The 2010 Junior Olympics will take place March 8th through the 12th at the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, Maine. First race up: the classic sprint on March 8th. The sprint trail was widened in anticipation of this event, with a successful trial of the course held in December with Eastern Cup sprint races.
Next article of discussion: the vision, birth, and trail design of these world-class trails; Morton Trail design; and the importance of homologation, plus a preview of the 5km classic and skate trails. . . . stay tuned.
The 1.2km Classic Sprint Course:
Length: 1250 m
1st climb: 21 m
2nd climb: 13 m
Course width: between 7-9 m entire course.
Number of classic tracks for race: 3 on course and 4 in finish zone.
Below is a video of the 1.2 kilometer sprint course. It will be a classic sprint, though at the time the video was taken there were no classic tracks groomed. With 10-15 inches of base snow, the course is in great shape and ready for the onslaught of eager junior racers.
(Thanks to Will Sweetzer and Seth Hubbard for the video footage)