American XC Skiers
Masters World Cup is open to all skiers over 30 years who are not members of a National Team. To find out what it is all about, read some the reports on the right. For more details on the upcoming events, contact Warren Feakes via the details below:
National Director - Australia
World Masters Cross Country Skiing Association
23 Harbison Cres
Wanniassa, ACT, 2903
ph 02 62318369
fax 02 62318369
wfeakes @ netspeed.com.au
2004 Masters World Cup
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World Masters Cross Country Skiing and The Masters World Cup competition
The Masters World Cup is held each year for a 9 day period sometime between the beginning of February and the start of March depending on the location in the world. Membership of the Masters Team for Australia is open to all Australian skiers (or residents of Australia) over 30 years of age who are not members of a National Team. Attendees do not have to be members of Ski & Snowboard Australia, nor do they have to have a FIS Licence or an overseas competition licence for Cross Country Skiing , but, to attend you are expected to be a member of the National Body - "The Australian Masters Cross Country Skiers Association" - which is affiliated with the international body, The World Masters Cross Country Skiing Association, based in Switzerland (see www.world-masters-xc-skiing.ch/mambo/).
The competition is great. It is run on FIS rules (affiliated) on courses that are 50 to 65% of the degree of difficulty of FIS World Cup standards. Competitors can do up to 3 individual races and one relay. Racers are divided into 5 year age groups. Race distances are 10 km, 30 km and 45 km for men 30 to 59 yo, and 10 km, 15 km and 30 km for men over 60 and ladies. More elderly competitors race even shorter distances. You can choose your technique - mix and match. Relays are 2 x Classical (5 km) and 2 x Freestyle (5 km) legs - a team of 4.
The 2010 World Masters Cup is to be held in Falun in Sweden, between 30th Jan and 6th Feb 2010 - the week prior to the Vasaloppet week in Falun, Sweden. (Yep, do the Masters and then the Vasa!!) 2011's will be in either in Canmore or Silverstar in Canada.
Reports on World Masters and the Aussies who skied are generally published in Australian Cross Country News, Autumn edition. For more information on participation or just coming along, having some great skiing and cheering the Aussies, contact me using the details above.
XC is the official website of the Skiing Australia Cross Country Committee. It is produced with the assistance of the Australian Sports Commission and the Kangaroo Hoppet. The editor can be contacted via email@example.com.