The Vikings ski team has been busy the last couple of weekends with races and look forward to more in the coming weeks! On January 24 the team traveled to Athabasca for the annual Athabasca Loppet. It was among the warmest race days experienced by many skiers but luckily the region had more snow than Camrose, so trail conditions were much better than they had been in practice the previous week. Augustana Vikings athletes raced in either 10km or 20km races and all distances were freestyle. For the 10km women’s races, Annika Olesen finished in first place with a time of 36:48. For the men’s 10km, Erik Rust finished in 6th in a time of 31:47. For the women’s 20km, Emily McIlroy crossed the finish in first place in a time of 58:26 while the men’s top finisher was Matthieu Martin in 5th with a time 52:36.
On January 31, the Vikings travelled to Vermillion for the classic style, Beckie Scott Loppet. All racers competed in the 20km distance as a part of the University Series along with the U of A north campus’ Bears and Pandas. Nils Asfeldt was Augustana’s top male finisher in 5th place in a time of 1:07:12. The top female finisher was Emily McIlroy in 3rd place with a time of 1:19:08.
Camrose will be hosting an Alberta Cup on February 7 and 8 at the Stoney Creek Centre. Athletes will compete in two races: Saturday will feature a mass start classic technique race, 9.5km for men and 7.5km for women. Sunday will be an individual start freestyle race, 15km for men and 9.5km for the women. Further details can be found at www.camroseskiclub.com.