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The popular skiing season only just began last Saturday, August 28th at Falls Creek (AUS) where the weather gods smiled on the 20th running of the Kangaroo Hoppet, and perfect racing conditions saw local Mt Beauty skier Esther Bottomley and her boyfriend Valerio Leccardi from Switzerland take the season’s first victories. However, if you had been thinking about participating in the famous Vasaloppet next March it is already too late and you will have to...

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Martin Rosvall, 32, works full time as an assistant professor of physics at the University of Umeå in northern Sweden. But the constraints of a full time job, work-related travel and conferences are no barriers to stellar marathon performances, Rosvall says. Point in case: In March, he finished 15th overall at the Vasaloppet, the 90 K classic race that attracts more than 20,000 skiers and was Rosvall’s main goal for the season. The legendary race...

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The traditional Vasaloppet (SWE) last weekend represented the eighth of the ten races in this year’s FIS Marathon Cup. As at several other popular cross-country marathons this season, the Vasaloppet week set new records in terms of registered, started and finished racers. Altogether there were 50’553 skiers who crossed the finish line during the full week of activities in Mora, 15’901 of whom participated in the 90km main race. The main race on Sunday was...

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Classic technique for 90K, 57,000 registered skiers. Welcome to the 2010 Vasaloppet week. Getting fresh kick wax is not a very fast process, though. Skiers hand over their skis and wait while Toko technicians do the work. Whatever is on the ski is removed and a new layer is heated in. All free, all done right. The yellow coveralls made for a distinctive team. We will have to work on Ian to get these for...

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The Oppet Spar can be a tour or a race, depending upon your approach. Several U.S. skiers who were in the region for the Masters World Cup stayed a few extra days to experience the Sunday Oppet Spar, along with a little more than 8,000 other skiers. There is endless sport drink, water, blueberry soup, bullion, coffee and bread at the feed stations. Yes, you will get sick of them all. I can’t imagine a...

For the season 2010/2011, Vasaloppet will initiate a partnership with Swix Sport AS, as the new official wax supplier. The long time relationship between Vasaloppet and the wax supplier Toko, will be terminated after the Vasaloppet winterweek 2010. For the future, Vasaloppet has established a cooperation with Swix Sport AS, a partner with a very strong position in Norway. This is a market where Vasaloppet views a large potential for growth. ”We have an ambition...

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Have you ever noticed at most big distance events, whether it’s the Birkie or the Boston Marathon, the giant crowd trailing behind the elites in Wave 1?   For most people, entering is not about winning, it’s about being part of the experience.   That sharing the experience was the motivation for my trip to the Vasaloppet last month.  As I approached my 50th birthday, I was casting about for something grand and foolish as a celebration. ...