboarding and Luge.

The BDSL is very much looking forward to helping GB riders compete on an international stage as part of the WS and the IOC WRG event. This is a very new and exciting time for Longboard and Luge in Great Britain and we hope to represent your interests to the best of our abilities within the British Roller Sports Federation, Sport England, SkateBoard England and WS.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.
Kind Regards
Daniel Shinnie, Pete Connolly, Aaron Skippings, Hermione Pearson, Dale Goodwin and Sabina Edwards

Information pack also available here

Contenders for BDSL 2019 by Database Dale

With 2019 having just begun, but fantastic memories of the BDSL 2018 season still fresh in Skaters minds, we thought we’d give you the lowdown on what to expect for the 2019 BDSL Season and who will challenge for the titles.

Our friends at Brianne Collective are looking to run three weekend events across the year, dates are yet to be confirmed, but we can’t wait to see what events they put on!

As for contenders, with the World’s fastest Downhill Skateboarder, Pete Connolly, still out due to tendon injury, Pearse D’Arcy who won Standup Open in 2018 will be looking to defend his title. Pearse won two National races and one regional last year, enough to win overall by a big margin of 54 points. But there are other contenders to consider.

Aaron Skippings had the most regional podiums last year, coming 1st at Ride the Dragon & 2nd at Fumble in the Valley, Gated & Winter Chaos. Aaron is likely to be Pearse’s rival again this year, but after losing out in both Nationals in 2018, he’ll be out for the win to take home those 1,000 points. Aaron is also considering not doing both Standup & Luge this year, as doing both meant he was too exhausted to perform his best in either at some events last year.

Our next contender for this year’s title is Finbarr Crowley, Fin has improved his skating massively in the last few years, partly due to his adventures in New Zealand & Australia, places renowned for their fast Skating. Fin managed 3rd at Bleek National last year and came close to a podium finish a few times in Regionals. Expect to see Finbarr on lots more podiums this year!

Oscar Taylor managed 4th Overall last year and will be looking to move up this year. Oscar swooped past Aaron at Tregaron on the final straight to snatch 2nd place. He also won Bolsterstone Time Trial Regional, but is definitely capable of gaining more points this year with more podiums. Oscar only lost out on 3rd overall last year by 15 points, a margin that could’ve been overturned by 1 or 2 places in any of the races he attended.

My personal outside favourites to contend for the top of Standup this year is Bodhi Keen & Lewis Taylor.

Bodhi unfortunately couldn’t attend Bleek National last year, but if he did, it would have put him in the top 7 for sure. He managed two regional podiums, 3rd at Gated & 3rd at Ride the Dragon, but is fast and super consistent, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him win a race in 2019.

Lewis won a regional last year, his local race, Winter Chaos, a time trial regional, but only just lost out on a podium with 4th at Gated Regional. Again, Lewis did not attend Bleek National, but if he did he would have been top 8 and if he’d got further at Tregaron, even higher than that. He also had the 2nd highest regional total in 2018, just behind Aaron.

 

In the Women’s category, things are still looking very one sided, with Hermione Pearson way out in front in 2018 and not many other women competing. Hopefully this will change this year as Hermione recently took over from Sabina as Women’s BDSL rep and will continue to encourage other women to improve & compete this year and onwards. If you’re reading this and thinking ‘How can I get involved?’ head over to the BDSL – Women on the Hill Facebook Group.

 

In Luge, the 2018 season was the most exciting for a long time. Gareth Chamerlain took home first place overall after winning both Nationals, Tregaron & Bleek, and Hog Hill Regional. He also came 2nd at Bo Peep Regional. Gareth beat 2nd place Aaron Skippings by a big margin of 71 points. Gareth had to be super aggressive to win at Tregaron and he carried on that momentum at Bleek.

As for Luge contenders in BDSL 2019, with Gareth most likely wanting to defend his title, there will be some big competition to beat him. Aaron Skippings is still undecided as to whether or not he races both Standup & Luge categories again, but if he does, he’ll be fighting for the win every race. Aaron won five regionals in Luge last year, more race wins than anyone, but only lost out on the title by coming 2nd at Tregaron National & 3rd at Bleek National.

Also fighting for the luge 2019 BDSL title this year will be Ell Macey. Ell came 3rd overall last year with six podiums , but no wins. Ell will most likely want to win races this year to challenge for the title. He only just lost out on winning Bleek National to Gareth.

Outside contenders this year are likely to be Andy Speight, who’s improved massively in the short time he’s been racing, and Lionel Ironlung, who came 2nd in two regionals last year.

That concludes our contenders for the BDSL 2019 season. We hope to see you all on the hill very soon. I know I’m looking forward to racing again after 18 months out..!

Dale.

Photo credits to Boardlogic, JP Photography & Thrill Magazine.