La Patrie Biathlon cancelled over lack of snow

By Gordon Lambie

This past Saturday and Sunday was supposed to be the first of two weekends of competition for the club plein air Biathlon-Estrie in La Patrie, but the organizing committee cancelled the event due to concerns over the snow cover. Biathlon, the winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, relies on a certain base of snow to allow for trails to be used and at the time that the call needed to be made about holding the competition or not, Linda Arès, President of Biathlon-Estrie, told The Record there simply wasn’t enough.
Although there did end up being some snow on the weekend, the president pointed out that it was not enough to ensure good conditions on the race site and added that snowy days now are not a guarantee that the second weekend, planned for the 18 and 19 of January, will be able to go ahead either. “There’s some rain in the forecast, so we’re crossing our fingers,” she said. According to Arès the call will be made on the 13 about whether the second weekend of competition will be cancelled as a result of snow-cover. See full story in the Tuesday, Jan. 7 edition of The Record.

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