November 19, 2018

Ski Swap Success

We earned nearly $2000 in revenue at last week’s Ski Swap–almost 2x what we earned last year! A big thank you to Coach Valentina for coordinating the swap in partnership with Big White Racers. Many of our parents and coaches had a helping hand in the event. Thank you to Glynis, Jill, Candace, Sandy, Colleen, Michele, Ross, Deepa, Kyle, and Adam.

Hallowiener Week for T2T/L2T







Hi everyone the plan for this week is as follows:

Tuesday Oct. 30

Ecoscape Rail Trail Roller Ski

Start time 18:00

Meet at Ecoscape Office (Neave Court) to ski north along rail trail then along John Hindle Trail. Please be to Ecoscape office and ready to depart skiing at 18:00. Headlights and rear-facing light mandatory! High vis vests/clothing mandatory.

Thursday Nov. 1

Rose Valley Hill Bounding

Start time 18:00

Bring bounding poles and proper clothing. Headlamps required.

Saturday Nov. 3

June Springs Time Trial (T2T)

Start time 11:00

Meet at South East Kelowna Elementary. The time trial will start at noon due to anticipated colder road conditions. Practice to start at 11:00 to review and initiate a pre-race warm-up.



This week in the T2T World!

Happy Monday everyone! Quick update for this week as reflected yesterday in the calendar:

Tuesday October 23rd – Critical Strength and Speed Test.  Start time – 5:00pm at Apple Bowl Track. Come ready to run (fast!) and rock out some killer pushups, pullups, box jumps, etc.

Thursday October 25th – Roller ski (SK). Start time – 6:00pm from tennis court parking lot next to the Apple Bowl track (access off Spall). Head lights, tails lights, and high-viz vests a must or no skiing.

Saturday October 27th – Team Day and AGM! Start time – 9:00am . Meet at Telemark Chalet for trail run (bring pole bounding poles). Afterward there will be some more trail maintenance and grooming with help from other club/team members.

Rest up!


Reminder about Consignment Drop-off for Ski Swap!

Consignment Drop Off – Friday, 10 am – 8 pm

We will have a table set up for the Telemark club members to bring their equipment to. If people have a list of the gear they want to consign they can send it to me  so I can start imputing ahead of time.

Val will need description of the items, size, brand and price.

Day Sale: Saturday, 8 am – 3 pm
Payout and unsold Items pick-up: 6pm – 8 pm on Saturday
Admission to Saturday’s Sale: $2/person
Location: New Life Church (2041 Harvey Ave – behind MEC)


Sunday Day Camp Oct 21 2018

Hello Ski Fans,

This Sunday is another fun day camp up at Telemark. Parent helpers are encouraged and welcome for all or any part of the day you can help out with. We have jobs for all abilities and all parts of the day! We will have:

  • Roller Skiing for all ages L2T to T2C
  • Mentorship from older skiers to younger ones
  • A Skate Roller Ski Coach Work Shop 8 am. All Coaches and Parents are welcome to participate. There is homework; read the entire post.
  • A Trail Clearing Party Noon; Maximum 1 Hour this time! Thank You for the significant amount of work done last weekend!
  • Coach Meeting

The To Bring List:

  • all equipment for Skate Roller Skiing… Classic for L2C and T2C
  • Change of Clothes and Shoes or Boots
  • Work Gloves and Pruning Sheers
  • Lots of Food and Water

T2T and L2T Timeline

9 am Skate Skiing from Helen Gorman Elementary School 3230 Salmon Rd

Ski with L2C Mentors to Carre Road.

Technique focused session with lots of coaches.


1 hour of Trail Work

Timeline Looks Like this for L2C and T2C

8am depart for Skate Ski from Gellatly Nut Farm. Construction Ski Route up the east end of Gellatly into Westbank, Right on Brendalee Rd, Left onto “Butt Road”, Left on Paynter Road, Right on Lower Glenrosa Rd, Right on Weber Rd, Righ on Scotstone Rd, Left on Dunbarton Rd, left on Weber Rd, Right on Gorman Rd which joins McTaggart Rd, Left on McGinnis Rd, Left on Blue Jay Dr, Left on Canary Dr and Meet T2T at Helen Gorman Elementary School.

L2C, T2C and T2T to ski together from Helen Gorman School to Carre Road.

Ski to Summit and Transition to Running

Run Crystal Rim Trail


1 hour of Trail Work

Skate Roller Ski Coach Work Shop Timeline 

Meet at 8am at Helen Gorman School and Discuss the key point from the 5 Videos and the Table. Discuss Coaching Effectiveness. Do some Coach roller skiing with corrections (if up for it). Work with T2T skiers on Technique at Carre Road and Possibly the Dip before the Telemark turn off.

Lunch Time Coach Planning Meeting ~ 11:30 am

Coach Work Shop Homework

Link to Playlist for Coaches to watch before Saturday Click Here!

Deterministic Model for Double Poling to revisit. Click to Enlarge.


Jakroo Store Open to Purchase Uniforms


The Jakroo store is open to purchase uniforms.  It would be best to order within the next 14 days as the costs is likely going to go up outside the first purchase window.

Please see the web-site page with all the details:

Please note that the HEIMDALL one-piece race suit is for the Post-Secondary team only.


Important Roller Ski Safety Policy Reminder!

Hello Ski Fans,

As I hope all of you are aware we have a Roller Ski Safety Policy. It lives under the website’s “Resources” Tab.

The policy is also below. We will be strictly enforcing this. Show up without the correct safety equipment and you will be sent home.

Be Safe!

Adam Elliot

Telemark Race Team Roller Ski Safety Policy – Updated Sept 2018

Basic precepts:

  • Roller skiing on open roads has an inherent level of risk.
  • This policy accepts the Cross Country BC roller ski safety policy and the civic rules of the road as the assumed minimum, and is designed to maximize safety while ensuring an effective and positive training experience.
  • CCBC Policy: HERE other great Roller Ski Information on CCBC Website
  • The relevant sections of the civic rules of the road as they apply to cyclists: BC Laws
  • Two key terms that will be used below are official sunset (as determined by Environment Canada for the day of training), and civil twilight, which is 30 minutes after official sunset.

Personal safety equipment:

  • Helmets are to be worn before roller skis are put on, and are not to be removed until after roller skis have been taken off.
  • Gloves and other personal protection equipment such as knee/elbow pads are recommended but not required.


Full daylight:

  • Bright clothing, such as the Telemark Race Team dryland shirts, are required for visibility. Reflective clothing is recommended.

Approaching official sunset:

  • Any training event that occurs on open roads and is not complete before 15 minutes prior to official sunset requires the use of reflective vests (“visi-vests”) as an absolute minimum. Lighting is recommended.
  • Any training that occurs during weather that limits visibility, such as heavy rain or light fog, requires the use of reflective vests (“visi-vests”) as an absolute minimum. Lighting is recommended.
  • Roller ski training will not occur in dense fog.

Approaching civil twilight:

  • Neither the CCBC policy nor civic laws prohibit roller skiing after dark. The CCBC policy only restricts roller skiing when visibility is limited.  According to civil law, bicycles are required to have a forward facing white light and a rear facing red light, as well as reflectors, after civil twilight.  The Telemark Race Team requires the same guidelines if the workout will not be concluded prior to civil twilight.

Athlete considerations:

  • L2T and T2T athletes will be moved off of open roads prior to civil twilight always, with the goal of being off of open roads within 10 minutes of official sunset.
  • Athletes without the appropriate personal safety gear or visibility gear for the current conditions will have to abandon the workout, or find a way to complete the workout on a separated bike path or other lit off-road area.

Coaching considerations T2T and L2T:

  • The L2C and older athletes are considered to be mature and independent, and, on a regular basis, are responsible for their own training. The following policies apply to coaching L2T and T2T athletes.
  • There will be at least one trained coach for each scheduled workout.
  • There will be enough coaches and parent volunteers to ensure as close as possible to a one to eight adult to athlete ratio, with a minimum of two adults. One of these will be assigned as the sweep and will stay behind the last athlete.  There must always be an adult behind or with the last athlete.

Terrain considerations:

Ideally there would be low traffic roads with high width shoulders, hard climbs, and gradual downhill sections with fun, safe, corners and an even pavement surface.  In reality however, we have to work with the roads that are available.  Routes are chosen that fit as many of the above characteristics as are feasible.  When a route involves a challenging or intimidating descent, athletes are given the choice to either walk the section, or often we have a vehicle waiting at the top of the hill to shuttle athletes down.  Routes are also chosen to avoid downhill sections terminating at a stop sign or major intersection.

In Summary:

Athletes should attend evening practices prepared to rollerski in all conditions i.e. high vis shirt, reflective vest, front head light, rear facing red light, with gloves and other protective gear deemed necessary.  The above mentioned safety concerns will be strictly enforced.

Regional Camp Deadline Fast Approaching!

Hello Ski Fans,

Please Register for our Regional Snow Camp ASAP.

The Deadline is October 15th and the way the accommodations work this year late people will not be welcome.

Camp Notice Click Here!

Registration Link Click Here!

Thank You,

Adam Elliot