It was a little colder than usual this weekend at Telemark Nordic Club in West Kelowna, but that did not stop close to 400 athletes from taking part in the second of the Teck BC Cup race series. The cool temperatures after a week of heavy snowfall meant the courses were in great shape for both days.
Saturday featured two different classic sprint courses running side by side simultaneously. There were a few spills on the hills and around the tighter corners. The fast-paced event was exciting for both the racers and the spectators. The multiple distance courses were short and not too hilly but still a good challenge for all age categories. Local highlights saw Telemark’s Jonah Hawes and Justin Siever finish second and third in the Atom Boys A Final. Other results included: Grayson McKinnon 3rd Bantam Boy, Ian Williams 4th Midget Boy, David Walker 5th Juvenile Boy, Alexandra Myshak-Davis 3rd Junior Girl.
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Sunday was an interval start skate event. The racers started 15secs apart and raced “against the clock”. Course distances ranged from 1km for the Atom categories, to 10km for the Open and Masters Categories. The courses were challenging but fun. The majority of climbing was in the first half of the 5 km loop and the downhills provided swooping corners and rollers. Local highlights again saw Jonah Hawes and Justin Siever finish second and third in the Atom Boys. Other results included: Jasmine Filatow 5th Atom Girl, Ian Mayer 5th Pee Wee Boy, Michelle Kraetzer 5th Bantam Girl, Ian Williams 5th Midget Boy, Gareth Williams 2nd Juvenile Boy, David Walker 4th Juvenile Boy, Alexandra Myshak-Davis 2nd Junior Girl.
Photos from the event can be downloaded here from DropBox:
Cross Country BC, the provincial governing body for cross-country skiing in British Columbia, is a non-for-profit, club-based organization of more than 16,000 members. Cross Country BC offers programs and services to support the continuous development of cross-country skiing for all ages and abilities, from introductory experiences to international excellence. Teck Resources Ltd. is the title sponsor of Cross Country BC’s Skier Development Program, thereby supporting excellence in sport and providing youth with experiences that will help them prepare for the future.