FIS newest effort to stimulate the World Cup racers to race as many World Cup races as possible is to emphasize more time for training and recovery by frequently including World Cup-free weekends. FIS is hoping that they this way will get the best racers to participate in all the races.
There are two weekends with World Cup races in November, then one weekend without. In December there are two weekends with races, then one weekend off before Tour de Ski.
After The Tour its one weekend off before the World Cup resumes with three weekends in a row with races.
Then it’s one weekend off before the last World Cup races before Worlds in Japan. After Worlds there are however races every weekend for the rest of March.
FIS has also decided to limit the travel by competing at only two continents per season. Last season there were races at three continents. Next season the races will be in Europe and Asia. The races will also take place in the same area between each off-weekend.
Next season: Northern Scandinavia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia and Scandinavia.
Next year’s World Cup Schedule:
28.10. Sat DÃ¼sseldorf GER Sprint F Sprint F
29.10. Sun DÃ¼sseldorf GER Team Sprint F Team Sprint F
18.11. Sat GÃ¤llivare SWE 10 km F 15 km F
19.11. Sun GÃ¤llivare SWE 4×5 km 4×10 km
25.11. Sat Kuusamo FIN 10 km C 15 km C Nordic Opening
26.11. Sun Kuusamo FIN Sprint C Sprint C
09.12. Sat Cogne/Val d'Aosta ITA Pursuit Pursuit
10.12. Sun Cogne/Val d'Aosta ITA Sprint F Sprint F
16.12. Sat La Clusaz FRA 15 km F 30 km F Mass Start
17.12. Sun La Clusaz FRA 4×5 km 4×10 km
Tour de Ski
29.12. Fri Nove Mesto CZE Prolog 3 km C Prolog 4 km C
30.12. Sat Nove Mesto CZE 10 km F 15 km F Old Pursuit
31.12. Sun Munich GER Sprint Sprint
02.01. Mon Oberstdorf GER Pursuit (5+5) Pursuit (10+10)
03.01. Wed Oberstdorf GER 10 km C 15 km C
05.01. Fri Asiago ITA Sprint F Sprint F
06.01. Sat Val di Fiemme ITA 15 km C 30 km C Mass Start
07.01. Sun Val di Fiemme ITA 10 km F 15 km F Final Climb
20.01. Sat Rybinsk RUS Pursuit Pursuit
21.01. Sun Rybinsk RUS Team Sprint C Team Sprint C
27.01. Sat OtepÃ¤Ã¤ EST 10 km C 15 km C
28.01. Sun OtepÃ¤Ã¤ EST Sprint C Sprint C
03.02. Sat CZE 10 km F 15 km F
04.02. Sun CZE Team Sprint F Team Sprint F
17.02. Sat Changchun CHN 10 km F 15 km F
18.02. Sun Changchun CHN Sprint C Sprint C
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, Sapporo (JPN), 22.02. – 04.03.2007
10.03. Sat Lahti FIN 10 km C 15 km C
11.03. Sun Lahti FIN Sprint F Sprint F
14.03. Wed Drammen NOR Sprint C Sprint C
17.03. Sat Oslo NOR 30 km C 50 km C
21.03. Wed Stockholm SWE Sprint C Sprint C
25.03. Sat Falun SWE Pursuit Pursuit
26.03. Sun Falun SWE 4×5 km 4×10 km