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Gatineau Loppet

Free training programs for the Gatineau Loppet

Our free training plans are at the heart of our mission: foster collaboration between elite athletes and their community.

Elite athletes put their experience at the service of recreational athletes by developing high quality and motivating training programs.

Recreational athletes who benefited from their free training program are encouraged to support these athletes by making a donation to them.

United for sport and its mentors offer athletes a unique blend of support, resources, and tools.

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Free training programs to prepare for the 2018 Gatineau Loppet

These 8-week training programs are the result of countless hours of work from Sophie Carrier-Laforte, Julien Lachance and Maxime Leboeuf, athletes-coaches with United for sport. We hope that they will help you progress and remain motivated throughout your preparation for this unique event.

The programs feature a conservative training load during the work week. Every week-end, you are recommended a more difficult workout, both terms of effort and overall distance. Almost every training plan includes some interval training. While intervals are not necessary to complete and enjoy your race, they are an important element to improve and stay motivated. If you prefer not to do intervals, we recommend training at your own pace for the duration that was prescribed for the whole workout .

Free cross-country ski group training

In collaboration with the Gatineau Loppet, United for sport athletes will host a free group training session every Wednesday at 6:30 PM from the P2 parking lot (meeting in from of Relais Plein-Air building). The workout details are included in the training plans.

First training: 3 January 2018 6:30 PM from P2, Last training: 14 February 2018 

Cost: Free. We nonetheless recommend making a donation to support the athletes who lead the sessions using the donation button above. 

Details: You can do the training in skating or classic, it is entirely at your discretion. Make sure to bring a head lamp and a watch, as the ski and the intervals (if you are doing them) are self-timed.

Cross country skiing

Technique is a key element of cross-country skiing. No training plan or wax can help you save as much time and energy as proper ski technique. Why not take a ski lesson with one of our athlete-coaches from the Gatineau/Ottawa region?


Fat Bike

Strenght program - Core

We thank our United for sport athletes-coaches who have invested time to help you in your preparation. 

We also thank our mentors for their time and advice in helping our athletes build these programs