ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 6th December 2009

ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 6th December 2009

NEWS & PROGRAMME - DECEMBER 2009

In spite of all the rain, rollerskiing goes on.

We've actually had a good Autumn, with lots of skiers in London and Windsor - many with very interesting on-snow challenges (see below). Despite one torrential weekend, we've managed to dodge most of the rain, and had some really good sessions (rain or not).

The coaching team has grown, and we welcome back to the club Adam Guzda, former Polish biathlete and schools sports teacher in London. In the New Year our big challenge will be to bring rollerskiing into schools. To do this, we need new instructors, and hope to get more qualified and accredited to Snowsport England in February - get in touch if you are interested.

But in the meantime, we hope you enjoy our newsletter and join us rollerskiing before Christmas or in the New Year. Read on for more on our programme and other news...

DORNEY THIS SUNDAY, 13 DECEMBER

Alan Eason's coming back from the World Cup, where he's been coaching / waxing for the Greenland and Australian teams. He'll be doing a Level 2 technique course on Sunday 13th December at Dorney Lake - see http://rollerski.co.uk/events3.html.

There'll also be a beginners' group, and the option to come for just the morning or the afternoon at http://rollerski.co.uk/class.html.

NEW YEAR'S COURSES

Looking ahead, we have a 4-week beginners' Skating course in Hyde Park starting Saturday 9 January. This will be a good one for getting ready for the ski marathon season, and for our trip to Hochfilzen. See http://rollerski.co.uk/events2.html.

We'll have 1-day courses at Dorney on:
    Sunday 10 January
    Sunday 7 February
    Sunday 7 March
See http://rollerski.co.uk/events3.html.

SHOP & GIFT VOUCHERS

Our shop has a few new accessories - water belts and bottle holders, which are great for keeping hydrated both on rollerskis and on snow (insulated so water doesn't freeze). See http://rollerski.co.uk/buyaccessories.html. We also sell Gift Vouchers (for equipment or lessons) see http://rollerski.co.uk/giftvouchers.html.

AUTUMN ROLLERSKIERS

We've had a lot of skiers recently with interesting challenges,

    * In October and November we had over 15 people training to take the Kids Company charity 'Arctic Biathlon' competition, which took place last weekend - most from law firm CMS Cameron McKenna. This challenge had nothing to do with shooting, but included a 25k race on cross-country skis and a 30k dog sledding race;
    * Over the last month I've been teaching the GB Ladies' Canoe team to rollerski - they're planning to do two cross-country ski training camps on snow in January and February, and hope to hit the snow well prepared to get the most from their training;
    * We've had more people preparing for the Engadin and Vasaloppet ski marathons than I can remember - already the Engadin has over 70 British entrants, and I know there are plenty more to sign up. So far there's been 2m of snow in the Engadin valley and more on its way;
    * In November we had a group of Superheroes on rollerskis, part of a stag party for skier Alastair Walford. Famous names included Batman, Superman, Spiderman (I & II), Rambo, Captain America, Mr Incredible and Bananaman;
    * Many others rollerskiing for holidays, ski marathons, winter triathlons and just for the sake of rollerskiing!

GB NORDIC TEAM SUCCESS

Lots of good news from the GB Nordic Ski Team, which I've posted on Facebook. Their website is in the process of being updated, and should be live soon at http://www.britnordicteam.co.uk.

HYDE PARK CLUB RACERS ON SNOW

Hyde Park skier Rob Dorward takes part in his first cross-country ski and biathlon races this week - the Championships of the Royal Engineers. We'll see whether all his rollerski training has paid off against the might of the British Army, many of whom have had several seasons of skiing on snow. Will keep you posted on Facebook.

Andy Honczar has become the first skier to be affiliated to the 'London Hyde Park Cross-Country Ski Club' on the FIS website, see http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/613.html?sector=CC&listid=&competitorid=159688&type=result. He did well to get under 270 FIS points recently, after just several days on snow.

REDBRIDGE CYCLE CIRCUIT VENUE, HOG HILL

This is a fantastic venue just on the outskirts of London, near where the M11 meets the North Circular.

I've been there twice in the past fortnight and on both occasions was the only person there (on a Tuesday afternoon). Great place to rollerski if you can train during the week in daylight hours, but busy at the weekend and closed after dark.
http://www.redbridgecyclingcentre.co.uk/.

SATURDAY PM ROLLERSKIING NEAR ALDERSHOT

Members of the London Region Nordic Ski Club rollerski at the Eelmoor Driving Circuit near Aldershot on Saturday afternoons, 2-4pm. If you live nearby, this is a good opportunity to train with other recreational skiers, many of whom do ski marathons.

Eelmoor is here: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=fleet+road+aldershot&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Fleet+Rd,+Aldershot,+Hampshire,+United+Kingdom&gl=uk&ei=rjkcS4TELdWe4QbJqKj7Ag&ved=0CA0Q8gEwAA&ll=51.26503,-0.784836&spn=0.010875,0.027595&z=15

OTHER STUFF

Really good skating class from Norwegian skier, Hjelmeset: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW6LS4tRaCk&feature=related

Article on Obertilliach from and American skier: http://blogs.fasterskier.com/scottperras/2009/12/05/obertilliach-is-the-place-to-be-for-training/

Downhill advice: http://masterskier.com/article.asp?aid=384

Thoughts on interval training: http://masterskier.com/article.asp?aid=377

Best regards,
Iain


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Iain Ballentine
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Hochfilzen 2010 - XC ski on snow -
http://www.rollerski.co.uk/cross.html

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

Club Facebook page -
http://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Cross-Country-Ski-Club/109118512973

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