Plenty of training, racing,
club and miscellaneous news this month.
DULWICH PARK COURSES
Our first 4-week course at
This will probably be the only course we will do in Dulwich this year (due to the challenges of getting sufficient people to such an obscure place).
To book, go to http://www.rollersk
DORNEY 1-DAY COURSES
We’ll be running a Dorney course on 27th May and another one on 10th June. Alan Eason will now be around until the beginning of June, and so he will be leading a ‘Level 2’ group again on 27th May.
To book any of these sessions, see http://www.rollersk
ROLLERSKI RACE THIS SUNDAY
Have a go at rollerski racing this Sunday, at the London RNSC’s 15k / 5k free technique (ie any rollerskis will do!) rollerski race at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, West London (nr J3 of the M4). All are welcome, young and old, novice or gnarly veteran. See http://www.rollersk
ROLLERSKI CLUB OPEN DAY
We’ve also secured the services of Alan Eason to take our Saturday morning ‘Club Sessions’ in May, while he’s still in the country. Each week we have a good 2-hour training session, suitable for anyone who can rollerski pretty well (skating technique). These sessions focus both on skills and physical training.
We’re inviting skiers along on Saturday 19th or 26th to a free ‘Open Day’ club session, so you can join in with our training activities. You can do a technique-focused session, or a training group. The session is free, but we will encourage you to join our year-round programme - more information on which can be found at http://www.rollersk
ULTRA-FIT MAGAZINE ARTICLE
I’ve just received a copy of the latest ‘Ultra-Fit’ magazine (Volume 17, Issue 4), which has an excellent 5-page article on rollerskiing. It should be on sale now (or very soon) in all good newsagents, and is well worth getting hold of.
An article on biathlon’s amazing TV popularity in the UK, and translating this into British biathlon success - http://www.rollersk
The Wessex Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club (England’s only civvy biathlon club), and the London Nordic Ski Club (England’s largest Nordic ski club), are running a joint rollerski tour from Bath-Bristol. This will take place on Saturday 19th May and more information can be found on the club’s website http://www.londonno
For pictures of our recent Bristol-Bath tour, see http://www.rollersk
The Wessex BNSC is going from strength to strength these days. The club has recently announced the start of regular rollerski training sessions at Castle Combe motor racing circuit in Wiltshire. More information can be found via the club’s website,
ROWING ROLLERSKI SESSIONS
This summer we plan to introduce rollerskiing to over 100 teenagers taking part in
Cross-country skiing has great links with rowing. Not only was it used by GB’s ‘Oarsome Foursome’ Olympic winning four (Regrave, Pinsent, Cracknell, Foster) as winter training, but it’s incredibly popular as a cross-training activity among German rowing clubs. Many of the entrants to races such as the Engadin ski marathon, are German rowers who finish a XC ski training camp with a race. It was Juergen Grobler the former East German rowing coach who introduced cross-country skiing to the GB national team and, although now a popular form of training among elite sportsmen and women in the
We hope this will be a good introduction for the kids to the world of cross-country skiing, and will broaden the appeal of the sport.
Rollerskiing once again appeared as a demonstration event at the Balmoral Road Races in Scotland this year, with kids from the Scottish clubs (Huntly and Cairngorm) taking on kids from a Norwegian club.
The Brits put in a good performance, and managed to beat the Norwegians this year in a team relay. Congrats to all involved. See bottom of http://www.rollersk
AL DARGIE’S WEBSITE
I recently came across the website of Al Dargie, co founder of the Cairngorm Biathlon and Nordic Ski Club, and a former national ski racer. It’s full of opinions on cross-country skiing, and I spotted a particularly interesting musing on the last international GB rollerski team, which was disbanded just before the turn of the century: http://www.aldargie
And finally, a word of congratulation to Anine Leakey and her Australian pals John, David, Angela, Sheri and Pip who took part in the famous Skarverennet in Geilo, Norway last month. Anine, whose mother is Norwegian but who grew up in
A good few classic rollerski sessions in
“We all made Skarverennet!
To take part in next year’s race see, http://www.geiloil.
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