Media Conference ‘’Announcement of Gatineau Loppet Program’’

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‘’Announcement of Gatineau Loppet Program’’

Gatineau, January 28, 2020 – The Gatineau Loppet organizing committee today unveiled the complete program for the 42nd edition of the largest international cross-country skiing event in Canada.

In just over two weeks, the National Capital Region will welcome skiers from across Canada and from more than 20 countries overall. Participants will set off on the trails of Gatineau Park on February 15-16, 2020.

Every year, the Gatineau Loppet attracts close to 2,500 participants of all ages and levels. A member of the Worldloppet League, it is part of a circuit regrouping the 20 largest cross-country ski races around the world, including the Vasaloppet in Sweden and La Tranjurassienne in France. 

2020 Program

For this 42nd edition, the Gatineau Loppet is once again organizing races in three separate disciplines. The fat bike competitions, presented by Les Bicyclettes de Hull, took place on January 25th.  Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing races will take place during the official weekend of the event.

Online registration continues until February 12th. It is also possible to register on site starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14th, near the cafeteria of Cégep de l’Outaouais, at the Gabrielle Roy campus. This is where activities will take place throughout the weekend.

Here is a brief overview of upcoming competitions:

Saturday, February 15, 2020 Sunday, February 16, 2020
Time Race Presenter Time Race  Presenter
9:00 51 km Classic Municipality of Chelsea 9:00 51 km Freestyle Swix
9:00 27 km Classic Le spa Nordik & Hendrick Farm 9:00 27 km Freestyle Le spa Nordik & Hendrick Farm
13:00 15 km Classic Auclair 12:00 Mini 2 km Sport Échange Outaouais
13:10  5 km Classic Tourisme Outaouais 13:00 10 km Freestyle Otto’s Subaru
13:20  Provincial Snowshoe Championship Snowshoe Canada

Honourary Chair

As announced last November, the Gatineau Loppet is proud to welcome Alex Harvey as honorary chair of this 42nd edition.

A three-time Olympian and world champion, he announced last year his retirement from competition. During his distinguished career, he competed at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympic Games, finished third in the overall World Cup standings on two occasions, and collected more than 30 World Cup podiums, including nine wins.

“I’m really excited about heading to Outaouais for the Gatineau Loppet,” said Harvey. “After more than ten winters spent overseas, I can finally witness with my own eyes all the wonderful things the Gatineau Loppet has to offer!”

In addition to his role as honorary chair, Harvey will take part in a number of social events during the 2020 Gatineau Loppet and will be present at the Salomon booth throughout the weekend.

High-Profile Local Participants

Among local skiers who have confirmed their participation in this 42nd edition are a true legend of the event, Sheila Kealey, as well as former Olympian Al Pilcher.

In 2013, Kealey became the inaugural member of The Legends’ Path, the name used by the Gatineau Loppet to designate its hall of fame. Over the years, she has participated in more than 30 Loppet races, finishing on the podium a dozen times. She returns to the event after missing last year’s edition due to a scheduling conflict with her duties as head coach of the University of Ottawa nordic skiing program.

“I love everything about the Gatineau Loppet. It’s a fantastic event for the region with pretty much guaranteed great conditions, a beautiful course, and fabulous organization.”

Pilcher represented Canada at the Winter Olympics in 1988 at Calgary and 1992 at Albertville, France. He makes his return to the Gatineau Loppet after an absence of more than three decades.

“This will only be my second time at the Loppet.  The first time was in 1985, when I came in fifth. When I was skiing full time, I was always in Europe when the Loppet was on. I’m not in the shape I use to be in, but it will be very exciting to ski it again. The great thing about Loppets is the diversity of skiers. You have top level athletes to skiers who just aim to finish the race.”

Partners

The Gatineau Loppet would like to thank its main partners who help make the event a success.

Thank you to the Government of Quebec, City of Gatineau, Bicyclettes de Hull, Swix, Nordik spa, Hendrick farm, the Municipality of Chelsea, Fisher, Auclair, Fresh Air Experience, Salomon, Surge Active Wear, Uniform Urban Developments, Xact nutrition, Otto’s Subaru , and Sport Échange Outaouais.

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The 2020 Gatineau Loppet is run by the PMI Sports, an expert in the organization of events. We can also count on the remarkable work of the Administration and Organizing Committee, whose members work passionately to make this event a national success.

For more information, visit the event website: www.gatineauloppet.com

Source:

Camille Dionne

Coordination Assistant

819-595-9001 ext. 4

coordination@gatineauloppet.com 

Annie Boucher

Fuse Communications and Public Affairs

613-863-3702

boucher@fusecommunications.ca