Cross-country news - 9/2/7
The following YouTube video on the Tour de Ski is well worth watching. Excellent film with commentary from our own Dixie and Paddy Winterton. Thanks to Mike Rogers for spotting this -
The FIS have launched the 'Tour de Ski' - a staged cross-country ski race over the 2006/7 New Year.
This is an exciting development for cross-country skiing and will see athletes taking part in 8 stages, in 5 locations between 29 December and 7 January.
Nove Mesto (CZE), Munich, Oberstdorf (both GER), Asiago and Val di Fiemme (both ITA) will host the five Tour Stages which the athletes have to complete to reach the summit of Cross-Country.
The athletes have to race a total of more than 60 km (women) and more than 100 km (men) in all types of competitions in both Cross-Country Skiing techniques to finish the Tour de Ski on top of the Alpe Cermis (1280 m). Until now, that mountain representing a total climb of 425 m has never been raced up, only downwards!
However, not only the overall total time counts: the skiers will also compete for bonus seconds to win the prize for the best sprinter. In total, 1,0 Million CHF (approximately £425k) will be awarded to the most successful athletes: the King and Queen of Cross-Country, the winners of the Sprint Ranking and the daily Stage winners.