It was a busy weekend for Biathlon Yukon.
In addition to a coaching seminar, the club hosted consecutive races on Saturday and Sunday at the Biathlon Yukon Range on Grey Mountain Road.
It was good preparation for the club’s Velocity Squad as the team gets set to compete at the B.C. Cup this coming weekend in Kelowna.
“They’re not used to doing two races in a row, so that’s good because that’s what we do when we go to competitions,” said Biathlon Yukon coach Dennis Peters.
“The team we have this year is amazing,” he added. “I’ve worked with other teams and there’s always a few on the fringe of wanting to be there. These guys want to be there, they are always having fun. It makes it easy for the coaches.”
The Grey Mountain Invitational ski race on Saturday was a meet-and-greet between Biathlon Yukon and the Whitehorse Cross-Country Ski Club. The event, which was strictly a cross-country race with no shooting, had 40 skiers participate.
“It’s great for the (Whitehorse) Cross-Country Ski Club to come up and try our trails and for our kids to mingle with them because we’re trying to get our kids up there as well,” said Peters. “It’s too bad they are two separate clubs.”
“It was pretty good to work on skiing,” said Velocity Squad’s Maria Peters. “You can learn a lot just by watching them (from the cross-country club).”
Sunday’s Yukon Club Race sprint event was important for the team’s preparation for the B.C. Cup since the Yukon Biathlon Championships were postponed the previous weekend due to cold temperatures.
“Since the championships were cancelled last week, we wanted our racers to have a race,” said Dennis. “We wanted them to have the experience beforehand – some of them are in their first year.
“We wanted them to do an official race, so when they get to Kelowna, there’s not going to be a huge shock of what they’re going to be doing.”
Biathlon Yukon plans to host the territorial championships Feb. 24.
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