Cross-Country season in the Southern Hemisphere got underway

30 June 2014 09:03
Phil Bellingham won the season opener in Lake Mountain
Phil Bellingham won the season opener in Lake Mountain -

In launching Australia’s 2014 Cross-Country ski competition calendar, Lake Mountain’s Sprint X event attracted some of the nation’s best on Saturday, June 28.

The field included Australian sprint champions and Sochi Olympians, Esther Bottomley and Phil Bellingham, members of the national team and Tom Smith, a US development coach working with the Australian squad and a top level skier in his own right.

Phillip took out the Open Mens while Esther topped the Open Womens. 

Race organiser and Director of Operations at Lake Mountain, Andrew Paul, said it was great to see such a high caliber of skiers at the Sprint X despite the challenging weather conditions.

“The event is very competitive, but there is a real fun element with competitors dressing in their favourite onesies ranging from fluffy kangaroos to 80s fluro lycra. There are also spot prizes such as ‘best stack’,” he added.

And whilst the weather was poor, Andrew commended course designer, Alan Eason, and his team for building such a tight, and fantastic race course.