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“New Location for the Gatineau Loppet”
Gatineau, January 15, 2019 – The Gatineau Loppet Organizing Committee has officially launched the festivities surrounding the 41st edition of the biggest international cross-country ski event in Canada. Thousands of skiers from the area and from more than 20 countries will converge on the Outaouais on February 15, 16 and 17, 2019 to hit the trails of the magnificent Gatineau Park in an expression of their passion for cross-country skiing and winter sports.
The tornado that swept through the National Capital took a heavy toll on École secondaire Mont-Bleu, around which previous editions of the Gatineau Loppet revolved. Thankfully, the Campus Gabrielle-Roy of the Cégep de l’Outaouais, which is located right next to École secondaire Mont-Bleu, has opened its doors for this year’s indoor activities:
Cégep de l’Outaouais – Campus Gabrielle-Roy
333 Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes
Gatineau, Quebec J8Y 6M4
The Gatineau Loppet is proud to have Malcom Hunter as its Honorary President. This former Olympic skier, four-time Canadian champion, active volunteer with the Gatineau Loppet and former member of its Board of Directors, has been a true ambassador of the event for several years. Great enthusiast of cross-country skiing, Mr. Hunter recently released a book entitled The Trail Beckons: 100 Years of Cross-Country Skiing in Gatineau, which recounts the history of cross-country skiing over the past 100 years in our magnificent region.
Always at the mercy of the whims of Mother Nature, we are pleased to announce that this year she has graced us with abundant snow! All our trails are already open, and conditions have been simply splendid since the beginning of winter, which bodes well for the upcoming races.
This 41st edition offers a program lineup that will please skiers at all levels!
Unique linear trails: The 2019 Gatineau Loppet will have two linear trails: the 51 km SWIX classic (Saturday, February 16) and the 51 km LA PÊCHE & CHELSEA freestyle (Sunday, February 17) starting from the P17 parking lot in the municipality of La Pêche. Both of those trails will make a north-south cut through some of the most magical settings in Gatineau Park!
Important information for linear Routes :
- The 51 km classic will be sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS), which will award FIS points (in accordance with the applicable FIS rules). This race has also been designated for the Canadian Long Distance Loppet Championship.
- Trail 36 will be reserved for freestyle skiers ONLY on race day, Sunday, February 17 (it is normally reserved for classic style).
Fat bike: This year’s Bicyclettes de Hull Fatbike race was held on January 12 at the Hautes Plaines de Gatineau golf course. Fat bike fans braved the cold temperature on a beautiful sunny day to complete the 12 km, 25 km and 37 km races. The Gatineau Loppet thanks OMBA (Ottawa Mountain Bike Association) for helping out with the logistics.
Recognition program: This year will mark the second year of the Gatineau Loppet Recognition Program in collaboration with Nordik Spa-Nature. The program recognizes skiers who take part in both long races in a given year (Saturday and Sunday). After three years, participants are granted the title of Nordik Skiers, which entitles them to many benefits from Nordik Spa-Nature, notably a special VIP evening.
Entertainment: Every year, the Gatineau Loppet offers its participants the best of Canadian hospitality and entertainment. Visitors from abroad and local participants get treated to all types of winter festivities, including maple taffy on snow, fun refuelling stops along the trails, entertainment at the arrival point, traditional music and meals, local beer, activities for the kid, hot chocolate…we’ve got you covered!
Something for everyone
The Gatineau Loppet invites all winter sport aficionados, from beginner to expert, to take part in its 41st edition! There will be a total of eight cross-country ski races spread over Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, ranging from a 2 km to the 51 km in both classic and freestyle. The classics will be on Saturday, February 17, with the 5 km (Physio Avantage Plus), 15 km (Auclair), 27 km (Otto’s BMW/SUBARU) and 51 km linear (Swix). Sunday, February 19 will feature the freestyle Mini 2 km (Sport échange Outaouais), 10 km (MEC), 27 km (NCC) and 51 km linear (La Pêche and Chelsea). There will also be three snowshoe races: 2 km, 5 km and 10 km. This year, the 5 km and 10 km will be the Grand Finale races of the Quebec Cup race series of which the first race will have been held a week prior in Mont St-Anne, Québec.
Cross-country skiers and snowshoe runners can still take advantage of the discount to register for the Gatineau Loppet, which will be available until January 20, 2019 inclusively. Online registrations will be open until Wednesday, February 13.
The Gatineau Loppet would like to thank its partners, Ville de Gatineau, the Government of Quebec through Tourisme Québec, Tourisme Outaouais, which this year once again is promoting cross-country skiing as the main feature in its winter campaign, the National Capital Commission, and Gatineau Park, which has been welcoming us for 39 years and helping out in the field, the municipalities of Chelsea and La Pêche, Swix, Nordik Spa-Nature, Hendrick Farm, Otto’s BMW and Subaru, Auclair, Fischer, MEC, Sport Échange Outaouais, Xact Nutrition, Physio Avantage Plus, Bicyclettes de Hull, Biscotti, Chelsea Pub, the Crowne Plaza, the Ramada Plaza Manoir du Casino, Cégep de l’Outaouais and the many official suppliers, corporate partners and media partners.
For additional information, go to gatineauloppet.com.
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The Gatineau Loppet is run by the Simoncic Group, an agency that specializes in event management, and also runs the Festival Franco-Ontarien, the Franco-Fête de Toronto and the St-Albert Curd Festival.
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Kim Murray, Communications