This Tuesday saw the XCOttawa team compete in the first distance event of the 2007 National Championships at Mount Ste-Anne, Quebec. The men would participate in a 2 lap 10km skating competition while the women raced a single 5km lap. 10cm of fresh snow the previous night and more falling throughout the morning made for a soft course and soupy climbs on the course. However our trusty waxing team of John Surronen and Liam Watson rose to the challenge and provided excellent skis for the racers. John and Liam settled on a base of Vauhti Spektra Blue covered with a combination of Vauhti Zero Fox and Gold Fox fluoro powders.
The men departed under high winds and snow at 15 second intervals. Gavin Hamilton was coming off excellent races in
The women’s race immediately followed the men’s, which meant the waxing was identical and remained very fast. Megan McTavish returned to top form with a very strong 14th place finish. She was able to come out on top of some very fast women in a deep field. Sheila Kealey was only 7 seconds back of Megan in 16th position on the grueling 5km course. The women’s field was won by Dasha Gaizova, followed by Madeleine Williams and Perianne Jones.
The entire XCOttawa team was very happy with their results from Tueday’s race. The snow and weather in