Birkebeiner Classic


2021 Race Report

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of the groomers and Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club volunteers, we were able to run the Birke Classic last weekend after the postponement from the week before.

It was a great team effort and I would like to thank all those who helped out in the many and varied jobs prior to the day, on the day and afterwards. COVID safe operations and procedures were established and implemented, online entries through Alpine Timing, QR code tracking was in operation and social distancing encouraged. Well done everyone.

It was also great to see some of the best skiers in the country competing. There were a total of 44 participants in the three distances – 10km, 5km and 2.5km.

Results were as follows:

Full Results click <https://www.alpinetiming.com.au/results/r221/>

Prizes were given in the following categories:

2.5km – U14 Hamish Retchford & Bethany Franzke

5km – U18: Matthew Wilby & Maddie Hooker; Open: John Mordes & Casey Wright: Masters: Jason Slingo

10km – Open: Phillip Bellingham & Ella Jackson; Masters: Michelle Forrer & Kevin Tory

Ann Bellingham (Race Secretary)

Start of the 2021 Birkebeiner Classic – 45 skiers.

Past Results from 2014. Check out the Alpine Timing website

Click [HERE]


History of the Race

  • This race originated on 23 July 1983 as the Birkebeiner Junior Classic. The Club started the event because there were so few junior races on the calendar at the time. Skating in races had not been ‘invented’. It was probably sometime in the ’90s that the event became the Birkebeiner Classic and was open to both juniors and seniors. The distances are now 2.5, 5 & 10km. It remains one of the few Classic style races on the race calendar.  
2014 Birkie Classic start– Phil Bellingham
(2014 & 2018 Winter Olympian) leading the pack…