Falls Creek Australian Championship Results

Apologies for the delay, all the results from the Australian Championship and FIS Continental Cup races at Falls Creek last weekend August 20-21 are available via the my.race.result website:


Official FIS results are available via this link:

Please note a small anomaly between the FIS points on the my.race.result site and the FIS site, due to two skiers finishing in the top 5 who were registered late for the current FIS point list. For Australian selection purposes, the results on the my.race.result site will be valid.


AUSXC Junior Development Tour

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The Ski & Snowboard Australian XC Committee (SSAXC) is seeking expressions of interest from athletes to take part in an AUSXC Junior Development Tour to Canada this summer. The intention is to provide an opportunity for athletes aged approximately 15-17 (born 1999-2001) to gain international training experience in preparation for a step up to World Junior Championship level in the next 1-3 years.

The lead coach for the tour would be former Australian Team athlete and Level 1 coach Chris Darlington, who represented Australia at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011. Potential locations in Canada include Silver Star and Canmore in Canada, where there are good opportunities to work in with the local athletes and coaches. More details are outlined in this linked PDF:

The tour would be open to younger members of the Australian Junior Team and other up-and-coming state team athletes. Interested athletes and/or parents should send a short email to either Finn Marsland (finn.marsland@gmail.com) or Robert Jones (ski.rvjones@gmail.com).

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update

On the weekend two Ski Chase events were held, Ski de Femme on Saturday, and the Rocky Valley Rush/Sun Valley Ramble on Sunday.  While Saturday was a bit grey and wind-blown snow covered some trails, Sunday was close to perfect with fantastic grooming, under beautiful blue skies. Many thanks to Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club for putting on these great events.

The interim results Ski Chase Interim Results 18Aug2016_MenSki Chase Interim Results 18Aug2016_Women, include only those people who had registered by Sunday 14th of August.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.

In the women’s competition Amy Beanland and Jackie Kildea have swapped places with Amy now in first and Jackie in second place.  Brianna Oldis has jumped into third place, pushing Kat Paul and Ann Bellingham down to fourth and fifth.  With only four points separating third and fifth places, the bronze is still very much up for grabs.  In the men’s competition, Ben Derrick has continued his steady climb and is now in first place, pushing Kevin Tory and Ian Franzke down to second and third place respectively.  Rod Clutterbuck is holding steady in fourth, and Len Budge has climbed up into the top five.

There is now only one event to go: the Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey, Saturday 27 August.  Best of luck to everyone taking part.

Regarding points calculations we’d like to remind participants of the following:

  • Participants receive points for their best two Falls Creek events (and all other events of course).
  • Points are awarded in preference to the “main” event when multiple sub-races are included in the one overall event. (An exception is given to the Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey, which are all treated as individual events.)  How does this work?  Consider the RVR/SVR held on Sunday.  A single place ranking is determined for all participants based on the following race ranking order: RVR classic, SVR classic, RVR freestyle.  RVR classic participants are ranked in their finishing order, SVR classic finishes are ranked immediately below this in their finishing order and so on.

Prize reminder:

Vo7Plus Skikes from Skike Australia (skike.com.au) – Random draw

Two $100 vouchers from Rochford Wines in Healesville (Rochfordwines.com.au) – Random draw

Two $100 vouchers from Rochford Wines – First place male and female

Cash prizes for U23s, donated by Melbourne Nordic Ski Club, and anonymous donors.

Any questions? Try the information at http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html or send an enquiry to victorianskichase@gmail.com.

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update

On Saturday event 6 of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase the Hotham to Dinner Plain (also known as the Pub to Pub) was held in perfect weather and very fast snow.  Quite a contrast to the torrential rain of last year.  Many thanks to Mick Sinclair and his team of helpers for once again putting on this great event.

Mick’s team of shovelers did an excellent job filling in the holes Mick warned us about earlier in the week.  In fact many skiers were not even aware of where these holes might have been.

The interim results, which include only those people who had registered by Sunday 7th of August can be found here:Ski Chase Interim Results 10Aug2016_womenSki Chase Interim Results 10Aug2016men.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.  In the women’s competition Jackie Kildea and Amy Beanland have taken over the top two places after good results at the Pub to Pub, pushing the previous top three, Kat Paul, Ann Bellingham and Lily Boland, into third, fourth and fifth place respectively. In the men’s competition Kevin Tory[1] is now being challenged by Ian Franzke for first place, and we see Ben Derrick rising into third place. Rod Clutterbuck continues his upward climb into fourth place, and Greg Beanland has jumped to fifth.

This weekend there are only two ski chase events to be held, both at Falls Creek (Ski de Femme—Saturday, 10 AM, and Rocky Valley Rush/ Sun Valley Ramble—Sunday 10:30 AM).  Unfortunately, the Tullicoutty/St. Phillack Cup events at Mt. Baw Baw had to be cancelled due to insufficient snow (although an unofficial event of some sort will be held for those on the mountain).

After this weekend the final event of the series will only be two weeks away, and that’s the Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey.  So to maximise your points and increase your chances of winning the prizes, make sure you turn up to as many events as you can.

Thanks to our sponsors, Skike Australia, Rochford Winery, and our donors for the U23 cash prizes, Melbourne Nordic Ski Club and anonymous donors.

Any questions? Try the information at http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html or send an enquiry to victorianskichase@gmail.com.

[1] Not eligible for prizes.

Rocky Valley Rush is Classic

The Rocky Valley Rush and Sun Valley Ramble will be held this Sunday August 14 at Falls Creek. Race organisers BNSC would like to bring to the attention of participants that the races will be held in Classic technique, as indicated on the online entry page, as there was an error on an earlier version of the AUSXC race calendar.

Entries can be made online, or also on the day between 8:30 and 9:00am (with a $10 late fee). The Falls Creek groomers have worked hard over the past week to get the Sun Valley loop open again and the current plan is to run the course on a reverse Joey Hoppet loop.

Ski de Femme will also be hosted by BNSC at Falls Creek on Saturday August 13, registration for the free skating and classic technique clinics for women is available via Eventbrite.

Australian Championship Results – Perisher

The first events of the 2016 Australian Open Championship for cross country skiing took place at Perisher on the weekend of August 6-7. On the women’s side Lilly Boland from Ulladulla claimed her first Open Australian title in the 5km Freestyle, while Kat Paul from Taggerty  added a second Classic Sprint title to her win in 2015. In the men’s Classic Sprint Mark Pollock from Canberra double poled his way to his first national victory, but it was the 10km Freestyle that raised the most eyebrows with 2010 Winter Olympian Ben Sim winning his first Australian Championship since 2011.

Full Results in PDF:

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Pub to Pub Wrap-Up

Now that was more like it!
114 skiers fronted up at 11 am Saturday in sunny cool conditions and looking forward to a fast track – and it definitely delivered!  After what must have been a really tight battle Cameron Morton – returning to the event for the first time in 9 years – managed to hold out regular winner Ben Derrick by 10 seconds with the 3rd fastest time on record of 27:47, while his son Damen made it a family affair coming in 3rd.  And continuing the family tradition, Darcie Morton had a great race to win the womens event (and coming 8th overall!) in 31:28 with Jillian Colebourn coming 2nd in her first try at the event with regular participant Irene Dunn in 3rd.  And of course there were plenty of mini races with a lot of tight finishes.  Most importantly lots of happy faces at the end!
Even a small laid back event like ours only runs with the help of a lot of people.  As always The General opened their doors to us to take registrations and provide the pre-race caffeine fix, while the Dinner Plain Hotel provided us with a great space for presentations.  A big thank you to Mt Hotham resort – as always the grooming crew of Greg, Noel and Neil deserve particular thanks for being able to present such a terrific trail given the way the season has panned out, and many thanks to all those who helped out on the trail patching efforts both this week and at other times during the season.  They also provide us with the essential support at the road crossing. Many thanks also to the Pub to Pub crew who only do one event a year but keep coming back year after year and always get the job done, and done very well. And a big thanks to sweep patroller Simon Head – another ingredient we couldn’t operate without.

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