Results from this weekend's Continental Cup in Mont Orford, Quebec.
Saturday – Skate Races
It was a very tight women's race, with the top 5 within fifteen seconds. It was American World Championship team member Aelin Peterson who beat out a number of strong Canadians for the win.
Women's 5K Freestyle
1 Aelin Peterson Alpina Racing 0:15:10.8
2 Tara Whitten NSDT Canmore 0:15:11.9
3 Rebecka Laakso Lappe Nordic/NTDC 0:15:12.9
4 Tasha Betcherman NSDT Canmore 0:15:17.6
5 Sarah Daitch NWT/Fort Smith Ski Club 0:15:24.5
In the men's race, Canadian Chris Jeffries had his second straight NorAm victory, winning by an impressive 44 seconds over George Grey. American World Championship Team member David Chamberlain was third.
Men's 10K Freestyle
1 Chris Jeffries Nakkertok 0:26:53.8
2 George Grey Blackjack 0:27:38.4
3 David Chamberlain LLBean/MWSC 0:27:43.0
4 Gordon Jewett Fit Company 0:27:51.1
5 Devon Kershaw Laurentian 0:28:07.4
Sunday _Classic Mass Start
The lead trio of Chris Jeffries, David Chamberlain, and Justin Freeman skied most of the 15K classic together. In the end, Chamberlain came through with a sprint to the finish victory over Jeffries. Freeman was unable to continue the string of Freeman classic wins (between him and his brother Kris). He just did not have a kick left at the end and finished third, fifteen seconds back.
Aelin Peterson also had to fight to the line for her victory in the women's 10K classic. She just out-strided Christine Bisson by a mere 0.2 seconds. Jacqui Benson was third.