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The Marcialonga: Brushes-with-greatness at Italy’s most famous ski marathon

March 10, 2015

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Here’s another post for the xc ski and endurance sports enthusiasts among you. Back in January I traveled to northern Italy to compete in the Marcialonga xc ski race. I enjoyed a fabulous few days of skiing, sightseeing and soaking up the scenery and hospitality of the Dolomite region, and managed to rub shoulders with […]

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Racing the Worldloppet circuit in Europe: the Dolomitenlauf, the Transjurassienne, and the Engadin Ski Marathon

August 21, 2014

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This is a post for my xc ski buddies (who are no doubt thinking about xc skiing – in August). As a competitive xc skier I have long fantasized about participating in one of the big Worldloppet series xc ski races in Europe, ever since setting eyes on photos of thousands of skiers snaking across […]

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Chasing the Pro Peloton: Part I – Tour de Romandie 2013

November 6, 2013

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As a fan of professional bike racing, one of the great advantages of living in Switzerland is my proximity to many of the great bike races that take place every year in Europe. The Alps, in particular, are an irresistable venue to the organizers of epic stage races like the Tour de France, the Tour […]

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Allez LUCAF! Allez les gars!: “American” Football in Lausanne

October 14, 2013

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One of the first things that our son Lachlan did upon learning that we were moving to Lausanne, Switzerland was to get on the internet in order to find out if there were any football teams that he could play for. Having recently developed a passion for the game in Toronto, he wanted to make […]

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Allez Emma! Allez les Vaudoise!

August 25, 2013

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One of the features of life in Switzerland that isn’t much different from our lives in Canada is the central role that sports play in the lives of our kids and the daily routine of our family. While the language, team culture and customs, as well as a few rules of the game may be […]

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Stalking wild ibex and JJ Rousseau in the land of absinthe

May 28, 2013

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On a holiday Monday last week Kathryn and I drove into the Jura mountains near Neuchatel, about an hour away, to do some hiking. Our plan was to check out a rock feature called the Creux du Van, a giant horseshoe-shaped cliff-face or cirque that the Swiss sometimes compare to the Grand Canyon. The Creux […]

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“What doesn’t kill me …”: Channeling Nietzsche in the Engadin Ski Marathon

May 27, 2013

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The following post is primarily for the cross country ski nerds (you know who you are), but if you enjoy beautiful mountain scenery and/or German philosophy, there’s something here for you too. Confused? Read on. Back in early March, Graham traveled to the Engadin Valley in the far southeastern corner of Switzerland to participate in […]

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Ski week in Verbier

April 1, 2013

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Back in mid-February the kids had a week-long school break and, like so many other families in Switzerland, we took advantage and headed into the mountains for a week of alpine skiing. While there are dozens of choice ski destinations within a day’s drive of us (for eg. Gstaad, Crans Montana, Saas Fee), we opted […]

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World Cup Weekend in France

March 19, 2013

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As many readers know, I am a huge fan of competitive cross country skiing and have been involved in the sport as a competitor for many years and, more recently, as a coach with Team Hardwood. While I miss my Team Hardwood family a great deal, as well as the adrenaline and excitement of race […]

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Best. Day. Ever. – Riding the Col de la Colombière

December 11, 2012

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We’ve had snow on the ground for a week now, and I switched from riding to xc skiing 2 weeks ago, but I wanted to share another cycling adventure that I had back in late October: climbing the famous Col de la Colombière mountain pass in the Haute Savoie region of France. This was without […]

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