Special Registration Issues

Special issues with races that may get fully booked. Register early.

RACENAME – Registration status for 2017 (and status for previous years)
Vasaloppet – Open&full 20.3.16
(Open&full 16.3.14, open&full 17.3.13, full 15.3.12, 30.5.11 and 24.8.10)

Marcialonga – Open&full 28.6.2016
(Open&full 1.7.2014. Open&full 5.6.2013, 15.10.12, full 18.5.11 and 7.9.10)

Birkebeinerrennet – Opened 13.4.16
(open 23.4.14 & never sold out, open 18.4.13, full 19.4.13, opens for foreigners early: 21.9.12. General opening & full 25.10.12, full 1.11.11 and 5.11.10)

US Birkie – Opened 2.5.2016 & full 3.11.2016.
(Opens 2.06.14 & Full 23.10.14. opened 3.6.13, full 10.10.13, Full 15.10.12, full 21.11.11 and 18.12.10)

Jizerska – Opened 6.6.2016. 20% available on 12.1.2017.
(Opens 1.5.14. Full ?. Full 8.11.13, opened 1.7.12. Full 19.12.12, full 1.12.11 and 22.12.10)

Tartu Skimarathon – Opened 1.3.2016
(full 7.1.11)

(All date formats are dd.mm.yy and indicates main race if multiple races in one event)

For Marcialonga: Book very early (before March 15th?) and get your startnumber via your hotel in the valley. Italians have their own early booking periode. Scandinavians can also get startnumbers in travelpackages from their major travel firms.

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New in 2017: a night Vasa free technic!

(french text will follow after english text)

I ran the first night Vasaloppet, the Nattvasan!

Per team of two, with my nephew. It was exceptional …

At 7:30 pm the night fell and we are on the starting line: there is only one line. Great emotion as everyone knows that it lives a historical moment. The first Vasa by night. The frontal lights come on … then go off at about 7:45 at the request of the presenter to highlight the laser show and the violinist who plays a sonata for us (pretended but no matter), on the watchtowers where Sunday morning young Girls will encourage us to warm up.

It’s beautiful, it’s magical.

At 7:55 pm, the frontals come alive again and you would think in broad daylight as their beams are powerful.

20h00: we’re off! Gorgeous glide. My Roman nephew is stuck behind me and we go from one track to another to win some places at the start. It is immediately the wall: in skate the snow is upset and we climb to the pace. But quickly the second km then the third frees us. At our level essentially skiers are on skate. From the top of the slope to Smägan we are very fast (… for us)  with the energetic thrusts. Smägan reached 52 ‘. And it is even faster for Mangsbodarna that I join in 1:42. I’m like a crazy dog, so happy to snatch, to slip, to double, to chain the steps of one on this sweet and fast snow!

I turn around: I lost my Roman … which arrives 3 minutes later not without having, too, forced as a madman.

Good surprise: refreshment, unlike official announcements, there is hot water and energy drink. I carry two liters of drink in my backpack for nothing. Only problem: no cups! We shall drink on the ladle before finding a goblet … which we will keep religiously to Eldris.
Another surprise: the crowd of great days is here! Campfires,  music, smells of grilled sausage along the way. As in daylight.  Unbelievable. We are 251st in Mängsbodarna (and I had to be in the 200 on my suicidal arrival).

It is the great descent: fortunately I know it easy because we do not see far with our meager frontal and we are sometimes alone.

It is magic ! We look for the wolves and do not find their eyes shining in the night. Roman has a shot of bloose. He keeps the rhythm but I can see that he drool.

At the bottom of Evertsberg, a miracle, we find a snow a little warmer and much faster. We spent half. Romain knows he will go to the end. Our average goes up and we double couples in classic … From time to time we see some tied by a string of a few meters: the husband before pulls his wife to relieve her on the slopes a little rough.

And always the same amazement to be there, the same affluence at the edge of the track, the same pleasure to slip in skate. I remain stuck to Romain and ski without sticks, soft and long pushes on this flat ground in soft snow I saved my arms for Sunday.

But this is the first time that I will swing 90 km skate in one go!

Oxberg / Hökberg: I reassure Romain “This is the last passage a bit hard”. To tell the truth, at night and in skate one feels the bumps only at the end. This is not at all the same as daytime and classic. It is almost 2am in the morning and we are not at all sleepy.

Eldris: It’s won. 9, 8, 5 … Mora comes closer. And already we see all green then all blue the church illuminate the place.

At 3h27’19 ” we cross the line. Romain did not weaken. He is in the mood to finish in less than 7h30. Me too. We are 327th out of 795 (705 teams ranked).

Quickly take the bus, pick up our bags, snack the dinner and the sleeping arrangements (“do not resume your car as soon as you arrive: rest first on the mattresses we have planned for this purpose” Vasa told us in a mail before the race but it is on foot that we will find our bed), take the bus to Mora town, go back quickly to our lodging, shower and especially go to bed. It is 4:30.

It’s done ! One more Vasa (..my 32th) but which Vasa !!!

Certainly she runs by two, but not in relay! It’s a real Worldloppet GOLD race! For proof: the next day I was doing the “real” Vasa, day and classic … and I was faster than the night before in skate despite fatigue and lack of sleep …

Congratulations to the Vasaloppet for having, after 96 years of Vasa, still known innovate!

For the rest, it is always the same magic of this race like no other, expensive but so well thought out in every detail.

Boris Petroff


Nouveauté 2017 : une Vasa de nuit et en skate !

J’ai couru la première Vasaloppet de nuit, la Nattvasan !

Par équipe de deux, avec mon neveu. C’était exceptionnel…

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Engadin Skimarathon innovates

In the 2017 events Engadin Skimarathon introduced two innovations. The first was the availability of two tents in the start area where the skiers could keep warm waiting for the start. A thick layer of wood chips on the ground gave a comfortable feeling. Maybe for the following years the organizers could afford to put up bigger tents that would be appreciated in case of colder weather than this year.  The second innovation was the introduction of the Night Race on Thursday. This 17 km race went from Sils to Pontresina, started at 7 PM and it was valid as a Worldloppet Silver race. Buses from various Engadin villages to the start were made available. We had hoped to enjoy skiing in the moonlight but unfortunately a little rain gave a somewhat unpleasant flavour to this première. The headlamps were really necessary. For skiers who had never tried night skiing before, this experience was interesting and they appreciated the practical arrangements. The final descent to Pontresina may have looked frightful in the dark but it went easily. Certainly this is an innovation that has its permanent place in the Worldloppet calendar.

The weather on the Engadin Skimarathon day (Sunday) was ideal: sunny with a few degrees below zero at the start and warming up to a couple of degrees above zero at noon, with a good glide. More than 13000 skiers were at the start, 10080 finished the 42 km race and 2094 the 21 km race.

Engadin Skimarathon belongs to the “elite” group of races that have adopted the “Ideal Start”, i.e. the start that is essentially a continuous flow of skiers. The organizers have not yet exploited the possibilities of the Ideal Start to its full extent. The start “groups” are too big, e.g. the start gates of Hauptgruppe C containing 4000 skiers were planned to open at 9.11 and for the last group Volksläufer at 9.23. By limiting the size of the successive groups to, say, 1000 it is possible to give to each group a more precise starting time. The advantage is that each skier knows his/her starting time within an accuracy of less than 5 minutes. If the weather is cold, it allows staying in the warm tent to the last minute. This year the starts occurred very smoothly without the least “battle-field” effect (as we had in the old arrangement with mass starts). But bottle-necks were observed in the first climb before St Moritz and later after Pontresina. These bottle-necks can be reduced by lengthening the time interval between the opening times of the gates of the successive start groups.

Hannes Larsson

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Bieg Piastow 2017

Like last year, races were organized on three days: Friday March 3 the 30 km FT race, Saturday March 4 the 50 km CT race and Sunday March 5 the 25 km CT race. Shorter promotional races also took place. Bieg Piastow did not need artificial snow because natural snow was abundant. The tracks were in good condition but the above-zero temperatures made the races harder than usual, although we did not experience major waxing problems. The Jakuszyce plain served both for the starts as for the finish.

The courses were relatively challenging with many climbs: the cumulated uphills (and downhills) reached 550 m in the 30 km FT race, 903 m in the main 50 km CT race and 435 m in the 25 km CT race.

Bieg Piastow distributed prizes not only to the global best and to the three first of the age groups, but also to the three first male and female Worldloppet Masters, which is unique in Worldloppet and indeed a strong indication that Bieg Piastow  is a WL event. The reception of WL Masters that took place on Friday PM at a hotel in Szklarska Poreba was the best we have experienced, all WL events considered, with a free meal and beautiful gifts to everybody.

Hannes Larsson

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Tartu Maraton 2017

During the weeks preceding the date of the Estonian Worldloppet race alarming reports told about the lack of snow and the organizers’ uncertainty about the race course. Finally they confirmed one week before the race week-end that the races will take place in Otepää (the usual start place) on a 6 km loop of artificial snow and that the 63 km race will be replaced by 34 km and the 31 km race by 16 km. Registered skiers were requested to choose which one of the six starts (three on Saturday and three on Sunday) they preferred. It was possible to register also at the bib distribution on Friday.

On both race days the weather was good, a little below zero at the start on Saturday and mostly above zero on Sunday. The artificial snow resisted perfectly the wear of 2000 skiers making the same loop up to six times. The announcement «two and a half laps for the 16 km race and five and a half laps for the 34 km race» was a little confusing. We discovered the perfectly marked course on the spot. There were two loops, 2 km and 4 km. The 6 km loop consisted of one 2 km loop followed by the 4 km loop. At the end of every 2 km loop and every 4 km loop we passed the Tehvandi ski stadium. Everybody started with a 4 km loop. Then the 34 km skiers had to do five times (2 + 4) km and the 16 km skiers two times (2 + 4) km. The km markers showed the remaining distance of the 4 km loop and the 6 km (2 + 4) km loop. Skiers just had to count the laps. I followed Corrado Ampezzan’s advice, put six pieces of tape around one of my poles and strapped off one tape at the end of the first 4 km loop and at the end of each following (2 +4) km loop.

The course was nice with a few easy climbs and descents. It became of course a little repetitive, we could almost have skied the last laps with closed eyes. But we enjoyed the race and congratulate the organizers for their good job.

Corrado Ampezzan’s incredible adventure

Corrado Ampezzan is from Cortina, Italy. The race was important for him because it was intended to give him the tenth stamp in his16 th Worldloppet gold passport. He was under stress because his ski bag containing also his boots and waxes did not arrive in Tallinn on Thursday PM with the flight from Riga. They were supposed to arrive during the night between Friday and Saturday. But that was too late for waxing the skis and Corrado was obliged to rent skis in Tartu. He was grateful to Epp Paal, the WL CEO, who drove him to the rental shop where he also chose the boots and poles. The skis, waxed for the race, were picked up by Corrado on Saturday morning at the start. They worked perfectly but at one point Corrado fell and broke one of the bindings. This looked as the end of his race. He skied on one ski a few hundred m and there he saw a young man on the side and called him with the few words of English that he was able to utter: “I need help!”. The man was willing to lend him his skis but there was a problem: Corrado had Salomon bindings and the man had Rottefella bindings. In the misadventure there was a lucky end: both had boots of size 43. They exchanged their boots, Corrado finished the race on the Estonian’s perfectly waxed skis and obtained his 16 th gold Master title. When Corrado brought the skis to the rental shop he was informed that his saviour was nobody else than Tartu Maraton’s director Indrek Kelk. Future contacts will reveal how Indrek came home on one ski.

Hint to Worldloppet races: post your director on a strategic point of the race ready to intervene when a skier in distress needs help!

Hannes Larsson


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Transjurassienne 2017 (eng)

A beautiful and Harsh… Transjurassienne

After the strange cancellation of the 2016, each of us wondered what would happen to the 2017 edition?

Especially since the beginning of winter the snow has been scarce in the Jura massif.  And the mild weather during the first days of February complicated the situation:

Thanks to la Transju organizers who reacted promptly and offered us an original, superb race and perfectly snow-covered, obviously as difficult as the normal course.

The Technic director, Pierrot Vandel, made it a point of honor to extend this folding race to 50 km…at the price of many loops in the Massacre forest and the Combe du Lac. At one point there was false joy when nearing Premanon and hearing the commentator at the finish line, when a new loop was to be seen… we are definitely beating around the bush, groaned a skier by my side, impatient to be finished…

Identical race for the 50 km Transju’Classic, la Transju’Marathon and la Transjurassienne skating.

Departure near Switzerland, in the village of Bois d’Amont, with a release of skiers in several groups, like Marcialonga, skis at hands.  There was no jostling either in classic or skating despite the 2 500 participants racing on a track just wide enough.

Fortunately, it was sunny with mild temperatures because there were hardly any places to find shelter on the starting area.

It takes only a few small bumps and about 10 km to reach Les Rousses and its incredible popular success: a stretch in the village full of enthusiastic spectators, like we have not seen in a long time. Better than la Marcialonga and Moena, which speaks for itself! (and the same at Premanon…where it was at last possible to finish La Transju… with a beer in the hand…)

Then for 40 km it was a succession of harsh climbs, rather easy downhills and rare flat areas near Le Fort des Rousses and la Darbella near Premanon, the climb in the Massacre Forest to the chalet de la Frasse (not as long, neither as hard than the traditional climb of Chalet des Ministres from the original course), then the beautiful downhill back to Lamoura and an eventful return to Premanon…

The 25-km left from La Darbella, went straight to Lamoura and then took same tracks as the 50 km race all the way to Premanon: undoubtedly a demanding itinerary for the unskilled skiers launching themselves for the first time on a long distance cross-country ski race…

A course of absolute beauty which did not lack many km to return to the departure stadium. I know, La Transjurassienne is a linear course…and personally I regret it. It is so much simpler to go back to the starting point! No unnecessary transfers (and probably costly). One day maybe la Transju will, like la Finlandia, opt for a loop?

Exceptional feeding stations

With an experienced racer memory (more than 340 long distance Nordic ski events to my record) I have never seen such delight. Dry fruits, cakes, Comté, meringues, dry sausage, energy bars etc, etc And of course tea, energetic drink and fresh water.  Really at the top! Next time I’ll bring a backpack…

What else to say about the 2017 Transju

A beautiful sports and commercial village in Morez for the bib distribution, no waiting line.

A hat… hum Phrygian or Andean,,, more aesthetic than convenient as a gift, a beautiful 2016 recycled into 2017 medal, a friendly and multilingual Worldloppet welcome, an organized Team despite the 2 strenuous weeks of intense labour. Thanks to Gaelle and everyone else.

A Worldloppet reception which was, I was told, exceptional with La Polka du Jura dance. Unfortunately, with accommodations scattered far from Morez and The lunettes museum, the hosts of the reception, didn’t have as many participants as they deserved.

Sufficient shuttles were organized to the start and to go back home after the arrival… but heavy traffic to reach La Darbella and Premanon.

Certainly, at the arrival site in Premanon, it was sometimes necessary to wait about half hour to recover locker bags and eat. And the dining room, although large, seemed quite small at certain peak hours.

But at least the Bolognese on Saturday and the cooked ham on Sunday were good and the cheese mirrored our love for the Jura.

On the sport side, the best have won (even the winner of La Transjurassienne, Alexis Jeannerod, waxed his skis: a long time since we’ve seen that, just proves the difficulty of the course).

Others suffered at times: for the classic style, it was hard to find the perfect wax (snow at 0 degrees, cold and dry at some places, hot and humid at others), for the skating style (especially for the afternoon departure on the 25 km) a melting snow rendered a bit slippery.

And new performances by Hannes Larsson and Lioudmila Kolobanova who double the two short events!

On Sunday about 40 skiers wore most elegant kilts to promote the donation of bone marrow.

Total happiness for this 2017 Transjurassienne which promises a 2018 jubilee: the 40th Jurassian winter for this French Worldloppet Event, created in 1979…

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Jizerska 2017

J50: a real popular race (French version follow after english version)

The Jizerska Padesatka celebrated its 50th anniversary this year!
Very popular success with more than 6,000 competitors during these three days of competition and a beautiful snow often wet and hot but in large quantity.
Popular race if any: on the classic 50 km, the bigger race of this J50, nearly 4100 arrived. If the faster runners finish in less than 2 hours (1h55 very exactly), the last ones will take 7:30 to cross the finish line. 71 men over 70 and 3 women of the same age will have completed their 50 km.
Magic of classic skiing where even the slowest, the least technical can participate in the competition, take pleasure and surpass!
Nearly 500 participants in the 30 km skate, 700 to 25 km classic, 450 to 10 km classic (the last putting … more than 4 hours to make its 10 kilometers …).
And I am not talking about the kids who gave themselves to heart on Friday morning on loops of 1 to 4 km … and left with the same big glass medal as the best long runs.
A nice atmosphere of fun fair, family ski and at the same time the best skiers of Visma classic were there to fight.
A perfect organization, buses in large quantities to connect Liberec and Bedrichov, well-arranged departures, friendly refreshments, smiling volunteers, a landscape that turned out at the end of the day under a warm sun, famous goulash on arrival, A great tent to change: nothing to say about this 2017 edition … which made well forget the difficulties of the previous year run without snow!
The organizers of the J 50 saw just by shifting their race 6 weeks: it was rather hot, of course it rained on Friday morning and snowed strong on Saturday but the snow was abundant and it is on the real course of 50 Km with its beautiful detour on the hamlet of Jizerska that held this 50th Jizerska.
Waxing initially provided by the stands of Swix. Wax enough easy to find: skare covered with red klister. Tracks correct almost to the end …

And the reception of the WL Masters, it probably deserves the first prize of the receptions WL: reception with champagne, wine and beer at will, real hot meal and brief speech of welcome of our friend Blanka Nedvedicka … Only downside: necessary to found Kralovka to enjoy it…

J50 : une vraie course populaire (French version)

La Jizerska Padesatka fêtait son 50ème anniversaire cette année ! Très beau succès populaire avec plus de 6.000 concurrents pendant ces trois jours de compétition et une belle neige souvent humide et chaude mais en grande quantité.

Course populaire s’il en est : sur le 50 km classique, la course reine de cette J50, près de 4100 arrivés. Si les premiers terminent en moins de 2 heures (1h55 très exactement), les derniers mettront 7h30 pour passer la ligne d’arrivée. 71 hommes de plus de 70 ans et 3 femmes du même âge auront bouclé leur 50 km.

Magie du ski classique où même les plus lents, les moins techniques peuvent participer à la compétition, prendre plaisir et se dépasser !

Près de 500 participants au 30 km skate, 700 au 25 km classique, 450 au 10 km classique (la dernière mettant… plus de 4 heures pour faire ses 10 bornes…).

Et je ne parle pas des gamins qui s’en sont donné à cœur joie le vendredi matin sur des boucles de 1 à 4 km… et sont repartis avec la même grosse médaille en verre que les meilleurs des courses longues.

Une belle ambiance de fête foraine, de ski familial et dans le même temps les meilleurs skieurs de Visma classique étaient là pour en découdre.

Une organisation parfaite, des bus en grande quantité pour relier Liberec et Bedrichov, départs bien échelonnés, des ravitaillements sympathiques, des bénévoles souriants, un paysage qui s’est révélé en fin de journée sous un soleil chaleureux, goulache fameux à l’arrivée, une grande tente pour se changer : rien à redire sur cette édition 2017 … qui faisait bien oublier les difficultés de l’année précédente courue sans neige !

Les organisateurs de la J 50 ont vu juste en décalant de 6 semaines leur épreuve : certes il faisait plutôt chaud, certes il a plu le vendredi matin et neigé fort le samedi mais la neige était abondante et c’est sur le vrai parcours de 50 km avec son beau détour sur le hameau de Jizerska que s’est tenue cette 50ème Jizerska.

Fartage assuré au départ par les stands de Swix, fart au demeurant assez simple à trouver : skare recouvert de klister rouge Traces correctes presque jusqu’au bout…

Quant à la réception des WL Masters, elle mérite sans doute le premier prix des réceptions WL : accueil au champagne, vin et bière à volonté, vrai repas chaud et bref discours d’accueil de notre amie Blanka Nedvedika… Seul bémol : il fallait monter tout là haut à Kralovka pour en profiter.

Quelques résultats :

50 km classique :

Léonid Golubkov (Rus) 3h09 ; Erki Täht (Est) 3h09 ; Boris Petroff (F) 3h26 ; Tate Vanhamaki (est) 3h48 ; Hervé Courtine (F) 4h17 ; Matti Korpella (Fin) 4h30 ; Allan Hope (Australie) 5h05 ; Daniel Montgermont (F) 5h09 ; Joseph et Iwana Kral (Tch) 5h10 ; Risko Kemilainen (Fin) 5h25 ; Doug Jackson (Australie) 5h39 ; Annie Ponsonnet (F) 5h40 ;Yuichi Anada (Jap) 5h55 ; Joseph Luce (F) 6h35…

30 km skate :

Léonid Golubkov (Rus) 1h51 ;Boris Petroff (F) 2h02 ; Tauri Hainsoo (Est) 2h13 ; Irena Prochazkova (Tch) 2h16 ; Ludmilia Golubkova (Rus) 2h49…/

25 km classique :

Kari Julhä (Fin) 1h52 ; Tauri Hainsoo (Est) 2h04 ; Irena Prochazkova (Tch) 2h28 ; Risko Kemilainen (Fin) 2h47 ;Anne Mason (Can) 2h53 ; Joseph et Iwana Kral (Tch) 3h01 ;  Annie Ponsonnet (F) 3h03 ; Nathalie Courtine (F) 3h25

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Transjurassienne 2017 (fr)

Une Transjurassienne belle … et rude.

Après l’annulation étrange de 2016, chacun se demandait ce que serait l’édition 2017 ?

D’autant que la neige se fit rare sur le massif du Jura en ce début d’hiver. Et qu’un redoux dans les premiers jours de février vint encore compliquer la situation !

Mais les organisateurs de la Transju surent parfaitement réagir et nous offrirent une course au tracé original, à l’évidence aussi difficile que le tracé normal, superbe et parfaitement enneigé.

Bravo les gars !

Pierrot Vandel, le Directeur technique, se fit un point d’honneur de rallonger jusqu’à 50km ce parcours de replis… au prix de nombreuses boucles dans la forêt du Massacre et dans la Combe  du Lac. Il fallut même déchanter lorsque, à quelques pas de Prémanon et tandis qu’on entendait déjà le commentateur sur la ligne d’arrivée, on découvrit une nouvelle boucle à parcourir… « Décidemment, on tourne autour du pot » râlait un skieur à mes côtés, pressé d’en finir enfin….

Parcours identique pour le 50 km de la Transjuclassic, la Transju Marathon et la Transjurassienne skate.

Départ à deux pas de la Suisse, sur la commune de Bois d’Amont, avec un lâcher des skieurs en plusieurs blocs, type Marcialonga, skis à la main. Pas de bousculade ni en classique ni en skate malgré les 2500 partants sur une piste tout juste assez large. Heureusement qu’il faisait beau et doux car il n’y avait guère de places pour se mettre à l’abri sur l’aire de départ.

Juste quelques petites bosses pour atteindre au 10ème km Les Rousses et son incroyable succès populaire : une traversée de village noire de spectateurs chaleureux, comme nous n’en avions pas connue depuis longtemps. Mieux que la Marcialonga et Moena, c’est tout dire ! (Et pareil à Prémanon… où il était enfin possible de finir sa Transju avec…  une bière à la main….)

Ensuite ce sont pendant 40 km une succession de côtes sévères, descentes plutôt faciles et rares moments de plat. Le Fort des Rousses, la Darbella près de Prémanon, la montée dans la forêt du Massacre jusqu’au chalet de la Frasse (moins longue, moins dure que la traditionnelle montée au Chalet des Ministres du parcours nominal), belle redescente sur Lamoura et retour mouvementé sur Prémanon…

Le 25 km partait de la Darbella, filait tout droit sur Lamoura et retrouvait le parcours du 50 km jusqu’à Prémanon : sans doute un parcours exigeant pour les skieurs non aguerris qui se lançaient pour la première fois sur une course longue distance de ski de fond …

Un parcours d’une beauté absolue et auquel il ne manquait pas beaucoup de km pour qu’on retournât sur le stade de départ. Je sais, la Transjurassienne c’est une Traversée… et personnellement je le regrette. C’est tellement plus simple de revenir à son point de départ ! Pas de transferts inutiles (et sans doute coûteux). Un jour peut-être la TJ optera, comme le fit la Finlandia, pour une boucle ?

Des ravitaillements exceptionnels

Mémoire de coureur expérimenté (euh plus de 340 épreuves de longue distance de ski nordique à mon palmarès) je n’ai jamais vu un tel régal. Des fruits secs, des gâteaux, du comté, des meringues, du saucisson, des barres énergétiques etc. etc. Et bien sûr thé, boisson énergétique et eau fraiche. Vraiment le top ! La prochaine j’emporte un sac à dos…

Que dire d’autre de cette Transju 2017 ?

Un beau village sportif et commercial à Morez pour la remise des dossards, pas d’attente.

Un bonnet … euh phrygien ou des Andes… plus esthétique que commode comme cadeau, une belle médaille 2016 recyclée 2017, un accueil Worldloppet sympathique et polyglotte, une équipe organisatrice aux petits soins malgré deux semaines d’angoisse et de labeur éprouvant. Merci Gaëlle et tous les autres.

Une réception Worldloppet qui fut, m’a-t-on dit, exceptionnelle où l’on dansa même la Polka du Jura. Malheureusement la dispersion des hébergements parfois loin de Morez et du musée de la Lunette qui accueillait cette réception, ne lui donna pas l’affluence qu’elle méritait.

Des navettes en nombre suffisant pour atteindre le départ et retourner chez soi après l’arrivée…. Mais des embouteillages pour atteindre la Darbella et Prémanon.

Certes, le dimanche à l’arrivée sur Prémanon, il fallut parfois patienter une grosse demi-heure pour récupérer sacs vestiaires et manger. Et la salle de restau, pourtant grande, se révéla à certaines heures un peu petite…

Mais au moins la bolognaise du samedi et le jambon braisé du dimanche étaient bien bons et le fromage à l’image de ce Jura qu’on aime tant.

Côté sportif, les meilleurs ont gagné (et même que le vainqueur de la Transjurassienne classique, Alexis Jeannerod, avait farté ses skis : du plus vu depuis bien longtemps et qui prouve la dureté du profil).

Les autres ont parfois souffert : en classique d’un fartage difficile à trouver (neige à zéro degré, parfois froide et sèche, ailleurs chaude et très humide), en skate (surtout pour le 25 km qui partait dans l’après midi) d’une neige fondue et ainsi rendue peu glissante.

Et nouvelle performance de Hannes Larsson et Lioudmila Kolobanova qui doublent les deux courtes !

Le dimanche une quarantaine de skieurs portaient un kilt des plus élégants pour promouvoir le don de moelle osseuse.

Donc grand bonheur pour cette Transjurassienne 2017 qui augure bien de celle de 2018 qui marquera un jubilé : le 40ème hiver jurassien pour cette course française de la Worldloppet, créée en 1979…


Quelques résultats

50 km classique :

Franck Machioldi (F) 3.01 ; Serge Pakulin (Russie) 3.23 : Michel Bouteraon (F )3.28 ; Jean Pierre Henriet (F) 3.43 ; Vincent Yvon (F) 3.43 ; Daniel Clerc (F) 3.55 ; Raoul Olesk (Est.) 4.05 ; Boris Petroff (F) 4.09 ; Joël Janin (F) 4.15 ; Irena Prochazkova (Cz) 4.47 ; Jay Wiener (USA) 5.17 ;  Grant Mac Leod (Can) 5.29 ; Iwana et Joseph Kral (Cz) 5.50 ; Jean Poux(F) 5.56 ; Joseph Luce (F) 6.56.

50 km Skate :

Christian Viry (F) 2.21 ; Leonid Goloubkov (Russie) 2.49 ; Gilles Perrin (F) 2.51 ; Michel Bouteraon (F) 2.55 ; Roland Matarese (F) 3.05 ;  François Héroult (F) 3.36 ; Boris Petroff (F) 3.38 ; Pierre Poux (F) 3.50 ; Jean Yves Comby (F) 3.52 ; Irena Prochazkova (Cz) 4.31 ; Patrice Turlan 4.51  ; Jay Wiener (USA) 4.57 ; ; Iwana et Joseph Kral (Cz) 5.15 ; Daniel Clerc (F) 5.44 ; André Viry (F) 6.16

25 Classique :

Christophe Joanblanq (F) 2.40 ; Lioudmila Kolobanova (Russie) 2.42 ; Paal Epp (Est.) 2.43 ; Annie Ponsonnet (F) 2.51 ; Patrice Turlan (F) 2.56 ; Hannes Larsson (F) 3.12 ; François et Nathalie Héroult : 3.21 ; Michelle Robin (F) 4.28.

25 Skate :

Annie Ponsonnet (F) 2.14 ; Lioudmila Kolobanova (Russie) 2.43 ; Hannes Larsson (F) 3.16 ; Isabelle Petroff (F) 3.18 ; Corrado Ampezzan (It.) 3.32.

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