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Gatineau City Sprint
By:  Colin Abbott   (2015/03/05)

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The opportunity to race a professionally organized, world-cup calibre urban sprint course rarely happens in Ottawa, or anywhere else for that matter. Dirk Van Wijk of Nakkertok carved out a fast, technical course at Jacques-Cartier park in Gatineau. Racers from XCOttawa, Carleton, Nakkertok, Skinouk and Chelsea showed up to put test it out.
On the women's side, Megan, Kyla and Ingrid all made the A final. The men also put three in the final with Andre, Steffan and Colin duking it out for the top spot.
Here are some great pictures courtesy of Bernard Pigeon:

Logan Hong leading her quarterfinal heat.
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Kyla leading an XCOttawa train

Carving around the inner corner of the "snow castle"

Andre pushing through his semi-final

Semi-final smiles!

Start setup:

Final smiles! and a gopro worn by Alex Slobodian of Nakkertok

Nicholas Pigeon, Colin Abbott and Steffan Lloyd in the final

Colin coming to the line for the win.

The A-final men!

It was a great day of racing and cool experience to check out a world cup course. Can't wait to see this repeat with the top guns next year!
 
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