EVENTS & DOCUMENTS
RACE PROGRAMME 2019
|11 – 22 Jan 20||Ex SPARTAN HIKE||Monetiers FRA|
|11 – 22 Jan 20||Ex PIPEDOWN||Les Contamines FRA|
|22 Jan – 7 Feb 20||Army and Inter Services Championships – EX RUCKSACK Programme||Ruhpolding GER|
- Exercise SPARTAN HIKE. Ex SPARTAN HIKE is a divisional level ski meeting (Nordic and Alpine) The aim of the exercise is to introduce personnel to Nordic and Alpine ski racing in a safe and controlled environment and qualify teams for the Army Championships.
- Exercise PIPEDOWN. The aim of the Ex is to provide participants with a technically demanding and challenging race programme to enhance the moral component and provide opportunities to compete for places at the Army Championships. Application and administrative detail is published annually by DIN.
- Exercise RUCKSACK. Exercise RUCKSACK, the British National, Inter-Service, Inter-Corps and Army Nordic Ski Championships, also open to international, civilian and guest teams. The aim of the exercise is to provide participants with an arduous and challenging racing programme, using world class, state of the art facilities, and physically demanding technical courses, in order to enhance the moral component of the participants, who will have qualified through divisional championships. Administrative detail is published annually on the internet accessible or www.britishbiathlon.com.
- Technical regulations for skis, bindings, boots, poles, clothing and rifles are contained in the relevant FIS and IBU publications: www.fis-ski.com and www.biathlonworld.com.
- Target rifle shooting courses are available through the Army Rifle Association. Further details can be found at the Army Rifle Association, Hythe Lodge, National Shooting Centre, BISLEY, Surrey GU24 0NY, Tel: Bisley Mil (94211) Ext 8084, Civ (01483) 798084/798924.
CORPS EXERCISES AND POINTS OF CONTACT
|RE||Ex NEPTUNES ICE
November-December – Idre Fjall, Sweden
|39 Engr Regt, Kinloss
|RE||Ex NEPTUNES PEAK
January – Les Saisies, France
|39 Engr Regt, Kinloss
(Inf, RAC and
Sigs as guests)
|Ex NORDIC BLUEBELL
November-December – Sjusjoen, Norway
|Maj Keith Snell
|AMS||Ex DRAGON MEDIC||Capt Danny Austin
942222630 / 01252 347630
Lt Col M A Toney
|AMS||Ex PROTON SERPENT||Capt Andrew Dench
mil: 94422 4635
civ: 01543 43 4635
mob: 07795 335 774
|PT||Ex NORDIC APOSTLE
December – Sjusjoen, Norway
|Ex COOLSHOT 2014||Maj Meehan
|Ex NORDIC WHITE FIST
January – Hochfilzen, Austria
|Major Johnathan Green
|RA||Ex NORDIC GUNNER||WO2 Lythe
|RLC||Ex SKI RLC
February – Ruhpolding, Germany
|Capt Andy Martin, 1LSR
|RLC||Ex KNEES STRETCH
|Capt Andy Martin, 1LSR
|INF||Ex FROSTED BLADE
November-December – France
|Capt Stephen Sharpe, 4 RIFLES
|2Lt Penny Foster, AGC(SPS)
June-July – Wertach (DE) TBC
- AMS.The AMS Nordic and Alpine Ski Championships is Ex ASPEN SERPENT and the Nordic Ski Training Camp is Ex DRAGON MEDIC.
- RE. The RE Nordic training camp and championships is Ex NEPTUNE’S ICE which provides an introduction to biathlon ski racing and a competitive environment for novice and experienced ski teams in preparation for the Divisional and Army Championships.
- RLC. The RLC Nordic championships are part of the Ex SKI RLC. The aim is to promote Nordic skiing within the RLC.
- REME. The REME conduct Ex Ex NORDIC BLUEBELL; a Nordic Development & Race Camp in preparation for the Divisional and Army Championships.
- Exercise NORDIC WHITE FIST. The Nordic championships for the Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Artillery and Army Air Corps. Ex NORDIC WHITE FIST provides an introduction to biathlon ski racing and provide a competitive environment for novice and experienced ski teams in preparation for the Divisional and Army Championships. Visit the Ex NWF page.
British Biathlon Union (BBU)
The BBU is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic winter sport of Biathlon in Great Britain. The BBU selects the GBR teams at all levels – the great majority of whom are historically Service personnel. The BBU website carries results and information throughout the year.
International Biathlon Union (IBU)
The IBU is the International Governing Body (IGB) for Biathlon. Related sport forms are roller skiing and shooting (= Summer Biathlon), cross-country running and shooting (= Cross Biathlon), mountain biking and shooting (= Mountain Bike Biathlon). The IBU website has links and detailed information on all aspects of Biathlon, including the full Competition Rules.
British Ski and Snowboarding (BSS)
BSS (formerly Snowsport GB) is the NGB responsible for the management of FIS disciplines, including XC, in Great Britain. You can visit the BSS website here.
International Ski Federation (FIS)
FIS is the IGB for many skiing disciplines including XC. The FIS website has links and detailed information on all aspects of XC, including the full Competition Rules.
WHAT IS NORDIC SKIING
Nordic Skiing in the British Army encompasses the separate international winter sports disciplines of cross country skiing (XC skiing) and biathlon (XC skiing and rifle shooting) as well as the Military Patrol Race.
Classified by 2010DIN01-209 (Status of Sports in the Services) as Individual Military Training, the competitive phases are conducted in accordance with National governing body regulations; entirely separate from ski-touring; it is not Adventurous Training (AT).Acting under the authority of the Army Winter Sports Association (AWSA) and Director Training (Army), the British Army Nordic Skiing Committee (BANSC) provides the Land Forces oversight of Army Nordic skiing and policy. Each official and Nordic team attending the Regional and Army Championships is to hold an electronic or hard copy of the Full Nordic Rulebook. Army Nordic Skiing exercises and competitions are open to all Reg and Reserve personnel.
We currently only list athletes awarded Army Biathlon or Cross Country Colours from 1998 – 2017, but have also added the International honours for these listed athletes who first represented GBR before 1998. We believe that this list is 100% accurate from 1998 onwards with regard to the Inter Service representation. The International records for Biathlon are also believed to be 100% accurate ref Olympic Winter Games / World Cup / World Champs. For International, the year e.g. 2011 implies season 2010 – 2011. To view the latest list of Army Colours click here.
International Cross Country records are almost non existent in the UK and we need to research them further. Biathlon European Cup & Junior records are currently not held on IBU database prior to 2001, and we do not expect to verify them, or to add all the pre 1998 Colours to this list in the near future! Please Email any amendments or additions to Mark Goodson: email@example.com
Roller skiing is a very effective snow simulation tool (and even a sport by itself) but you want to keep a few things in mind. First, if you simply can’t get comfortable on pavement or around traffic you might be better off doing foot ski simulation instead. A terrified roller skier isn’t going to be able to get their heart rate up (maybe via fright but not via training and is far more likely to take a dangerous fall. Conversely, if you are rolling in particularly tough terrain or high altitude you need to make sure your heart rate does not climb too high. It is very easy to get swept up by the speed of roller skiing and forget to monitor your training zones. If you are operating at too high a heart rate with too little experience on roller skis you are more likely to make mistakes, which result in a fall or simply over train yourself.
Finally, the biggest benefit roller skiing provides over bounding or running is in the development of technique and endurance strength. To yield the maximum benefit, roller ski workouts must contain a great deal of focused time isolating specific technical areas and muscle groups. Many skiers (of all ages) go out all summer and fall on roller skis and can’t figure out why they don’t make a huge jump in improvement the next winter. The answer usually lies in too much time rolling with “lazy ” technique; always skiing in terrain that is too steep or too flat; and/or generally just “going out” instead of going out with a specific goal in mind.