Race Report: Painting the Podium Blue

There was lots of CVTC blue on the podium at the Western Canadian Championships 10 km Classic event in Prince George on Thursday, February 12. 

Geoffrey Richards took the big win in the Open Men's category, besting the course and compeition in a time of 29 minutes and 34 seconds.  Not far behind was teammate Martin Schrama in the silver medal position, making it an Olympic-moguls style podium with CVTC in the two top spots.  Sebastian Dandurand and Paul Dupuis finished 7th and 10th, respectively.

Product Review: Halti Lumista Jacket

We’ve all been there. Ripping along the trail on a blue bird day, ideal tracks, good company, and being surrounded by the most luscious scenery and fresh air. The perfect Saturday.  As you admire the stunningly beautiful surroundings, your comrade makes a quick and snappy remark about how outdated your jackets looks. Yes, it has seen better days, but you enjoy how the faded colors and homemade sewing jobs make it look rustic, well used, and mature. Besides, the jacket has been with you for years and oozes great memories. The coat has simply become your second skin.

Race Report: Another Podium for Foley in Ottawa

The 2014 Eastern Canadian Championships wrapped up with a 20 km classic mass start event at Nakkertok on Sunday, February 2.  Colin Foley again used the home-trail advantage to climb the podium, this time for a silver medal.  Joining Foley in the ranks of the top juniors was Sam Morris, skiing strongly to 4th place. 

Race Report: Gold Medal for Foley

Today's 15 km free individual start was a big one for the CVTC at the Eastern Canadian Championships.  Colin Foley skied off with one of his top results of the year, finishing 1st in the Junior Men category and also topping the CVTC team by finishing 12th in Open Men. 

Race Report: Strong Team Performance at Easterns Sprint

Today was the first race of the 3-race Eastern Canadian Championships.  While the CVTC athletes did not have a podium finisher, the team, as a group, performed strongly, with most athletes qualifying to the heats and semi finals.

In the Junior event, top qualifier, Colin Foley, led the CVTC team in the final, but dropped from 5th place to 7th.  Andrew Avis was not far behind in 8th place, and Sam Morris finished 10th - three athletes in the semi finals!  Liam Patterson had a strong day, also finishing within the top-20, in 17th position.

Travelling to Ski

By: Magi Scallion

One of the greatest privileges of being a ski racer is the opportunity to travel across North America and around the world.  While I did not ever really consider this in my youth, I now appreciate the places I’ve seen; even if it just reinforces my love of my own “home” trails.

Coast Cup on Home Turf

It's nice to be back in Whistler and racing on the home snow.  It's actually amazing to be home and skiing with such great conditions.  When the team left, it was pretty barren and grim so it's great to come back to some beautiful skiing.

Thoughts on Team Cohesion

By: Paul Dupuis

What makes a successful team? Most people leap to the natural and obvious assumptions such as money, coaching staff, talent, and training regimen. All of these ideas are entirely correct, however, without one crucial ingredient, all of these concepts are meaningless: team cohesion and spirit. This is the glue that sticks all these pieces together. Although it may sound like a Hollywood sports film cliché, the simple act of teammates and Coaches working together in a productive, respectful, and supportive environment is indispensable.


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