Roller Ski News – 18th October 2007


Lots of exciting happenings in the world of cross-country skiing. The build-up to the winter season continues, so read on for news from the UK rollerski scene, links to some amazing pictures & training articles, and details of training and courses coming up.

CLASSIC TRAINING COURSE, HYDE PARK

With a large number of decent classic skiers training for ski marathons following recent courses, I've added a 6-wk classic evening group in Hyde Park. This will run from next Wednesday until the end of November, with a focus on training rather than technique.

For more information and to book click see - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events5.html

SKI GANGING ON HIGHGATE HILL

From now until the end of November, I'll be running a 'ski ganging' training session on Highgate Hill - the longest in London - or Hampstead Heath. This is basically running with poles, and gets your heart rate up like nothing else, building fitness and aerobic capacity. Sessions will be at 7pm on Tuesday evenings, meeting at my flat (20 Brookfield, Highgate West Hill, N6 6AS). I'll provide poles, there is no charge, and everyone is welcome (whether skiers or not).

DORNEY & CASTLE COMBE DATES

Courses coming up out of London include Castle Combe on 28th October - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events4.html

The next Dorney courses are on 18th November and 9th December - our last before Christmas - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html

In November we'll have Classic and Skating courses in Hyde Park at the weekends, some of which Alan Eason will do. http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events.html


SKI MARATHON CALENDAR 2007/8

I've come up with the definitive (?) Ski Marathon Calendar for 2007/8 - this shows dates, distances and links to most of the world's ski marathons. To pick one, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nf003.html

RACING ROUNDUP

The Wessex Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club are gearing up for what promises to be the most interesting rollerski race of the year - the Wessex and Army Rollerski Sprints on 28th October. According to race organiser, Bob Anderson, timing equipment is on its way from Germany, the Army are providing bibs and technical assistance, and matched rollerskis are coming from Pro-Ski. Many of the Army teams have entered, and the LRNSC has even entered a wholly Russian team!

In London this weekend, the 4-hr race takes place again at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit, and is expected (as ever) to draw a large crowd of ski marathon competitors. Anyone considering a long ski race this season should have a go at this, as it will probably be the last chance to test yourself against others for a longer race, before you get onto snow.

Race information (as well results from the GB Rollerski Race Series, won this year by Mike Dixon and Fiona Crossley) is at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns024.html

TRAINING ARTICLES AND PICTURES

Two excellent articles have turned up on the web, with some good pictures -

Lake Placid training - http://www.nordicskiracer.com/cgi-bin/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=1985
Hill climb race - http://www.teamtoday.org/Stories/tabid/391/ctl/Details/mid/763/ItemID/1002/Default.aspx

Good luck with training if you've read this far!

Best regards
Iain

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Rollerski courses coming up -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events.html

Save on rollerski packages -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/buypackages.html

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