Worldloppet - medal
Gatineau-loppet, American Birkebeiner and Vasaloppet were my last 3 Worldloppet ski races.
I was happily surprised when only 10 days after Vasaloppet I got an envelope, which included diploma and a medal for successfully completing Worldloppet. It was 4015th time since it's beginning.
Based on my subjective opinion and experience from the different Worldloppet events I composed a comparison of different Worldloppet ski races. Part of this comparison has been published earlier on my previous postings (Feb 24th, 2013).
|Birkebeinerrennet||Dolomitenlauf||Marcialonga||König Ludwig Lauf|
|Distance||54 km CL||42 km CL||70 km CL||50 km CL*|
|Total ascent (m)||1010||745||757||272*|
|Fluency (no jam at track)||8||8||6||7|
|Comments||Scenic route over the mountains. Physically tough.||At high altitude. Steep and long climbs.||Through tiny villages at Val di Fiemme valley.||*Due to exceptionally warm weather and lack of snow, route was shortened to 42 km.|
|Tips||Start slowly, demanding climb at the beginning.||Travel 2-3 days before to acclimatize to higher altitude.||The start place is crucial. Lots of waiting and standing in queues if start place is in the last groups.||Original 50 km route would have been more scenic.|
|La Transjurassienne||Tartu maraton||Finlandiahiihto|
|Distance||50 km CL||63 km CL||50 km CL|
|Total ascent (m)||648||695||527|
|Fluency (no jam at track)||8||9||7|
|Comments||Very scenic route. Lots of snow.||Well organised. Easy and good route. Tracks in excellent condition.||Overpriced. Tracks always in poor condition.|
|Tips||Rent a car from Geneva airport, don't take transportation from the organiser. Get accommodation from Mouthe.||Tampere maja accommodation in center of Tartu is excellent. Buses to start leave very close.||Never again…|
|Distance||51 km CL||55 km CL||90 km CL|
|Total ascent (m)||891||819||805|
|Finish||Mont Bleu in Gatineau||Hayward||Mora|
|Fluency (no jam at track)||7||9||1|
|Washing facilities||0||0 (paid only in separate location)||3|
|Transportation||7||7 (too early bus drive to start)||8|
|Comments||Near Ottawa. Route in beautiful Gatineau - park. Can be very cold.||Can be very cold. Lot's of short and steep up and downs.||Too crowded, no medals, overvalued, expensive|
|Tips||Stay couple of extra days and see Ottawa area.||Fly to Minneapolis and rent car from there. 3 hours drive to Hayward.||Choose open track instead of main race|
As requested I added similar comparison table from three well-known ski events in Finland...
|Distance||90 km CL||51 km CL||60 km CL|
|Total ascent (m)||749||447||777|
|Fluency (no jam at track)||8||9||9|
|Comments||Early start at 7 AM. Typically dark and cold at the beginning.||Hospitality and nice atmosphere. Beautiful route in wilderness up to Petkeljärvi national park.||Scenic climb to Vuokattivaara.|