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Ski Tour Canada 2016

Posted March 02, 2016 03:41PM by Skye in the XC Skiing Forum
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The Ski Tour Canada is here! Here's some of the best photos from around the mediaverse.

For the first time in history, the world’s top athletes will meet in Canada for the marquee and culminating FIS World Cup competition of the year.

The Ski Tour Canada 2016 – FIS Cross-Country World Cup will feature four iconic Canadian ski destinations as host venues. The first week of racing will feature four stages in Quebec (Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec City), while the second week will feature the final four stages and awarding of the FIS crystal globes in Alberta (Canmore). 12 days - 8 competition events - 4 races in Québec - 4 races in Alberta - 25 countries represented

I'll update this topic as the race progresses!




Ski Tour Canada - Stage 1

MARCH 1ST - GATINEAU
SPRINT (FREE TECHNIQUE)
The Individual Sprint starts with a time trial in the qualification round. Skiers start every 15 seconds, with the 30 fastest qualifying for the quarterfinals, where they face off in heats of six. The first two finishers in each heat move on automatically to the semifinals, along with the two skiers with the next fastest times (lucky losers). The semis follow the same process, with the grand final featuring the six fastest skiers in a showdown for the stage win.

1:45PM FIS World cup Sprint (free technique) – Ladies
2:15PM FIS World cup Sprint (free technique) – Men





Ski Tour Canada - Stage 2

MARCH 2ND - MONTREAL
13 - 20 KM MASS START (CLASSIC)
Ski racing’s most simple and straightforward format. All skiers start together. An exciting, tactical race (similar to road cycling) with the first skier to cross the finish line taking victory.

12PM FIS World cup Mass Start (classic) – Ladies
2:30PM FIS World cup Mass Start (classic) – Men





Ski Tour Canada - Stage 3

MARCH 4TH - QUEBEC CITY
SPRINT (FREE TECHNIQUE)
The Individual Sprint starts with a time trial in the qualification round. Skiers start every 15 seconds, with the 30 fastest qualifying for the quarterfinals, where they face off in heats of six. The first two finishers in each heat move on automatically to the semifinals, along with the two skiers with the next fastest times (lucky losers). The semis follow the same process, with the grand final featuring the six fastest skiers in a showdown for the stage win.

3:30PM FIS World Cup sprint (free technique)










Ski Tour Canada - Stage 4

MARCH 5TH - QUEBEC CITY
10-15 KM PURSUIT (FREE TECHNIQUE)
The thrill of the chase. The pursuit event is an exhilarating race format that sees the Tour’s overall leader start first, only to be chased by the skiers behind him or her in the general classification. Skiers start one-by-one at intervals determined by their current time deficit in the overall standings. The job of the leader is to fend off the chasing skiers and hold on for the win. First skier across the line wins the race, but skiers can also compete for “fastest time of the day” prizing as well.

3PM FIS World Cup Pursuit (free technique) – Ladies
4PM FIS World Cup Pursuit (free technique) – Men


Ski Tour Canada - Stage 5

MARCH 8TH - CANMORE
SPRINT (CLASSIC)
The Individual Sprint starts with a time trial in the qualification round. Skiers start every 15 seconds, with the 30 fastest qualifying for the quarterfinals, where they face off in heats of six. The first two finishers in each heat move on automatically to the semifinals, along with the two skiers with the next fastest times (lucky losers). The semis follow the same process, with the grand final featuring the six fastest skiers in a showdown for the stage win.

10AM (MST) FIS World Cup Sprint (classic)
1PM (MST) FIS Globe Award Ceremony (Sprint)


Ski Tour Canada - Stage 6

MARCH 9TH - CANMORE
15-30 KM SKIATHLON
The skiathlon features two courses, one Classic, the other Freestyle. The skiers start in mass start formation. The first half of the race is skied using the classical technique. At the halfway mark, skiers enter a transition zone in the stadium (much like triathlon) where they switch skis and poles. The second half of the race is skied using the freestyle (skating) technique.First skier across the finish line wins.

10AM (MST) FIS World Cup Skiathlon – Ladies
12:30PM (MST) FIS World Cup Skiathlon – Men


Ski Tour Canada - Stage 7

MARCH 11TH - CANMORE
10-15 KM INTERVAL START (FREE TECHNIQUE)
Skiers start individually at set intervals for the ultimate test of strength, endurance and pacing: the race against the clock. The aim is simple: complete the course as quickly as possible. Skiers start at 30 seconds intervals with the fastest skiers (the Red Group) getting preferential starting positions. Fastest time wins.

9:45 AM (WST) FIS World Cup Interval Start (free technique) – Ladies
1PM (WST) FIS World Cup Interval Start (free technique) – Men


Ski Tour Canada - Stage 8

MARCH 12TH - CANMORE
10-15 KM PURSUIT (CLASSIC)
The thrill of the chase. The pursuit event is an exhilarating race format that sees the Tour’s overall leader start first, only to be chased by the skiers behind him or her in the general classification. Skiers start one-by-one at intervals determined by their current time deficit in the overall standings. The job of the leader is to fend off the chasing skiers and hold on for the win. First skier across the line wins the race, but skiers can also compete for “fastest time of the day” prizing as well.

1PM (WST) FIS World Cup Pursuit 10k (classic) – Ladies
2PM(WST) FIS World Cup Pursuit 15k (classic) – Men

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