Vanderhoof skiers brave cold, put up good fight

Three skiers from Vanderhoof made their way to the Teck BC Cup in Prince George to face the races under harsh weather conditions

Alexander Nemethy at the Teck BC Cup Jan 3-4.

Alexander Nemethy at the Teck BC Cup Jan 3-4.

Bitter cold was no match for hundreds of skiers who took to the trails during the Cross Country Skiing’s Teck BC Cup #1.

Hosted by the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club in Prince George Jan 3 and 4, races continued both days in spite of some chilling weather conditions. Three skiers from Vanderhoof raced including  Bridgit Borek, Charlie Borek and Alexander Nemethy.

Bridgit did not start her race on Saturday and her category was one that was cancelled due to cold weather on Sunday.

Charlie Borek did not start on Saturday and placed 15 out of 20 in his category in the RHB Schmitz de Grace Free Technique Interval start race on Sunday. Charlie’s time was 7.5 km in 23 minutes 31.9 seconds. The winning time by Remi Drolet from the Black Jack Ski Club in Rossland was 7.5 km in 19 minutes 53.5 seconds.

Alexander Nemethy placed 14 out of 20 skiers on Saturday in the Home Hardware Sprints. He had a qualification round time of 2 minutes 14.56 seconds over the 800 meter course. The winner was Amund Wirstad from the Hollyburn Ski Club in north Vancouver who had a qualification round time of 1 minute 54.37 seconds over 800 meters.

Alexander Nemethy placed 11 out of 18 skiers on Sunday in the RHB Schmitz de Grace Free Technique Interval start race. He skied 11.25 km in 31 minutes 17.1 seconds. The winner was Gareth Williams from the Telemark Ski Club in Kelowna who skied the same distance in 27 minutes 59.9 seconds.

The Teck BC Cup #1 was the last competitive ski event prior to the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Cross Country BC is the provincial sport governing body for cross-country skiing in British Columbia and is a non-for-profit, club-based organization of more than 16,000 members.

All results for the Teck BC Cup #1 can be found at www.caledonianordic.com/races-results/teck-bc-cup

NOTE: For most race categories, cross country rules for race temperatures require cancellation or postponement if the temperature is colder that -20C  at race start. The exception is for younger skiers—those who were born in 2003 or later (Atom, Peewee, Bantam categories) who should not ski in a race when the temperature is colder than -15C at start time.