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Ushuaia Loppet 2020 cancelled

12 May 2020

News coming from the Southern Hemisphere, where the Worldloppet 2020/2021 season should have kicked off on August 16th, but the race was cancelled due to the pandemic covid-19. The message of the CEO Pablo Valchef, speaking for the Organizing Committee, the Club Andino Ushuaia: “Due to the difficult situation caused by the outbreak of COVID…

13. More than a medal

11 May 2020

by Margaret Batty – The expression ‘to earn a medal’ makes sense, this is a currency of sustained effort, sweat and risk. I was one of many skiers garlanded with a beautiful snowflake medal at the finish line of the Merino Muster Loppet races in New Zealand on 31 August 2019. A powerful symbol of…

12. The Race That Wasn’t

8 May 2020

by Bruce Wharrie – Australian 6 x Worldloppet Master – Five Australians, one memorial race, but where is the snow? 2014 was a slim snow year for the northern hemisphere.  Luckily our gracious Bedrichov accommodation host, Lubos, was duly concerned about the very limited snow conditions and leant us a vehicle to hunt out some…

11. The loneliest walk

6 May 2020

by Marg Hayes – Australian 7 x Worldloppet Gold Master The northern Winter of 2011 was to be an epic Worldloppet adventure for Bruce Wharrie and myself both hoping to complete our 4th Worldloppet Gold Master as well as become Global Worldloppet skiers.  An ambitious plan involving races in 3 different continents in one season.…

10. Worldloppet is life changing

4 May 2020

by Daniel Mitchell, Master #4518 – Growing up in the farmland of southern Michigan, United States, I desired to be an athlete but lacked the opportunity and discipline. After completing my training to be a family doctor, my wife Carol and I set up a clinic in an underserved small town in northern Michigan; a…

9. 180 heartbeats, days before Jizerská Padesátka

1 May 2020

by Michael Förster – I’m sweating like a pig, my breath is coming short, my heart rate’s close to 180. Nothing unusual during a ski-marathon. But maybe unusual a few days before the start? This year’s Jizerská Padesátka wasn’t the first time my pre-race anxiety driven heart rate has outreached the peak of heartbeats during…

Tartu Forest Marathon goes virtual

You can ride from wherever you are Already for the 38 years, the second weekend in May has marked a big running festival of Tartu Marathon. Around 10 000 participants enjoy the different tracks of Tartu Forest Marathon every spring. This time, due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, the race will be held as a virtual…

Ride virtually in the Dolomites with Marciaonga Cycling Craft

29 April 2020

On May 31, the 14th Marcialonga cycling Craft was supposed to take place, but due to obvious reasons, the event was moved to May 30th, 2021.In the meantime, Marcialonga joined with enthusiasm the first virtual circuit of Italian Granfondo promoted by ENDU in cooperation with three other events, offering a unique experience to ride with other passionate on the…

8. After-ski party in (n)Iceland

by Petter Soleng Skinstad – My first visit to Isafjördur and Fossavatn Ski Marathon was in 2014. This was also my first visit to Iceland and a country I had heard so many nice things about. Let’s just say (n)Iceland was even better than we imagined!With me on my trip to Iceland I had a…

Finlandia Hiihto extends the main distance to 65km

This time was not a lucky year for Finlandia Hiihto, with the lack of snow and warm temperatures but this does not mean that the future cannot reserve better times! The Finlandia Hiihto organization has been working to extend the main 50 km course for quite some time now and finally they are going to add another 15 km…

7. A Master without Vasa?

27 April 2020

by Arno Bachaus – I had still not been able to enter Vasaloppet, I even became Worldoppet Master without it. Something had to be done. My first victory came as I managed to register in a mind-blowing 87 seconds! The year leading up to the race slipped by very quickly. My promise to make at…

6. Accident at the Merino Muster

24 April 2020

by Valeriy Koval, 2 x WL Master – This curious and dramatic accident happened to me in New Zealand at the 2018 Merino Muster on the first day of spring in September. Yes, Yes, spring, because this is the Southern hemisphere. The bright morning sun poured its warm rays over the picturesque landscapes of the…