ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 15th March 2009

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 15th March 2009

Spring has Sprung. It's little over a month since the country was covered in snow, but now the days are getting longer, and rollerskiing and outdoors training suddenly makes sense again...

And as snow commitments draw to a close, our coaching team gets back to strength. Alan Eason will be leading the Level 2 session at Dorney this Sunday 22nd March and - once the clocks go forward - a 6-week evening course in Hyde Park. Expect some innovations here.

This is also a great time to join our rollerski club - we've welcomed several new members recently and now have 3 training groups each Saturday morning. We're looking forward to our spring rollerski tour from Bristol-Bath, as well as the rollerski race season. Shortly we'll re-introduce evening strength training on Hampstead Heath and elsewhere.

So, we hope you enjoy some part of our spring programme, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

SPRING LEVEL 2 COURSES WITH ALAN EASON

GB cross-country skier, Alan Eason, is back this Spring with a couple of courses, aimed at existing or returning rollerskiers -

Dorney - this Sunday, 22nd March, 10.00-16.00. This session will include video analysis, and 1 hour will be spent doing balance and strength work off the rollerskis. Come along if fancy a bit of a new challenge. Book at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html

Hyde Park, 6-Week Rollerski-Performance Course, Tuesday evenings - starts Tuesday 7th April, 18.15-20.00. Each session will be half on rollerskis and half in running shoes, and will alternate each week between classic and skate. Book at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events6.html

COURSES COMING UP

We'll also be running beginners courses at Dorney and in Hyde Park. April marks our first evening courses of the year. If you'd like to learn a new technique, or really consolidate what you might have done a little of before, this is a great time of the year to do it.

We offer the following courses -
Dorney Lake - 1-day course, with 2-hr options: Sundays 22nd March, 5th April and 10th May
See http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html or http://www.rollerski.co.uk/class.html
Hyde Park - 4-week course, skating technique: starts Saturday 4th April, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events2.html
Hyde Park - 4-week course, classic technique: starts Tuesday 7th April, see http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events1.html

BRISTOL-BATH

Each year we organise a trip on the cycle track from Bristol-Bath along the disused railway track. This year's date will be Saturday 18th April. This is a good challenge and a good day out.

It's also a great way to meet members of other ski clubs, and we will hopefully be joined by skiers from the Wessex Biathlon club and the London Region Nordic Ski Club. More details of this trip will follow.

CLUB - GANGHOFERLAUF

Last month we ran a ski trip to Seefeld in Austria, which was a great week of snow and skiing, finished off by racing in the 'Ganghoferlauf'. It was great to see the progress of all skiers over the course of the week, and everyone who entered the race completed it.

It was also a good showing for the rollerski club whose official name is the 'London Hyde Park Cross-Country Ski Club', or 'London Cross-Country Ski Club' for short. It was very pleasing to see us listed in the race results at http://services.datasport.com/2009/winter/ganghofer/LANDGB.HTM and Glennis Dore brought home some silverware by finishing second in her class.

CAIRNGORM ARTICLE

The Cairngorm Biathlon & Nordic Ski Club is going from strength to strength up in Aviemore, Scotland. Their progress shows just what can be done when it comes to coaching kids to take part in rollerskiing and biathlon - read more at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns040.html

BIATHLON TALENT

I mentioned in the last newsletter how the British Biathlon Union were on a search for new talent - since then I've been assured that they are serious about getting civilian skiers involved, and they have produced the following web page with more information: http://www.britishbiathlon.com/TID.htm

ROLLERSKI RACE CALENDAR

The GB Rollerski Race Calendar for 2009 was published recently - here it is, http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns033.html

SKI MARATHON ARTICLE

It's always great to hear from rollerskiers who have set themselves challenges on snow. Triathlete Brian Henderson decided to take up rollerskiing while based in Paris for work during the week, and produced the following report on his ski marathon attempts: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nf014.html

BBC ENGADIN SKI MARATHON REPORT

The BBC sent a reporter to interview Lord Foster before he took part in this year's Engadin Ski Marathon. The 73-year old architect did this year's race in 3 hours 28 minutes, at his 16th attempt. You can see the report at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7929023.stm

GB & IRELAND AT LIBEREC WORLD CHAMPS

This year the GB team did very well at the World Champs in Liberec, and you can see their full results at http://www.britnordicteam.co.uk/. They also were of great help to a certain Irish cross-country skier, taking part for his first time! A great experience, see picture at http://www.zimbio.com/Iain+Ballentine/pictures/pro and results at http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&competitorid=152794&raceid=15713 )

ROLLERSKI INSTRUCTORS' COURSE

Snowsport England will be running a rollerski instructors' course in London on 25th April. For more information email Alan Eason, alan_eason@hotmail.com

BY THE WAY...

BIATHLON COVERAGE - until recently, biathlon coverage has been very hard to get on Macs, which tend to lag behind the times when it comes to getting media innovations (Mac martyrs still can't access Channel 4's iPlayer thing). But I've been enjoying very good coverage at http://www.biathlonworld.com - with none of that annoying Eurosport commentary... (Only joking Mike!)

PETTER NORTHUG - one of this season's undisputed cross-country ski stars has been Petter Northug of Norway. Despite a tendency to fall over last season, this year he won 3 Gold medals at the World Championships in Liberec, numerous World Cup races, and finished a very memorable second in the Tour de Ski, storming up the hill. And what makes his success all the more remarkable is the distances over which he's been winning - from sprints to 50k marathon distances. But, as in Formula 1, the successful newcomer has been upsetting the established order. Here's an interesting article: http://fasterskier.com/2009/03/is-petter-northug-a-true-champion/

AND FINALLY...

BIATHLON CALENDAR - Fans of naked lady biathletes have helped the Canadian biathlon team sell in excess of 5,000 calendards, raising much needed finance for their Vancouver Olympic campaign. See http://fasterskier.com/2009/03/canadian-biathlon-women-set-to-close-successful-nude-calendar-campaign-during-world-cup-at-whistler-olympic-park/

Hope you found something of interest in the newsletter this month,

Best regards,
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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