Gatineau Loppet

Gatineau Loppet weekend attracted 2200 skiers

The Gatineau Loppet’s 41st edition started under brilliant sunshine at École secondaire Mont-Bleu in Gatineau area this weekend. All participants, from expert to beginner, were eager to hit the trails of Gatineau Park for the classic technique, the free technique and the snowshoe races. This year again, the 51 km free technique, which started from P17 in the La Pêche Munipality, was a linear race. The Worldloppet race weekend in Canada again was a big success.

On Saturday the classic style races were standing on the program with distances of 10 km, 27 km and 51 km, while Sunday it was time for the main race over 51 km in skating style plus 27 km and 10 km in skating. In addition a snow shoe race was taking place. On both days the local skiing hero Andy Shields was able to claim the victory. In the ladie’s competitions
Elizabeth Izzo from USA won the skating race and Canadian Megan McTavish was standing on top of the classic style race.

After everything was said and done, the 41st edition of the Gatineau Loppet attracted close to 2,200 participants from 20 countries over the weekend. Gatineau Loppet President Jean-François Rochefort was all smiling at the closing event. “It was a fantastic weekend for the Gatineau Loppet. Everything from temperatures to the snow conditions, the number of participants and their energy, the activities for the whole family were simply perfect.”

“In 41 years, the Gatineau Loppet has never been cancelled, to the delight of the international clientele that travels every year to Canada for this competition. We are extremely proud of the outcome of this year’s edition of the Gatineau Loppet.”

Jean-Francois Rochefort, Gatienau Loppet President

Also, the Worldloppet Race Reporter Philipp made his way to Canada, to provide a sight to you into the travel and ski experience of Gatineau Loppet. Soon we are going to publish his race report and also a video from Philipp’s journey to Gatineau. Now he is travelling “down” to Hayward, to participate in the American Birkebeiner coming weekend.

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