At the closing of 2019, on December 29th, the Revelstoke Nordic Club hosted a BC Winter Games Trials event.
The strongly organized event went off without a hitch – there were nice skiing conditions and well prepared tracks. This particular race is called an ‘interval start classic race,’ which means racers start at fifteen second intervals.
Depending on the racers age, distances ranged from one and a half to ten kilometres. Approximately 130 racers participated.
“The race was also a qualifier for BC winter games for athletes of birth years 2005 and 2006,” explains Rory Luxmoore. “The top two of each gender and age have an automatic berth. There may be other slots available. The winter games this year are in Fort St. John.”
Revelstoke racers excelled on their home turf.
In the Under 10 Boys, Irah Cameron-Harding and Hamish Woodman finished second and fifth respectively while in the Under 10 Girls, Micayla MacIntosh won second place.
Fiona Woodman finished third in the Under 12 Girls. Cedar Jacob scored a second place finish in the Under 12 Boys, with Nicholas Gill and Levi Maloney rounded out the top seven.
Revelstoke racers dominated in the Under 14 Girls, with Ruby Serrouya taking first and Meya Musseau grabbing second. Sophie Van Oort took fifth place, Abby Maloney seventh, Isobel Wilson eight and Natalia Morrone twelfth place. Tobin Gill took seventh place in the Under 14 Boys.
Revelstoke Nordic Club racers continued to show strongly throughout every catagory.
The Under 16 Boys saw Elliot Wilson and Francesco Morrone take second and third place with Micah Jacob snagging sixth. The Under 16 Girls was won by Revelstokian Alexandra Luxmoore, with Maeve Macleod and Nyssa Thomas take fifth and sixth. Polly Van Oort came in eleventh and Cedar Cameron-Harding thirteenth.
Under 18 Girls saw Emily MacLeod take first and Jaclyn Elliott second place. Rebecca Brosch, Zoe Larson, and Arianna Morrone finished fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.
In the Men’s Open, Revelstoke’s Rory Luxmoore came sixth place and Harry van Oort ninth.
The Women’s Open resulted in Revelstoke racers sweeping the podium. Gina Cinelli took first, Beth Granstrom second, and Elizabeth Elliott third. Kate Granstrom was seventh, Annmarie Gill eight and Mandy Kellner rounding out the top ten.
Congratulations to everyone involved, from the racers to the volunteers, who made it happen. Many thanks to Maja Swannie Jacob for the photographs.