ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 12th November 2009

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 12th November 2009

Somehow we managed to completely dodge the rain at Dorney last Sunday. But as the Norwegians say, there's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. When the rollerbladers in Hyde Park run for cover, the rollerskiers are still standing.

Hope you can join us for training. There's still plenty going on, and with winter on its way there's maybe no better time for the unique rollerski balance-fitness-ski prep experience.

We have sessions at Dorney Lake on Sunday 22 November and Sunday 6 December. We've 18 booked already for the Level 1 course on 22nd, but a few places are still available for both Level 1 / Level 2 skiers. There's still plenty of space on the 6 December course. See

Our last 4-week course of the year begins on Saturday 21 November. It's classic rollerskiing technique, see and quite a few classic ski marathoners are going to be on this one.

We've also got the regular classes and private instruction in Hyde Park, and the club for training and progressing further,

Our Hyde Park skiers had a great time recently at the Wessex British Rollerski Championships and the London 4-hour race. We had a team of 15 at the 4-hr race and 21 at the Wessex Races, and had some pretty good results.
    4-hr race results -
    Wessex Race Results -

Our 2 trips to Austria in the New Year are filling up. The Obertilliach trip at the start of January was full, but now has 2 spare spaces. The Hochfilzen trip is about half full with lots of very fit beginners signed up.

Both trips offer first rate instruction with Alan Eason and his team, and give the chance to take part in ski marathon races at the end of the week. For more information, see

We've finally updated the ski marathon calendar for 2009-10. If you'd like to challenge yourself on snow, there are plenty of very good, accessible races out there. See

We managed to get several hundred people (mainly kids) to try out rollerskiing at the Ski + Board show in Birmingham last month. This was a great occasion - we shared a stand with ski holiday company, Nordic Challenge, who laid on a cross-country ski course on matting, complete with biathlon competition. Their enthusiasm was hugely impressive, and if you want a more instruction/coaching-based cross-country ski holiday, they are well worth considering. See

We also did a good job recruiting for the Midlands Ski Club, who have just started Nordic / rollerski training in Solihull and at Draycote Water near Rugby. For more info on this see

Double pole kick:
I've been posting similar links on Facebook:

Rob Dorward - my teammate and number 1 training partner for the last year - is heading off on Friday for a season of biathlon training and racing (biathlon is cross-country skiing & shooting). Over the last year he's trained very hard and deserves great success.

I think that's about it - if you have any news or information you think people might find useful, there is the Facebook site which allows to discuss and post anything vaguely relevant to skiing. I'd encourage you to use it for discussing training, advertising 2nd had kit, etc here:

Best regards,

Iain Ballentine
Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop

M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

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