Brendan Macintosh (right) on the podium with his silver medal.

Brendan Macintosh (right) on the podium with his silver medal.

Two Revelstoke Nordic skiers reach podium at Canadian Masters

Revelstoke's Brendan Macintosh and Stuart Smith bring home medals from Canadian Nordic Masters Championships in Golden last week.

Revelstoke’s Brendan Macintosh and Stuart Smith both reached the podium at the Canadian Nordic Master’s Championships at the Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre in Golden, B.C., last week.

On March 12, 2012 a small group of Nordic skiers travelled to Golden to represent the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club at the Canadian Masters’s Championships.  The event is held annually somewhere in Canada, and was the largest event hosted by the Golden Nordic Club to date, and perhaps an event in Revelstoke’s future. The time change and uncertain roads made for a very early start to arrive in time to register, get organized and warm up.  Spring like conditions made for icy and rough conditions on the tracks, and we were a bit surprised by the strong headwind on some sections.

Racing in the 20-kilometre freestyle race Macintosh and Smith both came in second place in their respective age groups. Pete Smillie came in fifth place in the same race.

Smillie and Smith also competed in the 30 kilometre classic race on Saturday, Mar. 17. Once again, challenging and unpredictable waxing made for tense preparations and challenging skiing. Smillie’s result was not available by press time while Smith did not finish.

Two junior skiers also travelled to Golden on Mar. 17 to take part in the Huckleberry Loppet. Tayla Koerber won the 15 kilometre classic race in the 14-17 year-old age group, while Emily Suchy finished first in the four kilometre sit-ski race in the 14-17 year-old age group.