Rocky Mountain Racers
Racing Season: Part II
The second half of the 2014-2015 racing season was an exciting one for RMR. Many of the athletes were scattered around the world, having qualified in the early season for various international and national competitions. Here are some RMR’s exciting results from the season.
Western Canadian Championships
The races were an excellent opportunity for RMR athletes to prepare for next year’s World Cup events, which will be held on the same courses.
Eastern Canadian Championships
FIS World Junior/U23 Championships
FIS World Championships
Lahti World Cup
Canada Winter Games
International Biathlon Union Cup
World University Games
Western Canadian Championships
World Junior Championships
Canada Winter Games
After a relaxing month of rest and recovery for both athletes and coaches, RMR training has just started for the upcoming season! On the calendar this summer and fall include dryland camps in Creston, B.C., Canmore, AB., and Park City, Utah, as well as on-snow training at the Haig Glacier and Sunshine Meadows.
RMR would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank-you to all of its sponsors. Each and every one of you helps contribute to the team’s success; we would not function without your support.
Rocky Mountain Racers
Training Camps and Early Racing Season
Led by coaches John Jaques and Luke McGurk, the RMR athletes have had a busy training season filled with multiple camps and an exciting start to the racing season.
Sunshine Ski Camp
Throughout May and June, RMR athletes were fortunate enough to be able to ski on fully groomed cross-country trails in the meadows at Sunshine Village near Banff. The team took advantage of this opportunity to focus on volume and technique while on snow, skiing for 3-5 hours every day. The athletes and their coaches also were lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful early morning crust skiing on the Sunshine meadows.
Creston Bike Camp
RMR athletes headed down to Creston, B.C. at the beginning of July for a high volume road biking camp, aimed towards improving the athletes’ endurance and leg strength. Supported by their coaches and by parents and team volunteers, athletes cycled up to 150km each day, with workouts lasting up to 6 hours. The camp was the team’s first trip away from Canmore as a group, and was a great opportunity for athletes to work together and enjoy training as a team.
Haig Glacier On-Snow Camps
The team attended three on-snow training camps throughout July, August, and September at the Haig Glacier, where they took advantage of the skiing opportunities to focus on both technique and volume. Each day, RMR athletes completed a 1-hour hike to from the base camp to the glacier itself, followed by 3-4 hours of skiing. Athletes also took advantage of the glacier’s high altitude (over 2400m) to boost their endurance and stamina.
Park City High Altitude Camp
RMR’s final training camp of the year took place near the end of September in Park City, Utah. The Park City camp, known by RMR athletes as the “hardest camp of the year”, combined high altitude, high volume, high intensity, and strength in a final preparation for athletes leading up to the racing season. Athletes completed a variety of time trials, intensity and strength sessions, and 4-5 hour distance skis throughout the camp. The trip ended with an epic 30km trail run at 9000 ft. elevation, lasting 4-5 hours.
For the biathletes and cross-country skiers, the first two months of racing involved a variety of selection races for Canada Winter Games, biathlon and cross-country World Junior Championships, World University Championships, IBU events, and World Cup events. RMR athletes succeeded in having some outstanding results, proving that the team can compete with Canada’s best high-performance training centers.
Canada Winter Games Trials
Duntroon NorAm / XC World Junior & U23 Trials
NorAm / Biathlon Calforex Cup #1
RMR would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank-you to all of its sponsors. Each and every one of you helps contribute to the team’s success; RMR would not function without your support.
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From September 27th to October 11th, one of Canada’s high performance racing teams, Rocky Mountain Racers (RMR), headed down to Park City, Utah for their two-week long high altitude training camp.
RMR is comprised of just over 20 high-performance athletes in both cross-country and biathlon from all across Canada. Led by coaches John Jaques and Luke McGurk, the team’s athletes focused on both high volume and high intensity during their camp.
Long 4-5 hour workouts were completed on the various mountain passes surrounding Park City and Salt Lake City while intensity sessions, time trials, and shooting practices were reserved for the excellent facilities available at Soldier Hollow.
Because of RMR’s cross-country/biathlon mix, Soldier Hollow was the perfect place for training sessions to occur; coaches were able to co-ordinate shooting practices for the biathletes with simultaneous roller-skiing sessions for the cross-country side of the team.
Utilizing Soldier Hollow’s biathlon range, extensive set of roller-ski tracks, and advantageously close proximity to Park City, RMR held several intensity sessions and time trials at the former Olympic site. The hilly climbs the facility offered also gave the athletes an opportunity to have a dry-land time trial with a course very similar to what they will face during the ski season.
“It’s inspiring to train in the exact spot that I saw my Olympic heroes win medals at during the 2002 Olympics,” RMR athlete Andrew Brisbin stated. “[Soldier Hollow] is the most difficult and technical rollerski track that I’ve been on, meaning it most closely resembles a world-cup caliber ski course through its lung and leg busting climbs and quick descents.”
Andrea Dupont, RMR skier and one of Canada’s top female sprinters, also enjoyed training at the former Olympic site. “I’ve had some of my best time trials and intensity sessions at Soldier Hollow. The high altitude and challenging courses make it an excellent place to train.”
When not focusing on intensity sessions or shooting practices, the team explored the many other mountain roads available for roller-skiing in the area, including Mirror Lake pass, Wolfe pass, and Guardsman Pass. They concluded their camp with a 4-5 hour altitude run at 9000ft. on the trails above Park City.
With their last camp of the season complete, RMR athletes are now in their final stages of preparing for the racing season and the upcoming NorAm races at West Yellowstone, Bozeman, Rossland, and Whistler.
For any athletes or coaches interested in exploring Soldier Hollow as a future training possibility, please use the following contact information:
Maya MacIsaac-Jones, RMR cross-country skier
To the Sunshine Ski Resort Staff:
On behalf of the Rocky Mountain Racers Ski Team, I would like to extend an enormous and heartfelt thank-you the Sunshine staff for allowing our ski team to use your facilities this spring and for grooming us a beautiful track to use for cross-country ski training.
Rocky Mountain Racers is a team made up of biathletes and cross-country skiers from across the country. Throughout the spring, a huge part of our team’s training in May and June was designed around the skiing opportunities we were lucky enough to have been given at your facilities.
While training at Sunshine, we had access to both early morning crust skiing in the Sunshine Meadows as well as a 5km track groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The benefits of spring skiing, especially on a groomed track, are immense for cross-country skiers and biathletes, because the early access to snow allows us to correct any errors in our skiing technique. That way, come racing season, there are fewer technical errors to fix in our skiing, and we are faster and more efficient in races.
Another huge benefit of being able to cross-country ski at the Sunshine Ski Resort is that it allows us to train at a high altitude. High elevation training helps substantially in improving an athletes’ endurance, which is one of the reasons why Rocky Mountain Racers athletes train anywhere from 15-25 hours on snow at Sunshine.
Once again, on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Racers Ski Team, I would like to thank everyone at the Sunshine Ski Resort for allowing us to access snow this spring, and for grooming us a beautiful track to train on. Without your generosity, we wouldn’t be able to complete such high-quality training so early in the training season.
Maya MacIsaac-Jones, Rocky Mountain Racers Athlete
RMR athletes would like to thank Wildflower Massage for supporting us throughout the training and racing season. Your expertise helped us recover from grueling training, heal from injuries, and prepare for racing. You kept our muscles nimble and ready to push the limits.
Thank you for being an integral part of another successful season!
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The Rocky Mountain Racers Nordic Team wishes to express our gratitude and heart felt thank you towards your generous sponsorship. Thank you for supporting our athletes by keeping our athletes warm and dry while they train and compete in Canada and internationally.
This awesome Canmore gym has generously opened it’s doors to a pack of unruly skiers during the blizzard that struck Canmore. Ignoring loud groaning from our corner as we struggle through split jumps, pullups, inverted dips, side jumps, explosive pushups and every other manner of painful plyometrics that our coach came up with in with their awesome toys. Thanks!
November 14, 2013. Coon Valley, WI. Mt. Borah Custom Team Apparel is proud to announce its support and sponsorship of the Rocky Mountain Racers for the fourth year in a row.
Viewed as one of Canada’s elite Nordic race programs, RMR represents Mt. Borah not only on the racecourse, but also as brand ambassadors in the Canadian Nordic market, working with teams and clubs to provide valuable education and exposure to Mt. Borah’s entire custom Nordic line.
The team, comprised of 26 athletes, will compete in both biathlon and cross-country disciplines, and will utilize some of Mt. Borah’s new premier line of custom Nordic apparel, labeled OTW, or Out To Win.
The new line, developed over the past two years, includes features such as body form (precision fit) technology and Mt. Borah’s exclusive “lazercut” seamless pattern edging.
Unique to this line is a one-piece Speed Concept XC Race Suit. A suit Mt. Borah expects to become a fundamental race piece for any serious ski-racing program. View the suit here.
The OTW collection is available now and can be viewed at mtborah.com. Contact John Dyste, National Sales Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-743-7477 to learn more and receive a quote for your team, club or group.
About Mt. Borah
In business since 1997, Mt. Borah has grown to become the premier manufacturer of high quality custom sublimated active apparel; including cycling, Nordic, alpine, triathlon, running and corporate. All of Mt. Borah’s custom products are 100 percent precision made at the company’s headquarters in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, where the latest technological advancements in apparel production are utilized.
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