ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 4th September 2008

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 4th September 2008

Just a quick email about our autumn courses, some of which get under way this week. Saturday's the start of our beginners' skating course; Wednesday 10th is the start of our classic courses for advanced and new skiers. The next Dorney session is on Sunday 28th, and we have an open tour of (a traffic-free) Richmond Park on Sunday 14th.


Our main autumn course for beginners gets underway on Saturday. To encourage newcomers to do both classic and skating, we have decided to offer a 6-week course, with 3-weeks of skating followed by 3-weeks of classic. (Although if you have already done skating / classic, you can do just one of the 3-week stints).

For more information, and to book, see


Starting on Wednesday (10th Sept), we have our main classic rollerski courses of the autumn. We will have 2 groups - one aimed at competent skiers (in classic or skating style), and one at complete beginners - and these will be our last technique-focused evening course of the year, before the clocks go back.

To book the intermediate / advanced 6-week course, go to
To book the beginners' 4-week course, go to

You can start off in either group, and move between them if you wish.


With a group of ever-improving rollerskiers, we've got to stay on our toes to keep offering challenging sessions. With racers and potential racers in mind, we will offer a new Level 3 group at our Dorney sessions in September and November.

Like with our Level 1 & 2 groups, we will do 2 sessions of skating and 1 session of classic - but we will use fast racing rollerskis for the second skating session. We've been experimenting with teaching some of our more advanced skiers on faster rollerskis over the summer with good results, and have now invested in a teaching 'fleet' of fast rollerskis, to make a group possible at Dorney. This is a good chance to try fast rollerskiing, which we think helps with balance and Skate 2 in particular.



Congratulations to Alan Eason who finished 4th in the 21k race at the 'Kangaroo Hoppet' ski marathon races in Australia last weekend. Alan is currently working as Nordic Ski School director at the Lake Mountain ski resort near Melbourne - see

Good luck to new instructor, Karolina Bicova, who is taking part in the FIS Rollerski World Cup this weekend in Italy. Karolina did a good job at our Dorney course in August, with skiers remarking on her enthusiasm.


On Sunday 14th September, we invite you to join us for a traffic-free tour of Richmond Park. For competent rollerskiers only, this is a chance to explore the 15 miles of road and tracks around the park, without the usual intrusion of traffic. (The park is shut for a duathlon, which takes place earlier in the day).

We'll meet at 4pm at the Sheen Gate entrance to the park - see,174533&st=4&ar=Y&mapp=newmap.srf&searchp=newsearch.srf

This is a free tour, but if you need to borrow rollerskis, the charge is 10 (which we will refund if you go on to buy some rollerskis from our shop). Please bring water, gloves and helmets.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Best regards,

Iain Ballentine
Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop

M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

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