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A preview of the early racing season
By:  Sheila Kealey   (2008/11/26)

After too many months of rollerskiing and two cancelled on-snow camps, XC Ottawa team members are more keen than ever to race. A main racing focus for XC Ottawa is the Haywood NorAm/Canada Cup circuit, a national series that attracts top competition. And the action starts soon.

Here's where we'll be racing during the next month and a half . . .

The Haywood NorAm Cup races were set to debut at Montmorency, Quebec on November 29-30. Unfortunately, similar to our "own snow" camp that never happened, these races have been cancelled due to lack of snow!

MONTMORENCY: XC Ottawa training at Montmorency last year, early November. Unfortunately we had to cancel our camp this year, and the races were cancelled because of lack of snow.

Karl, Megan, Sheila, and Adele scheduled the start of their ski season after the Quebec races to head out West to Silverstar on November 29th. They will train in Silverstar for a week and race the NorAm Cup events in Sovereign Lakes on December 6-7.

SILVERSTAR/SOVEREIGN LAKES: Sheila racing at at 2007 NorAm Cup

SILVERSTAR/SOVEREIGN LAKES: Karl with Coach John Suuronen looking on at 2007 NorAm Cup

After that they will head to Whistler, for three races at site of the 2010 Olympic Venue (Whistler Olympic Park) on December 12, 13, and 14. Colin will also be racing in Whistler with the Yukon Team.

WHISTLER OLYMPIC PARK: Karl racing in typical March conditions (0 degrees and snowing hard) at last year's Nationals.

WHISTLER OLYMPIC PARK: Zoe racing at last year's Nationals

The final NorAm Cup of 2008 is in Duntroon, where Adele, Alana, and Matthias will be racing.

DUNTROON: Senior Men's Pack at NorAm Cup 2008

Most XC Ottawa athletes will be bring in the New Year in Canmore, where we'll be racing what is likely to be one of the most competitive events of the year, with 4 races in 6 days (January 2-6). These races will help select athletes for the World Junior team and the January World Cup races at Whistler Olympic Park.

CANMORE: Megan in the money at last year's NorAm Cup in Canmore

CANMORE: Stadium

We look forward to bringing you pictures and reports from these events.

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