ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 3rd June 2009

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 3rd June 2009

The summer rollerski season is well underway. This is when you can really enjoy the good weather on rollerskis, as well as all the other activities which will make you a better skier come the winter.

Now's a good time to brush up on technique, and we have our last few courses of the summer coming up. At the moment we have fewer beginners so it's a good time to begin / refresh your skills if you prefer smaller groups. For more serious training, our Sat AM rollerski club offers good regular training and other challenges.

Anyway, there is much to say, as ever. Read on for news of courses, races, rollerskiing in the news, and other info...

COURSES COMING UP

We have a 1-day course on Sun 21st June. We'll have beginners and advanced groups, and this is our last day-course until the end of August and the autumn. See http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events3.html

Our last 4-week beginners' courses of the summer are coming up:

To book these, go to http://www.rollerski.co.uk/events1.html

Our only other course of the summer will be a Level 2 evening course with Yevgeniy & Ivan in Hyde Park / Richmond Park, aimed at aspiring racers and more advanced skiers. I'll send out info shortly separately, let me know if you'd be interested.

SNOWSPORT ENGLAND

Snowsport England has announced its summer programme of rollerski courses and races. Organised in association with the British Masters Cross-Country Ski Association, these courses are well worth getting onto.

Coaches include Mike Dixon, former Olympic biathlete and Eurosport commentator. Details and booking form are at http://rollerski.co.uk/downloads/sse09.htm

ROLLERSKI RACING

The rollerski racing season is now well under way, with the first races in London and Scotland now having taken place.

The London race was a great start to the season. Well run by the London Region NSC - with appearances from the GB Nordic Ski team - this opening race had a bigger than ever turnout, including 18 from our Hyde Park group. You can find results and links to a race report and YouTube videos at http://www.rollerski.co.uk/ns033.html

The next big races are the Cairngorm Hillclimb on 14th June, the Durham 10k classic on 27th June and the London 1-hour race on 4th July. These races are open to anyone, and are essential training for anyone hoping to race on snow.

BBC REPORT

The BBC came to try rollerskiing, and produced the following report: http://www.rollerski.co.uk/nr075.html

Although we're not sure about their choice of rollerskis, it's great to see the profile of the sport heightened. The same reporter also joined Norman Foster to cover the Engadin Ski Marathon earlier in the year - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7929023.stm

ROLLERSKI SHOP - NEW FOR SUMMER '09

There is a lot of new good stuff in store this summer, with good deals to be had, especially with rollerski packages, boots and racing rollerskis:
Go to http://www.rollerski.co.uk/buy.html

JAMES CRACKNELL PHOTOS

Rollerskiing / cross-country skiing has always had a big appeal to rowers, and last year former Olympic champion rower, James Cracknell, took up roller skiing to prepare for a race to the South Pole.

James, with teammates Ben Fogle and Ed Coats, came to Dorney Lake to learn the basics, and subsequently put in a good few hours on rollerskis, to prepare for the race. A documentary film crew followed their journey, which will be televised later this month. To see the pictures, go to http://www.rollerski.co.uk/gallery24.html

TRAINING INSPIRATION

Do a rollerski tour - you can find details on tours at http://www.ssenordic.org.uk

Interview with Dario Cologna - http://www.nordicskiracer.com/cgi-bin/news/news_item.asp?NewsID=3856

Insight into Norwegian biathletes' summer training -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mtl8wgB7alk&feature=related

Street rollerski in Italy - NB GB rollerski racing is not as scary as this!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24lyKAUYPtI&feature=related

Relating summer rollerski & strength training to winter skiing -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9uUpqgtuc8&feature=related

Best regards,
Iain

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Iain Ballentine
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Roller ski instruction & rollerski shop
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W: http://www.rollerski.co.uk

E: iain@rollerski.co.uk
M: 07968 286129
T: 020 8348 2540

Buy rollerskis - online shop -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/buyrollerskis.html

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

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

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The Rollerski Co & Rollerski Instruction 2009
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