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Visma Ski Classics season IX calendar!

All the events of Season IX are now revealed, here is the overview including the news that  for the first time in Visma Ski Classics, an event held in free technique is part of the tour, Engadin Skimarathon.

The season IX starts off on the 30th of November - 2nd December 2018 with the Prologue-weekend in Livigno, Italy, on an altitude of close to 2000 meter above sea level. Friday is the Pro Team Tempo where the female athletes start in a pursuit depending on the male athletes time. Then the mass start individual prologue on Sunday, kicking of all the bibs competitions in the tour; Champion, Climb, Sprint and Youth. During the season there will be 15 sprint check points and 12 climb points for the Pro Skiers to cross, and secure the bibs.

After Livigno there is a break to adjust the shape and prepare for the “January Madness” kick off with Kaiser Maximilian Lauf in Austria. Followed the coming four weekends by La Diagonela Switzerland, Marcialonga and Toblach-Cortina Italy, and finally Jizerska in the Czech Republic. First four events make up the Visma Alp Trophy.

After Jizerska the Pro Teams gets a well deserved three weeks break to rest and prepare for the 90km long Vasaloppet in Sweden, often one of the main individual goals to conquer for the long distance skiing elite. Vasaloppet is the start event for the Visma Nordic Trophy competition, combining the Scandinavian events with the same points setup as its previous counterpart  in the alps. The weekend after Vasaloppet on Sunday 10th of March, the big news of Season IX, Engadin Skimarathon in Switzerland, takes place. The event is held in free technique which is the first time in the history of Visma Ski Classics!
“We are proud to have the most prestigious free technique event in the world, Engadin Skimarathon, part of our tour. The race is also the world´s second largest ski race overall, 2018 they had more than 14000 skiers on the starting line. with Engadin Skimarathon being in free technique it will open up for new winners in the tour, who will be the strongest, and which of the bib contenders can follow all the way to the finish? Many questions arise, we will just have to wait to see to get the answers...! " Says David Nilsson, CEO of Ski Classics

“We are pleased to be the first free technique race joining Visma Ski Classics. From our point of view this cooperation creates a win-win-situation: On one hand Engadin Skimarathon benefits from the international TV broadcasting and therefore from an increasing awareness of our race, also beyond the Swiss borders. On the other hand, the Visma Ski Classics now has a new partner, the traditional Engadin Skimarathon that now completes the list of the most famous cross-country races to be contained in the series.” Says Menduri Kasper, CEO of Engadin Skimarathon.
After the detour down to Switzerland, the Season IX comes back to a familiar classics event, Norwegian Birkebeinerrennet. Birken is unique by being the only race where the skiers need to carry a 3,5kg backpack with surviving kits in case harsh condition over the two mountains Raudfjellet and Midtfjellet that the course passes over. Visma Ski Classics then stays in Norway for some “Pure arctic madness” which is the motto of the far northern event- Reistadløpet, held above the arctic circle in the Norwegian provinces of Bardu and Målselv. The final event ofSeaon IX is once again Ylläs-Levi in northern Finland, 70km of varied skiing on the 13th of April 2019. 
Let the training begin!
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