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April 6 - Lake Mountain Challenge
April 26 - Vietz Tops the Field at Lake Mountain
May 4 - XC Congress Set for May 22-23
May 26 - Mt Beauty 1/2 + XC Congress
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June 18 - Winter Has Arrived

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Autumn 2004 Updates


June 18 - Winter Has Arrived

With reports of snow dumping in the mountains today and more expected through to this weekend, the 2004 Australian winter is underway! The following report and pic comes from Warren Feakes:

Nordic Trails open today !!!! (June 17)

The 2.5km and 5km loops were groomed and a good skate, no track set. 99% cover with a little bit of stepping over minor vegetation but essentially a clear run on both. Also he [the groomer] has packed the 10km as far as Paddys Link then along the Link and back to join the 5 km where the 7.5 normally leaves it. Great preparation for the big dumps expected tomorrow and Saturday.

Peter Ward or I will open the Nordic Shelter tomorrow, put on the heating and the hot water. I just hope everyone appreciates the work that was put in by the work parties over Autumn. It looks great inside and out.

Additionally, two new snow fences in the beginners area are collecting snow beautifully. Oh Yeah, Tele on the resort is great as well


This pic was taken on Wednesday 16 June on the back road to Blue Cow

Yes, the switch from Autumn News to Winter News should have happened already, hopefully a new section will be up next week...


June 8 - FIS News

With the 2004 FIS Congress in Miami finishing up last weekend some snippets of news are starting to filter through:

  • Liberec in the Czech Republic has been awarded the 2009 World Championship. Liberec has been a unsuccessful bidder for the previous couple of World Championships, and won this time ahead of Holmenkollen in Norway. The 2005 World Championships will be in Oberstdorf, Germany, and the 2007 World Championships are in Sapporo, Japan.
  • FIS is looking to change the format for allocating start numbers for interval start events on World Cup. Previously numbers have been allocated by random draw within start groups, with the "Red Group" (the top 30 ranked skiers) usually the last start group. The new format has Red Group skiers starting according to their World Cup ranking - with the overall leader starting last. The rest of the field will start in order of their FIS points, with the skier with the highest points starting first. The rationale is that the new format will be easier to televise (less "rabbits" early on), more interesting for viewers, and will be more exciting right until the very end. What will be interesting to see is whether it has any effect on the outcome of the races - for example skiers being caught by the same skier from race to race and hanging on.
  • The talk the last year has been that the official U23 World Championships would be introduced in 2005, as a combined event with the World Junior Championships. However it seems now that the official combination will not take place until 2006. It is unclear yet whether (or where and when) an unofficial U23 event (or "Intercontinental Championship, as held the last few years) will be held in 2005.

More details and other FIS news will no doubt surface in the near future.


May 26 - XC Congress + Mt Beauty 1/2

The 2004 XC Ski Congress was held in Mt Beauty on May 22/23. Issues presented and dicussed included the role of the national body, the new National Selection policy, and the race calendar, and a Level 1 Officials course was held on the Sunday morning. Birkebeiner NSC also presented its new race timing system, freshly delivered from Norway. The highlight of the weekend was a 40min video presentation of the National Team on the Saturday night. On the whole it seemed to be a very productive weekend with a postitive atmosphere.

Mt Beauty 1/2 Marathon
The Great Alpine Challenge kicked off on May 22 with the Mt Beauty 1/2 marathon and associated events. Numbers were slightly down on 2003, still over 220 people took part in the 21km, 10km and 3km distances. The first man in the 21km was John Kent in a time of 1:13:24, the first woman Fiona Spargo in 1:29:38. Full results are now up.

Race organisers announced that the 25th anniversary of the event will be held in 2005, and that the full 42km distance will be back on the schedule. Details will be available on the Mt Beauty website.


May 4 - XC Congress set for May 22-23

The 2004 Cross Country Ski Congress is scheduled for Mt Beauty on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May, coinciding with the Mt Beauty 1/2 Marathon and other events. Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club and the Kangaroo Hoppet Board are co-hosting the Congress on behalf of Skiing Australia Cross Country.

A range of different activities will be conducted over the weekend, including information sessions on the structure and organisation of cross country skiing in Australia, the new Officials education program, the latest information on the National Selection policies, and interactive workshops on specific issues such as the race calendar. A BBQ dinner will be held on the Saturday night, in conjunction with a video presentation of the National Team in Europe over the summer. On the Sunday morning the first ever cross country skiing Level 1 Officials Course will be held. There will also be a training session for junior skiers coordinated by BNSC together with members of the National Team.

Further information can be found by emailing to info@hoppet.com.au or calling the Kangaroo Hoppet office on (03) 57541045.

Level 1 Coaching Course in ACT/NSW
Expressions of interest are being called for a Level 1 Coaching Course north of the border, either to be run in Canberra or in the Cooma/Jindabyne area. For the course to go ahead at least 6 participants are required. The course is held over one weekend off snow and one day on-snow. A possible date for the off-snow weekend could be June 5-6. Interested persons should contact Finn Marsland on marslandf@compuserve.com or 0408147940, and indicate their preferred dates and locations.


April 26 - Vietz Tops the Field at Lake Mountain

Geoff Vietz won the inaugural Lake Mountain Challenge on Sunday April 25, a rollerski/in-line skate event on the road leading up to the Lake Mountain ski resort. Over 30 athletes took part in the 2km and 5km events, despite recent rain making for slippery conditions.

Various combinations of equipment were used during the event, including skating and classic rollerskis, and rollerblades with and without poles. In the 5km main event Vietz (in-line skates with poles) and Mark Raymond (skating rollerskis) broke away from the field on the first 1km climb, with Tim Retchford (in-line skates) and Andrew Mock (in-line skates) leading the chase. Several in-line skaters from speed clubs in Melbourne were up there over the first few hundred metres, however struggled as the steady climb continued. Vietz broke away from Raymond on the long downhill before the turn-off to the Lake Mountain ticket-box, and went on to win by 32 seconds. Retchford fought hard to take 3rd place 20 seconds behind Raymond and just 13 seconds ahead of Mock. The first woman across the line was 16 year old Chloe McConville (classic rollerskis), about a minute ahead of Jennie Dowsett (in-line skates). The first junior man was Ian Bottomley (in-line skates with poles) in 5th place overall.

In the junior 2km event the first across the line was James Nicholson just 2 seconds ahead of Giles Richardson, both on in-line skates. The first rollerskier was Neil Burbidge (classic rollerskis) in 3rd place overall, with Annabelle Sawyer(classic rollerskis the first junior woman.

Full results on the Endurance Sports website

Skarverennet 2004
Duane Butcher reports on the last big race of the season from Norway...


April 6 - Lake Mountain Challenge

The following information on the Lake Mountain Challenge rollerski/rollerblade race comes to you courtesy of an anonymous member of Team Lake Mountain:

Do you call yourself a skier?

Do you fancy yourself as a bit of prodigy on the rollerskis?

Or did you just eat a few too many pies this summer...

If you answered "yes", "maybe", or even "not as many pies as Circa"to any of the above questions, then we have the event for you!

The Lake Mountain Challenge rollerski/rollerblade race is now confirmed for Sunday 25th April. Come along and test your form against National and State team skiers (and Tim Retchford) and some of the best local inline skaters. For more details and the official race entry form check out Australia's latest and greatest ski/endurance sports website: www.endurancesports.net

There's never been a better opportunity to find out just how fit your rivals really are... 


Tim Retchford flexing his calves at Westefolds Park in preparation for the Lake Mountain Challenge