We hit 3 different countries in just over 2 weeks and did a few races in each. The trip started off in Campra, Switzerland where we had some time to explore the trails and adjust to the time change and altitude before competing the weekend's OPA Cup races. (OPA is central Europe's verison of the NorAM series)
|Zoe Roy skiing in gorgeous Campra, SUI|
|Having an afternoon espresso with Adele and Zoe|
After Switzerland we moved on and up to Latvia, a country nobody on the team had ever been to before. We were all keen to see what it might be like and were very pleasantly surprised. The hotel was spacious and served vegetables at all meals (a rare and hot commidity on euro ski trips I've learned), the trails were fun and the ski lodge was one of the prettiest I've seen. In addition to all this the town had lots of neat shops and things to spend an afternoon strolling around to look at.
|15k skate in Medona, Latvia. Thanks to Alysson Marshall for the pic!|
After Latvia we hit the road to Estonia for another chance to race before returning to Canada. The route google maps reccommended we take consisted of 10k-50k sections of what I would describe as "ice roads" and would have been more fun to drive in a rally car instead of a 9-seater euro rental van. We made it to Estonia just fine all the same and the drive is now a hard-to-believe-that-even-happened memory. On to more races!
|Yes please to all 3! In an Estonian gas station.|
I finished my euro race campaign on a high note with a solid 10k classic. The course was a fun 3x3.3k and I managed to hop in behind a speedy Norwegian girl for a lap and a bit who had started in a later seed. It was fun to follow her and try to mimick what she was doing to see how long I could keep up for. She finished the day in 8th and I finished in 19th, mid pack. Again, the placing might not seem like much but I finished the day very happy, feeling like I had raced my hardest and learned a lot along the way. A perfect end to a fantastic trip!
Big Thanks to Cross Country Canada for making this trip possible!