24th January 2023
Dave Ryding is back in action tonight, just two days after winning silver at Kitzbühel on Sunday. It’s the Schladming night slalom – one of the most exciting events of the year. NEW
He’s not had much time to celebrate, or to rest.
The Schladming Night Slalom is scheduled on the Tuesday after the Hahnenkamm weekend in Kitzbühel.
So it’s a quick dash from one Austrian resort to the next.
On Sunday, The Rocket got his season firmly back on track, taking his sixth career World Cup podium with silver behind his friend, Switzerland’s Daniel Yule.
Lucas Braathen of Norway was third.
He was very close to repeating his victory on the same course just a year ago when he became the first British winner in the history of the alpine World Cup.
He finished the first run only in 16th place but his second run was the fastest of all the racers.
It was a brilliant, faultless second run, and he knew it when he reached the bottom.
Before his podium, his best result this season had been a 12th place in Madonna di Campiglio.
He’s now been in the top 3 three times in Kitzbühel.
It was where he had his first podium in 2017, when he won silver, and where he took that famous victory in 2022.
“The old dog can still step up occasionally. I don’t know what it is with this place but three podiums here, it’s nuts,” Ryding told BBC Ski Sunday.
You can read our earlier article on the race and more British success at the weekend.
But now Ryding’s attention turns to Schladming, one of our favourite stops on the World Cup circuit and one of Ryding’s -though he’s yet to podium there.
We were there with tens of thousands of other race fans in 2020.
The first run of the 2023 race is scheduled to take place at 5.45pm Central European time (4.45pm GMT) with run two at 8.45 CET (7.45 GMT).
It will be live on Eurosport.
Nightrace ready 👀✅
The Bib’s are drawn and our @fisalpine Men’s slalom squad is ready for the Night Race at Schladming tomorrow🤩
Best of luck to the team 🍀💪
1.⏱️: 4:45 PM GMT
2.⏱️: 7:45 PM GMT
— GB Snowsport (@GBSnowsport) January 23, 2023
Ryding will be joined once again by his two fellow British slalom skiers, Billy Major and Laurie Taylor.
Ryding has bib no. 8, the same number he wore at Kitzbühel.
Let’s hope that’s a good omen.
Major and Taylor will be looking to make the Top 30 and earn a second run as Major did in Kitzbühel.
Good luck to them all.