Some of Norway’s best cross country skiers were not able to beat good runners in the very tough â€œSkala 1848 meter straight upâ€ hill climb. Uphill specialist Odd Bjorn Helmeset ended up in fourth place, but was solidly beaten by the European uphill champion. Kristin Stormer Steira was second in the women’s race.
Skala 1848-meter straight up (we assume based upon the winners time that 1848-meter is the total altitude difference from the start point to the finish) is labeled Norway’s toughest uphill races and had status as the 2005 Norwegian uphill championship. The quality of the competition was excellent and included a number of past and current good runners and cross country skiers.
Kristin Stormer Steira â€œtook a breakâ€ from the ongoing Norwegian women’s team capacity training camp and ran in to second place only 13 seconds behind runner Anita Hakenstad Evertsen. Ine Wigernaes was third but 11.04 behind Steira. Hakenstad’s time was 1.23.03
Odd Bjorn Hjelmeset, which had just completed a tough training camp with the Norwegian men’s team ended up in fourth place but was solidly beaten by Austrian Florian Heinzle, the European uphill champion. The winner’s time was 1.09.49. Heinzle was 1.13 ahead of Norwegian runner Jon Tvedt. Martin Cox from England was third in 1.15.01 and Hjelmeset’s time was 1.15.57. Skier Hans Martin Gjedrem was only five seconds behind Hjelmeset.
For complete results: http://www.skaala.no/Sk%E5la%20Opp/result_class.php?year=2005