Roller Ski News - 20th February 2007

Roller Ski News - 20th February 2007

Some interesting news and articles, esp for Ski Marathon-ers. Also, please enter our caption competition!

BATH TO BRISTOL 22 APRIL

To mark the start of the summer rollerski season, we'll be doing a trip from Bristol to Bath, along the 15 mile Sustrans cycleway which joins the two cities. Very much a social tour, this will be a chance to meet other rollerskiers and push yourself as you would on snow.

The trip is free, although you can hire rollerskis from us if you do not have your own. More information at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events.html#b2b

COURSES & CLASSES COMING UP

This Sunday we will have the latest of our classic/skating Dorney courses see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html

For intermediate / advanced skiers we have secured Alan Eason to do a Dorney course on 25th March. Aimed at anyone who has done a beginners course at Dorney (or elsewhere) and is happy with the basics. Alan's one of the country's leading cross-country skiers (currently in Japan competing in the World Championships) and has had excellent feedback as an instructor. Book also at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html

We have a 4-week skating course beginning 17 March, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events2.html

Our classes continue each week in Hyde Park / Richmond Park / Dorney see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/class.html

ONLINE SHOP

You can now order rollerskis online at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/buy.html - this has become possible as we now have sufficient stock to meet almost any order. Our prices remain extremely competitive, especially our rollerski packages, which have proven very popular with first time rollerskiers.

CHRIS RICHARDS - SKI MARATHON RACING

Chris Richards has the following advice for anyone taking on a ski marathon http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nf006.html

SKI MARTHONS & ENGADIN

No fewer than 120 British skiers are entered for the Swiss Engadin ski marathon next month. For anyone taking part in the Engadin, we are going to make our 9.30 class session / club session on Saturday 3rd March a special pre-race preparation class, so come along if you'd like some last minute practice!

Other races coming up include the Vasaloppet, Birkebeiner and Skarverenet - and good luck if you're taking part in any of them.

Congratulations to those who have already done the Koenig Ludwig Lauf and British Championships.

FERGUS IN NORWAY

Our instructor Fergus is currently based in Nordseter, Norway, where he's been helping set up a cross-country ski school. He's ideally placed for anyone doing an independent trip to the area and wanting to brush up on skills. For further details see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/profileferg.html

CAPTION COMPETITION

One of our readers has kindly sent in a picture, which we deemed worthy of publication. To preserve the skier's identity (he happens to be a leading member of the British cross-country skiing establishment) we shall refer to him simply as `Dr Adam Pinney'.

We will offer a prize (either a copy of Nordic Manual by Ewen Martin or a Madshus hat) to the best caption. Send your entries to us by 14th March. The competition is open to all.

See http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx024.html

YOUTH OLYMPICS & KIDS IN XC SKIING

The European Youth Olympics got under way in Spain yesterday, with Scottish cross-country skier Alex Standen chosen to carry the flag for the UK delegation. I will remember Alex from the London rollerski race last year. He fell over 3 times at considerable speed, but each time he got up and chased his way back up the field, dripping with blood. A great young fighter, we wish him and the rest of the team the best of luck!

More information on

http://www.olympics.org.uk/JACA07/news.aspx?NE=1847

ROY YOUNG BLOG

Roy Young is one of the coaches for the Huntly Nordic Ski Club and the GB Development Squad. Both his children, Andrew and Sarah, are extremely good skiers, and he has put online some of his training programmes and ideas. Well worth a look for anyone interested in getting kids skiing -

http://toutxc.pbwiki.com

SCHOOL XC SKI TRIPS

On the theme of kids' skiing, Nordic Challenge is a small holiday company, which has had considerable success in introducing cross-country ski holidays to schools. Run by ex-military men Nick Gaskell and Tony Turnbull, the company introduces teenage school groups to the sport, with a week of cross-country skiing, biathlon and other fun activities. More information can be found on their website

http://www.nordicchallenge.com

SKIING ON THE MOON

With the snow situation a bit dire this season in Europe, skiers are looking further afield for alternative destinations. North America is the obvious choice, but have you considered the moon? This article is worth a look

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6373383.stm

(Thanks to Alistair Brown for sending us the link).

ELITE ATHLETES OR PRIMA DONNAS?

In the world of sport, you would imagine XC skiers to be serious minded but fairly down to earth people, not given to the silly hysterics expected from, say, footballers.

Not so Mssrs Northug and Fredriksson who have recently been exchanging blows with their respective handbags. It all started with a crash, and escalated after Mr Northug of Norway accused Mr Fredriksson of Sweden of being somewhat overweight. Perhaps it's time for cross-country skiing's own Heat magazine?

See http://www.fasterskier.com/racing3992.html for more information.

YOU TUBE VIDEO

If you haven't already seen it, here's a good video of the Tour de Ski which took place over the New Year

http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx021.html

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Iain Ballentine
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