This weekend will wrap up a busy 10 days of racing, both domestically and abroad. The Tour de Ski, more biathlon World Cups, US Nationals, some NorAms in Canada and some OPA Cup races this weekend as well. I try to stay on top of it as best I can, but I’m sometimes limited by the speed with which results are posted by FIS. In particular, domestic races often take as long as five days to appear there.
That’s all just to say that some posts on the domestic racing scene are coming, hopefully next week sometime. We’ll also have the completed Tour to chew over as well. But what’s happened here over the past week?
- A ton of racing, so a ton of race snapshots: Tour de Ski Stage 2, Stage 3, Stage 4, Stage 5 and Stage 6, as well as today’s men’s sprint from the IBU World Cup.
- Race recaps from both the classic and freestyle Tour de Ski sprint races, showing how the various heats played out.
- I squeezed my mid-season review of the US biathlon squad in just before those World Cups started up again.
- The Tour de Ski stage events also give me the chance, on rest days, to make the sort of bump charts often seen for cycling races. Examples from the first rest day can be found here and here from the first rest day and here and here from today. Additionally, we can graph how different nations are doing compared to last year’s Tour.
- I took a moment to highlight the results of two Finnish skiers who’ve had some strong results of late, Krista Lahteenmaki and Matti Heikinen.