Learn the basics of skating and classic rollerski technique at Redbridge Cycle Circuit in Essex / East London. Or join our Level 2 intermediate group to improve, or transfer advanced skills from snow.
Redbridge Cycle Circuit is one of the absolute best roller ski venues in England, with a flat lower section ideal for beginners and a couple of hills of varying lengths and steepness for more experienced (Level 2) skiers - all with near perfect tarmac. The courses take place with cross-country skiing in mind, so you can ski better on snow, and enjoy the thrills of skiing, touring and racing all the more. For L2 courses the focus is hills (up and down).
We have four courses a year at Redbridge and you can find upcoming course dates and booking details below.
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).
1-day rollerski course: including equipment - £96
Excluding equipment - £78
Track use - £10 Between 10-16.00 (for skiers not doing any courses, club skiers)
The beginners' course takes you through the basics of both skating and classic rollerski technique. We help you to develop good balance on rollerskis, and for beginners we go through the basic 'gears' of classic and skating techniques.
The skating part of the day takes you through the essential elements of the three skating 'gears' - skate 1, skate 2 and skate 3 as well as stopping and turning. On classic you will go through the gears of diagonal stride, kick double pole and double poling. We work hard to develop good balance and body positions, with a number of drills and exercises. After the course, beginners can potentially do a Level 2 course or join our 'Team Dorney + Redbridge' training group or other more local cross-country ski clubs.
Our Level 2 course will focus very much on hills, both uphill and downhill technique, both skating and classic. We normally arrange an optional and informal short race during the day, which some Level 2 skiers might want to take part in. The Level 2 courses are suitable for recreational and racing skiers interested in advancing technically, and often we combine the advanced group with our Team Dorney group (which meets at Dorney Lake & Redbridge)..
For beginners, we assume zero previous knowledge or ski experience, but you should have reasonable fitness and balance. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
The course is from 10.00-16.00 and you can start to get the equipment from 09.50. Sandwiches and snacks are included. We meet by our 'rollerski van' which is between the car park and the main centre building. You can also sign up to just part of the day here.
Before you come -
Please bring gloves with you, and a filled in Safety Questionnaire (if you don't have a printer don't worry, we have spares).