Scatta oggi nel Principato di Andorra, il Campionato Europeo ISMF. Di seguito il programma gare:
The Skimountaineering European Championships will be held in Andorra from 14 to 16 February. The best international athletes will compete in two races: the Vertical Race and the Individual Race.
After last year’s World Cup trial, the Principality of Andorra will host two days of competitions next weekend that will award the continental titles. The event’s jam-packed programme will begin on Thursday afternoon with the arrival of the delegations and the accreditation of the athletes. On Friday morning at Arinsal the Vertical trial European titles will be at stake. The route of the race, which closely follows last year’s route, will have a total altitude difference of 730 metres for the Senior and the Junior M categories, whereas the younger categories (Junior W and Cadets) will face an altitude gain of 465 metres. On Saturday the ISMF athletes will rest, but the Open categories will be involved in the Individual trial. At Ordino – the headquarters of the competition – the organizing committee in collaboration with La Sportiva, the main sponsor of the event, have set up a series of side events. On Saturday all the enthusiasts and journalists present will be able to interview and listen directly to the athletes of the La Sportiva Team describing the emotions experienced in the race which will have just been run, and – why not – even get some tips on the products that they normally use on the snow. In fact, the Italian company Ziano di Fiemme will make a range of equipment available for tests in the field: it will be possible to try out the Sparkle, Spectre, Spitfire, Starlet and Sideral models. Even the latest gem Syborg will be available. Sunday morning will see a scuffle for the conquest of the Individual Race continental titles among the best specialists who will be going all out to win. The presence of the French team has been confirmed, with Matheo Jacquemoud and William Bon Mardion leading an increasing strong team. In all there will be 15 nations at the starting line. In addition to the local team the national teams of France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and the United Kingdom will be there. The Arcalis route (very similar to that of last year) will have an altitude gain of 1,880 metres for the men’s Senior category. The women and Junior M categories will have an altitude gain of 1,540 metres, while the Cadets and the Junior W categories will face 1,200 metres of altitude gain. They will be European Championships of the highest level thanks also to the support of La Sportiva. «Since our entry in the ski mountaineering sector, – said Lorenzo Delladio, CEO of La Sportiva, – La Sportiva has always placed the utmost attention on the highest levels of the competitive world, both from the point of view of the product with the Stratos range, and from the point of view of sponsorships for the best international events. For us it is important to contribute to the good health of the ski-mountaineering movement, supporting the more deserving events that are capable of exalting this sport. The European Championships in Andorra are in this sense a very important event that for a number of reasons including the value of the race in itself, the impact on the landscape and the type of organization, will be able to act as a world showcase, fundamental for the entire ski mountaineering movement. For this reason we wanted to be there, investing as much as we could in order to make it a unique event».