The 2021/22 FIS Masters’ Cup (FMC) season was recently concluded in Abetone, Italy; in total there were 27 Canadians who participated in the series, including 8 who raced internationally.
The first season highlight was Stéphane Ricard’s performance, making history as the first Canadian to win the Crystal Pillar for overall, in the A category (men under 60), as well as a Crystal Globe for third in the men A6 55-59 category. Stéphane had a truly spectacular season, participating in 35 FMC races (29 international + 6 home), achieving 22 podium finishes. His race schedule took him to 8 different countries including Canada, United States, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.
The next season highlight was Martine Allaire’s performance with second place in the women C3 40-45 category, earning a Crystal Globe. Martine competed in 18 FMC races (12 international + 6 home) achieving 18 podium finishes (13 gold & 5 silver).
Another highlight from the season included Mike Robbins’ performance. Mike competed in 19 FMC races (13 international + 6 home), achieving 15 podium finishes and coming very close to winning a Crystal Globe, in the men B8 65-69 category.
Other competitors who raced internationally this year include Lloyd Sevack (men B7 60-64) who competed in 8 international + 6 home races (5 podium finishes), Ed Fenwick (men B10 75-79) who competed in 5 international races (1 podium finish), David Star (men A6 55-59) who competed in 3 international + 6 home races (1 podium finish), Jaime Hugessen (men B7 60-64) who competed in 2 international + 6 home races (6 podium finishes) and Daniel Oehy (men B7 60-64) who competed in 2 international races.
The popularity of FMC racing seems to be on the rise. Overcoming COVID related lockdowns, this year Canada was able to host six FMC races at Stoneham Quebec, attracting a total of 25 Canadians, and 11 international racers from Chile, France, Italy, Switzerland and USA.
Canada is scheduled to host a FMC out West next season, and hopefully followed by hosting the World Criterium event in the 2023/24 season. Stay tuned for further announcements . . .
Jaime Hugessen | Eastern Director
Alpine Canada Masters