Worldloppet double weekend # 2. Estonia and Canada

Plenty of Worldloppet action last weekend in Estonia where they celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Tartu Maraton, and in Canada with two days of racing at the Gatineau Loppet.

Malcolm McKinnon was the sole Australian representative at the Tartu Maraton, where overnight temperatures in the days before the race had reached -30C.  Organisers decided to delay the start by an hour to let temperatures rise up to the low twenties, and included four extra safety checkpoints along the course in addition to the usual six food stops.  Swedish skier Jerry Ahrlin won in a closely fought race, with Norwegians Anders Aukland and Simon Oestensen taking the minor places. Norway’s Sandra Hansson was the first woman to cross the line for the third year in a row. Sandra is now well in front of the FIS Marathon Cup women’s ranking, while Ahrlin’s win moved him back into first place, just 18 points ahead of Italian Fabio Santus.

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic at the Gatineau Loppet Saturday’s classic event was won by Juergen Uhl (GER) and Stephanie Howe (CAN) and Kamila Borutova (CZE), with Aussies Felice Beitzel and Marg Hayes getting a mention in the results.Not a bad effort for Marg Hayes – three weekends — three continents — three Worldoppet events.

Sunday’s main event in free technique winners were Aidan Lennie (CAN) and Kamila Borutova (CZE). No Australians listed in the results.

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