No limit for Ryding after stellar year on the slope

Dave Ryding
Dave Ryding

Slalom skier Dave Ryding has re-set his goals after enjoying a career best season on the snow slopes of the world.

The 30-year-old – who started skiing at the age of six, with Pendle Ski Club – announced himself as a serious contender for the sport’s biggest prizes after performing brilliantly during the World Cup series over the winter.

Out of the 10 meetings, Ryding never once finished outside of the top 20 and earned six top-10 placings.

His crowning moment came in the Austrian town of Kitzbuhel in January when in front of 60,000 spectators, he finished second behind home favourite Marcel Hirscher.

His appearance on the podium was the first time a Briton had earned a top-three position since Konrad Bartelski came second in a downhill in Italy in 1981.

Ryding has shown steady signs of improvement in recent years and has genuine hopes of becoming the first British man to win a World Cup event since the present format began in the 1960s.

“My goal as a kid was to be ranked inside the top 30, because that’s when you get two runs at a World Cup meeting,” said Ryding, who hails from the village of Bretherton.

“That’s when people start to notice you and know who you are. I managed to achieve that two seasons ago so after that I did not know what my limit was.

“But nowI feel like I don’t really have a limit.”