Roller Ski News - 19th April 2007

Roller Ski News - 19th April 2007


This goes ahead this Saturday, and looks set to be a popular trip. The plan is to meet at Bristol Temple Meads station at 11.00 (or Bath Spa at 10.15 if you need to drop off a car or pick up rollerskis).

If you have any questions, please let me know. If you want to hire rollerskis, there are still plenty available. See


The next Dorney 1-day course takes place on Sunday 29th April. This will be the last opportunity to do a higher skills course with Alan Eason before he returns to Australia for the summer.

To book, go to

If you haven't already seen it, there is a good article about Alan's struggles to compete internationally at


The Snowsport England Nordic On-Snow course was more popular than ever this year. Four coaches Patrick Winterton, Mike Dixon, Alan Eason and myself provided the cross-country skiing instruction, and the week featured coaching, ski and ski orienteering races and evening activities. It was great to see such depth of skiing talent, and improvements made by skiers returning from last year.


This week sees the start of our first 4-week evening rollerski courses in Hyde Park. We will be running further courses here and in Dulwich Park.

See for course listing.

We will also be having a weekly evening class on Wednesdays for anyone who cannot commit to a 4-week course.

See for classes.


Rupert Butcher of the Wessex BNSC has asked me to remind you of his club's excellent programme of biathlon development taking place this summer. This club is making great efforts to promote and develop the sport of biathlon currently a popular `armchair' sport, thanks to the good Eurosport commentary. Mike Dixon (one of the commentators) was telling me last week that they have between 100,000 and 300,000 British viewers for biathlon, making it Eurosport's most popular winter sport in the UK.

WBNSC Biathlon Training Weekends 2007
Venue: Budleigh Farm, Moretonhampstead, Devon.

May 26th - 27th (Improvers), book by 20th of April.
(Chagford 2 Hills Running Race on the 28th May)

June 23rd - 24th (Beginners), book by 11th of May.

July 21st - 22nd (Beginners 2 / Improvers), book by 26th of May.

September 15th - 16th (Improvers / Advanced), book by 21st of July.

October 27th - 28th (Advanced Training & Club Summer Biathlon Competition), book by 15th of September.

More information and booking forms etc. are available by emailing

To learn more about the club visit


The London rollerski race series commenced this weekend, with a similar field to last year. The race was won by race organiser Chris Richards on a pair of Swenor Fibreglass classic rollerskis.

Check out the events calendar for further information on these and other races


I've been contacted by Roy Young of the GB Nordic Development Squad, who is hoping to recruit youth cross-country skiers / rollerskiers for the squad. He writes the following -

Iain Ballentine