Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October Pre-Season updates


This event is a partnership between Hardwood Ski & Bike, Team Hardwood Masters and Pulse Racing.
The event will be held in conjunction with the Fischer Loppet and Nordikids races to allow for families to take part and encourage new members.  With the large network of trails at Hardwood, we plan to change courses each day, being tailored to the technique and distance.

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

The AGM/Social on Friday evening, and the Ontario Masters Banquet on Saturday, will take place at Hardwood.
There are numerous accommodation options in Barrie, Orillia, Oro-Medonte B&B’s, as well as condos at Horseshoe Resort. With all events at Hardwood, 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 now open at https://zone4.ca/reg.asp?id=15045
Please feel free to contact myself with questions or if interested in helping glenn@pulseracing.ca


The Canadian Master Championships will be held in conjunction with the World Masters in Minneapolis, Jan 19 – 26, 2018. There will be further information from our National Director in the National Fall newsletter.


As mentioned above, the MWC for 2018 will be January 19 – 26, 2018. You can register and find out information on the website http://www.loppet.org/mwc2018/
Please find attached an update regarding registration and accommodation from Bruce!


We will be continuing with our Loppet Points Series for 2018.  We will have further details in our November issue of the newsletter.  Preliminary date for some of the key loppets for 2018 are:
Yuletide Blast                         December 16, 2017
Canadian/World Masters        Jan 19 – 26, 2018       
Muskoka Loppet                     January 28, 2018
Gatineau Loppet                     February 17, 18, 2018
Sounder Ski Tour                    February 25, 2018
Ontario Masters                      March 2 - 4, 2018
Leprechaun Loppet                 March 17, 2018

We will have a more complete listing of the 2018 Ontario Loppets in the November newsletter.  Please send any ideas or comments to Russ Evans revans@cogeco.ca.


Please find attached the membership form for Ontario/Canadian Masters for 2017-18.  You can also register online at https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=16320 .  Please send any snail mail registration to:
Russ Evans, 24 Cortina Cres, Hamilton, ON L8K 4K4.  Please make sure to have any cheques made out to Canadian Masters Cross Country Ski Association..
As indicated at our 2017 AGM, Russ Evans would like to step down as Ontario Director. Russ’ role has involved 2 parts, Membership and Loppet Point Series. This could be taken over by one person, or split into 2 jobs. Russ is happy to help with any training and transition. Please contact Russ revans@cogeco.ca.and I wendy@blackfeather.com if you are interested in one or both of the positions.

I’d like to thank and recognize the years of dedicated work that Russ has given the organization. Thank you.


We are saddened to announce the passing of a great skiing buddy and Ontario Master, Ian McQueen. Here is a moving tribute from his friend, Carmel Smyth.

RIP    Ian McQueen - Lifelong fitness buff and generous friend gone mid-stride

(He died doing what he loved, competing in a triathlon –Guelph Lake Tri 11,  on Saturday, Sept 2)
Ian was a gregarious, charming Scot, who after years in Canada never lost his distinctive brogue.
He worked for the provincial ministry of transport, but he was a man defined by his passions not his position.
 A gifted athlete he started as a competitive motocross racer, something he always blamed for his joint and hip trouble later in life.
When he came to Canada he dropped the motorized bikes and took up running. He joined Toronto’s Longboat running club.  He fit right in, as devoted as any compulsive runner, and was thrilled to make his marathon goal, a PB of under 3 hours.
Next came  X-country skiing.  He delighted in fighting the frostbite and pain through 50km ski races, including the famed, and feared Gatineau Loppet, and internationally respected course.
Skiing mastered, Ian turned to perhaps his greatest challenge.  Overcoming his natural aversion to water, he struggled to learn to swim.  This opened the door to triathlons, the endurance and the sprint versions, culminating in a grueling Ironman, a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike, then a 42 km run. Predictably even in this multi-skill sport he excelled, regularly making the top 3 in his age group.
When he wasn’t “tri-ing”, he  dabbled in mountain bike and cyclecross racing. And by dabble I mean monitored diets, scheduled daily training sessions, racing research,  the latest gadgets and the same intense focus he attacked everything else with.
Through it all Ian earned a reputation as a compassionate competitor, willing to gift, loan or share a pump, tire or wetsuit to anyone in need. He gave generously of his time too, volunteering for many races so others could enjoy his sports. He never complained. He never whined. He was a positive presence who brought laughter and smiles to all of us he rolled or ran by.
Ian didn’t waste energy savouring successes.  He was always in motion.  Always planning the next challenge.  
And often persuading his good friend Brian Eley to compete with him, as he did on his last race ever. 

He was in fine form on Saturday, Sept 2 at the Guelph Lake Tri 11. Grinning and geared up as always. 
He did better than expected in the 750 m swim, tore through the 30 km bike, and was on pace in his 
distinctive power-march through the 7 km run when he collapsed. Doctors say his heart gave out instantly. He was dead before he hit the ground.
He would have approved. Not a moment of life wasted. Not a second of stillness.
He leaves behind his partner Deborah dePass, younger brother Colin , nephew Craig , and too many friends to name.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Invitation to Team Hardwood Masters

The 2017-18 Team Hardwood Masters XC Ski Training and Racing program is designed for Masters skiers who are interested in ski racing in loppets, local and regional races and in Masters races from the Ontario to the World Masters Championships. Coaching is provided by former National Ski Team and Team Hardwood coach, Jack Sasseville. Jack has been coaching for over 40 years at all levels from Jackrabbit to Masters and is a 4 time Olympic Team coach.

The group meets in the fall starting at the end of September on Saturday and Sunday mornings for ski walking and roller skiing sessions. Once the snow falls there is an added bonus session on Wednesday evenings.

The focus of the program is to help masters athletes to be the best skiers that they can be by improving their physical, technical, tactical, and mental skills. Skiers will also learn more about waxing and ski preparation. Skiers in the program will be given a fall and winter training program personally designed for them.

For more information about the program please contact Jack Sasseville at hardwoodcoach1@gmail.com


Jack Sasseville
Team Hardwood Head Coach
705 331 3367

Monday, March 13, 2017

Porcupine Loppet

Porcupine Loppet postponed until Sunday March 19 - see info here http://www.porcupineskirunners.com/loppet

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January News


The 2017 Masters are from February 3 – 5 in Parry Sound at the Georgian Nordic Ski Club. A registration form is attached, and the on-line registration is available on Zone4.ca.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, Feb 3   2 pm    10 km Classic (wave starts)
                        6 pm    Evening Social with Pizza
Sat. Feb 4         9 am    20 km Classic (wave starts)
                        11 am  20 km Skate(wave starts)
                        6:30     Banquet at Tappattoo
Sun. Feb 5       9 am    10 km Skate (wave starts)

There will be a Social, Pizza/Salad dinner and AGM on Friday night at the Georgian Nordic Club lodge, starting at 6 pm.  The cost per person will be $10.00, and this price is subsidized by approximately $10.00 per person by the Ontario Masters XC Association.  Included in your $10 fee:
-          pre-dinner appetizers
-          deluxe Pizza
-          2 types of salads
-          dessert
-          tea, coffee, wine, soft drinks, mineral water
-          social and AGM
Please confirm on your registration for this, so that we will know numbers.

There will be a buffet banquet and awards on Saturday night at the Grand Tappattoo Resort, http://grandtappattoo.com/ . The price is $35 per person, including tax and gratuities. The menu is attached. Also, please confirm on your registration!

There is also accommodation at the Grand Tappattoo.  There are a 4 ‘housekeeping’ cabins available during the winter, sleeping 2 – 6 people, as well as regular and deluxe rooms (http://grandtappattoo.com/rates.php).  The Grand Resort Tappattoo is offering Ontario Masters skiers a 10% discount on room or cabin rates.  Please contact them at info@grandtappattoo.com, and put Ontario Masters in the subject line.  You can also phone:  705-378-2210.

The Grand Tappattoo is located approximately 20 minutes from the ski trails, and has hot tub, sauna and swimming pool.

We are looking for any volunteers to help with the Ontario Masters races at Georgian Nordic on the weekend of Feb. 3 – 5. You do not need any skill … some of the areas that we need to ‘staff’ include:
-          registration table (handing out of bibs)
-          finish line (taking in bibs, juice and oranges)
-          assistance in the Burrow with food options
If you can volunteer for part of the event, or have a friend or partner who is willing, please contact Wendy Grater at wendy@blackfeather.com.


Many of our Loppet Points series are part of the SOD Parafin Series. There is a specific waxing protocol for this SOD Race Series. In order to increase accessibility to the sport, focus on athlete development, and reduce costs, no glide waxes with fluorocarbons are permitted.  No Low Fluoro wax, High Fluoro wax, powders, hardeners, or gels or other "voodoo" are permitted. This restriction applies to all categories, including Open and Masters.  This restriction does not apply to grip waxes.

Please check this link to see all the races affected: http://xcontario.com/race-schedule-for-the-2016-2017-season/

Since our last newsletter, our membership has grown to 60 with the following 12 members having rejoined.
Daniel Bertini                          Les Humphreys                       Glenn Meeuwisse                    Ed deLaplante                                 Linda & Perry Kirkey              Ruth & Fred Scheel                 Michelle & Michael Gordon    Bronwen Lash                          Richard Thomas

Members are reminded that in order to have points calculated for a loppet, one must be a member for the current season at the time of the race. The purpose of this rule is to preventive the necessity of recalculating the points. However, the points for the Yuletide Blast have not been calculated yet. If you skied the event and have not joined the association for this season, send your membership today and you will be included.

We are looking for a host club for the 2018 Ontario Masters Championships. Any club or facility that is willing to host the event is welcome to contact us, preferably before the 2017 Ontario Masters in Parry Sound. In 2018, the Canadian and World Masters will be combined and take place in late January in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Therefore, a preferable date for the Ontario Masters would be in the second half of February or early March.
Any interested club or organization should contact either Russ Evans revans@cogeco.ca or Wendy Grater wendy@blackfeather.com.
MWC 2022
The year 2022 is the next time that Canada is eligible to host the World Masters XC Ski races. The event attracts approximately 1,200 master athletes who compete over an approximate 8 day schedule. Bruce LeGrow, our National Director, is looking for any venues that may be keen to host this. In the past, Canada has hosted MWC events in Canmore, Alberta, Quebec City, and Silver Star/Sovereign Lake, BC.
If you know of an organization or ski facility who would be keen to host this event, please contact Bruce LeGrow at bruce.legrow@nf.sympatico.ca. Preferably before the Canadian Masters in Charlo in mid February.