Roller Ski News – 21st June 2007

Cross-country skiers are made in the summer! Although it’s our quietest time of the year for teaching, it’s the time when a really good foundation for the winter can be laid. We’ve lots of news and stories on the world of rollerskiing and cross-country skiing. So please read on, and do keep up your rollerskiing!


COURSE SPECIAL OFFER

Our last 4-week course of the summer starts on Thursday 19th July. As an extra incentive, if you book this course (or any September 4-week course) before the end of July, we’ll send you a copy of “Nordic Manual”. This book gives a lot of detail on classic and skating cross-country ski technique, and is the ideal companion to any course of cross-country skiing.

Book at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events2.html.

TRANS’ROLLER STORY

A couple of years ago I did the Trans’Roller rollerski race in France. This was a great roller ‘ski marathon’, and well worth a trip. For a full story on how it went, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns029.html.

WAYMARK AND EXODUS

Ski holiday companies Waymark and Exodus are combining their brochures and admin this season. This will have little impact on Waymark’s holidays - with the same destinations and leaders - but means the holidays will appear in Exodus’s winter brochure.

We reckon this is good news for the future of cross-country skiing. Waymark is famous for its success in bringing people to the sport - with only the British Army introducing more people to joys of cross-country skiing each year. In opening up Waymark’s holidays to Exodus’s larger customer base, the trips can only reach a wider audience. Our collaboration with Waymark / Exodus will continue, and we will announce our joint holidays later in the year.

NEW CLASSES IN DULWICH PARK

Our Dulwich 4-week course is coming to an end, but due to popular demand, I’ve added a few dates at Dulwich to the website. You can book a fortnightly class session in July and August at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/class.html.

Classes in Dulwich Park, Hyde Park and Richmond Park will continue throughout the summer.

MARWE SALES ON A ROLL

Good news for the Marwe rollerski brand – see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nr042.html.

ROLLERSKI SERIES START

The GB Rollerski Series began earlier this month at Huntly, Scotland and a full race report is at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns027.html. The next race is in Durham on 30 June.

DORNEY COURSES

Congratulations to all who braved the elements at Dorney on our last two days. The 1-day course at the end of May started in torrential rain, and didn’t get much drier, while the 10th June course was in blistering heat all day!

Our next two Dorney dates are 15th July and 26th August - see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html for more details.

YOU TUBE VIDEO - NORTHUG

This is a great YouTube video, featuring Norwegian XC ski superstar-in-the-making, Petter Northug - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns029.html.

GROUP ROLLERSKI LESSONS

We’ve added a special page for Special Group rollerski lessons. We’ve increasingly been doing one-off lessons for office groups, hen parties and friends, and structured courses for schools and army teams.

We’d encourage you to book an office party on rollerskis – it’s certainly something different, and good fun.

More details can be found on http://www.rollerski.co.uk/groups.html.

ROLLERSKI INSTRUCTORS COURSE

Snowsport England are running a rollerski instructors course in September with Eric Woolley. I’m organising this, and Eric Woolley is running it, so let me know if you’re interested.

ALAN UPDATE

Alan Eason is now in Australia - where there’s plenty of snow, and (he tells me) he’s working very hard. To check out the snow at Lake Mountain near Melbourne, see http://www.lakemountainresort.com.au/

ROLLERSKI TRAINING ARTICLE

I came across the following article which I found quite interesting – it’s by Pete Vordenberg who’s a US Olympic skier (and US distributor of Elpex rollerskis!)

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~jaydavis/fssc/features/rollerskiing.html

CLUB UPDATE

Our rollerski club in Hyde Park is going from strength to strength - we had around 8 turning up to every session in May, with Alan Eason focusing each week on technique.

It’s been great to see the progress being made each week, and it’s clear to see the training going on between sessions. A particular mention must go to Megann and Michael Lennard, who’ve both made the most incredible progress, and have barely missed a session since Easter. See http://www.rollerski.co.uk/club.html.

GOODWOOD AND WESSEX RACES

A couple of additions to the rollerski racing calendar - Goodwood motor racing circuit is the venue for Camberley Skaters’ annual roller marathon on 29 July, and rollerskiers are welcome (with rubber pole tips).

Nothing official yet, but the word on the street is that the Wessex Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club are planning a big rollerski race for the end of October at a top venue. Keep reading these emails for more information.

For the 2007 rollerski race calendar, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns024.html.

All the best,
Iain

iain@rollerski.co.uk
07968 286129