Today, 17th March, two days after the cancellation, we can read on the Birkebeinerrennet site:
Welcome to the 77th Birkebeinerrennet March 15th 2014
Start at Thingstadjordet, Rena and finish at Birkebeineren ski stadium, Lillehammer. The trail is 54 km, classic technic. Participation is available for all from 16 years of age by 31.12.14
All participants must carry a backpack weighing at least 3.5 kg throughout the race. Number of participants is limited to17.000.
But not a word about the cancellation ! No results, of course. Even for the Fredagsbirken who was’nt cancelled ! And was a lovely race…
During the Fredagsbirkebeiner 2014 (photo F. Heroult)
March 15, 2014, Saturday morning, at 6:30, the buses are coming from Lillehammer to Rena. The snow is perfect, with a rather worm weather but with a lot of wind, a front wind during the race: it will be a difficult Birkebeiner.
Saturday morning, at 6:30 : the first skiers are on the starting place, waiting to start. And they are informed that …
“The race is delayed for one hour because of the bad conditions: hard wind, with strong gust (more than 50 km/h)…..”
At 7:30, the race in cancelled and the buses come back to Lillehammer!
No more information. Except a simple sentence on the Birkebeiner site “ We regret to inform you that the BR is cancelled due to the bad weather. If you have questions, join …”.
A lot of skiers decide to doo the race (without bibs, of course) from Rena to Lillehammer AND from Lillehammer to Rena. A difficult and nice journey… but no refreshment, no stamp, no diploma, nothing !
We can understand of course that Birkebeiner decide, at the last moment, to cancel the race. Even if the conditions where no so dramatic that in 2007!
But we don’t understand this scorn for the skiers! No excuse. No refund. No explain. No information for next year.
In Russia, Demino Marathon decided to invite free of payment the skiers next year or with a big reduction for the 3 next years. Nothing like that in Norway !
What a shame : Birkebeinerrennet is one of the more pleasant WL race.
Money is money?
But skiers are not droves….
More of this text in french:
Mais où sont donc passés les Vikings ?!?
Par Thor et par Odin, mais où sont passés les Vikings ?
La mythologie nordique vient d’en prendre un sacré coup sur la réputation de courage et de hardiesse des robustes Vikings: il suffit d’un vent, certes très fort et soufflant de face….. pour annuler la course !
Ceci malgré un beau ciel bleu et la venue de 17 000 concurrents…