Haywood RACE Report: Laura Leclair and Jack Carlyle win Haywood NorAm pursuit

    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.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Jr Men's podium

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    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.


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    Women's podium, photo by Marten Burns

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    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.

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    Jr. Women's podium, Marten Burns photo

    Results

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

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    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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