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Lappe Sprint Race
By:  Colin Abbott   (2011/01/10)

The day dawned dark. And cold. And windy. The qualifiers for the classic sprint day this past Saturday at Lappe Nordic in Thunder Bay started at most a half hour after the sun peeped over the horizon.

The course for this years "Trials" sprint race was different from most courses I've skied in my life. At 1.6km long, the course was on par with most world cup courses for distance. With a gradual descent for the first half of the course and a long, gradual climb for the second half the heats were more about muscle and technique than tactics.
On the men's side for XCOttawa Andre Marchand, Matthias Purdon, Colin Abbott and Karl Saidla all qualified between 20th and 30th in senior men. All were eliminated in the quarterfinals and ended their day there. Kyle Power just missed out on the top 30.

In the Junior Men's race Peter Beisel qualified in seveth and went on to finish sixth in the B final after crashing in spectacular fashion on the finishing stretch. Lee Hawkings missed out on the Junior heats by a second and change.

On the women's side, Megan McTavish and Sheila Kealey qualified 15th and 17th  and finished 13th and 14th respectively. Katie McMahon and Vesta Mather also made the heats, finishing 29th and 30th.

In the juniors, Ingrid Hagberg qualified in 31st, only tenths of a second from making it through to the heats.

All in all it was another good day, despite some tired legs and sore lungs from the pursuit last Thursday.

Colin racing in his Yukon Suit.

A slobbery Karl looking for the line.



Andre and Kyle pushing each other in the pursuit.

Frosty Kyle.


Peter, possibly with frost-bitten ankles?

Peter, badly in need of some chest hair.


Vesta in deep...

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