Rollerskiers in the Gatineau Park this sunny Sunday morning were universally startled by the appearance of a new, sinister, form on the parkways. This dark, handsome mountain of a man, menacing from a distance, though displaying at close range the charm characteristic of those hailing from the shores of Lake Huron, was none other than Brian Suke, the newest addition to XC Ottawa’s stable of thoroughbreds.
Brian comes to us from Georgian Bay Nordic, via a stint racing with the University of Guelph Gryphons. Having completed his studies at Moo U, Brian, like many before him, heard the melodious voice of the Gatineau Hills crying his name, and decided that there was no place he’d rather be than Ottawa.
Brian was born in Tobermory, Ontario, perched precariously between Georgian Bay and Lake Huron. He began skiing in 1998 at the high school level and in 2000 gained enlightenment and learned to classic while skiing with Georgian Bay. Despite his late start, Brian took to skiing like a monkey to bananas, and earned himself a spot on the Ontario Junior Team in 2001 and 2002. Through his university racing career, Brian was a constant threat on the trails, earning himself OUA medals and All-Star laurels. His newfound dedication to the classic technique has also paid off, keeping him near the top of the field in National and Canada Cup races.
In addition to skiing, Brian has been involved in marathon paddling, and was a member of a dragon boat team representing Canada at international competition in China in 2004.
While not skiing this year, Brian will be looking for a job as a chef. He will be using this position to research new nutritional and gastronomical formulae to benefit the team on ski trips where, as yet unbeknownst to him, he will be living in the kitchen. XC Ottawa is very much looking forward to training and racing with Brian this year, and sampling his culinary expertise.