Marit Bjorgen and Stig Rune Kveen won, as they also did last year, this weekends 24-kilometer long classic rollerski race from Storen to Budalen in Norway, both with new course records.
70 skiers including several national team skiers from both the men’s and the women’s team showed up for the 24-kilometer long MaxPulse classic rollerski race on Saturday.
It was no surprise that Marit Bjorgen won the women’s race. Stig Rune Kveen won the men’s race, while a slightly sick Tor Arne Hetland decided not to race right before the start.
– We got the same winners as last year, said the Hans Enlid from Storen Sportclubb.
It was a little more unexpected that we got new course records in both the senior classes, despite rain and wet pavement. We had dry pavement last year, explains Enlid.
The two winners took the lead already from the start, and both won the only sprint prize by being first at â€œ the topâ€ after four kilometers of uphill. This is the second year in a row where several of Norway’s best skiers have participated and Enlid explains why:
– There are few long rollerski races in Norway that in addition to a race also gives this good training effect. Most rollerski races are sprint and show races. We are also putting this on in a period where there are no national or district team camps, which makes it possible for the skiers to participate, he says
Results MaxPulse Race Stren-Budalen 24km classic
Men Senior, 19 racers
Stig Rune Kveen
John Kristian Dahl
Women Senior, 4 racers
Kine Beate BjrnÃ¥s
Kari Vikhagen Geitnes