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

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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

Quebec World Cup City Sprint

Phillip Bellingham Aussie XC Skier

This last weekend would have had to be my most successful and fun racing I’ve had!

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Quebec was a really cool and super old city and the race course was situated in the grounds around the Parliament building. The track was real winding with a bridge and small jump adding a bit extra for the crowd.

The first day was the team sprint with Cal-boss Watson. We were super keen to have a good one in this after we went alright in the team sprint in Milan World Cup last year. This time I was off first and Cal second. We held on pretty well and were in and amongst the action for the whole race which was sweet! Two bunches formed and naturally enough we were in the back one but still jostleing for spots. Ending up 11th in our Semi and 22nd/25 overall and only seconds off being a few spots higher…

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Images from the Quebec World Cup Sprints

Quebec World Cup City Sprint

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Quebec is crazy. I feel as though I am back in Europe, but every now and then a massive American Truck or Van passes by and it makes you realise you are still back in North America! What is most notable however is the atmosphere that the crowd creates here. It is not often the World Cup Circuit travels to this part of the world and with both US and Canadian National teams being exceptionally strong right now, the support it amazing. I’ve always loved the atmosphere at City Sprints but this trumps all of them by a long shot!!

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Phillip Bellingham and I teamed up once again for Friday’s Team Sprint. We use to joke after last year’s Milan Team Sprint that we are Team Sprint Specialists, however after this weekend, we might just be onto something! We managed to both ski well and really showed that we could…

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Australian Team 2012/2013 International Summary

Tomorrow Callum Watson and Phillip Bellingham will contest the World Cup Team Sprint in Quebec in Canada, the first World Cup of the season for Australian skiers. The following day the boys will be joined on the individual Freestyle Sprint starting lists by Esther Bottomley. On the eve of these events it is perhaps a tad late to be publishing a preview of the season to come for the Australian Team, but better late than never… Continue reading