This article was originally published on the Cross-Country Ski Canada website.
Haywood Race Report
Just when Thunder Bay was thinking that spring had arrived Mother Nature sent cold weather and high winds to Lappe for a deceivingly cold -6 degree C. day. Fortunately there was brilliant sunshine, so if you could stay out of the gusts the weather was tolerable for the classic, interval start races.
The fences and supplier tents were no match for the wind.
The racing continued to be very competitive but the arrival of Emily Nishikawa and Ivan Babikov after racing the World Cups in Oslo last weekend, added an increased performance level to the competition.
In the women's race it was a battle between National Team skiers Emily Nishkawa of Whitehorse and Nakkertok's Perianne Jones, who has recently showed increased success in distance competitions.
Emily built up a large lead 25 second lead on the first lap over Perianne, but on the 2nd 5k either the jetlag and skiing 30k on Sunday caught up with Emily, or Perianne went into another gear as there was only a 2 second gap at the finish.
Cendrine Browne came through in 3rd for Fondeurs Laurentide.
For the men it was a similar story as Ivan Babikov of Foothills Nordic returned to competition at the Nationals.
Ivan built up a 7 second lead over fellow World Cup skier Graeme Killick over the first 7.5k and increased the lead to 25 seconds at the finish.
In 3rd place it was nice to see Frédéric Touchette of Université Laval returning to the podium. Frédéric had been a rival of Alex Harvey as a junior and has struggled with several medical issues in recent years that have limited his performance levels.
You can continue to read the article with Junior and Juvenile results by clicking here.