Virtual racers presentation: Hannes Holly from Australia

Virtual World Classic Tour brings the whole rollerski community together all round the world! In the following weeks, we will present you people from all around the world with the same passion: rollerskiing.

Today we take you to Perth, Australia where lives Hannes Holy! 

Hannes has created Rollerski Downunder, “a group of Rollerskiers but also a small business based in Perth, Western Australia. We meet for regular social rides and connect with skiers across Australia but also offer introduction clinics and coaching for all levels. Perth is snow free 365 days of the year so we are in the perfect spot for Rollerskiing however we have a short winter season from mid June till early September with various ski resorts in the South east of Australia.
Cross country skiing has a loyal following base there with the Annual Kangaroo Hoppet (part of Worldloppet) a big international event.”

“Roller skiing in general is still a very small sport with only a couple of hundred skiers Australia wide.”

We asked Hannes, why he decided to sign up for Virtual World Classic Tour: “I always follow the races in the Northern hemisphere and have previously watched the World classic tour on social media so i was very excited to see that we can participate in the event.”

He told us more about the situation in Australia regarding the COVID-19 pandemic: “Australia has been very lucky with COVID19 and early intervention has kept our infection rate very low, especially in Western Australia we have been able to get through the initial lock down and from end of this month can almost do everything within our state. Only our inter and international borders remain closed so no skiing for us this year!”

Supported team? “We decided to support the Ski Marathon Team Austria for two reasons, I was born and raised in Austria so its almost my national duty to support my fellow Austrians 🙂 But the team also has a Australian connection with Phil Bellingham and his partner Iris Pessey having completed at the Visma Classic tour for them.”

We wish to Hannes to have fun on the three stages of  Virtual World Classic Tour and you will be able to see the track used by all the participants all around the world on the result list! 
If you are in Australia and want to rollerski visit Rollerski Downunder website here.