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Skiing: Ridderweek Audio Podcasts

Skiing Ridderweek Audio Podcasts by Ying Chan

Every winter at the end of March a very special multi disability multi snow sports event takes place in a small mountain village in Norway 220 km north-west of Oslo

My name is Ying Chan and I am a blind cross country skier who is one of 400 participants from 12 different countries coming to Beitostolen to take part in the Ridder week.

It’s a fun week of cross country ski races culminating in the big 20 k ski race known as the Ridderren or Knight’s race.
This podcast will plunge you into the mad atmosphere and excitement created by the sounds, music and voices of the incredible Ridder week!

The Ridderren – Mad, Crazy, Exciting Disabled Cross Country Ski Racing in Norway

 

I’ve also added a recording of the army band playing at the celebration dinner on Saturday night if you would like to listen to it:

Army band playing at the celebration dinner

Please visit  www.ridderrennet.no/Hjem#main-section
for information on the Ridder week

 

 

 

Skiing: Ridderweek Audio Podcasts

Audio Podcasts

Every winter at the end of March a very special multi disability multi snow sports event takes place
in a small mountain village in Norway 220 km north west of Oslo

My name is Ying Chan and I am a blind cross country skier who is one of 400 participants from 12 different countries coming to Beitostolen to take part in the Ridder week.

It’s a fun week of cross country ski races culminating in the big 20 k ski race known as the Ridderren or Knight’s race.
This podcast will plunge you in to the mad atmosphere and excitement created by the sounds, music and voices of the incredible Ridder week!

The Ridderren – Mad, Crazy, Exciting Disabled Cross Country Ski Racing in Norway

 

I’ve also added a recording of the army band playing at the celebration dinner on Saturday night if you would like to listen to it:

Army band playing at the celebration dinner

Please visit  www.ridderrennet.no/Hjem#main-section
for information on the Ridder week

 

 

 

Ridderrennet 2017 – a lack of snow but no lack of fun!

Cross Country Skiing in Norway - Ridderrennet 2017

Ridderrennet 2017  – Article by Chris Lewis

Ridderrennet, for the non-initiated, is a week of disabled cross-country skiing put on by the Norwegians, featuring the King’s guards from the army, students from the Sports Science degree course and a wealth of volunteers from across Norway.

Cross country skiing is ideal for us vision impaired as the two tracks that skis fit into help guide us up and down the variable Beitostelen terrain. Well, that’s the theory.

The 28 strong British delegation arrived in Beitostelen on Sunday 26th March to find  “the worst snow conditions I have ever seen in my 43 years of attending the event” said Mike Brace. People who can see commented on how much of the mountain’s rock and ground they could see where former years have just shown snow piled up. The organisers shifted the activities from the sports and health centre to the World Cup centre and the fun began.

Chris lewis and Mike Brace
Chris lewis and Mike Brace

Everyone attending gets a guide allocated to them and they disappear during the week into the different parts of the resort to practice their skiing and shooting (with a sonic rifle, no bullets involved). The resort is so compact that everyone returns to the hotel to have lunch and swap stories about their triumphs and challenges. I have, personally, never experienced such a high level of helpfulness in a hotel. The main challenge for the VI attendees is avoiding the many wheelchair skiers hanging around the lobby!

Once the practice is done there is the matter of a couple of races. The biathlon took place on the Wednesday with a series of 2k circuits followed by the shooting. I  bottled out of this as the conditions were ‘a bit challenging’ but those who took part had a lot of fun. The 8k race on Thursday and the actual Ridderrennet race on Saturday see the military band come out, lots of loud music and tension mounting as people compete against time and each other.

The atmosphere on Saturday was excellent with a couple of Norwegian Ministers also joining in the battle to get up hill as quickly as possible, gulping in deep breaths of fresh air at the top before plunging downhill again. I can honestly say  I have never done anything quite so physically challenging.

The race was made more fun by my fellow Devils cricketer, Alan Turnball, being alongside me at one point and some very choice language being used when I fell across his path. He wasn’t to know that he had just sworn at a Minister of the Norwegian Crown as well!

Chris Lewis and a Minister of the Norwegian Crown at Ridderweek in Norway 2017
Chris Lewis and a Minister of the Norwegian Crown at Ridderrennet in Norway 2017

The British delegation featured some real veterans like Mike Brace (43rd year of attending) as well as some newcomers who took to the sport like ducks to water (bad analogy). It is a fantastic week of challenging yourself against nature and also presents an opportunity to mix with fellow VIPs as well as those from other countries.

My favourite memory, though, is waiting for a car at the top of the mountain and seeing an army Volvo estate go past me with a wheelchair fixed to the ski racks at the top. I got pretty accustomed to people in wheelchairs shooting past me on the course.

Congratulations to the Norwegians for putting on such a fantastic inclusive sporting event and to all who participated in the British delegation. If you’ve never given it a chance, keep an eye out for next year’s event.

It’s a sport that demands a great deal physically but gives pleasure back in spades both from a sporting and social perspective.

article by Chris Lewis

Ridderweek

  • Ridderweek is held in March or April in Beitostolen Norway.
  • You have the opportunity to participate in a 5km race for women or a 10km race for men; a biathlon (a 6km ski coupled with sonic rifle shooting); and the 20km Ridderrennet race.
  • You can read Metro member’s accounts of the previous Ridderweeks by accessing the ‘articles’ link on this page.
  • Contact Mike: mike@mikebrace.co.uk  for enquiries about next years skiing trip

 Interested in VI skiing  then check out  the Metro blind Sport’s Skiing page

 

Ridderweek – 3rd to 10th April in Beitostolen Norway!

Ridderweek 3rd to 10th April
Venue:
Ridderweek ,Beitostolen Norway
Time:
TBC - TBC
Phone:
07973 124012
Date:
03rd April 2016
Cost:
TBC


Ridderweek is held in April in Beitostolen Norway.

The dates are 3rd to 10th April 2016

•You have the opportunity to participate in a 5 KM race for women or a 10 KM race for men; a biathlon (a 6 KM ski coupled with sonic rifle shooting); and the 20 KM Ridderrennet race.

For more information about skiing for blind and partially sighted people and Metro’s involvement, Contact: Mike Brace at: mike@mikebrace.co.uk

Metro Annual Ski trip 2015 – Beitostolen in Norway

Metro Annual skiing trip

Metro Annual Ski trip

On the 8th of March 2015 a group of 23 (including 5 sighted partners) left the UK on six different flights for Beitostolen in Norway to take part in the 52nd Ridder Week.

I arrived at 5.30 am at Heathrow terminal 5 (which is massive) and came across Mike and Mo Brace wandering around in the duty free. Eleven of us were newbies to cross county skiing. So what were our first impressions? It was a three hour journey by coach to the hotel. Not being one for sight seeing tours for obvious reasons, even I couldn’t fail to be impressed by the scenery en route.

After checking in and eating far too much of the excellent food in the restaurant it was off to the sports hall to meet our individual guide for the week.Monday morning came and it was time to tackle the snow for the first time. It felt very strange wearing skis and I cautiously began taking a few pigeon steps hanging on to the ski poles for dear life. My guide Oliver then informed me there was a hill – too late I was already at the bottom of it in a heap.

Part of the challenge was learning to communicate effectively with the guides who had quite a task on their hands not only were they having to adjust to the level of sight their participant did or didn’t have but they had to convey these instructions and directions in English. As the week progressed I gradually improved my technique to just about a passable level and managed to complete the 10k event in a time acceptable to me.

For someone who was very dubious about going on a cold holiday, I thoroughly enjoyed being outside in the clean mountain air away from the noise and stress of London (well Surrey actually).

Away from the cross country skiing there were other snow based activities available including snowboarding and snowshoeing. Also a few members of our party were lucky enough to get a ride behind the huskies on the dog sled which was part of a multi-sports day that had been arranged.

Evenings usually consisted of indulging in the evening meal and catching up with each other’s triumphs and disasters of the day. There was entertainment laid on in the evenings including a karaoke and a talent night on which we were treated to Harish’s dulcet tones crooning away and strumming his guitar.

For someone for the word holiday usually means packing bikinis and sun lotion I think I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this whole experience Physically it was quite challenging and I think you do need a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of it. I am certainly planning to go again and look forward to improving on my techniques and knocking ten minutes off my time for next year.

– article by Joanna Turnbull