For the first time since February 2004 the Cross-Country World Cup is making a stopover in Trondheim (NOR) from 12th to 14th March. Due to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo and the related reconstruction of the Holmenkollen Ski Stadium, the Norwegian Ski Federation applied last spring to hold the traditional March Cross-Country events in Trondheim.
Trondheim hosted the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1997 and is located in the middle of Norway in the province Sør-Trøndelag. It is the third biggest city in Norway after Oslo and Bergen.
On March 12th, a classical sprint is on the schedule in the Granåsen ski stadium where the athletes will fight for the victory on challenging 1,4km (ladies) and 1,6 km (men) courses. On Saturday, March 14th, the traditional 30km and 50km mass start races in the classical style will take place. For the first time in Cross-Country history, intermediate sprint points will be distributed during a long distance competition, where the top three racers crossing these points will be awarded World Cup points (15 -10 -5 points). The ladies will have 3 opportunities to win World Cup points at intermediate sprints during the race, while the men will have 5. At the end of the race, the winners will be awarded the normal 100 World Cup points.