2012-2013 Comic Report #1

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Anna Trnka qualifies for World Junior Championships

In a remarkable return to form Anna Trnka gained her best FIS points ever and fully qualified to race in every race of the World Junior Championships to be held in her fathers birth place of the Czech Republic. Continue reading

A Junior Trip Update by Nick M (dated 17.12)

This past week we have left one of my (Nick M’s) favourite countries, Austria, and moved to another highly rated country, in this case Germany. Continue reading

Images from Canmore World Cup

Images from the Canmore World Cup, taken by Robert Whitney (the good ones)  and Finn Marsland.

Tutt and Dewez in German Cup Sprint Finals.

Alasdair Tutt qualified for his first European final series in today`s German Cup held in Oberwiesenthal whilst Xanthea Dewez made her second final in two weekends of racing. Casey Wright from the Yarra Valley also raced well finishing 26th in the combined open and u20 female category.

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Cracking a Milestone – Canmore World Cups

Callum Watson

After a successful weekend of racing in Quebec it was a quick turn around back to Canmore and what an incredible place to come back to. Here is a photo of the sunrise that we were lucky enough to catch on a morning run.

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With the 15km classic starting on Thursday, there was very little time to relax before it was time to start race prepping again. The unfortunate part of getting myself mentally ready was that I thought it was a 15km interval start. It did seem very strange to me that the course was set up with a full grid start and 4 classic tracks right the way around the 3.75km loop! So the actual race prep the morning before wouldn’t have changed at all, however the whole time I was just thinking about how I could pace it myself and not worry about holding onto a pack…

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Canmore World Cup

Phillip Bellingham Aussie XC Skier

So the Canmore World Cup didn’t quite go to plan quite like I had hoped….

I was feeling good coming into this race having adjusted more to the altitude and the course from when I had raced here two weeks prior. On the day I was feeling pretty fresh and ready to go as well. Come the time trial, everything was going well for a while, I felt I was skiing solidly up the major climbs to the top of the course but when it came to coming back down, this was where I cooked up some fail.

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The course is pretty much all up and then all back down. So coming off the flat at the top of the course and into the fast downhill I was putting in my last couple of big single time pushes before I was about to get into but because I struggle with…

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Canmore World Cup – Updated

Callum Watson finished up a great week of racing at the Canmore World Cup with a career best 47th place in the 30km Skiathlon on Sunday December 16. Watson was gunning for a top 40 result for most of the race, fading on the final lap to lose a few places and end up under six minutes behind the winner Maurice Manificat from France. The previous day Esther Bottomley scored her best % of field World Cup result since 2010, placing 46th in the Freestyle Sprint. It has been a successful three weeks of racing in Canada, with Phillip Bellingham hitting the top 50 in Quebec and Paul Kovacs going under 120 FIS points for the first time and making his WC debut in Canmore. Continue reading

St Ulrich OPA Cup Race Report

8 Australians raced in the Austrian leg of the European OPA Cup series. The highlights were Xanthea Dewez making it through to the semi-finals in the classic sprint and Nick Montgomery gaining a personal best FIS point result of 166 in the 10km skate.

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Promising Start to the season at Quebec World Cup

Phillip Bellingham and Callum Watson made a great start to their World Cup season on the weekend, scoring personal best results in the sprint events in Quebec, Canada.  Bellingham placed 50th in the Freestyle Sprint on December 8 with FIS points of 68.2, just 4.7 seconds outside of qualifying for the top 30. Watson was a further 4.8 seconds back in 63rd place out of the field of 73 starters, also his best place in a World Cup Sprint. The previous day the duo paired up to take 22nd place in the World Cup Team Sprint, a gutsy performance in tough conditions. On the women’s side Esther Bottomley wasn’t 100% healthy in Quebec but still managed a decent result of 51st in the Sprint, 7 seconds outside the top 30. Continue reading