By Rory Luxmoore/Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club
Cross country skiers from western Canada and the U.S. will be congregating in Revelstoke on the weekend of January 25–26 for the second of three weekends of provincial-level races. Up to 400 athletes from ages 6 to 86 will be pulling on their boots and clipping into their skis to test their skills and will against others. A competition of this level requires a lot of support. Fortunately, Revelstoke has a fantastic volunteer base. Almost 100 volunteers will be on hand to ensure the events run smoothly.
While Revelstoke has hosted several cross-country ski events in the past, this one will be different. Recent additions to the Nordic area allows Revelstoke to host higher level competitions. A new parking lot has increased capacity by 50 per cent, adding an additional 50 spots. The stadium has been greatly enlarged providing more efficiency and an opportunity to host races with larger numbers of skiers. Furthermore, several steep and technical sprint trails have been created around the stadium area. These trails will be featured on Saturday during the classic sprints. This will be an exciting day for both athletes and spectators. The location and design of the stadium and trails enables spectators to view the action as it enfolds in front of them.
The action continues on Sunday with a mass start skate race. This type of race has groups of similar aged skiers start together and negotiate their way around trails of varied terrain to the finish. This race will feature our newly created distance race loops that are situated close to the lodge area.
Revelstoke will have about 50 racers don their bright red suits this weekend. The team is coming off a successful weekend of racing at the first BC Cup race weekend at Nickel Plate near Penticton. They came home with numerous top three finishes.
Results from the classic races in their respective age groups:
First place finishers: Isobel Wilson, Alexandra Luxmoore, Elliot Wilson, and Kolibri Drobish.
Second place finishers: Cedar Jacob, Fiona Woodman, Natalia Morrone, Meya Musseau, Maeve Macleod, Jacyln Elliot, Robyn Thomas, and Sarah Newton.
Third place finishers: Hamish Woodman, Emily Macleod, Rebecca Brosch and Rory Luxmoore.
Top three placings in skate races in their respective age groups:
First place finishers: Cedar Jacob, Isobel Wilson, Meya Musseau, Nyssa Thomas, Alexandra Luxmoore, Erik Brosch, and Mike Kozak.
Second place finishers: Elliot Wilson, Jacyln Elliot, Kolibri Drobish, Robyn Thomas, Sarah Newton.
Third place finishers: Irah Cameron-Harding, Fiona Woodman, Breena Wolgram, Micah Jacob, and Rebecca Brosch.
The Revelostoke Nordic Race team hope to continue their success on their home soil on the weekend of January 25–26.
Due to the large number of racers and volunteers this weekend Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club is strongly encouraging regular dog loop users, snowshoers and back-country access users to avoid the parking lot and trails this weekend. We thank you for your support!