Early Season Racing

Race season started two weekends ago with Classic Sprints at Sovereign Lake, followed by a 15km Skate the next day. The first races of the season are always fun because you get to see how the whole training season is about to pay off. Winning a sprint race to start the season was exciting for me, since distance races are usually where I perform best. With the 1st place in the Junior Men’s sprint, and 3rd in the Junior Men’s 15km, I couldn’t think of a better way to start a new year of racing!

This past weekend the NorAm race series moved to Rossland for what would be my first mini-tour style race. This consisted of 3 days of racing, starting with a Skate 15km, followed by a skate sprint, and finishing with a 15km classic pursuit. Rossland/Black Jack Ski Club has some of the hardest race courses I have ever skied, making every race a challenge. I was happy with all my races this weekend, and Sunday’s pursuit race marked my first Open Men’s podium as I had the 5th fastest time on the day.

Holiday skiing at Telemark is always my favourite time of year and a good way to keep training. A couple more weeks before departing for Utah to compete for a spot on Canada’s World Junior team, it’s time to eat lots of Christmas baking and ski at home!

 

Happy and tired moment after winning the Junior Men’s A-Final at the NorAm/Supertour at Sovereign Lake. (Pic: XTS)

 

Lunging to the line in the sprint qualifier at Sovereign Lake. (Pic: XTS)

 

Sovereign Lake NorAm Junior sprint podium.

 

Quarter-final on sprint day at the Rossland NorAm.

 

My first Senior Men’s podium from Sunday’s 15km pursuit race, 5th fastest time on the day.

 

Junior Men’s podium from Friday’s 15km skate.

 

Windy ski at Telemark this morning, nice to be skiing at home!

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  1. Great results so far, Gareth. Good luck in Utah. We will be watching and rooting for you.

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