Thursday, November 7, 2019

November Newsletter

ONTARIO MASTERS 2020
We are excited to announce that the Ontario Masters Championships for 2020 will take place at North Bay Nordic Ski Club. The date is Fri. Feb 21 – Sun. Feb 23. Thanks to Tom Cook and the Organizing Committee in North Bay. It will have the same format in previous years:
Friday - 10 km classic
Saturday - hoice of 20 km skate or 20 km classic
Sunday am - 10 km skate
Registration will be up on Zone 4 by December 1. The first 30 registrants will receive a bonus ‘Ontario Masters XC Ski’ accessory carabiner! So, register early (and often Ha! Ha!)
CANADIAN MASTERS 2020
Registration is open for the 2020 Canadian Masters Championships, which will be held in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. The date will be March 26 – 29, 2020. Please find attached the bid and details. You can register here: https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=22185&lan=1&cartlevel=1You can view the details on the Canadian Masters Website:http://canadian-masters-xc-ski.ca/documents/Master%20Bid%202020-Menihek.pdf
MWC, Cogne, Italy 2020
Registration is now open for MWC 2020. Go to the host website at www.mwc-2020.com to register. There are still 2 rooms available at the Hotel Petit for Canadian skiers. Please contact Bruce LeGrow if you wish to book ASAP! We are arranging a bus transfer from the Turin Airport to Cogne (March 3 and 4) and from Turin to the Turin Airport (March 14). We anticipate that the price would be approximately $110.00. Please contact Wendy Grater by November 15, if you wish to be included.
ONTARIO LOPPET SERIES 2019/20
Once again, we will be having the very popular Loppet Point Series of races this year. Your time will be adjusted according to the age related handicapping tables and the fastest male and female skier will receive 100 points. Each skier will receive points according to the percentage his/her age adjusted time is behind the fastest skier.
1. We will count the 5 best age adjusted races for each skier.
2. A skier must include at least 2 races from the Ontario Masters Championships at North Bay, Feb 21 – 23. 3. A skier must be a member of the Ontario Masters Cross Country Ski Association at the time of the event to have his/her points tabulated for the event. An exception will be made for a skier who has never been a previous member of the association.
Please advise Maureen Bretz (
maureen.bretz@sympatico.ca ) of any errors or omitted events. The 2019-20 schedule is attached.
Winners of last year’s series is still being tabulated, we will announce in the next newsletter, and present the awards at the Ontario Masters in February.
10 km classic
option of 20 km classic or 20 km skate 10 km skate
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WINNERS are those who beat everyone older than themselves ... Submitted by Norm Spinks
This is a new way of recognizing the performance of older competitors in any sport. The above heading defines the method. No further words are needed. Age grouping is ubiquitous across many sports, notably running and cross-country skiing. This system is an alternative to age grouping and overcomes weaknesses of age grouping especially those pertaining to older competitors.
With age grouping, competing within an age group becomes increasingly difficult with increasing age. A competitor near the older end of a group has difficulty competing with someone at the younger end. Often this is compensated by narrowing the age span but this brings the disadvantage of too few competitors per group, especially older groups. Often a cut-off age is imposed above which all competitors are lumped into a single group. How fair is that?
Even in younger groups, age grouping can give misleading results. So-called winners in a group are often beaten by competitors in an older group.
The “Winners” method overcomes the above age-grouping weaknesses. But it does favour older competitors who have less people to beat. For example, the oldest competitor is an automatic winner provided he or she completes the event according to the rules.
Age grouping favours younger competitors. The “Winners” system favours older competitors. It could be used alone or in combination with age grouping.
In 2019, “Winners” were identified in three separate events: the Deep River Silver Spoon, a cross- country ski race in the classic technique; the Canadian and Ontario Masters cross- country ski championships at Timmins; and the Club Championships at Deep River Golf Club.
Results are given in the complete paper.
To summarize, the Spoon used 10 year age groups and cut-off ages of 60 and 70, depending on gender. Many older “Winners” are missed in the age groups. The Canadian Masters uses 5 year age groups with no cut-off. The number of “Winners” is similar to the number of age groups but skewed towards older age. Younger age groups can have no “Winners”, the so-called group winners being beaten by competitors in older groups. The Deep River Golf Club. Championship is no different from clubs across the province of Ontario in normally applying age recognition only to golfers over 55 years, the Senior Champions; In other words a cut-off of 55 years. For the women, only the oldest in the field of 10 was an extra “Winner” because she beat all three of intermediate age. For the men an extra five “Winners” were identified. A concluding main point to be made is that all five deserve recognition equal to that of the Senior Champion.

In 2019, in Timmins, Norm took the results from the 16 races held and, using competitor’s dates of birth. I have attached a summary letter from Norm, describing the results, as well as 4 excel sheets, with the ‘Winners’ listed. Norm’s short term objective is to simply receive comments, and ultimately would like to have this formula added to all competitions over a spectrum of activities/sports.
To make a comment to Norm, please send him a note to spinksn@bell.netThanks, Norm, for your tireless work on this!
MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION
Our new season membership season began on May 1, at that time, the Zone4 registration for next year became active. Thanks to everyone who has registered already. Here is a list of those who have aleady registered ( as of Oct 27, 2019):
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Marcel Crete Rauno Makinen Stan Kaczmarek Peter Hoffman Ron Mahler
Ivan MacKenzie Glenn Edwards Christa Ramonat Norman Spinks Mary-Anne Church
Chris Huet Tom Lobsinger Allan Magi Mark Orzel Ken Hawthorne
Mike Huet
Susan Kaczmarek Todd Randall Woody Woods Ed De La Plante
Glenn Meeuwisse George Milne Harry Vanderlugt Ed Cottell
Risto Santala Michael Gordon Tom Cook Cathy Cottell
Len Pizzy Michelle Gordon Joseph Kryger Deborah DePass
Kit Pizzey
Susanne Vanderlugt John Blachford Wendy Grater
For those who have not, I have a link here to the Ontario/Canadian registration page.
https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=21011&lan=1&cartlevel=1
I have also attached the old fashioned document in case you want to register by snail mail.
MWC 2021 – CANMORE, ALBERTA
Attached you will find a copy of the accommodations that are available for MWC 2021 in Canmore. I realize that the event is still 18 months away but as the saying goes, ”The early bird gets the worm”. It will be the responsibility of each Canadian participant to book their own accommodations. This booklet was given to all national Directors during our recent meetings in Canmore. Each European Nation was to submit their top three choices for accommodations to the OC by the end of October. Based on that information the accommodations would be allocated so if Canadians wait too long some of the accommodations may be booked by the time they decide. I am sure there are other hotels in Canmore besides the ones that are listed here so hopefully it won’t be a problem. If you are planning to attend the MWC in Canmore, I strongly suggest that you make preliminary bookings soon!
CANADIAN TOQUES
I still have a number of the Canadian Masters Toques which are available. The toque is designed to compliment the racing suit, and is made by Sauce. It is the SWIFT toque, and available in 2 sizes, small/medium or medium/large. A copy of the design is attached. Cost per hat is $35.00 including tax, plus postage. Please contact Wendy Grater if you’d like one!
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Blue Sky Loppet

Blue Sky Loppet has been added to the Ontario Masters Points race calendar.
See calendar for updates.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

January News

CANADIAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Masters Skiers and Friends,
We welcome you to the 2019 Masters xc ski championships in Northern Ontario on February 8-10th.
The ski trails at Porcupine Ski Runners are in top condition for the 10 & 20km. events.
We received over 20cm last week, and another 10-15cm is expected in the next week.
The rain and warm weather in many parts of Ontario did not reach us. Their rain was our snow.
Multiple daily flights from Air Canada and Porter airlines provide service from the Toronto hub. All major car
rental companies provide service from the airport.
The hotel room block is in place until January 11th. Best to book now.
Travel from the hotel to the trails is 10 minutes or less.
Friday night athlete social will have a local microbrewery ( Full Beard Brewing) providing a refreshing
beverage option to athletes.
Saturday banquet will be at a local Italian Hall with a great pasta meal offering.
The Early Bird registration deadline is January 11th so if you want to take advantage of the reduced rate you
have to register prior to then. Registration is on Zone4.ca
Please refer to the PSR website and connected race notice for event and accommodation information.
https://www.porcupineskirunners.com/index.php?page=cmc2019
Please join us for a great event, and a great warm up for those traveling to Norway for the MWC!
January 2019
MWC 2019 – BEITSTOLEN, NORWAY
The MWC in Norway is quickly approaching. Over 60 Canadians have already registered, and it should be a
super event. Please see information from our National Director, Bruce LeGrow, in the attached Canadian
newsletter. This describes details on selection for RELAYS as well as Canadian Social events.
If you did not book your accommodation through Bruce and the Canadian Team, please contact Bruce at
bruce.legrow@nf.sympatico.ca to let him know your location and to confirm your participation.
CANADIAN MASTERS TOQUES
Our second order of Canadian Masters Toques have arrived! These are available to any member of the
Ontario Masters organization. They are great toques by Sauce Headwear. Please see attached the
design.. The cost is $35.00 including tax. Please contact Wendy Grater wendy@blackfeather.com if you
would like to purchase one. We will have any toques still remaining at the Canadian Masters
Championships in Timmins, and at the MWC in Norway.
WINNERS IN AGE COMPETION
Submitted by member Norm Spinks
I am recommending to members of the Ontario Master Cross Country Ski Association that they consider a new
way of identifying winners in our competitions. This is defined by the following:
Winners Are Those Who Beat Everyone Older Than Themselves
I will start by saying what it is not. It is not a formula for age adjustment as is used in our season-long points
system. It is not related to age groupings. It is an alternative to age groups. It does not need age groups.
The above heading defines the new system. No further words are needed. However it is difficult to sell because
age groupings are ubiquitous across many sports. People think in terms of how it relates to age groups. With
age groups, winners have to beat younger competitors within the group. This becomes very difficult to do
especially in the older age groups. It goes against the essence of Masters competition which is to avoid having
to compete against younger competitors. Age grouping becomes unfair to older competitors
within older age groups. Many competitors wait until entry to a new age group which gives them a better
chance of winning. Quite often, especially in younger age groups, so called winners are beaten by some in an
older age group. They should not be called winners.
Organizers of Masters competition have a difficult time defining the age groups. Our Masters skiing with 5
year increments has a problem with decreasing numbers of entrants in older age groups. Ten year increments
improve this but makes winning even more difficult at the top end of an age group. Organizers sometimes give
up on older competitors by defining an age above which all older entrants are lumped. How fair is that?
This new suggestion has no such difficulties:
There is no need to beat anyone younger. Think about it: if you have beaten everyone older than yourself have
you not put on a good performance? I say that you are a winner. Why would you have to beat anyone
younger? Is it not the essence of Masters Competition taking away the need to beat younger competitors.
One more point: Fairness. Age grouping is unfair to older skiers and this corrects the situation without being
unfair to anybody. This coming season I enter the 85 to 89 age group which gives me an unfair advantage
over those pushing 90. What hope does an 89 year old have of beating me? He should not have to.
This idea has been put forward by Norm Spinks, to try out in the Ontario Masters Championships
standings in Timmins in 2019. If you can please send any comments regarding this, by January 20th, to
both wendy@blackfeather.com and spinksn@bell.net we would appreciate it. Thanks!
MEMBERSHIP
Hi Everyone
We currently have 80 registered members as listed below. If you have not already joined, please register
athttps://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=16320&lan=1&cartlevel=1 or fill in the attached registration form and send
to the address indicated on the form, with your payment.
Thanks to all of you who have already registered. Here is the list to Jan 1, 2019:
Bruce Alexander, Mark Berger, Dan Bertini, John Blachford,
Bonnie Blunton, Lean Burgan, Allan Butler, Catherine Penny,
Rob Cheskey, Louise Choquette, Mary-Anne Church, Thomas Cook,
Ed Cottell, Cathy Cottell, Deb DePass, Ed DeLa Plante,
Raphael DelliQuadri, Richard Demers, Jean Dorego, Blanche Drapeau,
Mike Dyon, Glenn Edwards, Stephen Flower, Jillian Flower,
Judy Gauthier, Ken Godfrey, Michelle Gordon, Michael Gordon,
Wendy Grater, Ken Hawthorne, Doug Hollingsworth, Chris Huet,
Mike Huet, Sue Kaczmarek, Stan Kaczmarek, Paul Kadziora,
Harris Kirby, Perry Kirkey, Linda Kirkey, Sandra Kiviaho,
Colin Kiviaho, Joseph Kryger, John Lewis, Tom Lobsinger,
Greg Lutick, Ivan Mackenzie, Allan Magi, Ron Mahler,
Rauno Makinen, Claude Marchand, Sara McIlwaith, Glenn Meeuwisse,
Keith Mercer, Karel Mika, Jana Mika, George Milne,
Michael Nevills, Mark Orzel, Peter Ostrom, Neil Phipps,
Kit Pizzey, Len Pizzy, Christa Ramonat, Todd Randall,
Jane Ravenshaw, Risto Santala, Werner Schwar, John Sexton,
Norman Spinks, Richard Thomas, Mark Thomas, Marion Tilstra,
Harry VanderLugt, Susie Vanderlugt, Brenda Vodusek, David White,
Woody Woods, David Wright.
ONTARIO MASTERS DIRECTORS
Our Directors and special volunteers for 2018-19.
Director – communication & promotions Wendy Grater wendy@blackfeather.com
Director – finance & membership Deb de Pass deb.depass@gmail.com
Volunteer - Loppet PointsSeries Maureen Bretz Maureen.bretz@sympatico.ca

Volunteer – website/social media Glenn Meeuwisse glenn@pulseracing.ca

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2019 Masters Points Races

The Masters points race calendar has been updated. 
See the Calendar of Races tab for info.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

October 2018 update

CANADIAN MASTERS 2019
Timmins, Ontario will be the site of the 2019 Canadian Masters. Timmins is know for great snow conditions, has excellent trails, and warm hospitality. They have had a number of ‘big’ events at their Porcupine Ski Runners club, and we’re sure the weekend will run seamlessly.. This event will take place February 8 - 10, 2018 which is three weeks before the MWC 2019 so it should provide an excellent tune up for Norway. You can checkout the details on the Timmins here: https://www.porcupineskirunners.com/

Also, since the Canadian Masters is in Ontario for 2019, this will also serve as our Ontario Championships. We will have awards for the Ontario skiers in the event as well.

MWC 2019 – BEITOSTOLEN, NORWAY
Approximately 100 Canadians have accommodations booked for the MWC in Norway. If anyone is still planning on going but do not have accommodations, please contact the MWC2019 organizing committee asap. You can find the information here: https://www.beitoworldcup.com/masters-world-cup-2019/
This will be the largest Canadian contingents to participate in Europe. We have a number of Ontario skiers that have booked accommodation and are planning to attend. If you are planning to attend, and have not booked your accommodation through Bruce LeGrow and the Canadian Team, please contact Wendy Grater with your name and where you are staying, so we can add you to the Canadian Team list, and know where to contact you while in Beitostolen.
There is also the option of staying on and skiing in the famous Birkebeiner Ski Loppet, which takes place the Saturday following the MWC event. It should be a great time of skiing!

ONTARIO MASTERS WEBSITE
Our Ontario Masters website is still there for skiing information. Thanks to Glenn Meeuwisse, who is the tech savy behind it, we can post interesting news items, articles or any other things of interest to Ontario Masters skiers. Check out www.onmastersxcski.ca. If you have any information that you would like posted, please contact Glenn at <glenn@pulseracing.ca> .

ONTARIO LOPPETS 2019
We will be continuing with our Loppet Points Series for 2019. Maureen Bretz will have further details in our November issue of the newsletter. Preliminary date for some of the key loppets for 2018/19 are: 
Yuletide Blast (Highlands Nordic) December 15, 2018
Muskoka Loppet (Arrowhead Nordic) January 27, 2019
Sounder Ski Tour (Georgian Nordic) TBA
Canadian and Ontario Masters (Timmins) Feb 8 – 10, 2019 
Gatineau Loppet (Ottawa) February 15 - 17, 2019 
Fischer/Swix Loppet March 3, 2019
We will have a more complete listing of the 2019 Ontario Loppets in the November newsletter. Please send any ideas or comments to Maureen Bretz at maureen.bretz@sympatico.ca

MEMBERSHIP
To take part in the Ontario Masters Loppet Series, the Ontario Masters Championships, Canadian Championships and Masters World Cup events, you must be a member of the Ontario Masters XC Ski Association. This membership automatically makes you a member of the Canadian Masters. As well as these events, the Masters has fairly regular newsletters, and other ‘perks’. The cost is only $20 for the year, which is a real steal!
Please find attached the membership form for Ontario/Canadian Masters for 2015. You can also register online at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=18227&lan=1&cartlevel=1
Please send any snail mail registration to: Deborah DePass, 2 Pine Spring, Barrie ON L4M 4Y8
Please make sure to have any cheques made out to Canadian Masters X-C Ski Association.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ski Trax Special Offer

Canadian Masters XC Ski Association-SkiTrax Special Offer

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Canadian Masters XC Ski Association members save 25% off regular subscription prices - or try a SkiTrax-Pedal Combo Deal and get Pedal Magazine, our cycling publication, as well - to order click here https://skitrax.com/canmastersxc

Monday, May 28, 2018

2019 Canadian and Ontario Masters Championships

CANADIAN and ONTARIO  MASTERS  CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019

In 2019, Ontario will be host for the Canadian Masters Championships. This will mean that this is a ‘double’ event, with races counting as both the Canadian and Ontario Championships. We are very pleased to announce that the combined Canadian and Ontario Masters XC Ski Championships will take place at the Porcupine Ski Runners Club in Timmins. They excited to host this event, and will work hard to ensure that their excellent trails and facilities are ready for us. The weekend is Fri. Feb 8 – Sun. Feb 10, 2019.

See full info at https://www.porcupineskirunners.com/

The format will be the same as our usual Ontario Masters:
Friday afternoon 10 km classic
Friday evening Pizza and Social 
Saturday 9 am 20 km classic*
Saturday 11 am 20 km skate*
Saturday evening Banquet and Social
Sunday10 am 10 km skate

 Please make every effort to come to this event, and support your Masters skiing association!