Canada’s Nordic Stars Set for Annual Tour de Ski

    December 28, 2018

    TOBLACH, Ita.—Five of Canada’s top cross-country ski athletes are set to hit the start line for the annual nine-day journey through Europe while taking on the best Nordic athletes on the planet in the 13th edition of the epic Tour de Ski.
     
    The veterans of the Canadian squad, Alex Harvey and Len Valjas, will lead a trio of rookies including Bob Thompson (Thunder Bay, Ont.), Emily Nishikawa (Whitehorse) and Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse) into the Nordic spotlight ski when the world’s best all-round cross-country ski athletes kick off the ultimate grind in high-performance sport in Toblach, Italy on December 29.  Harvey and Valjas have both been on the podium at various stages of the Tour de Ski over the last decade. Harvey finished third overall on the Tour de Ski one year ago.
     
    Modeled after the Tour de France in cycling, the featured event on the Nordic calendar will test some of the most physically and mentally fit athletes in the world in seven punishing races that will start and finish in Italy while making stops in Switzerland and Germany to determine the king and queen of cross-country skiing.
     
    Healthy, fit and hungry for the podium, Canada will focus on fighting for the podium at each stage while contending for spots in the top-10 in the overall Tour.
     
    Louis Bouchard, coach of the World Cup Team, will follow the squad through the Tour. Cross Country Ski de fond Canada has also assembled a closely-knit wax team of experienced technicians including Yves Bilodeau, Nicola Bonetti, Lee Churchill and Miha Plahutnik. Joel Jaques will be the team leader. Jodi Perras joins the support team as massage therapist.
     
    Who:    Alex Harvey (St.- Ferréol-les-Neiges, Que.)
                Len Valjas (Toronto)
    Bob Thompson (Thunder Bay, Ont.)
                Emily Nishikawa (Whitehorse)
                Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse)
                           
    When: December 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
     
    Tour Schedule:
    December 29 – Toblach, Ita.                  January 3 – Oberstdorf, Ger.
    Skate Sprint                                          10km/15km Skate Pursuit
     
    December 30 – Toblach, Ita.                  January 5 – Val di Fiemme, Ita.
    10km/15km Skate                                 10km/15km Classic Mass Start
     
    January 1 – Val Mustair, Sui.                  January 6 – Val di Fiemme, Ita.
    Skate Sprint                                          9km Skate Pursuit (Hill Climb)
     
    January 2 – Oberstdorf, Ger.                             
    10km/15km Classic Mass Start                                      
     
     
    CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Swix and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, CCC develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on CCC, please visit us at www.cccski.com.