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

The Canadian Masters XC Ski Association and SkiTrax Magazine, the largest cross-country ski magazine in North America, keeps you up to date on all the latest Nordic news including FIS World Cup and World Championships, IBU Biathlon, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping, plus the latest Ski Gear including Test Reports, Adventure and Recreational skiing, Technique and much, much more - check out skitrax.com.

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!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ontario Masters Championships CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that Ontario Master Championships at Highlands Nordic has been cancelled due to extremely poor snow conditions.
Refunds will be processed by Highlands Nordic. AGM notice will follow soon.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ontario Masters Championships and Fischer Loppet have been moved to Highlands Nordic for 2018.

Due to the fire at Hardwood on Christmas Day, we could not ensure sufficient indoor facilities/washrooms etc. Highlands has graciously agreed to host the event, and we are excited to have this professional group organize some great racing!
Some details and scheduling have changed. See updated schedule and info below.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RACE SECRETARY AT HIGHLANDS IS COMMITTED TO THE ONTARIO WINTER GAMES FROM FEBRUARY 28 - MARCH 2 (YES, THE DAY OF YOUR FIRST RACE) SO THE PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS EARLIER THAN NORMAL - MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 AT MIDNIGHT - SO THAT THE START LIST AND BIBS ARE READY FOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON.  THE START LIST WILL BE POSTED TO ZONE 4 ON FEBRUARY 27TH.

Schedule of races are:
Friday March 2
3:30 pm - 10 km Skate
4:45 pm - Awards
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters AGM and social
Saturday March 3
9:00 am - 20 km Classic
11:00 am - 20 km Skate
1:00 pm - Awards
5:30 pm - Ontario Masters Banquet and awards
Sunday March 4
9:30 am - 10 km Classic
11:00 am - Awards

The AGM/Social on Friday evening, and the Ontario Masters Banquet on Saturday, will take place at Highlands Nordic.
There are numerous accommodation options in the Collingwood area. With all events at Highlands, we do not have a specific accommodation partner, but allow you to make your own personal choice.
We encourage you all to attend! It should be a very fun event, varied courses, and great time of year for ski conditions.
We also welcome any volunteers for any or all part of the event.
Information and Registration is open at https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=17425
Please feel free to contact Kelly at Highlands with questions or if interested in helping skiinfo@highlandsnordic.ca