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ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 10th January 2010


It's been a remarkable, almost unreal, start to the year for British skiers. I've been skiing on Hampstead Heath, and reports reach me of rollerskiers enjoying the snow in almost every corner of the UK. Sub-zero conditions in London mean Wednesday's snow still hasn't melted 4 days later.

Hopefully the country is learning that the best way to get about, is cross-country skiing! It was great to ski up and downhill in the park, picking up some pretty good speed - it was interesting to zoom past Alpine skiers and snowboarders struggling for speed on the slopes of Parliament Hill. I've been sent pictures of skiing with labrador power in Oxfordshire, skiing on frozen loughs in Co. Down and skiing out of snowed-in villages near Henley.

The downside is that this isn't great for practicing rollerskiing! Usually it's the busiest time of year for us, preparing skiers for ski holidays and races in Europe. We cancelled today's Dorney Lake course - the first time ever - as well as yesterday's Richmond Park session, and Hyde Park was a bit icy. But, we can't really complain - best to enjoy the snow while it lasts, and get back to rollerskiing afterwards..

We hope you can join us for rollerskiing in the weeks ahead, and wish you a great year of skiing in 2010.


Skating 4-week beginners' course: now starting Saturday 16th January, Hyde Park, see
Classic 4-week beginners' course: starts Saturday 30th January, Hyde Park, see


1-day skating & classic courses, for beginners and intermediate / advanced skiers: Sunday 17th January, Sunday 7th February, Sunday 7th March (more dates may be added in February), see

ON-SNOW COURSE: Hochfilzen, Austria

A week of classic and skating skiing, followed by the Koasalauf ski marathons. Expert instruction on both techniques from former British cross-country ski champion, Alan Eason. Very small number of places left, see


Our rollerski club has grown steadily over the past couple of years, drawn from the skiers who make it to our sessions in Hyde Park, Central London. This year our new initiative is to introduce junior (teenage) skiers, in South West London. This programme will be run by Felicity Bertram, who coaches junior rowers at Tideway Scullers, with Yevgeniy as head coach. For more info, see

I've added profiles for instructors Yevgeniy (at long last), Adam and Felicity here:

These take place at the end of January. This is a great test, and always attracts several hundred British skiers, drawn primarily from the British military. There is a 15k classic race, a pursuit race (classic followed by pitstop then skating) a 4x10k cross-country ski race and plenty of biathlon races. It's always great fun, and it is very well organised by the British Army. You can find more information at

Prompted by a flood of requests from people anxious to get skiing on snow - and having replaced all our boots recently - I have put the ex-rental boots on sale. Although not ideal for rollerskiing (they have lost a certain amount of stiffness and support), they will at least get you moving - see Prices from �15 including delivery.

Some of the milestones in the rollerski year:

SOME ROLLERSKI WORKOUTS for when the snow goes... Consider your level of fitness before attempting any of these:

* STRENGTH: find the steepest hill you can, double pole up it x 5, 3+ minutes if you can manage it. If you live in London, Swain's Lane N6 is extremely good, next to Highgate Cemetery (and my flat). I did this session here last week and was amazed how good it was. Also, you can do the same thing legs only, skating as well as classic.
* INTERVALS: if you do the British Champs, the course is very much uphill followed by downhill, and it therefore becomes a bit of an interval session - so you need to train in a way that reflects this. It's very easy to do double poling or skating intervals on rollerskis, less easy to do diagonal classic intervals (ski ganging = running / jumping with poles is better for this).
* LEVEL 3 TRAINING FOR SKI MARATHONS: worth throwing in a session at Level 3 - 80-90% of max heart rate. I do these sessions classic or skating in Richmond Park after dark, usually 1 hour (2 x 3/4 laps). You can also do this running if you like running (which I don't).
For advice on heart rate levels, which is very important when doing this training, there's a very good article here:

I know I keep banging on about ski marathons, but these are great. They're much better than running marathons, as they're faster and don't destroy your body. In fact, every time I've done a ski marathon I've been out skiing the same day or the next day. So if you'd like to do a different race this year, give it a thought. Always better to start with a shorter one - 21k or 42k - but each year there are always some very fit people who take on the Vasaloppet 90k with no previous ski racing experience.
For more ski marathon info, see (This year's Engadin Skimarathon in March already has over 120 GB entrants.)

GB NORDIC SKI TEAM SUCCESS - extract from press release:
Callum Smith (17) from Inverurie won the Under 18 title in the Campra 10km Classic in Switzerland at the end of last month. He came 9th overall in the main 10km Juniors Race in a time of 29:11.3, which was won by Jonas Baumann (19) from Switzerland in 27:37. This achieved the magic 100 FIS point barrier, his best so far. With 100.26 points Callum is just 0.26 short of the GB Oympic A level qualifying standard, but well within the B level standard. Only Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young have achieved the A level Olympic qualifing mark so far.

Fiona Hughes (19) from Huddersfield was in excellent form, taking a well deserved 2nd place in the Ladies 5km Junior Classic at Campra. This podium place gained her World Cup qualification for the first time with 112.66 FIS points, something she has been striving for these last 2 seasons. Well done! The race was won by Suisse racer P atricia Sprecher (18) in 16.07.8 from 26 starters.

See for more info on the team.

Being updated with recent images of cross-country skiing across the UK:

You've probably seen this already, but in years to come we will remember the 'Big Freeze of 2010' with this picture:

As usual, I've probably written too much... good skiing from Iain & the team.

Iain Ballentine
Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop

M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

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