Kangaroo Hoppet Pre & Post-Race Images

No doubt there are many more higher quality images out there, here is a small selection taken from an i-phone.

Marina Chernousova (RUS)

Marina Chernousova (RUS)


2013 Kangaroo Hoppet – Race Report

Press Release – Russian skiers top the podium at 2013 Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek

Australia’s international ski marathon the Kangaroo Hoppet was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. In the 42km main event it was a Russian double, 2012 Hoppet winner and World Cup distance champion Alexander Legkov winning the men’s race and 2012 runner-up Marina Chernousova winning the women’s race. After snow, rain and wind in the week leading into the event the skies cleared up for a perfect race day. The Kangaroo Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series, which features 16 races in 16 countries and has annual participation of 135,000 skiers. Around 1000 competitors from 23 nations entered in the three Kangaroo Hoppet race distances of 42km, 21km, and 7km. Continue reading

Falls Creek International Night Sprints

The 2013 Falls Creek International Night Sprints were held tonight in the Falls Creek Village Bowl. The men’s and women’s A-finals were won by Victor Gustafsson from Sweden and local Esther Bottomley. The international field featured athletes from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech and the USA in Australia for the Kangaroo Hoppet this weekend, including Russia’s Olympic medal contender Alexander Legkov who was eliminated in the semi-final after falling at the start. See below for podium photos by Allison Stoddart.

L-R: Phillip Bellingham (AUS), Victor Gustafsson (SWE), Ilya Chernousov (RUS), Alexey Chernousov (RUS)

L-R: Phillip Bellingham (AUS), Victor Gustafsson (SWE), Ilya Chernousov (RUS), Alexey Chernousov (RUS)

L-R: Lauren Fritz (USA), Esther Bottomley (AUS), Marina Chernousova (RUS), Anna Trnka (AUS)

L-R: Lauren Fritz (USA), Esther Bottomley (AUS), Marina Chernousova (RUS), Anna Trnka (AUS)

Vic Ski Chase – Hoppet/Birkie/Joey

Just a quick reminder that this Saturdays Kangroo Hoppet, Australian Birkebeiner and Joey Hoppet events are part of the Victorian Ski Chase. If you have entered any of these events and have not yet registered for the Victorian Ski Chase, you can register here http://tinyurl.com/victorianskichase to go into the draw to win a pair of Skikes, and if you are 25 years or under you could be in with a chance to win one of two $600 cash prizes. For details of the competition see http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html.

Vic Ski Chase update – Rocky Valley Rush

After the unfortunate cancellation of three of the Vic Ski Chase events due to insufficient snow, the competition is up and running again after the successful running of the Rocky Valley Rush.  Many thanks to the team at Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club who once again put on a great event in what was promising to be very challenging conditions.  Somehow they managed to put together a race with a tail-wind for 90% of the course.

Full results can be accessed here: MensSkiChaseResultsInterim19Aug2013  WomensSkiChaseResultsInterim19Aug2013  .  All details of the competition can be found on our sponsor Skike Australia’s web page here: http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html . Continue reading

Australian Championships Perisher – Results


2013_AUS_Championship_Distance_Freestyle-UPDATEDThe 2013 Australian Open and Junior Championships finished up on the weekend at Perisher with the Classic Sprint and Distance Freestyle events. The weather held off until the finals of Saturday’s sprints, then it was a wild and woolly day for Sunday’s distance races. International skiers topped the podium in all events, with Victor Gustafsson from Sweden winning both the Sprint A-Final and the 10km Freestyle for the men, while on the women’s side USA cleaned up with Lauren Fritz in the Sprint and Jessica Yeaton in the 5km Freestyle. The distance races were shortened because of the wind and drifting snow on the tracks.

For the Australians Anna Trnka had a great weekend, winning both the junior and open category Australian titles on both days. Callum Watson was the first Australian in the Sprint and Alex Almoukov took the title in the 10km. Damon Morton won the junior sprint title, and Hamish Roberts the junior 10km. The Sprint time trial results and most of the Distance results are posted below in PDF format. There were some minor anomalies with the final Sprint results, and also the U12 and U14 categories in the Distance events are missing, and these will be posted later.


NSW Race Week Results

All results for the 2013 NSW Race Week are up on the Perisher Cross Country website. Here’s the direct link to the results page.

Also read here for a overall report of the week.

Rocky Valley Rush this weekend plus Hoppet entry extension

The Rocky Valley Rush is on this coming Sunday 18th August at Falls Creek. This is a low cost, freestyle, citizens’ race and a good warm-up before the Hoppet. The best Australian skiers will be competing at the Australian Championships at Perisher Valley, so here is your opportunity to start with the Russian team (including Alexander Legkov the winners of last year’s Hoppet and the 2013 World Cup Distance Champion, out here for off-season training), to win some great prizes.

More information about the race and a link to the on-line entry can found on the BNSC website.

Kangaroo Hoppet race organisers have just advised that the standard entry fee has been extended for another week. The late entry fee won’t kick in till Tuesday Aug 20. Start positions will be allocated over the next three days so if you are fast, you can still get a start position near the front. The snow cover now looks more certain, with over 45cm falling in the past week and good freezes over the weekend..

Entries can be made via the Hoppet website.






Skikes – Hot or Not

Skike Australia have advised that skikes will be demonstrated on the “Hot or Not” segment of the Channel 10 lifestyle program The Living Room at 7.30-8.30pm on Friday 16 August 2013. Tune in on Friday to watch the show and see presenter Barry “Baz” Du Bois on a pair of skikes and see what the audience think.

Skikes are also the sponsor of the Victorian Ski Chase – see more information on the links below.







KAC and Boonoona Open – The Inside Report

The 2013 NSW Race Week is in full swing, with the Boonoona Open, NS Night Relays, KAC and Sundeck Cup already held (just to name a selection). Our on the spot reporter gives some insight into the racing shenanigans in the NSW snowfields… – UPDATED – link to KAC Results Page

The KAC Cross Country Classic, Perisher to Charlotte Pass, August 7
Well in the KAC a pack of about 4 or 5 led out up the Perisher gap with Darlo [Chris Darlington] the Western Australian setting the pace into the wind ahead of Alex [Almoukov]. Alex and Darlo broke away just before the gap and then half way to Charlotte Pass Alex took the lead to give Darlo’s surfing legs a break. Continue reading