Bock leads the way for UBC at Teck BC Cup No. 2

Robert Ragotte and Kirsty Bock

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – This past weekend, the UBC nordic team travelled to Kamloops for the second Teck BC Cup event of the year. After a season filled with delays and cancellations due to lack of snow, the UBC racers were looking for some strong results.


On Saturday, the women raced a 10-kilometre free technique, interval start race. Kirsten Bock, of 100 Mile House, B.C., continued her strong start to the season, coming away with the victory in 33 minutes, 21.2 seconds. She finished 23 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. This is Bock’s second victory of the season after claiming first at the previous weekend’s Coast Cup, the Thunderbirds’ first race of the year.

Nicki Murdoch (Whistler, B.C.) and Hannah Xavier (Anchorage, Alaska) came through for fifth and sixth, respectively.

On the men’s side, Brampton, Ont.’s Robert Ragotte won the silver medal in the men’s 15km race with a time of 46:00.2, with Daniel Moore (Entrelacs, Que.) coming through for fourth.

On Sunday, the women raced a 10km classic, mass start. Cara McCulloch, a fourth-year Kinesiology student from Smithers, B.C., looked ready to take the victory until falling on the last corner, settling for silver behind Alex Myshak-Davis of UBC Okanagan. Bock was not far behind in fourth place overall, and in third in the junior women’s sub-category.

On the men’s side, Daniel Moore and Robert Ragotte switched positions from Saturday with Moore taking the silver medal and Ragotte just being edged off the podium into fourth place by 0.3 seconds.

The team will be looking to continue to improve on these results at the final Teck BC Cup event of the year next weekend in Kelowna, where the top male and female university racers will be recognized.