Konig Ludwig Lauf 2018 race report

On the weekend of 3/4th February, Germany’s Konig Ludwig Lauf Worldloppet race was held in Oberammergau. The race start was near Ettal and finished at the Sports Centre in Oberammergau. On Saturday at 9am some 500 skiers lined up for the start of the silver 20km race. At 10am the long race 42km, or was it 45km or was it 50km (hard to work out from signage/publications) with  360 skiers started. The weather was predicted to be snowy with a temperature range of -7 to -1 degrees. Fortunately, at the start it was only overcast and the temperature was -3 degrees.

The long race involved 2 loops initially heading to Ettal as in previous years, then little  ups and downs to a bridge beyond Graswang before heading back down the valley with great views of the mountains, crossing the road towards Oberammergau then back through the start area. We were disappointed to see the ski through Linderhof Castle has been omitted from the current course. This had been our highlight when we initially skied the Konig Ludwig Lauf many years ago and was much talked about with family, friends and other Worldloppet skiers. Skiing through the castle educated us to the name of the race, Konig Ludwig Lauf and gave us an understanding and connection to the history of the area and the race. Hopefully skiing through the castle grounds can be reinstated in future years.

At the end of the first loop long race skiers turned off the track to Oberammergau to head back to the start area, however this was where the least interesting part of the course was, a series of s-turns where the track kept double backing on itself, as if to just make some kilometres. It seemed to take forever to get back to the start area but there was a welcome drink station before heading through the now quiet start area, to do it all again.

The course involved a variety of forested areas, open paddocks, past farmhouses, barns, churches and even past the urban areas of Ettal, Graswang with the finish right in Oberammergau. There were stunning views of the surrounding mountains right from the start line with steep rocky peaks in all directions. At Ettal there was some keen spectators ringing large cow bells to cheer skiers on. They were even still there on my second loop through which was a significant time after the elite skiers. Thanks!

On the second loop as I skated out of the forest into the Graswang plains, I noticed that the mountains had disappeared from view, they were hidden in a big black cloud. Within 5 minutes large snowflakes began to fall. It was extremely pretty having the snow fall float down, as in Australia when it snows it’s usually a blizzard with strong winds and low visibility. The snow continued intermittently for the rest of the race and looked lovely clinging to the tree branches.

Initially, Saturday’s snow was well-packed for the short race skiers but the mass of skiers quickly turned the snow to a cornflour like consistency. The second loop for longer race skiers the snow surface had become significantly softer. Even though it was a freestyle race, the classic skiers appreciated the classic tracks that were available for the majority of the course. The drink stations were well attended by friendly volunteers who gave out drinks, bananas, oranges and muesli bars. Thanks to the Ambulance personnel who were available in several locations to assist if needed.

Congratulations to Aussie skier Sarah Slattery who won the female section in the 9km freestyle race on Saturday morning.

Sunday’s weather was predicted to be a mix of sun and cloud with a temperature range of -10 to O degrees however when we woke on Sunday morning it was snowing lightly. By the 9am long race gold Worldloppet start time the snow had stopped and it was just overcast, still and about -1 degrees when the 775 skiers began the race. The snow began again at about 1pm whilst the 250 silver short race skiers who started at 12 Noon were still out skiing.

Sunday’s course was the same as Saturday. The grooming was excellent on both days with 3 or where possible 4 classic tracks available on Sunday.  The classic tracks iced up a little and very excellent for lots of double poling and stride poling. Being a predominantly flat course it’s probably the most stride double poling I’ve ever done.

Staying in Oberammergau we were given a Konig Card by our accommodation providers which gave us many free entitlements including free bus travel from Linderhof Castle and a free ride on the Laber-Bergbahn to see the wonderful views over the alps. It was a great place for coffee and cake (pre-race carbo loading) whilst enjoying the scenery. There are many other freebies with the Konig Card so well-worth combining skiing and seeing the sights  of the local area for a few days.

Having to travel to Munich on Sunday night for early flights to Estonia, the silver race’s late start time of 12 noon made travel arrangements more difficult for those Worldloppet skiers doing multiple races. It would be much simpler for those travelling if Saturday’s race timings were used for Sunday though one of the slower long race skiers said he enjoyed the short starting 3 hours after him as many short race skiers caught him and he felt he was really in a race rather than being out skiing on his own at the back of the field in the long event.

It was great to see Hannes Larson, the grand emperor of Worldloppet Masters (32 Masters) skiing the Konig Ludwig Lauf, despite recent health issues. Congratulations Hannes, for completing the silver race on Saturday AND the silver race on Sunday. We all hope to be skiing Worldloppet races when we are your age, you are an inspiration for us all. We all look forward to meeting you at many more Worldloppet races in the future.

Marg Hayes


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2018 Marcialonga Report

Passo Lavaze: On Thursday 25th January the crowds flocked to Passo Lavaze for the annual 22km Silver Worldloppet classic ski race. The sun was shining, it was still and the temperature was just below zero, making for extremely pleasant conditions with dry powdery snow. The tracks were impeccably groomed. Some 340 skiers lined up at the start line, with the start being low key and relaxed.

The course did a loop on the open hilltop before descending through thick forest to break out in the sunshine at Malga Costa.  The tracks for a steep climb back up to Passo Lavaze testing grip wax effectiveness.  A quick drink station, then descending through a steep hairpin, with some undulating up and down, followed by a steady climb to Malga Ora for a well earned drink station. The undulations continued through the small downhill run at Malga Varena then predominantly downhill to the finish area at Passo Lavaze.  There were 2 drink stations and no food available on the course, although at the finish, skiers enjoyed meat rolls and warm drinks in the sunshine whilst chatting about the race.

It was great to be at the after race presentations especially to cheer the young Aussie duo who came 4th lady and 5th man. Congratulations Mark and Ella!

One suggestion for race organisers is to time the start of the race so that skiers travelling via public transport are able to participate in the race. Currently the race is programmed to start just 5 minutes after the first bus from Cavalese arrives making it extremely difficult for international skiers travelling via public transport. Fortunately the race start was deferred for 10 minutes to allow for those bus travellers but it would be more relaxing if this was known in advance.

Now the big Marcialonga race….

Bib pick-up was in the Congress Centre in Cavalese beginning the Thursday afternoon before the Marcialonga. The process was extremely well-organised with lots of friendly volunteers eager to assist. There was also a huge array of sponsor products which provided interesting displays.

On Saturday night at 5.30pm there was a Worldloppet Masters reception. Angelo Corradini made some wonderful announcements which are extremely pleasing for all Worldloppet Masters. Angelo said that Marcialonga really value Worldloppet Master skiers and really want their participation in future races. Marcialonga understand the difficulties with the current entry system especially for Worldloppet Masters in faraway countries and so from now on all Worldloppet Masters will be given entry to the Marcialonga by contacting the Marcialonga office before the release of entries to the general public. Contact the Marcialonga Office as early as possible before the online entries open. If you have any difficulties contact Angelo direct. Wow, what brilliant news, especially for us non-European Worldloppet Masters who have to travel half way across the world to reach Italy. Gaining entry to the Marcialonga has always been an adhoc, costly venture for us, so now we will be relaxed knowing we can source the most appropriate accommodation (like apartments) rather than having to stay at expensive hotels which offer race entry packages. Thank you to the Marcialonga organisers for valuing the participation of Worldloppet Masters in this fantastic event.

Race day dawned clear and still. The bus transport system from Cavalese to the race start was extremely efficient with a line of 20+ buses greeting  skiers in the main street of Cavalese. Waiting in the toilet queue at the race start of Moena, it was beautiful to watch the first rays of sun hit the tops of the Dolomites. The red rocky peaks really shone over the valley. This was my sixth Marcialonga and the warmest start I can recall but still a cool -1 degrees for us Australians.

The clearly labelled trucks with different bag colours were easily to find, to deposit clothing bags for pickup at the finish. Before the sun rose the first race group, the Elite Women were off and racing as the rest of us fiddled with last minute clothing adjustments.  Lining up in an orderly manner to get into the fenced off areas according to bib numbers, one felt a little like a caged animal, but the system worked. Once your group’s barrier lifts, you have 5 minutes to leisurely walk out to the start area, put your skis on and to ski across the start line truly makes the Ideal Start a relaxed, calm way to get 7,500 skiers  off and racing.  It is noted the shorter 45km skiers start with the 70km skiers.

Climbing the first hill to Moena, I remembered the queues of my previous Marcialonga skis and wondered how the crowds would be today. Right from the first houses, spectators lined the course yelling “ Bravo, up-up-up” and cheering us along, as the route wound between double storey houses barely 2 metres apart. The trucked in snow was quite soft, and dry, falling apart, feeling more like deep dry sand rather than snow. It would have been extremely difficult to make a snowman out of this snow. Looking up, the sun was glistening off the red rocks making for an amazing spectacle.

Climbing above Moena there were a few short hills where the pace slowed to a crawl as skiers herringboned up the steeper pitches.

Multiple tracks with 3 or 4 classic tracks where the width allowed was welcome. This gave an opportunity for faster skiers to zip through and overtake those skiing slower. Most skiers were calm and encouraging to others.

For some 17km the trail climbed up the Val di Fassa valley, meandering alongside a small creek, Torrente Avisio, with snow still hanging in the frosted trees.  It was great to finally break out of the shaded valley into the sunshine at Canazei. There were many cheering spectators as skiers pushed through the heavy deep snow to the turn around point right in the middle of Canazei.

It was great to cross Torrente Avisio and begin to head back down the Val di Fassa valley on the shaded side, with lots of double poling opportunities. The kilometres seemed to zip past with Pozza di Fassa uniquely covered drink station being reached in good time. Climbing the Soraga hill the church bells were ringing to indicate noon.

But the predicted 9 degrees began to make its way into the sunny segments and the tracks became wide and glazed in some areas.

Skiers seemed to thin as tiredness was creeping in for all. The managed descent to Moena was exciting with lots of crowds lining the course in Moena and cheering you over the small bridge. Meandering between the buildings and within centimetres of Torrente Avisio was very different to most ski races which are held in forested areas away from villages and wild spectators. It certainly adds to the memorable uniqueness of the Marcialonga.

Continuing down, down to the Val de Fiemme valley, it was good know most of the tricky bits of the course were behind me now. Passing Predazzo and waving goodbye to the 500 participants in the 45km Marcialonga Light, skiers seemed more spaced, just surviving staying upright with tired legs and tired bodies. The snow had changed to Australian powder (wet slop) so I felt right at home and my crown skis were gliding well.

The cheering spectators continued to give you an extra boost to push on a bit harder. It was hard not to enjoy the beautiful weather, sunny and clear though variable temperatures depending whether you were in the shaded areas or out in the open paddocks or river flats. All the way the red rocks of the Dolomites towered above us.

It was great to see the church spires of Cavalese and know that there wasn’t too far to go now. Under the Alpe Cermis cablecar and finally I got a glimpse of skiers heading up the final hill, knowing it was close but not that close as I still had to ski 3kms down the valley to the turnaround at Molina then another 3kms back up to the base of that famous climb.

There was a party atomsphere at the Molina drinks station as skiers knew it wasn’t far now and that they could do it.

Klister stations at Molina and the base of the climb were welcomed by skiers running out of grip wax.   However my crown skis gave me enough grip to keep progressing.

Finally, I made it to the final climb, a 3km uphill slog from the river to reach the finish line at Cavalese. Skiers just kept on going, onward and upward knowing the end was near. Finishing in Cavalese is amazing, skiing through the narrow streets, with cheering crowds helping me to push that little bit harder to make it to the finish line. What a feeling it was to cross the line and know that I had been successful in another Marcialonga.

Time to collect the bag, change the shoes, drink some hot soup, find my friends, then to the Cavalese Congress Centre for the pasta party. Marcialong Light  skiers reported the pasta party at Predazzo in a warm tent was wonderful too.

A highlight of the Marcialonga was the plentiful food/drink stations at each small village you skied through; music and friendly helpful volunteers cheered you along. In several of the towns (Canazei, Predazzo and Cavalese)  skiers’ names were announced as you skied through which encouraged you  a little more. The enthusiasm of spectators  hanging out the balconies or just cheering you on as you skied past was a real highlight too.  Some spectators even supplied water to slower competitors just at the right location.

Even though many of the small descents became icy bobsled runs with piles of corn flour snow pushed up on the sides courtesy was shown to fallen skiers to be safe and encourage them.

All in all, the Marcialonga is one of the iconic Worldloppet races with lots of appeal to skiers and well worth including on every Worldloppet Master skiers’ program.

Marg Hayes


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Dolomitenlauf 2018

We arrived in Obertilliach Austria on Wednesday 18th January, a few days before the weekend of Dolomitenlauf events. Obertilliach is a small mountain village with a population of 700, mostly farmers at about 1500 metres elevation. The farmland is all covered in snow and the cows are all in the barns in the village. It was great to familiarise ourselves with the course with a few other skiers. It was also a relief to realise that the course is now 2x 21km loops on a lot flatter terrain than in previous years. In 2001, the 60km Dolomiten freestyle was held at Obertilliach as there was insufficient snow in Lienz. As we recall, it was a very hilly course, involving climbing up the open slope zig-zags twice as well as a couple of other significant steep climbs on a narrow track in the forest. So, we were pleased to see the easier flatter course was to be used this year, for both the classic and freestyle events.

On the Friday evening there was a Worldloppet reception where quite a few Worldloppet Masters from a variety of countries gathered to socialise. We were in awe to be welcomed in 3 different languages by the talented race official, as coming from Australia anyone speaking 2 languages is amazing to us. After the reception, the exciting Elite Sprints were held at BiathlonZentrum, rather than in Lienz, as we had become accustomed to in previous years. Staying at Obertilliach we realised, was an absolute bonus with most Dolomitenlauf events now being based at Obertilliach. Our choice of Obererlacher Gaestehaus was incredible, as it turned out to be only 50 metres from the finish line which we hadn’t realised when we booked. Also the after race meal was literally across the road. There are numerous well-located guesthouses and hotels in Obertilliach and certainly save the travel up from Leinz; so our recommendation is to stay in Obertilliach.

Saturday 20th January dawned clear and sunny; a magical day for the classic Dolomitenlauf race. At Biathlonzentrum some 412 entrants gathered for the 42km race and 144 for the 20km classic. Temperatures were varied with a cold start, then we skied into the sun up the hill towards Obertilliach village and warmed up very quickly. There seemed less zig-zags than I remembered which was wonderful. It was a real hoot to shoot down the zig-zags between the many little barns that dotted the open hillside, past a tiny church and we quickly arrived at the first drink station before having more gentle downhill to the far end of the course beyond Untertilliach.

Crossing the creek, the temperature seemed to plummet as the cold air hung by the tiny stream and snow still clung to the tiny trees and bushes. Fortunately, it was gradual uphill so this warmed us up. The track re-crossed the creek several times even popping back into the welcome sunshine for a brief few minutes. The narrow track wound up the valley right on the edge of the babbling stream to the second drink station in a sunny spot. Continuing up, up finally reaching the farthest point of the course it was downhill and some good gliding to Biathlonzentrum drink station. Then it was time for the 42km skiers to do it all again. By now the fastest skiers had already lapped me and as I headed off to ski my second lap the elite were heading to the finish line right in the main street of Obertiliach. The classic tracks had glazed a little by the second lap so it was a little faster. The last 2km of the course was uphill but it was a wonderful atmosphere to finish in the main street of Obertilliach and have the post race meal in the kindergarten hall where friendly locals served pasta, goulash soup and beer.

We woke on Sunday morning to about 10cm of fresh snow covering everything. Light snow was still falling as 306  skiers lined up at the start line for the 1st stage of the World Cup 42km freestyle event and 180 for the  shorter 20km event. The temperature seemed just below zero and was relatively still. As the gun fired everyone surged ahead until the first hill when it was quite chaotic with everyone trying to find their pace.

Sunday’s course was a mirror image of Saturday’s though the weather conditions were very different making it feel like a totally different location. Because of the continuing light snowfalls, the frontrunners pushed through the soft snow compacting a platform in the middle of the track for us slower skiers. It was great to skate from. Due to the snow compaction there was much more glide in the second loop. There was even classic tracks for the few intrepid skiers who used the classic technique in the freestyle event though the tracks were fairly slow due to little use.

The after race meal was great with plenty of pasta, goulash soup and beer.  And provided an opportunity to share the day’s achievements and stories with old and new skier friends.   Grooming was perfect on both days.

Congratulations to the Dolomitenlauf team for putting on an exceptional event; well done and thanks to all the volunteers.

Marg Hayes, Australia

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China-Vasaloppet 2018 race report

20180104_095534_m_.jpgBeing independent travellers and finding information for the China Vasaloppet so difficult to obtain, this race report will provide lots of information for fellow travellers as well as info on the 2018 race.

Several years ago, when China Vasaloppet first became an Associate Worldloppet race we investigated the possibility of visiting as independent travellers but as we could not obtain any information from the China Vasaloppet race organisers, who seemed to only be interested in skiers coming on the organised trips, we decided not to come.  The reason is that an organised trip with only 1 day skiing before the race was not an option for us; coming from an Australian Summer of 35-40 degrees Celsius to Changchun with a temperature of -15 degrees C, we needed to be able to acclimatise for at least a week before the event and also wanted to do some ski training so we didn’t injury ourselves in the race, and could enjoy the race as much as possible.


So fast forward several years and we decided to have another go at trying to ski the China Vasaloppet in 2018. However, despite many emails with the race organisers they weren’t able to give us any suggestions of places near Changchun to ski before the event, as we were told the race course was only available to ski the day before the event. Fortunately, an Aussie skier mentioned he had skied on a frozen lake near the race course. So, with this one piece of information we decided to make the journey to Changchun and ski the China Vasaloppet.

On Xmas night 3 Aussie skiers, Bruce Wharrie, Jim Finnie and myself boarded a plane to Beijing, then onto Changchun. Arriving at Changchun Airport at 10am with the temperature -15 degrees C, we chose to learn how to use the public transport system to travel to our accommodation at the Sheraton Hotel, the closest hotel to the race course (about 3kms). We found the best deal for a room at the Sheraton was via Booking.com (AUS $ 120 pn). If we had known how difficult public transport would be, we would have caught a taxi from the airport (160 yuan approx), which is our recommendation for future skiers. Catching a train for the 15 minute trip from the airport to the city, we were required to present our passport to buy the 8.5 yuan ticket, then once in the city we wandered the streets in the freezing cold, as couldn’t find the light rail station; after buying tickets we weren’t allowed on until we bought an extra ticket for our skis, then after a 1.5 hour light rail ride it was a 2 kilometre walk along a busy road to the hotel. So, catch a taxi from the airport!


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The worlds biggest long distance skirace calendar 2018

As every year we present a list of circa four houndred skimarathon races. The longest we know of. The list is made by our executive member Thomas Huber.

Enjoy the list. It contains skiraces from so many nations. Happy travel and happy skiing to all! Download the PDF file here xc_long_distance_calender_2018_iawls


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Ushuaialoppet and Marchablanca 2017

ush2017b.jpgThe Tierra Mayor valley a few km north from Ushuaia had abundant snow early August. But just a few days before Ushuaialoppet planned on August 12, strong rains and high temperatures destroyed the snow cover. Skiers who visited the area on August 10 thought that it was impossible to organize a race when there were only some scattered patches of snow on the ground and predominantly grass, mud, frozen ponds and small streams of water. But the organizers worked very hard, shovelling snow and building small bridges. It was evidently impossible to use the normal course. But the solution was similat to what we had seen recently in the Czech Republic and in Estonia. On the race day we enjoyed an excellent 6 km snow avenue in the plain in the vicinity of the ski center Tierra Mayor, to be made eight times for the 48 km Gold race and four times for the 24 km Silver race. It was mainly flat but included a little climb, and on the return a descent where we could enjoy an appreciable speed.Two classic tracks remained in good condition for everybody and there was ample space without any crowding. The time-keeping was manual, no chips.

ush2017a.png61 skiers finished the 48 km race and 31 the 24 km race. There were more foreigners from other continents than South America (49) than skiers from South American countries (43).

On the race evening a nice prize distribution and a dinner were available at the ski center. Russian skier Alexei Cheredilov who finished his first Worldloppet passport was celebrated and received his Master medal and diploma. The ambassador of Finland in Argentina Teemu Turunen made a speech and reminded hat this year is the 100 year jubilee of Finland’s independence. That was celebrated at Finlandia – hiihto where a 100 km race was organized.

Some results of IAWLS members :

48 km race

Joseph Luce             FRA    5 :21 :17

André Viry               FRA    5 :15 :14

Jörg Kaiser               GER    3 :41 :55

Monika Kaiser        GER    4 :13 :34

Kralova Ivana         CZE     4 :15 :36

Kral Josef                 CZ E    4 :15 :37

24 km race

Matti Huotari          FIN     2 :48 :10

Veli Rautiainen       FIN     3 :30 :01

Raimo Valkonen    FIN     2 :30 :01

Hannes Larsson      FRA    2 :05 :36

Tom Sutherland     USA    1 :40 :47


Marchablanca took place on August 20. This 21 km race followed the normal course with a turning point at the Cerro Castor alpine center. This year it was a FT race. It had been snowing during the week but not quite enough and in some places the glide was not perfect because of grass or mud. Shorter promotional races were available for beginners.

Some results of IAWLS members :

Kralova Ivana         CZE     1 :47 :27

Kral Josef                 CZE     1 :47 :26

Matti Huotari          FIN     2 :55 :04

Veli Rautiainen       FIN     2 :54 :48

Raimo Valkonen    FIN     2 :33 :08

Hannes Larsson      FRA    2 :54 :46

Kaiser Jörg               GER    1 :33 :07

Kaiser Monika        GER    1 :45 :36

Tom Sutherland     USA    1 :36 :22


Hannes Larsson


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Worldloppet Master cheating scandal. Status update

Time has passed and this is an update and latest status on the cheating masters. Many cheating race results have been set to DSQ (disqualified) the last year and many master diplomas have from this been removed. But there is still work left. Several Worldloppet masters that we know are invalid are still presented as valid. And there are many race results presented as normal but we know they are DSQ.


Be aware of “Dirty Worldloppet Masters”. They exist


If you have not read the back story presented by us on Dec.29th 2016 please read it here.

This cheating scandal have taken a lot of time to handle. It has become a double-case. First we have the scandal results discovered, and then we had a long struggle to get things corrected.

The “Scandal reports” were made in May/June 2016. Handled by Worldloppet General Assembly in June 2016. Presented to three committees in FIS in October 2016. Someone is still working on this and we don’t know all details. FIS Legal Office is included. Worldloppet have said they will make new laws in 2017 to better handle cheating like this. FIS did in November 2016 come up with new “Universal Code of Ethics”. More is to come.

Many websites wrote about this scandal case in January 2017. Some of them also mentioned the names of the three culprits and what races that contained cheating.

Status update, May 2017

Many Worldloppet Masters have mentioned that they feel this case has cast aspersions on all multiple masters. That is sad and we must stop it. The way to do it is to name the three notorious cheats as other websites have done. To clean the status of the other multiple masters. So we go: Cheat skier 1 is Jan Vadlejch (Israel). Skier 2 is Miroslav Dasek (Czech). Skier 3 is Roman Sevcik (Slovakia).

Many race results have been set to DSQ and thus many Worldloppet Masters have been removed. The following Worldloppet Master numbers have been removed. From skier 1: master 3300, 3201, 4201. From skier 2: 3447, 3637, 3827, 3917, 4047, 4177, 4277. From skier 3: 3849, 3959, 4019. Thirteen masters removed means that all 130 containing race results have been marked invalid by Worldloppet and can’t be used in other/new Masters.

Status update, May 2018

During the winter of 2017 we were talking to Worldloppet-management and they promised that new Worldloppet rules would come during AGA in June 2017. New rules that would handle all this cheating masters. Enabling the removal of all Worldloppet masters and Worldloppet stamps that we know are cheating. Independently of race result adjustments and FIS actions. If Worldloppet were convinced it was cheating it would be handled. Sadly, this never came through. No change. We will for always have fake masters existing and displayed on Worldloppet webpages. In 2018 we also got a new fake master and added it to our list below.

Remaining Dirty Masters.

Remaining invalid masters (“Dirty Masters”) still in existence are as listed below, including detailed explanations. We will follow the development of these dirty masters as long as they exist. And update this page if status changes.

Master 3601. Case Fredagsbirken 2012 CT 54km.

Vadlejch and Dasek had exactly the same timing on all four intermediate timings and finish. Photo-evidence were found later. They show many pics of Vadlejch and none of Dasek. Birken knows this is cheating but refuse to DSQ the result! They will not change results as old as 2012, but Gatineau Loppet changed some of their 2010 results in 2017. We wait until Birken do the right thing.

Master 3900. Case Finlandia Hiihto 2014 CT 50km.

One picture of Vadlejch and no pictures of Sevcik. Dasek was with them too. All three skiers have identical timing on finish. On intermediate timing Dasek is not quite the same but Vadlejch and Sevcik has the same timing in intermediate. On search we get no picture of Dasek but on a Vadlejch picture we recognize Dasek behind him. This must mean Vadlejch was carrying Sevcik’s chip. Vadlejch and and Sevcik must be DSQ here.

Master 4159. Case Konig Ludwig Lauf 2015 CT 46km.

Sevcik and Dasek had exactly the same timing on both two intermediate timings and finish. There are pictures of both Sevcik and “Dasek”. But that is not Dasek wearing Dasek’s startnumber. Also, we have 50 photos of Sevcik but only 7 of unknown person with Dasek’s number. Explenation is that Sevcik was carrying Dasek’s chip and someone else was skiing only parts of track wearing Dasek’s startnumber. That is why only 7 photos, not 50. Both Sevcik and Dasek must be DSQ here. Dirty Master 4159 should be removed.

 Master 3600. Case Dolomitenlauf 2011 CT 42km

Vadlejch and Dasek had exactly the same timing on both two intermediate timings and finish. No pictures but three identical timings. It looks like a clear case of cheating. Do we need pictures to get through? Master 3600 should be gone here!

Master 4563. Case Fossavatnsgangen 2016 CT 50km.

Sevcik and Vadlejch had exactly the same timing on all intermediate timings and finish. This was in initial result list on race day, later that day the results were removed. A case of cheating where one skier has carried the timing chip of the other skier. Sevcik has oddly been put back into resultlists. He should be disqualified (removed from resultlist like Vadlejch was) because of cheating. And master 4563 should be removed.

There is also a cheating result in Dolomitenlauf 2011 FT. But the Worldlopet Master (no.3300) containing that result is already removed because of another DSQ race result.

Further punishment and handling of cheating.

What should be done with skiers that have notoriously cheated for seven years? Maybe much more, or certainly much more. Work group only checked some races 2010-2016. The three cheats have damaged the reputation and great status of the Worldloppet Master system. The “main product” of Worldloppet. A punishment of no more Master awards is a common reaction by Worldloppet skiers.

So far we have gotten words from Worldloppet that the punishment given is: the cheats cannot participate in Worldloppet Receptions for one year. And they cannot get a new Master for one year. What? This means practically nothing! Staying away from receptions is probably ok for the cheats as they want to stay low until heat is gone. No new masters for one year means they will collect Worldloppet stamps as usual and wait one year before sending in passports and request masters. No harm done to them.

Let’s roll back and look at the exact words Worldloppet gave to the cheats. It was this: “First unanimously decision from the Congress was to inform you officially that YOU ARE NOT MORE WELCOME AT ANY OF THE WORLDLOPPET RACES”. What could that mean? Please stay away one year and then all is as usual? Hardly! A reasonable interpretation here is simply that these skiers will no longer get Worldloppet Masters, ever. Worldloppet cannot prevent them from starting in the races. That is decided by the race management in each race. But preventing new Masters given, their own product, is possible.

What about remaining Dirty Masters? We know they are invalid and that race results are invalid. So they must some day be removed. What Worldloppet said after they had looked at the reports on the cheating case, was exactly: “The Worldloppet Congress, held last week in Finland analized the documents, connected pictures and films and decided to DELETE ALL THIS RESULTS from your passports / diplomas already emitted”. That means that all results and masters listed some day must be deleted. Today they are not all gone.

We will follow this case and update this text if/when any changes come.

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