This weekend we competed in our first races of the season, held here in stunning Seefeld, Austria. I competed in all 3 races, including the skate sprint on Friday, classic 5km on Saturday and skate 5km on Sunday. While I'll try to not go too heavy on the racing details, because personally I find reading about race details quite dull, I think thats what some people would want to hear, so a compromise it is!
Straight after the Bruksvallarna races, we traveled to Davos, SUI where we have been training for 2 weeks. Having been at around sea level for the last 2months, heading back to 1600m is a real kick to the chest - hence the importance of getting here early and acclimatizing back to this level which is where all of the races in this next period will be held.
Anna Trnka finished 14th in the 5km Classic leg of the Team Sportia Cup whilst Alasdair Tutt finished 105th in the competitive open male class of the Scandic Cup.
Trnka finished 1:35 behind winner Anna Dyvik from the Falun Borlange Club SK or in other terms 11.12% behind the winner. Anna’s first lap was solid however she tired on the seond lap and dropped back three places. Luckily the prizes went to 15th place and she is now a 300SEK gift cretificate richer.
For Alasdair this was his first 15km race in Europe, it was held on a tough 3.75km loop. Alasdair paced the race well with his second, third and forth laps all being approximately the same time and at the conclusion of the race he was happy with how he skied. His end result was 9:50 or 27% behind winner, World Cup Champion and owner of our current accommodation Anders Sodergren. Read more »
Anna Trnka finished 19th in the Team Sportia Cup in Ostersund whilst Alasdair Tutt finished 95th in the Scandic Cup after falling and breaking a pole. Trnka qualified in equal 20th in the 19-20 year age class. She was 17 seconds or around 10% behind the fastest female of the day, Canadian World Cup Sprinter Daria Gaiazova. Anna finished fourth in her quarter final out of six which moved her up to 19th. The time Anna raced in the quarter final was seven seconds faster than her qualifying time showing potential room for improvement over the coming weeks.
Alasadair Tutt was showing very promising form for most of the race, he was pacing the distance well and keeping relatively good time with those racing around him. Unfortunately he fell on the last downhill within sight of the finish.
Tomorrow Anna will race a 5km classic whilst Alasdair will race a 15km skate. Why the juniors do a classic race and the seniors a skate is an interesting question.
Today’s results, tomorrow’s start list and live timing for tomorrow’s race can be found at http://www.teamsportiascandiccup.se.
Australian athletes have already been racing in FIS races in Europe and North America for over three weeks but the official Australian Team international competition program begins tomorrow in Seefeld in Austria. Ten athletes will be competing in different events in the Austrian Cup races from Friday to Sunday, including athletes from the World Cup Team and the Universiade Team. It will be another big season for the team. Aside from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, the competition schedule includes World Junior and U23 Championships, the World Universiade Winter Games, the World Cup circuit, and plenty of other nation cup and FIS international events.
Highlights of the “unoffficial” season so far include Phillip Bellingham making his first Sweden Cup sprint 1/4-final in Bruksvallarna; Anna Trnka making it onto the junior podium in the Swedish FIS international in Idre; and Aimee Watson’s top 10 in the Italian FIS season opener in Santa Caterina. Read more »