Langløpseliten i det første rennet i Swix Ski Classics 2014, La Diagonela i Sveits. Foto: Magnus Östh/Swix Ski Classics.

Langløpseliten i det første rennet i Swix Ski Classics 2014, La Diagonela i Sveits. Foto: Magnus Östh/Swix Ski Classics.

La Diagonela med endringer før Visma Ski Classics 5. renn

Vanskelige snøforhold har ført til endringer for La Diagonela, men nå ligger alt til rette for en god gjennomføring av langløpscupens 5. renn.

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The Engadin valley is now covered in brilliant white snow and the cross-country skiing conditions are superb.

This Saturday, the starting shot for the fourth annual La Diagonela race will sound out over the valley.

This open classic-technique cross-country skiing event will lead through the upper Engadin with its start and finish line in the village of Zuoz.

The event’s little sister is the less strenuous La Pachifica, leading from Pontresina to Zuoz.

Unfortunately, the current snow conditions do not allow for the race to follow the originally planned route and minor modifications have been made.

With the tireless support of the communities, work groups, track custodians and volunteers, an alternative route has been prepared, which we guarantee will not leave the athletes wanting for anything.

The event organisers are convinced of their ability to offer once again an unforgettable event to the region’s international guests with this alternative.

The organizers are glad that in the past few days fresh snow has fallen over the valley. Therefore almost the same course as last year could be prepared.

The athletes will start in Zuoz and ski as planned to Madulain, La Punt, Bever, Samedan, and then to Celerina. From Celerina to Pontresina, the well-known ‘Dream track’ through the Stazer forest will be followed.

From Pontresina the course will lead down the length of the valley to S-chanf before returning to Zuoz for the finish.

The course covers a total of 50 kilometres and has been prepared for race participants thanks only to the enormous effort of the Engadin’s communities.

The little sister La Pachifica will lead from Pontresina to Zuoz as planned and will cover 27 km. A new race for kids, the youth and athletes who like to enjoy their race has been created; La Cuorta takes place on an 8 km long track around Zuoz.

Despite the adverse snow conditions there has been an increase of registrations by 15%, although the training conditions in Europe where poor due to a lack of snow.

The amount of applicants is very positive and with sunny weather on the race day 900 participants are expected, a majority of whom from Scandinavian countries.

Once again, there will be a number of the world’s top distance-athletes at the starting line.

Among them some familiar names, such as last year’s winner Petter Eliassen, the winner of Vasaloppet China Andreas Nygaard, the Norwegian brothers Aukland und the winner of La Sgambeda Tord Asle Gjerdalen.

For the women the seasonal competition between Kateriná Smutna and Britta Johansson Norgren is continuing. The successful World Cup athlete and repeated Ski-Classics overall champion Seraina Boner of Klosters will once again start at the La Diagonela.

Spectators and volunteers will be offered a festive programme of events In Zuoz before, during and after the event. On Saturday, there will be the big After Race Party with music in the school house of Zuoz.

Along the course, commentator stands in La Punt and Pontresina will keep spectators informed about race developments.

La Diagonela is an official stage of the renowned race series Visma Ski Classics.

The races of this series are carried out in diverse countries with a TV production. The series enjoys enormous popularity above all in Scandinavia, but also in eastern European countries.

The Engadin’s classic race complements the well-loved and established Engadin Ski Marathon, held annually in March. La Diagonela is scheduled just one week prior to the Marcialonga in Italy’s Val di Fiemme.

Of the 8,000 who take part in the Marcialonga, 60% come from Scandinavia. 

Diagonela would like to offer these athletes an attractive event combination, and also help bolster the Engadin’s tourism in January.

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