The Norwegian Birkie, Birkebeiner-Rennet was cancelled for the first time in history on Saturday. It was strong wind that put a stop to Norway’s most prestigious classic style mass-start race.
Almost 3000 out of the 13,000 entered racers had started (wave start) and already raced for one hour when the organizers decided to cancel. The organizers had no choice when strong wind made the racing dangerous.
The first message to those who hadn’t started yet was that the start would be delayed, but 30 minutes later came the new message: CANCELLED!
It was the open mountain area that was considered dangerous with very strong wind and temperatures around -4 Celsius.