Quesnel’s Cariboo Ski Touring Club (CSTC) biathlon team competed at the B.C. Cup #2 races at the Whistler Olympic Park venue on Jan. 23 – 25.
In true West Coast fashion it was a rain-soaked event.
However, it was still a well-attended event with biathletes from all over B.C., plus contingents from Washington State and the Yukon vying for gold.
The competition included a Sprint event on Saturday that involves two shooting bouts and three laps of skiing, with the ski laps ranging from 0.9 km to 3.3 km depending on the age categories.
The finishing order in the Sprint set the stage for the start order in Sunday’s Pursuit event where racers start five seconds after the person who placed in front of them in the Sprint.
The Pursuit format made for some very exciting racing as the leader orders changed through the race depending on how successful individuals were at each shooting bout.
Quesnel was well represented by nine biathletes.
In addition to the weekends racing outcomes several other awards and recognition were handed out.
Kyra Teetzen received the rest of her gear in preparation for her participation on Team B.C. at the Canada Winter Games, and Anni Kurta and Ryan Elden were recognized for being the top Junior Girl and Junior Boy respectively in last year’s B.C. Cup Series.
The next biathlon events in B.C. are during the first week of the Canada Winter Games in Prince George starting Feb. 14, and the B.C. Cup Championships in Vanderhoof Feb. 27 – March 1.
For information visit the Cariboo Ski Touring Club’s website at caribooski.ca