Having crossed paths on the race scene, this was the first time Vali and Jamie joined forces for an extended period of time. The two not only developed a strong friendship from day one, but they hyped each other up, provided feedback, built trust, and pushed each other’s limits. With similar strains of humor and habits, the days clocked by seamlessly.
Vali is on the path to recovering from her first major injury sustained at World Championships in Leogang last October. While the road has not been easy, Vali has kept her head held high, working through the mental and physical aspects of rehabilitation, regaining her confidence on the bike every day.
Entering the ranks of Elite Men’s DH in 2020, Jamie Edmondson made his podium debut in Lousã, Portugal. Since then, he has been able to spend more time on his downhill bike than in the previous seasons. France provided Jamie the opportunity to train in a drier climate compared to his home turf in Scotland.
With the first World Cup DH of the season around the corner, the duo is excited to get back between the tape. Leogang’s diverse course boasts natural and manmade features with a new wood section that Jamie has yet to race. Vali on the other hand is no stranger to the course.