Team Dorney + Redbridge is our programme of coaching and training at Dorney Lake near Windsor and Redbridge Cycle Circuit in Essex / East London. Our aim is to build up your technique, strength and fitness for roller skiing and cross-country skiing related challenges.
The sessions take place between October and April, and you sign up for 8x sessions below. Because the programme has grown, it is in fact possible to sign up for 2x cycles of 'Team Dorney' in one season. To encourage juniors we offer a junior 'Season Pass', where you can come to all the season's sessions at a much reduced cost.
This year we have expanded Redbridge, to encourage and support skiers from Cambridge, and across East Anglia and the eastern Home Counties, being located closer to Redbridge (at the bottom of the M11, convenient for the M25).
We have a great team of instructors for Team Dorney + Redbridge, led by Katya (left)
10.00-12.00 AM session
14.00-16.00 PM session
12.20-13.30 is the mid session, which may be attached to either the AM or PM session, or if it is a time trial or distance session, it is attached to both. See programme below.
Anyone with the basics of technique, keen to train progressively and build up skills over the Autumn to Winter months. Excellent preparation for cross-country ski holidays, races, other snow challenges.
Skating rollerskiing, Classic technique.
October 2018 to April 2019.
Light gloves for the skiing; running shoes. Equipment is provided if required, but it is useful to have your own to practise between sessions.
Mainly Dorney Lake near Windsor and Redbridge Cycle Circuit in Essex. Plus one session at Ascot Racecourse. Redbridge is great for hill work, so it is worth doing at least one session there. See venues.
You can choose to do all or most sessions at either Redbridge or Dorney. However, if you come mainly to Dorney, it is worth trying to make at least one session at Redbridge, as it has an excellent hill to practise uphill and downhill technique.
The cost of the programme is £242. This includes a Team t-shirt, water bottle and pair of Salomon cross-country ski socks.
We meet by the van, between the car park and the the main building, 09.50.
Postcode - IG6 3HP, directions here
Parking - free
Facilities - we have exclusive use of the whole track. Also, a meeting room in the main centre building, toilets, lockers, changing rooms and showers. Snacks as well as tea and coffee may be purchased on site.
Nearest Tube / Train: Fairlop on the Central Line 15 minute walk. You can also cycle from Dagenham Heathway (District Line, cycles allowed on Sundays) or Goodmayes (National Rail / Elizabeth Line).
We meet in the main carpark, on the left before you get to the boathouse.
Postcode - SL4 6QP, directions here
Parking - free if on course (ignore machines)
Toilets in main boathouse building
Snacks available at Dorney Court garden centre at end of driveway
Nearest Train: Windsor / Taplow. If coming from Windsor, cross over to Eton and cycle or get a taxi from there, it is much closer.
We meet in Carpark 3, just off the High Street in Ascot.
Postcode - SL5 7JX, directions here
Parking - free, you can find a detailed plan to Carpark 3 here
Coffe, tea and toilets are available in the coffee shop in High Street
Nearest Train: Ascot.
With the group, we have created a loose 'team' training together towards winter skiing goals, building up the skills, strength and fitness needed for cross-country skiing on snow. The sessions have different 'themes', focusing on different areas of technique, etc. Between sessions we encourage you to practise and train, and team up with others from the group. This will allow you to benefit more from the coaching.
The programme is led by our Russian super-instructor and Head Coach Ekaterina Rachel (Katya), who skied and raced for many years in Russia, and has been involved with coaching the British Nordic Development Squad for nearly a decade. She has taught many people to roller ski and has taken part in ski marathons such as Sweden's famous Vasaloppet.
For variety, and also because we often have 2x groups, other instructors are involved including GB Olympian and Eurosport commentator Posy Mugrave, Fern Cates who recently returned from living and racing in Sweden, former GB cross-country skier and on-snow expert Alan Eason, and other members of our team.
You do not need to be the best roller skier in the world, all that is required is the basics of roller skiing, plus a good attitude and a bit of determination. The group tends to have people of different backgrounds and standards, with a variety of different objectives. We are experienced now at making sure everyone is challenged and nobody is left behind. With a lot of the drills we do, the stronger skiers will go a bit further.
For anyone training for cross-country ski races on snow, we would recommend you take part in the London roller ski race series, see here. We also work closely with the British Nordic Development Squad and would encourage any keen juniors to also join their roller ski programme.
Dorney Lake is a 2000m international rowing venue, surrounded by 15km of beautifully smooth, mainly flat tarmac tracks. It hosted the rowing and flat water canoeing events at the 2012 Olympics. It is situated off J7 of the M4. If you would like to do a beginner course at Dorney before signing up to the training group, you can here. You can find out more about Dorney Lake here.
Redbridge Cycle Circuit is situated on the outskirts of London, near the bottom of the M11. It has 3k of excellent tarmac, with both flat and hilly sections, and is our favourite rollerski venue. We will have access to a meeting room, and the range will be set up outside, in close proximity to the tracks. Beginner courses are here. And there's more about the circuit here.
Ascot Racecourse is famous for its Royal horse races, but it also has a very decent network of tarmac tracks which are ideal for roller skiing. It is situated close to Dorney, and we have scheduled one date at Ascot for the training programme, and a couple of beginner sessions, see here.
Please get in touch if you have any questions, either email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8348 2540.
This is the provisional plan for Team Dorney & Redbridge 2018-19. When you sign up, you specify the 10.00 or 14.00 session, but you can also come to the middle session from 12.20-13.30 as well (whether you sign up for either session, or both). Sometimes the middle session will be skating, and sometimes it will be classic, or it could be a time trial, distance or double poling / agility session where the technique can be either -
Session 1: 10.00-12.00
Session 2: 12.30-13.30
Session 3: 14.00-16.00
Sunday, October 7, 2018
- Skate 1: timing, pole planting (gearing), both sides + change
- gradient change / Uphill work
- using body weight to create momentum up the hill
- Downhill on roller skis: ski safety and agility ("snow plough", step turn, corners)
- uphill strengh (free skate)
- diagonal stride with/without poles
- uphill work