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      February 3, 2019

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      The final day of racing at Highlands Nordic, featured skate pursuit races. There was a bit of freezing-rain and rain today, as the temperatures warmed up to the +3 deg. C range by race time. A stark contrast from Thursday's weather.

      The men's race about to start.

      Alexis Dumas of Skibec had a 16 second lead at the start, but he was quickly caught up by a chase group of 3, led by Andy Shields (Lappe), Jack Carlyle (Soo Finnish) and Phil Boucher (Skibec).

      Andy Shields leading at 4k

      The pack was still together on the first of 2 laps, with Jack Carlyle falling and having to regain the group around the mid-point.

      Phil Boucher taking a turn at the front

      On the 2nd lap Jack Carlyle pulled away, aided by some really fast skis, to win the race by a 20 second margin. Phil Boucher was 2nd and Andy Shields 3rd, another 25 seconds farther back.

      Men's podium

      Pierre Grall-Johnson (Nakkertok) made it 3 wins in a row in the Junior Men's class with Orford's Olivier Léveillé 2nd and Derek Deuling (Whitehorse) finishing 3rd.

      Jr Men's podium

      Women's first starter, Zoë Williams ready to go.

      In the women's race, Zoë Williams (Nakkertok) had a 37 second advantage and she held the lead for the first lap. The racer winner however was Chelsea Nordiq's Laura Leclair, who came from a 1:18 deficit, to win by close to a minute, her 1st NorAm win. 3rd was Annika Richardson from Lappe.

      Women's podium, photo by Marten Burns

      Laura Leclair, Marten Burns photo

      Bronwyn Williams (Nakkertok) had a comfortable victory in the junior women's race, ahead of "Time on the Day" winner Shaylynn Loewen of Georgian Nordic. 3rd was Alexandra Racine of Orford.

      Jr. Women's podium, Marten Burns photo


      When the final results were all tallied, Ontario beat Quebec to the Eastern Canadian Championship Divisional title, significantly based on their Para-Nordic strength.


      That concludes some great racing at Highlands Nordic, with the next big event on the domestic calendar, the Western Canadian Championships at Kelowna, BC, starting on Friday.

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