Even though also Bedrichov and the Jizerská Padesatka track were caught by the mild temperatures and the rain which hangs over Middle Europe at the moment, conditions are still very good. The weather forecast looks very good - colder temperatures as well as some snowfall are announced for the next days!
In total, 93 elite skiers have entered the race from the men"s side while they are 16 women who will fight for the first FIS Marathon Cup points this winter! After La Sgambeda had to be cancelled due to lack of snow middle of December, the FIS Marathon Cup season will finally kick off this coming weekend with the 50km classic style race in the Iser Mountains, above Liberec, the host town of the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.
Both last year"s top 3 - Anders Aukland, Oskar Svaerd & Stanislav Rezac on the men"s side and Sandra Hansson, Seraina Boner and Susanne Nystroem on the women"s side - have anounced their coming. They will be fighting other big names such as Matthias Fredriksson, Martin Koukal, Simen Östensen, Fabio Santus, Jerry Ahrlin, Thomas Alsgaard, Cirstian Zori, Marco Cattaneo, Antonella Confortola Wyatt, Sabina Valbusa, Stefanie Santer, Seraina Mischol and Jenny Hansson.
The race will start at 9am in Bedrichov, the prize giving ceremony is scheduled for 12.15am!
More information on the race: www.jiz50.cz
For the start list: http://www.jiz50.cz/en/start-list/j50