Roller Ski News 29th January 2007

 

A warm welcome to all. It has also been a busy month on snow, with our holiday / training camp in Norway (see pictures below) and races beginning on snow (see story underneath).

 

As the ski marathon season begins, we wish good luck to anyone preparing for a ski race, holiday or just getting fit for the spring! We hope you enjoy this month's update.

 

British Champs & Barbara

 

The British Cross-Country Ski Champs are now well under way in Ruhpolding, Germany. There's good snow and a large field. Congratulations go to Barbara Baker of our own rollerski club, who took part in the 7.5k skating race. See http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx022.html for report.

 

Dorney & Hyde Park Courses

 

We have Hyde Park 4-week classic and skating courses beginning this Saturday and Sunday. We have spaces left on both courses, and would encourage anyone keen to get to grips with the basics of classic or skating technique to sign up. More on http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events.html

 

We have a Dorney all-day skating course on 11th February (aimed at anyone doing a skating race or holiday), and a classic / skating course on 25th February. See http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html

 

We would remind you that you can hire equipment at Dorney and Hyde Park to use yourselves.

 

Bath - Bristol Challenge 2007

 

We are planning a Bath-Bristol rollerski challenge in April. This is a rollerski tour on the 15 mile, excellently tarmaced former railway track between the two cities. Please let me know if you have a preference for a certain day. This is a free event, and you can hire rollerskis to take part if you don't have your own.

 

Ewen Martin Book

 

We now have Ewen Martin's Nordic Manual on sale. This gives an excellent summary of cross-country skiing technique Skate 1, Skate 2 and Skate 3; diagonal, double poling and kick double-pole as well as coaching tips if you want to teach yourself to ski / rollerskis! It costs 10 and can be ordered online at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/books.html

 

Mark Gee Race Tips & Technique

 

Ex GB biathlete Mark Gee (who appears in Ewen's book) has on his website some excellent race tips and technique pictures, which help with visualising body positions. Well worth a look. See http://www.nordic-world.com/G-Zone.htm

 

Norway Trip Pictures & Newspaper Report

 

Here are some pictures from our trip to Norway: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/gallery17.html

 

Laura Long, Helen Wood and Luke Klimacki (our instructor Andy's son) were caught on camera by the local newspaper: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/gallery16.html

 

Kvitavatn Course

 

Mike Dixon and Patrick Winterton have been confirmed as lead coaches on Snowsport England's excellent on-snow ski trip in Kvitavatn in April. This is an outstanding course for anyone after first rate coaching, particularly if you have a desire to race next season.

More information on http://www.snowsportengland.org.uk/telemark_and_cross_country_skills_week_booking_details-1577.html

 

Youth Olympics

 

GB will have 6 cross-country skiers at the Youth Olympics in Spain this February. See story on http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx023.html - we wish them all the best of luck!

 

British Masters Cross-Country Ski Association

 

The British Masters organisation now has its own website. You can see what they get up to on http://www.bmccsa.org.uk/

 

Spartan Hike

 

I did the 15k classic race at Spartan Hike, one of the army's qualifying races for the British Champs. Speaking to the colonel in charge, he said that non-military skiers are very welcome to take part in the cross-country ski races at this event. (The biathlon would be harder to accommodate, due to lack of range space).

 

This is an excellent chance to pit yourself against a wide range of army skiers, and is very well organised.

 

I finished 34th out of 211 in my race, starting from 206th position! A good fun race (on my second day on classic skis all year!) See http://www.spartanhike.co.uk/results/2007/Nordic/15Km Classic Results.pdf

 

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Iain Ballentine

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