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Roller ski Championships 2018, Canberra, Australia

April 15, 2018

Some of Sydney-siders made the trip down south to Canberra for the National Roller-skiing Championships. 

 

The event is held on a cycling circuit at Mt Stromlo which is more or less flat. The wind was strong and this was to add a strategic element which I'll explain soon. 

 

It was wonderful to see so many people competing. Approximately 100+ came from as far as Perth for the event. 

The first races were against the clock with seeing showings from NSW. 

Results - Sprint (1 lap) 

Women's Open

1. Barbara Jezersek

Women's Masters

1. Jenny Kent

Women's U16

1. Isabella Moon

Men's Open 

2. Callum Watson

Men's Masters

2. Mark Elliott

Men's U12

1. Alberto Allan

2. John-Maxwell Fuller

 

The second race was a mass start and 6 laps for the Open category and 4 laps for the Masters.

Results - Criterium(1 lap) 

Women's Open

1. Barbara Jezersek

Women's Masters

1. Jenny Kent

Women's U16

1. Isabella Moon

Men's Open 

1. Callum Watson

Men's Masters

2. Mark Elliott

5. Gary McGregor

Men's U12

1. Alberto Allan

2. John-Maxwell Fuller

 

 

 

 

 

 

"In the Criterium race I realised that the wind could be a tactical advantage. It was a mass start so there should have been lots of opportunity to use people as wind breaks. However, I was finding it hard to get onto the back of a group. I could see one of the Masters in front of me about 20m ahead. Eventually I managed to get behind one of the women. I used this has an opportunity to save some energy. The gap to John was stable but I needed to close that gap. For the next lap I pulled out on the back straight, which had some wind protection. On the next section I was going into a strong headwind and I could see John struggling. He went into offset and I took the pain and kept up doubletime (V2). I gained a lot. For the half straight to the finish line and skied behind him and with 10m left to the line I pulled and I sprinted to cross the line in front." Mark Elliott.  

 

Lastly, a big thank-you to the organisers. See you next year. 

Don't forget there is a roller ski race in Sydney in October this year. 

 

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