FIS Roller Skiing World Cup kicks off
June 28th, 2006 - The 2006 FIS Roller Skiing World Cup kicked off in Croatia on 23rd- 25th June. Taking place in Oroslavje, the first of the four World Cup weekends included an uphill mass-start race in Bistra, a World Cup premiering team sprint race, and an individual sprint race. The tough uphill race in classical style counted almost 60 competitors representing eight countries. In the team sprint race in the free technique, held on a two-kilometer loop circling around the center of Oroslavje, the two-member teams from Italy and Germany left all the others behind in all the various categories. The final sprint race was staged on a 180 meter-track in a very hot weather on Sunday.
This weekend, on 1st – 2nd July, the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup will move to Presolana (ITA), near Bergamo. The schedule there will include two uphill races (one in each technique) and a night-sprint.
The third stage of the World Cup will take place in Yaroslavl (RUS) on 5th-6th August, also awarding the European Championships. This year's World Cup season will end with the Transjurassienne (FRA) on 16 – 17th September, a mass start race mimicking the world-famous cross-country competition held there each winter.