As we are getting closer to the deadline to register Visma Ski Classics Challengers events for the winter season 2020/21, another Austrian event joins the series to create one world of long distance skiing.
Ganghoferlauf in Leutasch, a village in the famous Olympiaregion Seefeld, offers a 50 km classic race Mars 6th och and a 42 km skating race on March 7th. Both allow collecting points for the Ski Classics ranking.
Ganghoferlauf has a 50-year history and enters the Visma Ski Classics Challengers series for the first time when they host the 51st edition of Austria’s oldest cross-country skiing race.
“This season we are part of Ski Classics Challengers for the first time and are happy to go one step further with the oldest and most traditional cross-country race in Austria. With the 50th anniversary of Ganghoferlauf last year, we were once again able to welcome almost 2 000 participants in the snow-sure Leutasch valley,” says Event Manager Joachim Pölzl.
“Since the Ganghoferlauf is already known far beyond the German-speaking borders, we would like to inspire more international cross-country skiers to come to the race in the Olympiaregion Seefeld. We offer two long distances - 50km classic March 6th and 42km skating March 7th - as part of the Ski Classics Challengers series,” Pölz continues.
Both races are part of the Ski Classics Challengers ranking. The racecourse is well placed in the impressive, snow-assured Leutasch valley, located between Wetterstein mountain range and Hohe Munde.
Up until now, 30 events have been approved to become part of Visma Ski Classics Challengers and the list is increasing as there are still approximately five weeks until the application deadline for the current season 2020/21.
See a full list of signed up Challengers events here and get ready for more releases this fall.
Ganghoferlauf offers two races. 50km in classic and 42km in skating technique. Photo: Sebastian Marko.
Top picture. Photo: Sebastian Marko.