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Megan McTavish. A founding member of team XCOttawa. World Cup racer, 2008 and 2012. Winner of the Gatineau Loppet, 2010 and 2013. Patent examiner. Part Cyborg?

As many folk in the Ottawa area can attest to, Megan is a staple in the cross country skiing community. Showing us all how it’s done, Megan has had stellar performances in almost every type of event. She likes to refer to herself as an “all-rounder” but does particularly enjoy rolling middle distance courses. On top of the previous mentioned results, in 2012 Megan finished 6th overall at the Eastern NorAm mini tour, 5th in the Mont Orford 5km classic NorAm and 6th at the FIS Crafstbury Vermont 5km skate race.

Getting to know Megan over the past few years, I have discovered three things:

1. She is fast. Very fast.
2. She is extremely accident prone. (Megan has actually had surgery on both ankles, one knee and one shoulder, hence; cyborg.)
3. Her wealth of experience and knowledge is irreplaceable so soak it up. Chances are Megan has been there/done that.

When she takes off her blue spandex and red jacket, with her Master’s in Mechanical Engineering, Megan works as a full time patent examiner.

Megan has personal sponsorship by Alpina and Infinity. She’s also very happy to have great relationships with Caldwell Sport and Gatineau Nordique Sport for ski selection and stone grinding.

 
HometownWaterloo, Ontario
Personal Sponsors:Alpina, Rottefella, Infinity and Caldwell Sports
Best Results: 10th, 15km Pursuit, World Championship Trials, 2011
1st, 53km Skate, Gatineau Loppet, 2010
6th, 10km Skate, US FIS race, Stowe VT, 2010
1st, 10km Skate, Eastern Canadian Championships, Gatineau QC, 2009
7th Canadian overall, National Championships, Duntroon ON, 2009
Performance Goals: Top 6 finishes at major Canada Cups
Top 3 at Gatineau Loppet
Top 5 result at Canadian Championships
Other Pursuits:Examining Patent Applications.
EQUIPMENT
Skis:Fischer
Poles:Infinity
Boots:Alpina
Rollerskis:
Skate:Marwe
Classic:V2 920

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Megan's Articles...

Race Report Trail Races in Gatineau Park - UPDATED with photos from the Sri Chinmoy 10km  (2016/09/17)
Ski Gear Podiumwear`s vests - Why you should order some for your team next year!  (2016/03/22)
XC Local XC Ottawa challenges YOU! Team Competition at the Gatineau Loppet   (2016/02/22)
Race Report Eastern Canadian Championships Wrap-Up  (2016/02/10)
Training Another successful trip to La Forêt Montmorency  (2015/11/20)
Travel-Tourism Summer Recap - Enjoying it close to home  (2015/09/21)
Athlete Diary Going to a classic race with no team and a baby? It's not as easy as it sounds!  (2014/12/02)
Travel-Tourism Lapland Vacation and a Ski Race  (2014/11/20)
Travel-Tourism Ski training in Helsinki with a baby and no car  (2014/10/06)
Training Workout of the Week: 5 seconds on, 5 seconds off  (2014/07/19)
Athlete Diary A New Perspective   (2013/12/11)
Sponsor News Podiumwear Custom Team Apparel - A Great Choice!  (2013/10/01)
Travel-Tourism Philip Edward Island - A canoeing/sea kayaking destination to put on your list  (2013/08/15)
Athlete Diary How to Commute by Bike to Rollerskiing Practice  (2013/07/03)
Race Report Finale Coupe Québec 2013  (2013/03/24)
Race Report Forest Lea Freestyle 2013 Race Report  (2013/01/30)
Gatineau Park Leaf Season is Over... and Parkways are closed to Traffic for the Season!  (2012/11/02)
Travel-Tourism Beaches and Bikes - Iles de la Madeleine  (2012/09/10)
Sponsor News XC Ottawa's New Custom Singlets by Podiumwear and Jessica Spring  (2012/08/19)
Q & A "I tried that...it didn't work!"  (2012/07/08)
Race Report Eload/Emend Marathon Race Report #2 - Gatineau Loppet 51 km Skate (affectionately known as the GLOPPET)  (2012/02/21)
Race Report Whistler Sprint Day!   (2012/01/16)
Race Report Power and Kealey Dominate the JSXCRSC season finale, Saidla Struggles.   (2011/11/21)
Photos and Videos Right Place, Right Time  (2011/10/31)
Race Report Megan McTavish - Midget Racer  (2011/09/29)
Athlete Diary Canoeing the French River  (2011/08/07)
XC Local And We're Back! XC Ottawa Team 2012  (2011/05/23)
Other Sports SPRING CHICKEN ENDURO - Beachburg ON  (2011/04/20)
Race Report Nationals - Race 1 and 2  (2011/03/14)
Athlete Diary La Foret Montmorency - Encore Incroyable  (2010/11/30)
Athlete Diary Its THAT time of year...  (2010/10/18)
Sponsor News Custom Technical Tees by Podiumwear  (2010/10/08)
Athlete Diary A summer without Rollerskiing!  (2010/08/23)
Athlete Diary Life at the Cottage  (2010/07/09)
Race Report UCI Women's International Bike Race last weekend in Gatineau Quebec  (2010/06/16)
XC News PODIUMWEAR is EXPANDING!  (2010/06/09)
Race Report XCOTTAWA ELOAD/EMEND Duathlon Results and Pictures  (2010/03/06)
Waxing Tips Wax Recommendation for SUNDAY's Gatineau Loppet  (2010/02/20)
Sponsor News Reminder: Christmas Shopping at XCOTTAWA.CA  (2009/12/12)
Photos and Videos Skiing in and around Canmore  (2009/12/04)
Athlete Diary Like a kid waiting for Christmas...  (2009/11/09)
XC Local Marginal Skiing Conditions Tonight in Gatineau Park  (2009/11/05)
Athlete Diary TAKE 2!  (2009/09/26)
Athlete Diary My BAD/GOOD luck day!  (2009/08/17)
Athlete Diary Part 1: Finland  (2009/08/10)
Athlete Diary Training in New York City  (2009/06/23)
XC Local New Team Member (or maybe a team Mascot for now)!  (2009/06/19)
Athlete Diary Vermont: A good place to pedal a bicycle  (2009/05/20)
XC Local STOLEN: Karl and Megan's ski box  (2009/04/05)
Sponsor News Warm ups from Podiumwear designed by Asparaging Design  (2009/03/02)
Race Report Gloppet 2009 - My Best 50k skate....so far.  (2009/02/23)
Race Report World University Games: Gavin 19th, Alana 42nd, Ed 57th  (2009/02/20)
Race Report Stowe SuperTour - Day 2: A Blustery Day!  (2009/02/09)
XC Local Eastern Canadian Championships This Weekend in Gatineau Park!  (2009/01/28)
Athlete Diary Pictures from the Nakkerloppet on Sunday  (2009/01/27)
Athlete Diary Last Ski in Silver Star  (2008/12/18)
Race Report Race #2 – Sovereign Lake 10/15km Skate  (2008/12/08)
Athlete Diary Thanksgiving Weekend Canoe Trip  (2008/10/13)
Training Log Avoiding the Car  (2008/09/22)
XC Local Skiers eating out in Ottawa  (2008/07/20)
Current Events XC Ottawa Wax Helpers Brian and Judy Get Married!  (2008/07/01)
Athlete Diary Back at it!  (2008/05/09)
Photos and Videos Gatineau Park Skiing Pictures April 17-21, 2008  (2008/04/21)
Race Report 2008 Canadian Ski Nationals: Skate Sprint - March 21st  (2008/03/25)
Gatineau Loppet XC Ottawa Posts Strong Results at the Gatineau Loppet!  (2008/02/19)
Race Report Alana Thomas 2nd overall at OU's!  (2008/02/19)
Workout of the Week Gatineau Loppet is over, time to recover!  (2008/02/19)
Race Report Canmore World Cup Individual Start Skate Race  (2008/01/27)
Race Report Canmore World Cup Classic Sprint  (2008/01/24)
Race Report 2008 Canmore World Cup Pursuit  (2008/01/23)
Athlete Diary A Racer's Dilemma: Big race tomorrow and you are getting sick.  (2008/01/15)
Race Report Canmore Pursuit race – Dec. 6, 2007  (2007/12/06)
Sponsor News Our NEW LOOK from PODIUMWEAR and JSID!!  (2007/11/16)
Athlete Diary Magic Montmorency  (2007/11/14)
Sponsor News Jessica Spring: Suit Designer Extraordinaire  (2007/09/24)
Sponsor News Podiumwear- New XCOTTAWA.CA sponsor!  (2007/09/24)
Athlete Diary Routine...advantages and dangers  (2007/08/13)
Race Report Meech Lake/Mike Collingwood Memorial Triathlon Report  (2007/07/16)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary: Working Girl!  (2007/02/27)
Race Report Canmore Race Report: World Championships Trials 2007  (2007/01/29)
Race Report 2006 Canmore NorAM - Mass Start Skate  (2006/12/03)
Race Report 2006 Canmore NorAM Report - Sprints  (2006/12/02)
Race Report 2006 Canmore NorAm Report - 10km Classic  (2006/12/01)
Race Report Sovereign Lake Race Report - Pursuit  (2006/11/26)
XC News 2006 Silverstar Report #3  (2006/11/24)
XC Local Skiing this morning, Nov. 2nd 2006!  (2006/11/03)
Training Megan and Karl Crash the Indi2010 Training Camp in Duntroon  (2006/10/20)
Ski Gear Karl and Megan's Skis and Stuff for Sale!  (2006/09/26)
Athlete Diary Athlete's Diary: Work or Play?  (2006/09/01)
XC Local My Spring Skiing Series: Sunday's ski to the Fire Tower  (2006/04/10)
Gatineau Park Skiing's still good!  (2006/03/29)
Race Report eload Marathon Series: The Transjurasienne  (2006/03/01)
Travel-Tourism Photos from Somewhere in Europe  (2006/02/07)
Race Report Race Report: Euro Racing  (2006/01/24)
Race Report XC Ottawa in Val Cartier  (2006/01/11)
XC News Canmore World Cups: Women's 15km Pictures  (2005/12/18)
Photos and Videos Canmore World Cups: Men's 30km Pictures  (2005/12/18)
Photos and Videos Canmore World Cups: Team Sprint Pictures  (2005/12/18)
Photos and Videos Canmore World Cup: Photos  (2005/12/15)
Race Report 2005 Silver Star Report - Part 2  (2005/11/25)
Athlete Diary Athlete Diary Entry: Megan McTavish from Cowgirl Country  (2005/11/15)
XC News Oct. 22nd, 2005 - First tracks in Canmore  (2005/10/23)
Workout of the Week Climb a Mountain  (2005/10/20)
XC News Megan's Update from the West!  (2005/09/29)
Photos and Videos Pictures from the Haig Glacier Training Camp  (2005/09/14)
Workout of the Week Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour  (2005/06/14)
XC Local One Last Ski for 2005!  (2005/04/12)
Editorial Bonk Series: 2002 Keskinada  (2005/02/16)
Workout of the Week All About Racing Muscle  (2005/02/10)
Athlete Diary Megan's Post Surgery Training Update  (2004/10/18)
Editorial Cottage Racing  (2004/08/26)
Athlete Diary Megan the Klutz; 4 summers, 3 surguries!  (2004/06/24)
Athlete Diary Beautiful Day for a Ride: Mason Ferry Crossing Cycle Tour.  (2004/06/06)
Training 2003 Foret Montmorency Training Camp Report  (2003/11/14)
XC News Grand Prix des Couleurs, Mt. Tremblant 2003  (2003/09/15)
Race Report 2003 Mont. Tremblant Hill Climb Results.  (2003/09/15)
Race Report 2003 Mont Tremblant Grand Prix des Couleurs.  (2003/09/15)
XC Local XCOttawa.ca 2003 Summer Wrap-up.  (2003/08/30)
Other Sports 2003 Barry's Bay Triathlon Report  (2003/07/09)
XC News My Trip to Italy  (2003/02/15)
XC News Megan McTavish - Off to Italy For The World University Games!  (2003/01/13)
XC Local XCOttawa.ca's Gatineau Park Web Cam Goes Live!  (2002/11/01)
Training Summer 2002 Multisport Training Camp Report  (2002/06/21)
Travel-Tourism Our Journey to Finland and Estonia  (2002/02/13)
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