Cross Country

The calendar for the 2021/2022 Cross-Country Skiing World Cup approved: off to Ruka at the end of November

During the last FIS congress the long-term calendar for the next seasons was also confirmed. Important decisions have also been made on the use of products containing fluorocarbons.

No changes compared to the calendar proposed during the FIS congress in May: the cross-country skiing season will start on November 26, 2021 from Ruka, and will end on March 20, 2022 in Tyumen.

All as forecast also for the Tour de Ski, which will be held between Lenzerheide, Oberstdorf and Val di Fiemme.

The first historic day of “mixed” races in the World Cup has also been confirmed, when a 4×5 km and a team-sprint will be staged in Falun, Sweden on 13 March 2021. The FIS, through its official channels, explained that this particular event was organized to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cross-Country Skiing World Cup.

During the congress, the long-term calendar for the next seasons was also discussed, to allow the various national federations to broadly plan the future. The seasons (2023-2025) will always start on the last weekend of November, the calendar will consist of five blocks (including free weekends) and the race venues will be selected with the aim of optimizing travel between one stage and another.

In addition, the decision by the FIS to ban the use of any product containing fluorocarbons has also arrived, in line with the EU regulation that regulates the handling of fluorinated waxes. The FIS, to counter this problem, is thinking of tests to guarantee fluoride-free competitions in the future.

The arrival of the Fluorine Tracker, which will detect the presence of fluorine wax on skis, has been postponed to next season, as due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was not possible to carry out the necessary tests. During the 2022/2023 season the device will be tested during the competitive season, without however bringing any type of penalty. This theme will certainly be taken up again at the autumn FIS congress.

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