By Teemu Virtanen
This weekend was free of any Pro Tour events, but there were three Challengers races that took place either on Saturday or Sunday. Furusjøen Rundt-Rennet and Trysil Skimaraton were the Norwegian editions in Visma Ski Classics while Bessemerloppet was the Swedish one.
Our Pro Team Athletes performed well as Andreas Nygaard, Team Ragde Eiendom, won Trysil Skimarathon, and Øyvind Moen Fjeld, Lager 157 Ski Team, took home the victory trophy at Furusjøen Rundt-rennet. Laila Kveli, Team Engcon, was victorious at Bessemerloppet. All of these skiers were able to get full 50 points towards their Hertz Champion competition.
In the SC Ranking list, there were only some minor changes, and Nygaard remains the number one skier followed by his teammate Tord Asle Gjerdalen and Britta Johansson Norgren, Lager 157 Ski Team. Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Koteng, is 4th, Morten Eide Pedersen, Team Kaffebryggeriet, 6th and this weekend’s Furusjøen Rundt-loppet winner Moen Fjeld 6th.
Kveli’s victory helped her to climb three spots from her previous place 68 to 65. Among the 50 best ranked skiers, there were only two changes; Magnus Bleken, Team ParkettPartner Sjusjøen, managed to climb one spot to 43 while Michael Kuisle, Team Nordic People, dropped one spot to 44.
You can see the changes when you look at the SC Ranking list where green (going up) and red arrows (going down) mark the changes.
The SC Ranking is open for all participants in any Visma Ski Classics race, either Pro Tour or Challengers event, including all age groups, gender and performance levels.
The points are calculated based on the percentual time a skier is behind the winning time in his or her respective gender with an exponential drop of points. At a Pro Tour event, the winning man and woman both receive 2.000.000 points, and at a Challenger event, the winners collect 500.000 points.
Each skier can include the results from his or her best 20 races within 24 months, and the best skier, regardless of gender, with the most collected points takes the number one spot in SC Ranking. There are also podium bonus points awarded to the top three skiers in each gender; a Pro Tour event winner gets 200.000 points, 2nd place brings 100.000 points and 3rd place awards 40.000 points.
You can personally check the SC Ranking list here. By joining the Visma Ski Classics family on MyPages, you can also be ranked among these top skiers and start collecting personal points, pins and many other perks that are offered to the members of the club.