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XIV traditional international Rostec Demino FIS/Worldloppet Ski Marathon 2021. Day 1.

XIV traditional international Rostec Demino FIS/Worldloppet Ski Marathon 2021. Day 2.

After several cancellations last season we now can look back to the winter 2016/17 and conclude the season satisfied again. 18 out of 20 destinations were able to carry out their races, more than 30 Worldloppet main events took place, several new race formats were implemented, anniversaries were celebrated and the numbers of participants climbed up.

New competitions, more skiers

With more than 110.000 skiers this season (among them names like Dario Cologna, Justyna Kowalczyk, Petter Northug, Martin Sundby, Ilja Chernousow ...) the Worldloppet circuit is growing again. One of the reasons for this are the new race formats the organizers implemented, for example, the Fredagsbirken, the Norwegian Brikebeinerrennet in skating technique, or the Finlandia-Hiihto100, a 100 km long competition. After a succeeded try-out, these events will be part of the Worldloppet calendar from now on.

Also, the races which were canceled last year came back and performed strongly: The König Ludwig Lauf, La Transjurasienne & Tartu Maraton, for example, didn't have an easy life but carried out great competitions. Especially La Transjurasienne with even more starters in the main race than the years before.

Cancellations & new Masters

But also this year we were not immune against the mild winter. Already the first race of the season, the Argentinian Ushuaialoppet had to be canceled, similarly to the American Birkebeiner, where the organizers came up with an interesting idea to compensate the missing race: Thousands of sportsmen changed their skis to their running shoes and enjoyed a run together.

Despite those cancellations, we can congratulate 185 new Masters in 2016/17. This means we soon have the 4500th Master title to celebrate.

Ushuaialoppet - ARG

On the 12th of August the new Worldloppet season is going to start again on the southern hemisphere. The Ushuaialoppet in Argentina kicks off the circuit of skiing around the world with 50 km of classic technique in the beautiful nature of the Tierra del Fuego. Until June 16th the early bird tickets are available for

€ 75. Travel packeges are also available.

Kangaroo Hoppet - AUS

The second southern hemisphere race in 2017 will take place in Australia on the 26th August. In Falls Creek the 42 km free technique course will bring the skiers to their next stamp in their passport. The organisers help with transportation, accomodation and also with ski hiring. Until June 30th the early bird tickets cost apx. € 50.

Merino Muster - NZL

Our summer trio is completed with another free technique race, the Merino Muster in Newzealand. 42 km through the Snow Farm near Wanaka are standing on the program for the 2nd of September. The organisers prepared travel and training packages. The entry fee costs apx. 50 € if bought until the 2nd August.

In 2017 we were also celebrating two anniversaries: The Russian Demino Skimarathon was held for the 10th time and Poland's Bieg Piastow had its 40th anniversary.

After the season is before the season! The calendar for the next winters is already fixed and preliminary calendar of 2019 will be confirmed in June, so you can start planning your next travels to ski around the world.

The FIS Worldloppet Cup season 2017 resumed

Not only the thousands of popular skiers had a good winter season in 2016/17 Also the world's marathon skiing elite was blessed with a better FIS Worldloppet Cup season than the year before.

Unfortunately the world cup of marathon skiing kicked off with a cancellation in France (Fouleé Blanché) but after that, all remaining 7 races were able to host the cup stages - eventhough some of them had to work very hard for that.

After 7 races in Austria, Italy, Germany, France, Estonia, Switzerland and Russia, 4 of them in skating & 3 in classic technique, after aproximately 320 race-km we saw a title-defender and a debutant on top.

Dabuyk defends title

Aurelie Dabuyk (FRA) once again was dominating the season and won the cup after victories at the Dolomitenlauf, the König Ludwig Lauf & the Tartu Maraton and a 2nd place at La Transjurasienne for the second time in a row. With 468 points she had a lead of 32 points to her chaser from Sweden, to Maria Gräfnings, who performed well in her first FIS Worldloppet Cup season. But in the end, it was a start-to-finish-victory for Dabudyk: she never lost the lead from the first to the last race of the season.

Pralong brings the cup to Switzerland

In the men's overall ranking the leader was chaning several times throughout the season. Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux opened the season with a victory in Austria, but in the second race (Marcialonga), Candide Pralong took the lead and increased it until the 4th race. In Estonia Perrillat-Boiteux again overtook the Swiss with 3 points and since he is a great skater and two skating competitions remained, the bet offices had seen him as favourite for the overall victory. But in his home country, at the Engadin Skimarathon, Pralong again climbed on top and in the season final at the Ugra Skimarathon (Russia) he was able to defend the lead. So after an exciting season the FIS Worldloppet Cup overall went to Switzerland, to Candide Pralong.

2018 calendar still open

So in 2017 the FIS Worldloppet Cup again goes to Switzerland & to Team Rossignol Gel Interim in the men's competition and to France & Haute Savoie Nordic Team for the ladie's. The schedule for the new season will be confimed at the FIS congress in Ankaran to be held end of this month.

Australian reward for Allan Marsland

Previous Kangaroo Hoppet Race Director, and current Chair, mr. Allan Marsland was recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) at a ceremony by Governor of Victoria, ms. Linda Dessau. The ceremony took place at Government House in Melbourne.

OAM’s are awarded to Australians that have given exemplary community and social services for no material gain. OAM’s are very prestigious in Australia and are generally awarded through decades of commitment.

The OAM was bestowed upon Allan for services to cross-country skiing and community involvement through a number of associations related to the Kangaroo Hoppet. This kind of recognition is a nice reflection of importance of the cross-country skiing and to the work that all Worldloppet race organizers throughout the world are doing.

Congratulations Allan from all your colleagues and skiers around the World!

Worldloppet family in numbers

With 39 winters Worldloppet family has grown impressive.

By the standing of May 1st 2017 there are 18764 Worldloppet passports issued to skiers from 50 different nations. The highest numbers of passports are owned by Americans (12%), Germans (11%) and Russians (10%).

This winter we had pleasure to congradulate 185 new Worldloppet Masters. The overall number of achieved master titles is now 4498. Skiers from 35 nationalities are represented in this list. The new nation is Iceland who have now its first Worldloppet Master.

Over the years have been most active in completing their goals Germans (15% of titles), Finnish (10%) and Swiss (10%).

The Global Skiers list has not growed as fas as we have anticipated, however there are now 230 skiers from 23 nations. The most titles have gone to Finland (19%).