Ski de Femme & Rocky Valley Rush Report

Ski de Femme held Saturday 11th August

The 25th Ski de Femme held on Saturday had 145 women register, (Could be a record!)  so along with coaches and helpers, about 160 hardy women made it to the Nordic Bowl. The organisers did a fabulous job pulling it all together in fairly tough conditions. A great team of coaches and helpers worked really hard, putting up the tent, preparing the refreshments, taking the race entries, giving out the bibs, selecting the spot prize winners doing the presentations then packing everything up afterwards. And of course the 15 volunteer coaches were appreciated for their tips and encouragement. Helen L’Huillier who started Ski de Femme along with Jenny Van Der Ploeg generously turned up again to help!

Marg Jowitt loaded the skidoo with the equipment and food and drink at the clubhouse, drove it up to the bowl, chose and marked the course collected the markers afterwards, packed the skidoo again drove it back to the clubhouse and unpacked everything before putting the skidoo away in the shed. Amazing, seeing she hadn’t been on the machine yet this year.

The hot tea, scones and jam & cream after the instruction clinics were welcomed before the fun race, and the post race brownies supplied by BRAZEN BROWNIES at the finish line a hit! Plenty of Spot Prizes donated by local business were rewards for donning a bib and skiing or racing the 1, 2 or 4 km loop.

Special thanks to our major supporters FCRM, YMCA Cross Country Ski Centre and Brazen Brownies. Other lucky women won sport massages (Impact Massage Mt Beauty) a Sassy Road voucher, Sweet Water beer packs, Hoppet wine, coffee and treats vouchers from Wonderland EMPORIUM, the Mt Beauty Bakery and the Rose Garden Cafe.

Thanks to everyone. All in all it was a fantastic effort by our club members.
Report by Ronice Goebel — co-ordinator

Results of the 2018 Rocky Valley Rush & Sun Valley Ramble held today Sunday 12th August. Click [HERE] to view. Thanks to Michal Trnka (Alpine Timing) and his assistant Bill Little for timing the race.

Ski de Femme — it’s a tradition

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Update – Junior program this Sunday 12th August

The Junior Joeys and Joey Gliders will meet at 11:00 am in the Nordic Bowl — (note: the club is running the Rocky Valley Rush starting at 10:30 am so the bowl could be busy, please look for Aliena Oldis).

The Junior Birkies and Junior Racers to meet at the Nordic Bowl at the scheduled time of 1:00 pm.


Remember – ‘a big club weekend coming up’
Ski de Femme this Saturday — Registration is essentialPlease click [HERE] then just follow the instructions i.e. go to single registration or family registration.

Rocky Valley Rush & Sun Valley Ramble this Sunday — Online Entry — Please click [HERE] then just follow the instructions i.e. go to single registration or family registration.


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2018 Hotham to Dinner Plain ‘Pub to Pub’ XC Ski Race Results

This was the 23th running of the Hotham to Dinner Plain ‘Pub to Pub’ XC Ski Race. The race was first held in 1994 and cancelled only twice because there was no snow. It’s long time sponsor has been Ajays Snow Country Sports — Heathmont Vic.

Birkebeiner had 22 members competing in the 12 km (F) race out of a total field of 134 skiers. Men’s winner was Ben Derrick (Ben has won this event so many times he owns it!) and Women’s winner was our own resident USA coach Cambria McDermott.

Mick Sinclair <Database Strategies> has been the main man behind this event since its inception. Well done Mick.

Click [HERE] to view the 2018 Results and also the archived results from 1994.


Remember – ‘a big club weekend coming up’
Ski de Femme this Saturday — Registration is essentialPlease click [HERE] then just follow the instructions i.e. go to single registration or family registration.

Rocky Valley Rush & Sun Valley Ramble this Sunday — Online Entry — Please click [HERE] then just follow the instructions i.e. go to single registration or family registration.


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Upcoming Events

Sunday 5th August — Snow Trek & Travel – Wodonga Mini Series #3 (Classical).

Starting at 11:00 am in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl. Entries at Windy Corner Day Shelter 9:30 am to 10:30 am. If you have a Junior Joey or Junior Birkie in the family the Mini Series is the best way to get them interested in the sport of XC Skiing.


Saturday 11th AugustSki de Femme starting at 10:00 am in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl. Event comprises instruction in the morning with a fun race starting about noon. Many spot prizes following the event.

Registration is essentialPlease click [HERE] then just follow the instructions i.e. go to single registration or family registration.


Sunday 12th AugustRocky Valley Rush & Sun Valley Ramble

Online Entry — Please click [HERE] then just follow the instructions i.e. go to single registration or family registration.

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Valerio Leccardi’s four week Hoppet training program

Valerio has put together a four week training program that can be followed leading up to this years Hoppet on Saturday 25th August.

Valerio is a Swiss Winter Olympian, a three time Kangaroo Hoppet winner and is currently the coach of the Australian Cross Country Ski Team.

Click [HERE] to locate the training program on the Kangaroo Hoppet Home Page. Open in your web browser then select File > Save As to save the file for future reference.


National Junior Championship Results — 28/29 July Perisher Valley NSW

Click [HERE] to view the — Final Sprint (F) results and [HERE] the Distance (C) results.


Ski de Femme – Saturday 11th August
Registration is essential — Please click [HERE] 
then just follow the instructions.

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Birkebeiner Bulletin – July 2018

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for July 2018 is now available for viewing as a pdf file.

To view the latest Birkie Bulletin, all you need to do is click the link in this email message and the pdf file will open in your web browser. Hint: To enlarge the text on the web page, use the following keyboard shortcuts: Windows: hold down Control then type +, Apple: hold down Command then type +

Alternatively, if you wish to save the newsletter to your computer, there are two options: 1. Save it from your Browser (File > Save) or 2. Go to the club’s website <Newsletters> and download the Birkie Bulletin pdf file. Hint: Right click the link and select ‘Save Link As…. or ‘Download Linked File As…’ depending on the browser you use. Past issues can also be accessed on the site.

Birkebeiner Bulletin July 2018

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Weekends Race Results (Vic Juniors & Senior Nationals)

National Senior Championships — Perisher Valley NSW

  1. Sprint (C) (Time Trial only)Click [HERE]
  2. Distance (F) — Click [HERE]

Victorian Junior Championships — Falls Creek Vic

  1. Sprint (C) — Click [HERE]
  2. Distance (F) — Click [HERE]

National Junior Championships
28/29 July at Perisher Valley NSW
Click [HERE] to enter Sprint Event (F) & [HERE] to enter Distance Event (C)

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Ski de Femme – Sat 11th August: 10 am

Please note that the Ski de Femme is definitely on the Saturday and not Sunday as was shown on the previous Poster emailed earlier today.

The 2018 Ski de Femme event is on Sat 11th August
starting at 10:00 am in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl.
Event comprises instruction in the morning with a fun race starting about noon.

Registration is essential — Please click [HERE] then just follow the instructions.

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Presidents request…

Dear Birkebeiner club members

As many of you will know BNSC runs a number of races across winter, ranging from citizen participation races to FIS accredited National championships. These races are run by the BNSC race sub-committee but require the contribution of a number of volunteers in order for them to run smoothly. Because our membership changes over the years, not everybody is aware of the race committee’s work.

If you are interested in being involved in helping run these races, please let us know. There are a range of roles that you can take on and a wealth of experience you can draw upon from other club members.

In 2018 we are responsible the following races and events:

  • Sun 8th July                Birkebeiner Classic (C) 2.5/5/10km (Falls Creek)
  • Sat 11th August            Ski de Femme (F) Fun Race 1, 2.5 & 5km (Falls Creek)
  • Sun 12th August          Rocky Valley Rush/Sun Val Ramble (15/7.5km) (F) (Falls Creek)
  • Thu 17th August          North East Primary School Relays (Falls Creek)
  • Sat 18th August           AUS Open Sprint Champ’s (F) (Falls Creek)
  • Sun 19th August          AUS Open Champ’s 5/10 km (C) (Falls Creek)

If you are interested in being on our list of race volunteers please let me know.

Regards
Ewen Silvester (President)

Email: president@birkebeiner.org.au

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Adult Instruction Clinics

• Coach: Cambria McDermott (visiting American coach)
• Meeting place — Falls Creek Race Hut in the Nordic Bowl 10 minutes before clinic start time.
• Registration is essential. Maximum of 8 participants per clinic with places allocated on a first in first served basis. Please email to <nick@birkebeiner.org.au> Note: Clinics will only go ahead if there is a minimum of 3 participants registered.
• Skating — All Clinics will use the skating technique. Clinics are aimed at the developing intermediate level skier.
• Clinics are for members only.
• Dates are:

  • Saturday July 21st — 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 24th — 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Tuesday August 7th — 10:30 am-12 noon
  • Tuesday August 14th — 10:30 am-12 noon
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