Lake Louise to Banff loppet 2014

by Bob Truman on January 20, 2014

in Banff, Lake Louise, Ski Race

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-Wax technician Cheryl and SkierBob at the finish line of the Lake Louise to Banff loppet-

Participating in the loppet means I didn’t take any photos, but my wax technician had her I-phone going, and I’ll add photos today as I get them downloaded.

Minimal effortIf you have a loppet story to share, please leave a comment. I’m always interested in hearing about other skier’s impressions of the conditions, or if you had any “incidents” to share.

In  the mean time, here’s a video of the start(if you can pick me out as I’m casually double-poling, it sure doesn’t appear that I’ll be winning this race with the lackadaisical effort that I’m putting forth!):

I survived! Better than that, I had fun most of the way. The 2K climb near the end on the Hillsdale split was a testament to willpower overcoming fatigue. For the fifteen minutes that I struggled up that long climb, I had time to reflect on the toll taken on my body from six-decades of hard living. I decided that I didn’t regret any of it!

Mark Thorsteinson at the pre-race meeting. It's never too early to have a smoke. Photo by Mike Freeman.

Mark Thorsteinson at the pre-race meeting. It’s never too early to have a smoke. Photo by Mike Freeman.

Here’s another video as I start  the final kilometre.

Congratulations to the overall winner, John Groeneveld, who finished in a time of 3:03:09.  He was six minutes faster than runner-up Jeff Holmes. When I say overall, I mean he was also faster than any of the teams.

The fastest team, Foothills Masters, finished in a time of 3:18:20

See Full Results.

Getting ready at Castle Lookout. The outfit didn't slow her down.

Getting ready at Castle Lookout. The outfit didn’t slow her down.

Even with the cigarette in his mouth #43, Mark Thorsteinson(the Keith Richards look-alike), finished 16 minutes ahead of me. Mike Freeman has posted some excellent photos.

A huge thank you to all the loppet volunteers. I’m glad you didn’t have to stand outside in frigid temperatures this year.

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