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Gatineau Loppet Archive . . .


Gatineau Loppet

The Gatineau Loppet, formerly the Keskinada or just "Keski" has long been Canada's largest cross-country ski event attracting close to 3000 participants over the weekend. It's often the only race on many skiers' schedules. Given the importance of this race for many, we've dug through our archives for some helpful race strategies, nutrition tips, and training advice.

We've also included a retrospective of race previews, and results from earlier years. We're hoping to update this with more information, and would like to expand on this archive of Keski culture by inviting race reports from our readers. Don't be shy!

Racing and Training Strategies


Don't underestimate the importance for nutrition and hydration in long athletic events! Here is some good advice to optimize your race performance, and some entertaining reading from athletes who neglected their nutrition during the Keski.

Beating the Bonk : A cross-country skier's dynamic glide turns into a sorry shuffle, and fast snow now feels like molasses; a runner's stride becomes a walk; and any blip of a hill looks like Mount Everest. What exactly is going on when your muscles and brain scream "no more"? Is this a situation you can avoid? Yes! if you follow the recommendations in the article.

A bit of history . . .

The race was conceived in 1978 in the Lachute region, over 100km northeast of its current location. At that time the race was named "Riviere Rouge" for the Red River of the same region. Over time the race grew in popularity until the point where the venue was no longer sufficient for the number of participants. For that reason in 1982 the course was relocated to the Gatineau park. It was renamed the "Gatineau 55" for the park that it was held within and the 55km distance that it covered. In 1996 the race was once again renamed in order to better reflect the multiple distances and techniques of the various events held on the race weekend.

At this time the new name "Keskinada" was developed with KE representing Quebec, SKI for cross-country skiing, and ,NADA for Canada. (from Steve Bursey's Keskinada article)

In the fall of 2007 it was once again renamed, this time to the Gatineau Loppet to reflect the city and park in which it is held.

In the fall of 2004 the Keskinada organizers revived their off-season event the popular "Keski Climb". It takes place in Gatineau Park and offers several different types of races; such as roller skiing, cycling, in-line skating and running. In 2006 it had over 150 participants challenge the course as it slowly builds back to it's former glory which saw >500 participants complete the climb to Champlain Lookout. Unfortunately the event has once again been dissolved.

Below are a collection of articles, photos and press clipping from as far back as possible. If you have anything to contribute, please pass it along!

Gatineau Loppet 2012

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In the news..

Skate Results: 51km, 31km, 10km

51km Men51km Women
1Adam Swank, Duluth - 2:06:52
Amanda Ammar, Canmore – 2:24:55
2Lars Flora, Anchorage – 2:06:56
Andrea Dupont, Canmore – 2:24:59
3Pate Neumann, Canmore – 2:06:57

Robyn Anderson, Stowe – 2:26:34
4Matthias Purdon, Ottawa – 2:06:57
Sheila Kealey, Ottawa – 2:26:34
5Karl Saidla, Chelsea – 02:11:34

Megan McTavish, Chelsea – 2:28:09

Classic Results: 51km, 31km, 16km, 5km

51km Men51km Women
Jon Arne Enevoldson, Canmore - 2:37:45
Tatiana Larinova, Irkutsk (Russie) – 3:21:23
Phil Shaw, Rosemère – 2:37:47
Carley Kenwell, Ottawa – 3:24:36
Juergen Uhl, Burlington – 2:39:59

Louise Martineau, Rimouski – 3:25:05
Gatineau Loppet 2011

Take a virtual tour of the 2011 Gatineau Loppet course..

Complete Results

Saturday Classic: 5km, 16km, 29km, 53km
Sunday Skate: 10km, 28km, 51km

53km Skate - Women

  1. Kamila Borutova (Canmore), 2:25:04.2
  2. Eva Szabo (Calgary), 2:27:13.2
  3. Sheila Kealey (Ottawa), 2:27:15.2
  4. Sarah Max (Bend, OR) 2:33:22.8
  5. Megan McTavish (Chelsea), 2:35:19.3

53km Skate - Men

  1. Aidan Lennie (Ottawa), 2:07:52.1
  2. Eli Enman (Huntington, VT), 2:07:54.0
  3. Erik Carleton (Canmore), 2:07:54.9
  4. Marc-Andre Bedard (Val Cartier), 2:07:55.0
  5. Karl Saidla (Chelsea), 2:07:59.1

Race Reports

Race Photos and Videos

Press Clippings

Gatineau Loppet 2010

More than 20 countries were represented at this year's Gatineau Loppet. The course was modified again to accommodate a low snow year.

Skate Races:

The 49 km men's podium was close - with Alberta's Robin McKeever taking the win, just ahead of  Alberta's Chris Butler in 2nd, and XC Ottawa's Karl Saidla in 3rd.  On the women's side, XC Ottawa's Megan Mctavish had a specatular race, winning the event by over 10 minutes.  XC Ottawa's Sheila Kealey put on a race bib for the 2nd day in a row, and won the 27km skate race, ahead of Louise Martineau in 2nd, and Colleen Mortimer in 3rd.

Robin McKeever, Chris Butler, and Karl Saidla lead the 49km skate race.

Result Summary

49 km Bell Free Style
1stRobin McKeever, Canmore, 2:16:02.4 1stMegan McTavish, Gatineau, 2:41:55.7
2ndChris Butler, Canmore, 2:16:25.2 2ndKelly Skilicorn, Winona, 2:51:28.0
3rdKarl Saidla, Chelsea, 2:16:25.5 3rdRenee Hamel, ST-PIERRE-ILE-DORLEANS, 2:58:04.9
49 km Classic Style
1stPhil Shaw, Rosemere, 2:50:53.8 1stSheila Kealey, Ottawa, 3:03:55.7
2ndStefan Desfosses, Ste-Adele, 2:51:37.1 2ndIngrid-Anne Ingvoldstad, Norway, 3:14:53.7
3rdFredric Grandjean, Switzerland, 2:53:25.2 3rdLouise Martineau, Rimouski, 3:17:32.9
27 km Free Style
1stRiell Allain, Chelsea, 1:21:14.6 1stSheila Kealey, Ottawa, 1:28:41.5
2ndSacha Desfosses, Prevost, 1:21:52.2 2ndLouise Martineau, Rimouski, 1:34:26.7
3rdSebastien Townsend, Chelsea, 1:24:00.4 3rdColleen Mortimer, Ottawa, 1:34:36.0
27 km Classic Style
1stSamuel Dostie-Menard, Gatineau, 1:36:16.7 1stGenevieve Masson, Longueuil, 1:45:54.1
2ndChris Mcmahon, Chelsea, 1:37:55.2 2ndNatalya Kuziak, Chelsea, 1:50:51.9
3rdFrederic Gobeil, Piedmont, 1:38:28.4 3rdAndrea Vogl, U.S.A., 1:51:10.2

Race Reports

Race Photos and Videos

Gatineau Loppet 2009

2009 was a great weekend for racing! The tracks were fast, the Sun was shining and weather for a change was temperate. XC Ottawa skiers took full advantage of this to capture 4 podium spots in the weekend's premiere event the 53km Skate.

On the women's side XC Ottawa swept the podium - Sheila Kealey 1st, Megan McTavish 2nd and Eva Szabo 3rd.

On the men's side, Germany's Thomas Freimuth won the event, just ahead of XC Ottawa's Karl Saidla, and Luc Theriault finished third.

Keskinada Race Reports

Race Reports

Race Photos

Gatineau Loppet 2008

2008 was a BIG snow year for Ottawa, so the race course was in great shape. In this 30th edition, the Loppet adopted a new name. We're still trying to think of a nickname (Keskinada had Keski, Birkibeiner has Birkie, we have heard "Gloppet" but that won't do will it?

The various events drew 2423 competitors, and for the most part the weather cooperated. Saturday's classic event began with some cold weather, but the sun was shining brightly and there was no wind. Sunday's skate race was another good weather day, with the temperature about minus 12 at the start, and warming up during the day. XC Ottawa team members competed in a variety of races and came home with a gold medal in the 29km Skate by Craig Storey, a bronze in the 29km classic courtesy of Justin Demers and Sheila and Megan making it into the money (top 5) for the 53km skate!

Keskinada 2007

The 29th edition of the largest cross-country ski event in Canada took place February 15-18, 2007. Over the week-end, 2716 people participated in the various races. Unfortunately, due to the low snow winter the course were modified so that races were mainly held on the parkways with trails #1, #3 and #15 removed. Temperatures and the wind cooperated quite nicely to make it the warmest Keskinada in recent memory. Conditions were however a bit slow, and so were the times as many skiers spent much longer than expected on the course. More fun for all!

Keskinada 2006

The 28th annual Keskinada took place from the 17th to the 19th of February 2006. This year's edition featured a modified 2 loop classic course due to warm weather and heavy rain on the Tursday followed by a flash-freeze at Friday night at 6:00pm that saw the temperature drop 20?C in one hour. The course was a skating rink the night before the race. But Lafleur renovated and tilled the course repeatedly all night to break-up the ice and conditions were excellent Saturday morning. Klister was required, but with binder loosing your wax wasn't an issue. The new course was somewhat congested for B-F wave skiers and many poles were broken. As usual the classic race took place in <-20?C temperatures. The sprints were postponed to Saturday night due to the icy course and subsequently held in blistering cold conditions. See this 2006 Keski Sprint report article. The skating race took place in moderate -15?C temperatures on a very fast course, but somewhat abbrassive, course that was in excellent shape.

More 2006 Keski Articles and News

Keskinada 2005
Keskinada 2004
Keskinada 2003
Keskinada 2002

Conditions: slow and sluggish with 10cm of new snow falling on race morning which remained ungroomed!

Keskinada 2001

Conditions: cold - old thawed/frozen snow, fast.
RESULTS: http://www.sportstats.ca/res2001/feb2001.htm

Keskinada 2000
Keskinada 1999

Conditions: ?

RESULTS: http://www.sportstats.ca/res1999/feb99.htm

Across the Disappearing Finish Line (includes 1999 Keskinada). Searching for the keys to endurance, a ski racer pushes his body and heart to the limit until his father's sudden illness changes all the rules. By Bill McKibben (Outside Magazine)

Keskinada 1998

Conditions: Ice storm year - race shortened to 42 km.

RESULTS: http://www.sportstats.ca/res1998/feb98.htm
Keskinada 1997
Keskinada and Gatineau 55 pre-1997?

Well, our memories don't stretch back that far, but we're sure some of your do! Anyone who can provide weather details, a race report or story, a press clipping or any information about any previous Keski or Gatineau 55 should sent it our way. We'd love to hear about it sucess or disaster.

More Gatineau Loppet (Keskinada) Reading. . .
Gatineau Loppet: Gatineau Loppet Wax Service - Deadline Thursday at 6pm -
Gatineau Loppet: Race Report: Keski 50km Classic (XCOttawa.ca's Yurich 3rd!)
Gatineau Loppet: 2008 Gatineau Loppet Reports - Well Craig, You Asked.
Gatineau Loppet: Everybody on the Trail!
Gatineau Loppet: 2011 Gatineau Loppet Round-up
Gatineau Loppet: 2003 Keskinada FIS Marathon Cup Race Report - A First Person Report
Gatineau Loppet: ELoad marathon race report: Gatineau Loppet 2016
Gatineau Loppet: How was your 2006 Keskinada?
Gatineau Loppet: Keski Report #11 - Birthday Race to 2nd Place.
Gatineau Loppet: 2013 Gatineau Loppet Report #2 - 55km classic Gloppet Analytical Report
Gatineau Loppet: Less than 20 days until the 2013 Gatineau Loppet!
Gatineau Loppet: 2006 Keskinada Report #4 - 51km Classic Report
Gatineau Loppet: 2017 Gatineau Loppet - Your Cross-country Ski Race in Canada!
Gatineau Loppet: 2009 Gatineau Loppet: COURSE CHANGES
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Gatineau Loppet: 2014 Gatineau Loppet Classic Results
Gatineau Loppet: 2011 Gatineau Loppet Skate Results - A THRILL TO THE FINISH
Gatineau Loppet: 2007 Keskinada Course Update. No Ridge Road?
Gatineau Loppet: Rezac 6 for 6 at Keskinada Worldloppet!
Gatineau Loppet: 2011 Gloppet Report #3 - Slipping and Sliding 50km to the Finish
Gatineau Loppet: 2008 Gatineau Loppet Reports - Back of the pack race report.
Gatineau Loppet: 2008 Gatineau Loppet Reports - 29km Classic
Gatineau Loppet: Ready for Keski
Gatineau Loppet: Keskinada Update: Snow or Not, Ridge Road is Out
Gatineau Loppet: Keskinada 2007: Sponsor Sheila and support the Bone Marrow Transplant Fund
Gatineau Loppet: 2009 Gatineau Loppet Report #2: My Gloppet
Gatineau Loppet: 2011 Gatineau Loppet Course Changes
Gatineau Loppet: Sponsor Sheila for the Gatineau Loppet to support Little Angels
Gatineau Loppet: 2006 Keskinada Report #2 - The Fall Guy in Gino's Story!
Gatineau Loppet: 2011 Gloppet Report #2 - DETERMINATION OR STUPIDITY... IT'S A FINE LINE!
Gatineau Loppet: Keskinada 2004 News
Gatineau Loppet: 2006 Keskinada Race Report
Gatineau Loppet: XC Ottawa 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 12th and 18th in the Canadian Long Distance Championship race at the 2015 Gatineau Loppet!
Gatineau Loppet: 2008 Gatineau Loppet Reports - A Classic this Year My Best!
Gatineau Loppet: 2008 Gatineau Loppet Reports: Is it more challenging to race both 29kms or one 53km?
Gatineau Loppet: The Keskinada Archives
Gatineau Loppet: 2006 Keskinada Sprint Report
Gatineau Loppet: 2013 Gatineau Loppet Report #1 - From the other end of the spectrum.
Gatineau Loppet: KeskiDads - My 50 Before 60
Gatineau Loppet: 2013 Gatineau Loppet Report #3 - An Irishman's Loppet
Gatineau Loppet: That's an Excellent Question: GPS data of Gatineau Loppet routes (Updated!)
Gatineau Loppet: Keski Report #9 - Unique Event.
Gatineau Loppet: 2006 Keskinada Report #3 - My Keski Story
Gatineau Loppet: 2015 Canadian Triple Ski Challenge Inductees
Gatineau Loppet: Keski Report #3
Gatineau Loppet: Keski Report #5 - How do you evaluate a good race?
Gatineau Loppet: Keski Report #12 - Dealing with Illness.
Gatineau Loppet: Keski Report #2 - A Year of Firsts.
Gatineau Loppet: 2008 Gatineau Loppet Reports: 53-km skate-ski race
Gatineau Loppet: KeskiDads - My 50km Keski
Gatineau Loppet: Cbc: Gatineau Loppet Classic Photos
Gatineau Loppet: Scott Hill And Brandy Stewart Win Gatineau Loppet 51km Classic Races
Gatineau Loppet: Gatineau Loppet Weekend – My Strangest Race Ever!
Gatineau Loppet: Canadian Wins Two Major Events At Gatineau Loppet In Bitter Cold
Gatineau Loppet: Abbott And Kromm Win 51km Cl At Gatineau Loppet
Gatineau Loppet: Olympic Medalist Tara Whitten to Ski the Gatineau Loppet
Gatineau Loppet: 2012 Gatineau Loppet Photos
Gatineau Loppet: Aiden Lennie (2011 Winner) Talks About the Gatineau Loppet
Gatineau Loppet: Gloppet Story Contest
Gatineau Loppet: Germany's Uhl Wins Loppet First Day
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Gatineau Loppet: Canadians Triumph!
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