Roller Ski News December 8, 2006

 

Well, it's winter, and although we're having tornados in London, the snow isn't

where it's supposed to be. That said, there's still hope. 12cm of snow fell

near Lillehammer today, and there's enough snow in Hochfilzen for the biathlon

this weekend...

 

We hope you can get in some rollerskiing in the absence of anything snow-like!

 

MIKE DIXON BIATHLETE TALK

 

Mike Dixon, GB's most accomplished biathlete, will be giving a talk tomorrow

afternoon (Sat 9th) at 16.30 in the Mitre Pub near Paddington. All are invited and entry is 5. To book, go to http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nr033.html

 

LRNSC GLUHWEIN & MINCE PIE TOUR OF RICHMOND PARK

 

An alternative tomorrow (Sat 9th) is the LRNSC's annual mulled wine and mince pie tour of Richmond Park. This excellent adventure begins at 16.00 at the Sheen Gate of the Park. This is easy to get to simply catch a direct train from Waterloo / Vauxhall / Clapham / Putney / Richmond to Mortlake station and walk 10 minutes up Sheen Lane.

 

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The tour is free, but non-members may expect to be recruited to the club for

2007!

 

2007 - COURSES AND CLASSES

 

We have a number of courses and classes starting in January, for anyone keen to

get a good start to your year's skiing (and maybe lose the Christmas calories).

Highlights include

 

Saturday 6th January 4-week skating course, Hyde Park

Sunday 7th January 4-week classic course, Hyde Park

Sunday 14th January 1-day classic & skating course, Dorney Lake

 

Further information on http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events.html

 

Regular class sessions continue in Hyde Park, Dorney and Richmond Park see

http://www.rollerski.co.uk/class.html

 

2007 SKATING & ENGADIN SKI MARATHON

 

With Waymark Holidays we are arranging a trip to the Engadin Ski marathon in

March 2007. Combining this trip with rollerskiing in the months beforehand will

help you make the most of your time on snow, and ski faster over the 42km

course!

 

The trip will include flights, transfers, accommodation, on-snow instruction,

race entry and ski waxing help. For more information see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/cross.html - or contact Waymark on 01753 215185.

 

TIROL TROPHY SKI SERIES

 

We've just received information on the Tirol Trophy race series. This is another

interesting series of ski marathons taking place in the Austrian and Italian

Tirol. Do all 3 races in the series and you get a souvenir medal gold if you

come close to the top of the field; silver if you're in the middle and bronze if

you make it round!

 

More information on http://www.tiroltrophy.com/ and http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nf003.html

 

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Time to start thinking about the British Champs for anyone interested, at least

in terms of training. We've also been reminded that all competitors need race

insurance. This year the main races will be classic 15k on Saturday 28th,

skating 10k on the Sunday and a 4x10k relay on the Tuesday (ladies / youth

distances are shorter). Biathlon races follow on. More information on

http://www.britishbiathlon.com/

 

BRITISH CANOEISTS TAKE TO ROLLERSKIS

 

This week some of GB's elite canoeists took to the rollerskis at Dorney Lake.

Each year the squad spends a week cross-country skiing in the Pyrennees, and

coach Shaun Cavan was telling me how impressed he was with the results of the

camp, particularly with the VO2 max improvements noted in his athletes.

 

SNOW GONE?

 

After a fairly respectable start in November, everyone was beginning to wonder

where all the snow's gone? The good news is that - according the Nordseter

website in Norway - (http://www.nordseter.no/) there has been 12cm of snow today.

Fingers crossed for a good season.

 

Less encouraging are pictures from Hochfilzen, Austria, which shows enough snow

to ski on - just http://www.nordicskiracer.com/cgi-bin/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=1111

 

STRIDE AND GLIDE

 

This new book on cross-country skiing looks set to become the UK's best-selling

cross-country ski book this month. We have stocks available and you can place

your order at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/books.html - or buy one at a

rollerski session.

 

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Iain Ballentine

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