Press Release from the Kangaroo Hoppet, Saturday August 25
The Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia’s international ski marathon, was held today at Falls Creek in north-east Victoria. Heavy snow falls and wind during the lead up to the race caused the main race to be shortened from 42km to 30km. It was a Russian trifecta in the men’s Hoppet, world number five Alexander Legkov winning ahead of team-mates Ilia Chernousov and Ivan Alypov. In the women’s Hoppet Maria Graefnings from Sweden won ahead of Marina Chernousova from Russia and two-time local winner Esther Bottomley from Mount Beauty. The Kangaro Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series, which features 16 races in 16 countries and has annual participation of 125,000 skiers. Over 1,100 competitors from 27 nations entered in the three Kangaroo Hoppet race distances of 30km, 15km, and 7km. Continue reading
The Kcros Tour (c) was held at Perisher Valley on August 4th around an interesting 11km course that involved reversing the 5km and the 10km courses with a few groomed links added in to bring it all together. The men’s winner was Jackson Bursill with Sarah Slattery winning the womens. A 5km Junior race was held and 14 year old Matt Bull was the winner. Everyone seemed to enjoy the course in what were windy and difficult conditions. Afterward there was an award ceremony with refreshments at the Snowy Gums Lodge at Smiggins which really completed the day. Thanks to the Kcros Committee and our local sponsors for their support in running this event.
The 2012 Australian Championships continued on Sunday August 18 at Falls Creek with the Freestyle Distance events. For the second day in a row Russian men filled the podium, Alexander Legkov winning ahead of brothers Ilia and Alexey Chernousov. The first Australian was Alex Almoukov in 4th place overall. Maria Graefnings from Sweden blitzed the women’s 10km Freestyle ahead of Marina Chernousova from Russia, Esther Bottomley was third and first Australian.
In the junior classes Damon Morton was the first U20 man and Lucy Glanville the first U20 woman. Full class results are available in PDF format below:
The Australian Championships in Classic Sprint were held on Saturday August 18 at Falls Creek. In brief the Russian men lead by Alexander Legkov topped the men’s podium, while Esther Bottomley won the women’s final head of Maria Graefnings from Sweden and Anna Trnka the first U20 junior. Alasdair Tutt was the first U20 junior man, Matt Bull the first U16 junior man, and Sarah Hodge was the first U16 junior woman.
UPDATE – Callum Watson was the first Australian man in the open sprint, winning the B-final ahead of Mark van der Ploeg.
Time Trial results in PDF format below, final results hopefully posted before too long.