The SSA Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has recently updated the Australian Competition Rules for 2014. These rules have two components; General Rules, which relate to the organisation of competitions in Australia; and Competition Rules which are based on the FIS International Competition Rules (ICR) with some minor alteration for different levels of competition. The SAXC Competitions Rules are included here in PDF format, the ICR are available via the FIS website.
Any questions regarding the Australian Competition Rules should be directed to Finn Marsland, SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager, or to Andrew Walker, SAXC Technical Sub-Committee Chair.
The SSA Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has recently updated the Selection Policy for the major international events of 2015. This includes the World Championship in Falun, the Junior / U23 World Championship in Almaty, and the World University Winter Games in Strbske Pleso. A summary of the selection standards and rationale behind changes to the selection policy are included below. The full policy wording is available in this linked document:
Selection Policy Summary
2015 World Championship, Falun, Sweden
These results need to be achieved within 365 days of the start of the championship.
The major change in the World Championship criteria is due to the new qualification standard put in place by FIS. Any athletes who do not achieve the 120 points for women and 90 points for men standard (B qualified athletes) are required to compete in the 5km and 10km qualification race on the opening day of the championship in order to compete in any of the other Distance events. B qualified athletes will be permitted to start the Sprint events if starts haven’t been filled by A qualified athletes. The details for determining which qualified athletes are selected to start in each event will be published following the Australian winter. Continue reading
The illustrious Howmans Gap Allstars conducted their annual weekend of races at Falls Creek last weekend – the Snow Trek and Travel High Plains Tour on Saturday July 12 and the YMCA Howmans Gap Victorian Interclub Relays on Sunday July 13. In brief, Paul Kovacs won the High Plains Tour 10km Freestyle by just 6 seconds after a close battle with Phillip Bellingham. Anna Trnka was the first female in the 10km. Anthony Evans was the first male in the 5km Freestyle, just ahead of the first female Ash Kildea. In the 2.5km Freestyle Acacia Keeble was the first across the line, with Ben Neale the first male.
In the Interclub Relays it was a bit of a Birkebeiner whitewash in most classes, with Wangaratta and HGA picking up an age group title here and there.
The overall results are linked below, the age class results are also available on the HGA website.
Additional reports on the race conditions are contained in this Victorian Ski Chase update.
On Saturday 12th July the second of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events, the Snow, Trek & Travel High Plains Tour, took place. Many thanks to the Howmans Gap Allstars for another great and challenging event.
Under a mix of sun, cloud and falling snow, the trail was glazed and fast in places and remained soft elsewhere. The course had a great mix of terrain, including a climb up Aitkens that burned the lungs and set the heart pounding, which was fortunately followed by a good rest on the McKay Road descent, and later some challenging high speed corners.
In the women’s competition Anna Trnka is holding on to First place, but she needs to watch out for Ronice Goebel who jumped from 5th to 2nd, pushing Emma Pollard down to 3rd. Emma Prest and Jackie Kildea have climbed up to take the final two top five places. In the Men’s competition there has been no change in the top two places with Kevin Tory and Nick Montgomery still in 1st and 2nd. Ben Derrick jumped two places into 3rd pushing Phillip Bellingham down to 4th. The biggest mover by far was Hugh Pollard who jumped from 11th to 5th place. There are still fewer than 12 people aged 25 and under in each of the male and female competitions, which means all who have competed in one or both events are still in the running for the cash prizes.
The next event is the Bullfight Charge at Lake Mountain on Sunday 27 July. Race start 11am, 8/3.5 km (Freestyle technique). If you are pondering which distance to ski, remember the longer distances earn more points.
Any questions? Try the information at http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html or send an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. To register follow this link http://tinyurl.com/victorianskichase
There’s been plenty of racing action happening at Perisher so far this month. The latest events were the ACT Championships on Saturday July 12 and the NSW Championships on Sunday July 13. In the open women’s class Barbara Jezersek from Slovenia cleaned up the races in both competions, while in the open men Callum Watson won on Saturday and Cameron Morton won on Sunday.
Full results of all competitions are linked in PDF format below:
To find the results as soon as they are posted head to the Perisher XC Results Page.
The 2014 Birkebeiner Classic was held at Falls Creek last Saturday July 5. The winner of the 10km Classic was Phillip Bellingham, ahead of BNSC team-mate Paul Kovacs with Anna Trnka the first woman. The winner of the 5km Classic was Esther Bottomley, with the first male High Pollard. There was a pretty good turnout, 74 finishers, with some athletes racing on covered klister and some on micro-based skis. Overall results and class results are linked below.