Progress In Tests, Renner And Gray Will Race November World Cup, Camp And Race Schedules
The Canadian cross country national team just finished a week with testing of all teams in Canmore. The tests included maximum oxygen uptake and running speed. Head coach Dave Wood expressed to Fasterskier.com that he was pleased with the results, but that they had to cancel a planned rollerski time-trial due to snow on the road.
– We have enough snow in Canmore to make rollerskiing hard or impossible and the running slippery, but not enough snow for skiing. A couple of the guys are struggling with running injuries, but otherwise I feel we are on track, said Dave Wood.
November World Cup participation
– We will send two athletes to the early World Cup events. Sara Renner and George Gray will compete in Bruksvallarna, Sweden on November 13 and 14 and then move on to the World Cup races in Ostersund, Sweden. The plan for Sara and George was to head north to ski, however Fairbanks is not ready (as of several days ago) and there has been snow just south of Edmonton. As usual at this time of year we are spending a lot of time scanning the weather pages and following up leads for snow. All the athletes will head up to Camrose to ski today (October 22), and depending upon the temperatures we could get a few good days. The rest of the team, junior and senior will go to Silver Star for a camp during the last two weeks of November. We have three races during the last week of November at the Soverign Lakes ski area. Soverign Lakes has done extensive work on their tracks this summer, as they are ready to host World Cup competitions next fall. This group will also race in Quebec in December, said Dave Wood.