Offbeat Video

By Ben Walley

These two racers really got their skates on in a fast-paced skier versus speed rider race.

Skiing instructors Thomas Brand and Ugo Gerola decided to take each other on in a high speed mountainside race.


Thomas, 22, flew down the slopes at the Valfrejus resort in France with a speedriding wing, with Udo, 25, trying to beat him on skis.

The heart-pounding race, set against a beautiful backdrop, produced a close finish, with the skier just beating out the speedrider.

Thomas said: “We have both been speed riding since 2011 and are very good friends.

“We have competed in various competitions, such as the French championships, where I finished seventh and Ugo fourth.


“For this video, I asked Ugo to set his wings to one side and just ski as fast as possible while I tried to beat him.

“It was a great race, and at the same time we were trying to make a beautiful video.

“In the end Ugo won but I finished just behind him, so it was very tight.”