From June 25 to June 27 in Champagnole (located in the Jura Mountains), La Transjurassienne will host the 2015 Congress of the Worldloppet Ski Federation, the international organization regrouping the 20 most prestigious long-distance cross-country skiing events worldwide.
For the 3rd time in the Worldloppet history, after Les Rousses 1987 and Morez in 2001, the member-nations will meet in the Jura Mountains under the presidency of Angelo Corradini, the Worldloppet General Secretary and President of la Marcialonga (ITA), and Hervé Balland, the President of Trans'Organisation.
Coming from 4 continents, 60 representatives of 19 out of the 20 most famous long-distance events worldwide are expected in the Jura Massif (Japan only will be missing): Oceanians from the Kangaroo Hoppet (AUS) and the Merino Muster Race (NZE); Asians from the Vasaloppet China (CHI); Americans from the American Birkebeiner (USA), the Gatineau Loppet (CAN) and the Ushuaia Loppet (ARG); and to top it off, the Europeans from the Jizerská Padesátka (CZE), the Dolomitenlauf (AUT), the Marcialonga (ITA), the König Ludwig Lauf (GER), the Tartu Maraton (EST), the Finlandia-hiihto (FIN), the mythical Vasaloppet (SWE), the Engadin Skimarathon (SWI), the Birkebeinerrennet (NOR), the Bieg Piastow (POL), the Demino Ski Marathon (RUS), the Fossavatn Ski Marathon (ISL)... and of course the legendary Transjurassienne!
"130 000 racers of 50 nationalities participate each year in these high-level mass events", Hervé Balland comments. Among them, more than 5000 "Masters", these extraordinary skiers who have raced at least 10 Worldloppet events, including one overseas. The fact that this international Congress is once again taking place in France shows the strong confidence the Worldloppet members have in La Transjurassienne, represented in the Worldloppet Executive committee by our Vice-President Annette Lamy Chappuis."
- Discover the Jura Mountains.- In order to take a break from their dense workshops, the Worldloppet delegates will take the opportunity to discover some of the most beautiful regional sites: a visit of the Comté cheese ageing cellars in the Saint-Antoine Fort (Maison Petite) as well as a private visit of the Besançon Citadel guided by Vauban himself are already on the agenda...
- Press conference on Friday, June 26, from 16h00 to 17h00,
At the Hotel Bois Dormant, in Champagnole.
In the presence of Aurélie DABUDYK and Benoît CHAUVET (FRA), both n°2 in the 2014/15 FIS Marathon Cup general ranking.
Contributed by: Trans jurassienne