Hotham to Dinner Plain Pub to Pub Update

An update on the 2013 Pub to Pub from race organiser Mick Sinclair (also posted on the official race website):

Greetings from a fog shrouded and damp Dinner Plain.

After 55 mm of rain over Sunday and Monday things are not what we hoped they would be at this stage of the week. First off, we would need the mother of all miraculous snowfalls Friday to run an event all the way through to Dinner Plain on Saturday – there just isn’t any snow down here. So instead we are faced with the choice between running laps (yet again) at Wire Plain or cancelling – and unfortunately cancellation is a real option. Continue reading

Australian Championship – Images

A small collection of images from the Australian Championship races at Falls Creek last weekend:

2013 Australian Distance Classic Championship – Results

The 2013 Australian Championships continued at Falls Creek with the Classic Distance events on Sunday July 28. Esther Bottomley won the 5km Classic ahead of Chisa Obayashi from Japan and Jessica Yeaton from the USA. In the 10km Classic race Callum Watson won ahead of Victor Gustafsson from Sweden and Phillip Bellingham. Results including all the Australian Junior Championship age class results are posted below.

Anna Trnka and Esther Bottomley before the start of the 5km Classic

Anna Trnka and Esther Bottomley before the start of the 5km Classic

2013 Australian Sprint Freestyle Championships – Results

The 2013 Australian Championships kicked off today with the Freestyle Sprint events at Falls Creek. Esther Bottomley added another title to her collection, winning the A-Final ahead of Jessica Yeaton from the USA and Chisa Obayashi from Japan. In the men’s A-Final Victor Gustafsson from Sweden won in a photo finish ahead of Phillip Bellingham and Callum Watson. Fulls results available below in PDF format, first a couple of images of the Open and Australian Champions.

L-R: Aimee Watson, Anna Trnka, Jessica Yeaton (USA), Esther Bottomley, Chisa Obayashi (JPN)

L-R: Aimee Watson, Anna Trnka, Jessica Yeaton (USA), Esther Bottomley, Chisa Obayashi (JPN)

L-R: Alasdair Tutt, Phillip Bellingham, Victor Gustafsson (SWE), Callum Watson

L-R: Alasdair Tutt, Phillip Bellingham, Victor Gustafsson (SWE), Callum Watson



Cooma Open Cancelled

The Cooma Open scheduled for tomorrrow July 21 at Perisher has been cancelled due to snow conditions. New snow fell overnight and more is on the way so hopefully the tracks will be groomed again soon.

XC Towards 2014 – $25 by August 25

The XC Towards 2014 fundraising project was set up to support cross country skiing athletes striving to make it to the Winter Olympics. Over $25,000 of athlete expenses have been paid at major competitions overseas since 2010. Particular mention must be made to the fundraising efforts of Cliff Wallis and the Sundeck Hotel at Perisher, which have made up the lion’s share of contributions to the project over this time.

Combined with financial support from the Falls Creek Resort and international competition grants from the Australian Olympic Committee, funds for the Shadow Olympic Team preparing for Sochi are already looking quite solid. This means that additional funds raised for XC Towards 2014 between now and the end of the year can also be spread to support Australian Teams at other levels of competition such as the 2014 World Junior and U23 Championship. Continue reading

Victorian Junior Championship Cancelled

The Victorian Junior Championships this weekend July 20/21 have been CANCELLED.

After assessing the snow conditions and the forecast rain over the next two days the race organisers concluded that there was minimal chance of preparing race courses for either day. There appears to be some snow in the system that will arrive on Sunday/Monday so hopefully all will be set for the Nationals next weekend at Falls Creek.

Apologies for the cancellation and please contact Ben Derrick, or 0400 110 046 for further information.

Victorian Junior Championship Program & Entry Form

The 2013 Victorian Junior Championships will be held this coming this weekend at Falls Creek. The program and entry form are linked below in Word and PDF format, but please note that all entries will be taken on the day. Organisers advise to keep an eye on updates from Wednesday regarding snow and course condition. The race office will be open at the Falls Creek Nordic Centre from about 8am on both days. If it is bad weather, as it is forecast to be, then some adjustments to start times and the course may be made to to minimise the exposure to athletes and officials.

NSW and ACT Championship Results

NSW and ACT Championships were held at Perisher last weekend. In the Open Men 10km events Cameron Morton won on both days. In the Open Women 5km events Sabrina Howell won the classic event and Darcie Morton won the freestyle event. Full results for all age classes and distances are linked below in PDF format.

Victorian Ski Chase

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Snowgum Wodonga High Plains Tour. Everyone who participated is eligible for the Victorian Ski Chase and be in the running to win a pair of Skikes, thanks to our sponsor Skike Australia:   Registration is free.  For details on how to sign up see

Skiers 25 and under who sign up will also be eligible for cash prizes totalling $1200.  Details on how the prizes will be awarded, and where and when the next race in the Vic Ski Chase series can also be found on the Skike website:

Vic Ski Chase points will be posted very soon.  Stay tuned…