ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 27th May 2011
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ROLLERSKI NEWSLETTER - 27th May 2011

A bit of a late newsletter this month, but better late than never I hope.

The world of rollerskiing moves on, and there are plenty of training, racing and coaching opportunities this summer. There are fewer beginners at this time of year, but a lot for more serious skiers to get stuck into. If you want to ski fast in the winter, now is the time to build your base.

Read on for more news and info...

OPENING RACE REPORT & RESULTS

The opening rollerski race of the year was held in London earlier this month, and had a really large field for the time of year. Olympic legend John Moore addressed the skiers at the prize-giving ceremony. You can read a report and results at http://rollerski.co.uk/nr095.html.

The year's big rollerski race is the British Rollerski Champs in July, which is being held in London and will attract skiers from across the country. On Sunday 5th June there will be a short rollerski race, on the same course, which will be good practice for July. See http://rollerski.co.uk/ns033.html.

NEW ALPINA BOOTS

Earlier this month we introduced for the first time, purpose-built Alpina rollerski boots. These provide excellent comfort for rollerskiing in the summer, and throughout the year. Although they are based on Alpina's top racing boots, they are finished more like running shoes, which makes them very breathable. You can read more on these at http://rollerski.co.uk/nr092.html.

We've also introduced a new racing rollerski, the Swenor Equipe R2. These skis have ceramic bearings, and are very fast. I made my return to rollerski racing earlier this month on them, and can vouch for their speed. See http://rollerski.co.uk/buyrollerskis.html#racing.

COURSES

I've added an extra Hyde Park 4-week Skating beginners' course, to begin on Tuesday 21 June, 18.15. Hopefully this will have a few takers - please spread the word. Booking is here - http://rollerski.co.uk/events2.html. Other than this, the main Hyde Park 4-week courses start back in September.

The next Dorney course is on Sunday 21 August. This will be an all day course, with beginner and intermediate groups, and you can book this here: http://rollerski.co.uk/events3.html.

Also, the regular Hyde Park Saturday morning beginner sessions - http://rollerski.co.uk/class.html - and private lessons - http://rollerski.co.uk/instructprivate.html - continue through the Summer.

VIDEO - FLIC & KATYA IN SCOTLAND

Two of our instructors, Felicity and Ekaterina, made it up to a very special coaching course in Scotland last weekend. This was led by Norwegian coach ōyvind Olstad of NTG Geilo, who has been training some of the juniors of the British Nordic Development Squad. The BNDS, which ran the course, has strong ties with Norway, and courses like this help us to tap into what's going on in the Norwegian system.

This NTG Geilo video gives some strength ideas -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te18Vj06MAQ.

Also, exercises from Norwegian skier, ōystein "Sausage" Pettersen -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_pl6s5Cpq8.

ALAN IN AUSTRALIA

Our instructor Alan has headed off for the 'Winter' in Australia. If you are in Australia, you can get good skiing (when there's snow) at Lake Mountain resort near Melbourne, see http://www.lakemountainresort.com.au.

Alan will be joined this year by Felicity until the Autumn. In a typical day, the cross-country ski school can process up to 1,000 skiers, making it Australia's largest cross-country ski resort - and a serious logistical challenge. Alan manages a team of about a dozen cross-country ski instructors, which teaches groups ranging from tourists to school kids. Australia hosts the season's first 'World Loppet' ski marathon race, the Kangaroo Hoppet, see http://www.hoppet.com.au.

ROLLERSKIERS' ANTARCTIC CHALLENGES

Two rollerskiers are preparing for very different South Pole challenges. James Hooley, an officer in the Parachute Regiment, is aiming to be the youngest person to ski unsupported to the South Pole, see - http://south-solo.co.uk. James will be raising funds for Help for Heroes (for whom he raised over £30,000 last year) and the Afghanistan Trust.

Yoyo Scheppers, is a mother of three teenage children, and is preparing to race to the South Pole later this year, see http://www.extremeworldraces.com/teams/team-yoyo/. Yoyo has been training on rollerskis in Richmond Park, and will be raising funds for the UWC International College.

OTHER STUFF

2011 Summer Biathlon courses in Aviemore: http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/biathlon-courses.asp
LRNSC Summer Rollerski courses in London: http://www.londonnordic.org.uk/2011-roller-ski-courses/

Here's an article on Petter Northug: http://fasterskier.com/2011/05/why-northug-was-the-king-of-the-worlds/
Here's some advice on training at this time of year: http://www.nordicskiracer.com/news.asp?NewsID=5613

Hope this is a bit useful / interesting,

Best regards,
Iain

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Iain Ballentine
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New Rollerskis, Spring 2011: http://rollerski.co.uk/nr089.html

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

Rollerskiing in the news: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/outdoors/outdoor-activities/7188432/Get-your-skates-on...-and-ski.html

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