ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 6th February 2009

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 6th February 2009

GB cross-country skiing is on a roll: yesterday, Andrew Musgrave entered the World's Top Ten juniors, finishing 9th in the FIS World Junior Championships in France.

On Sunday night, the BBC will broadcast Graham Bell's attempt to take part in a cross-country ski marathon, the Arctic Circle Race in Greenland. Meanwhile, the snow just keeps coming across Europe, which is great news for everyone heading off for challenges on snow! It is definitely an exciting time to be involved in the sport.

It's been great to have so many new rollerskiers in the last couple of months, and such great improvement among regulars. News is trickling back of rollerskiers' ski holidays and successes in ski races - such as the British Champs, Dolomitenlauf, etc. We look forward to hearing more of your news and wish you luck for the rest of the ski season.

COURSES COMING UP

The next Dorney course is on Sunday 22nd February - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html
The next SK 4-week course in Hyde Park starts tomorrow - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events2.html
The rollerski club continues, new members welcome - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/club.html
Rollerski classes every Saturday in Hyde Park - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/class.html

WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPS SUCCESS

For details of Andrew Musgrave and the GB team's success at the World Champs, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx033.html

I spent some time with the team over the New Year, and got a great insight into the challenges they face, and the incredible results they have achieved. Read the report, http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx034.html

BBC HIGH ALTITUDE - GRAHAM BELL DOES A SKI MARATHON

Despite alpine ski racing for GB for many years, Graham Bell has only cross-country skied a handful of times. Yet, the guy is up for a challenge, and took part in one of the toughest cross-country ski races in April last year. This will be broadcast on Sunday, for more details see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx035.html

For a list of ski marathons, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nf003.html

INSTRUCTORS' CHALLENGES - WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO

When we're not teaching rollerskiing, we like to do our own challenges. You can see what we've been up to at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nx036.html

BRITISH BIATHLON SEARCH FOR RAW TALENT

In recent years the British Biathlon team has struggled. It's been the civilian cross-country skiers who've been showing the way, as the recent successes have shown. While in the past, the army biathletes would dominate summer rollerski racing, it is rare now to see them at rollerski competitions - while the cross-country skiers, at all states of development, have vigorously embraced rollerski racing and summer training.

Most regiments seem to view the sport now more as a military exercise, than a serious and competitive sport. Despite this, the British Biathlon Union has been at pains to keep the sport within the army.

But times are changing, and the BBU is embarking on a project of 'talent identification'. For athletes aged between 17-25, there will be an assessment from 23-27 April at Catterick Garrison. Athletes must be able to run 400m in 60 seconds; run 3000m in under 10 minutes; do a biathlon strength test and undergo an interview process.

What they will do with athletes once their talent has been identified remains to be seen, but there appears to be a resolution 'to actively search for athletic talent for biathlon development', which is a great step forward. You can contact the BBU via their website, http://www.britishbiathlon.com

SNOW IN LONDON

There has been great snow across the UK, even in London. Here's a picture of Ivan Gorbenko, skiing in Orpington - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/gallery22.html

2ND HAND BOOTS FOR SALE

I've been asked to pass on the following ad - Salomon Active 8 CS - classic boots, compatable with SNS Profil bindings, Size: Mens UK11 / EUR46 / USA11.5, Condition: Almost new (I used them 5 times but they are slightly too small), RRP 79 but any offer considered. Contact: Simon snorseman@gmail.com 0782 555 7338

VASALOPPET PLACE

From Raoul Surcouf, raoulsurcouf@hotmail.com - 'I have a place for the Swedish Vasaloppet 90km race in March that I would like to sell to someone who really wants a go at this great race'.

GOOD LUCK!

Best of luck to all heading for the snow - have a good holiday / race / trip - and hopefully see you on rollerskis soon,

All the best,
Iain

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Iain Ballentine
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Rollerski Club - action pictures - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/gallery21.html

Join us on snow - Seefeld 2009 - http://www.rollerski.co.uk/cross.html

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

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