November 20, 2018

Call for New Race Officials

Telemark is c272939_10151432112149665_396706697_ourrently recruiting new faces to our group of qualified race officials.  These officials are required for both loppets and other high performance races, like BC Cups or potentially NorAms.  Areas of specialty include stadium, course, competition secretary and timekeeping.  Your first step will be to invest 1 day to become a NCCP (Cross Country Canada) Level 1 certified race official which qualifies you to work races anywhere in Canada.  Level 2, a 2-day course, qualifies you to officiate / oversee races, even World Cup events or the Olympics.

Races don’t run by themselves and it is a great way to be part of the club, to give back and meet fantastic people. We are looking for 3 people to take the upcoming Level 1 and Level 2 workshops.  Telemark will reimburse workshop registration fees.  The only commitment we ask in return is that you make yourself available to assist with our BC Championships race Feb. 20-20.

If you are interesting please contact Jillian Stamp at ASAP and she will organize the enrollment.

Here are the details and dates:


LEVEL 1 Officials certification course – November 15th in Vernon (Contact is Rae Jensen 250-549-2517)


A 8 hour course that provides an overview of what a cross-country ski competition is all about. The focus is on the duties of minor officials for both “Olympic’ style (interval start, pursuit start, mass start, relays and sprints) and “Loppet” style (mass participation) competitions.


This course will be held all day Saturday (totalling 8 hours).


Course fee:      $80.00 per participant (CCBC members)

$95.00 per participant (non- members)


Participant equipment to bring: Laptop, writing material and a pen/pencil.



Level 2  – November 22nd & 23rd in Penticton (Contact is Jerome Jang 250-494-1972)

This is a 16 hour course that prepares officials for a leadership role on a competition committee for club, provincial and national competitions including the Teck BC Cup Series, the Teck Regional Cup Series, BC Winter Games and loppets. The course covers all official race formats, rules and regulations, rule interpretation, electronic timing, all aspects of the results system, and volunteer management.
Course fee:      $100.00 per participant (CCBC members)

                        $115.00 per participant (non- members)


Ski Swap Volunteer Sign Up

I know it’s been a super busy few weeks for the race team, but we really need help to make the Ski Swap a success!  The sign up sheet is HERE

We need help with setup on Saturday, tagging items on Sunday morning, security at the doors, sales, and food concession.


On a related note, I am very grateful to all of you that came out and helped with the Craaaws race and fundraiser this year.  That was a record number of racers for us, and was a very successful event thanks to all of you!

Reminders for a Busy Upcoming Week

Lots of things happening in the next few days. Thought I would group them all up as a reminder for you. Click each item for a link to the details:

Fresh Air Experience Telemark Race Team Buy Night

When: Wednesday, October 29th; 6pm-9pm.

Where: Fresh Air Experience on Harvey

Once again, Fresh Air Experience is holding a special night for Telemark Nordic Club race teams! This will allow parents to purchase Nordic ski equipment for our x-c athletes and our biathletes.  Special pricing is available to Telemark Junior Development, Telemark Racing 1, and Telemark Racing 2 x-c athletes, and Bears, Development, and Advanced biathletes. So pull those skis and boots out of your storage and see if it is time to replace them (don’t wait for the snow to fall…).

Fresh Air has upped their nordic race buy significantly with the goal to satisfy the equipment needs for the local cross-country and biathlon teams.  You will see an expanded selection of equipment from Fischer, Salomon, Rossignol and Madshus.  In addition to club pricing on equipment they will have great deals on wax benches, jigs, waxes and irons.

To help deliver top level service ex-National Biathlon Team Member Chris Halldorson has joined the sales team.  Chris was also head coach of the Chelsea Nordic Ski Club from 2006 – 2010; his experience in equipment selection and wax/tool knowledge is very extensive.  Fresh Air is very excited to have Chris on board!

Parent Meeting & Uniform Swap Tuesday Oct. 21

Location: Kelowna Manual Therapy Centre


Time: Tuesday, October 21, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
If you have a child registered in JD or TR, you should attend the meeting. This is where the decisions are made as to how much money and time you have to invest in the race team!


– Kelowna Cycle Presentation

Old business
– Minutes of September meeting
New Business
– Club report (Barry)
– Finance report (Wendy)
–  Cyclocraaws results
– Telemark Training Day & Team Swap (Sat, Oct 25)
–  Ski Swap and Club AGM (Sun, Oct 26)
– Snow Camp (Nov 21-23)
– Raffle (Deepa)
– Other new business
>> Coach Adam selected to coach BC team for Canada Winter Games
– Election.  Candidates currently standing for election are:
>> Chair: Brent Hobbs
>> Vice Chair: Rebecca Tyson (incumbent)
>> Secretary: Ron McDougall
>> Treasurer: Wendy Wickstrom (incumbent)

Next 2 meetings:
>> Tues, Nov. 18 — Capital News Center
>> Tues, Jan 6 — upstairs Telemark Lodge


Uniform Swap starts at 7:00 PM, after the parent meeting.

Chat and Chow with a Canadian XC Olympian!

Dan RoycroftSunday afternoon we are all getting together at Paul’s house to chat and chow down with Canadian Olympian and former Canadian National XC Team member Dan Roycroft.  Dan raced around the world for Canada including the 2006 Torino games.  Please come and learn what your future holds, what it means to compete at a really high level.

Dan still races “recreationally” in Canmore and he also happens to be the owner of Zone4, so his XC race chops are still way up there.

Arrive at 4:00 to participate in Dan’s presentation and stay for pot luck dinner if you wish.

CycloCraaawws Help Needed

Jon Sader2Paul and Barry are getting nervous.  Our CycloCraaawws race is only 6 days away and we have 24 unfilled positions.  We are worried we will not have enough people to host our race!  If you are for sure coming, please click here and tell us so we can sleep better!  If you are on the fence, think of this like tree planting except much closer, much shorter time commitment, and comes with great food and great music.  This fundraiser is, for the team, roughly on par with tree planting.  And it is OUR race and it is a ton of fun to participate in.

These are the positions we need to fill:

  1. Course construction: 1-2 hours Saturday evening — putting up traffic tape to mark the course, setting up jumps and barriers. Click here to volunteer for course construction.
  2. Course Marshal:  Repair damage to the things that define the course (tape and stakes) as they get caught up in pedals, etc.  The exception to this is the childrens’ races, where some of the marshals help the athletes get over the barriers. Minimum 1 hour commitment.  Click here to volunteer for a course marshal spot.
  3. Timing:  Calling and/or entering numbers at the start/finish line.  These lucky folks will get a sneak peak at the new not-yet-released Zone4 race timing system!  Minimum 1 hour commitment. Click here to volunteer for a timing spot.
  4. Coarse Teardown:  Obvious, I think.  1/2 hour.  Click here to volunteer for a course teardown spot.

Interested in trying CycloCross?  There is lots of time to facilitate you working a shift before or after your race.  There are Open (recreational) and Elite classes for each gender and age.  Cost is $5 for 13 and under / $25 for adult.  A ton of draw prizes for all racers, plus a tasty treat for the winners of the under 14 races.

9:30 – 10:50: Registration.

11:00 – 11:40:  Mens’ Open, Womens’ Elite, Womens’ Open, and Under 17 Open.  Bring any bike, though I would not recommend using your carbon fiber road bike.

12:00 – 12:15:  Ages 3-13 Open.  Run bikes are fine. Very short course.  Adults help athletes get bikes over the barriers.

12:20 – 1:00:  Under 12 Elite.

1:15 – 2:00: Mens’ sport and elite,  Under 17 elite.


Jon SaderKelowna Greenway Mountain Bike Skills Park

Salomon 38 Skate Boots

For new athletes just joining the team:  I have a special deal for a lucky athlete who needs a pair of size 38 skate boots.  Please contact me if you are interested.