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Cancellation of La Transju’,due to lack of snow

Due to the low snowfall on the Jura mountain and the weather conditions of the last weekend which made the initially planned backup course impracticable, the organizers of La Transju’ had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 edition scheduled for February 8 and 9. The International Nordic Fair and related activities are maintained.

The disappointment is bound to be immense. Monday, in Besançon, on the occasion of a press conference organized at the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region hotel, Pierre-Albert Vandel, President of Trans’Organization announced the cancellation of the 2020 edition of La Transju’, scheduled for February 8 and 9.

“It was a difficult decision but we looked at all the options and there was no solution,” says Pierre-Albert Vandel “It’s hard especially since we were optimistic last week. But out of prudence and above all safety, we have no other choice”. “It is a total heartbreaker but it is the most reasonable decision” insists Quentin Lebas, general coordinator.

“Following this very rainy weekend, in addition to the departure and arrival areas initially planned in Lamoura and Prémanon which are no longer passable, there are parts of the backup course where there are no longer any snow. And even if snowfall is announced this week, it will not be enough. Wednesday, when we had decided to organize the races by retreating to the Massacre forest, the weather forecast allowed us to be able to organize the event. The grooming teams had really done a huge job. Everyone has worked hard to secure our 50 km backup course which had been validated by the National Council for the Protection of Nature (CNPN). Unfortunately, it rained much more than expected and with the high temperatures, you have to face the facts, it is no longer possible to organize the event. “

To maintain the races, the organizers had worked on various shorter courses and had managed to groom a 50 km course in the Massacre forest. Unfortunately, the weather conditions of the last weekend (rain and high temperatures) did not allow to keep the snowpack and forced the organizers to cancel as for many events since the beginning of this winter. “Out of respect for the nearly 4,000 registered runners, there was no question of organizing a cheap Transju”, continues Quentin Lebas. No question either of postponing the decision yet. This decision hurts us but it was useless to wait a few more days. It would have hurt even more to say “we’re going to try, we’re going to try” and finally have to cancel at the very last moment like in 2016. “Since its creation in 1979, the Transju ‘is for the 7th time victim of lack of snow (1979, 1990, 1993, 2001, 2007, 2016, 2020). The reimbursement procedures will be in accordance with what is indicated in the race rules.

The International Nordic Fair is maintained

For over 40 years, La Transju’ has been THE meeting place for all Nordic skiing enthusiasts; and so that the party is not over, Trans’Organisation maintains the international Nordic fair, installed at the Center sportif des Rousses, on 1500m2 (scheduled for Friday 7 and Saturday 8). The planned activities (concert by Marzykos, Friday February 7, at 8 p.m., at the Omnibus aux Rousses; La Nuit de La Transju ‘, Saturday February 8 at the Fort des Rousses, at 7 p.m., with the benefits of the evening donated to all of the associations labeled Transju’) are also maintained, as are the conferences (Friday, February 7, 6 p.m., in the multipurpose room of Bois d’Amont: Massif Jurassien: a territory on the move. What are the challenges of diversification? Or, how to envisage pluriactivity in medium mountains taking into account global warming?; Saturday February 8, at 3 p.m., at the Omnibus in Les Rousses: Asthma and sport (Dr Michel Brignot), Food and endurance sport (Dr Uhen Nguyen), Traumatology of cross-country skiing (Dr Jean-Luc Vacelet), Prescription sport (Mrs Marie-Lise Thiollet).

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