The 36th edition of la Transjurassienne on track for this weekend

05 February 2014 06:22
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“At this date La Transjurassienne will take place on its nominal track... we are very optimistic but remain vigilant” said Hervé Balland today at his first official Transjurassienne press conference! Yet because of the thin layer of snow in some valleys and the expected rainfalls by the end of the week combined with contradictory weather forecasts, our track preparation team is working really hard and we are still considering the two backup options:

- The backup track n°1: Lamoura-Mouthe with a finish section through the Risol
- The backup track n°2: Bois d’Amont-Mouthe with a total distance between 52 and 56km.

The final decision will be made on Wednesday after checking the track and meeting with the track managers and the organizers.

4818 registrations: anonymous skiers and champions ready to vibrate with la Transju!
The early snowfalls on the Jura Mountains have motivated all the skiers, recreational as well as elites to register in the most important cross country skiing event in France. Trans’Organisation announced a general increase of +11% registrations compared to the 2013 edition, which represents about 500 more skiers. The 25km CT breaks the record with 38% more racers compared to last year.

With an increase of 18% women, La Transjurasienne is also a women’s story...62 women will join Marie-Pierre GUILBAUD in the solidarity movement for the association “Skier pour Elles”, with a slogan: “Physical activity in the fight against cancer”.
This year again, no less than 28 nationalities have registered: Japan, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Italy, Spain, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland, and the USA ... quite an international event!

Celebrating the event!
The “Salon du Nordique” has now become one of the highlights of La Transju! Numerous champions and recreational skiers from all over France and abroad will meet in the Espace Lamartine to pick up their bibs.

On the agenda, they will be able to taste the local products of Franche-Comté, test our partners’ novelties, discover the hidden treasures of the massif jurassien with the “Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura”, the group “Tétras Jura” and the “Grandes Traversées du Jura”... and enjoy the entertaining “compagnie des mimes” in the main hall on Friday.

Along the tracks, the band “Bazar dans la rue” will go from village to village to entertain the spectators and participants. In Mouthe, the “Espace ludique Transju” located near the finish line will offer a large variety of snow activities.

Great prizes, just like every year
With prizes amounting to a total of 50 000 €, thanks to our numerous partners, La Transjurassienne rewards as many participants as possible. The Franche-Comté Region, la Transju’s top financial supporter, will reward the 1st man and the 1st woman from Franche-Comté, on Saturday and on Sunday.

The favorites
In the Transjurassienne 76km FT event, the winner of the 2011 and 2013 editions Benoît CHAUVET will put his title at stake! After a victory in the Bessans Marathon on January 8, the skier from Savoie is ready for a 3rd victory! His brother Pierre, 2nd in 2011 in the 50km CT, will also participate, along with Christophe PERRILLAT (1st in 2010)! The Czech Petr NOVAK (current leader of the FIS Marathon Cup) is also coming with high expectations! We also note the participation of Toni LIVERS from Switzerland, Mathias WIBAULT from Haute-Savoie, and the Norwegian Tore Martin Soebak GUNDERSEN, the winner of the 2014 König Ludwig FT event. The Squadra Azzura will also take part in the game, with the formidable SANTUS (2nd in 2011 and 3rd in 2010), BONALDI (4th in 2013 and 2nd in 2012), PAREDI (7th in 2012) and KOSTNER (4th in 2012)! They will have to face the determination of a whole team of Russians: Ilya MASHKOV (8th in the FIS Marathon Cup), Sergey SHIRIAEV and Vadim NESTEROV.

In the 50km CT, the regulars will show up again: Adrien MOUGEL from les Vosges (2nd in the 2013 76km FT), the Czech Stanislav REZAC (1st in 2009, and 2010), the skiers from Haute-Savoie Roddy DARRAGON and Amaury BOSCHAT (5th in 2011 – 14th in 2012), Sébastien ISENMANN (8th in 2012 – 14th in 2013) who is also registered in the 76km FT race of the UltraTrans and the Czech Karolina BICOVA (2nd in 2012).

On the Women’s side, in la Transjurassienne 57km FT: Célia BOURGEOIS (the winner of the 57km FT in 2013), Antonella CONFORTOLLA (5th in 2013), the Swiss Seraina BONER (the current leader of the Ski Classic competition and 3rd in the FIS Marathon Cup) and Olga ROTCHEVA (5th in the FIS Marathon Cup).

AGENDA

Saturday, February 8 2014 - Classic technique events (CT)
 ”Salon du Nordique” & Bib pick-up (Sunday events) Morez - Espace Lamartine: from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
 La Transjurassienne 50km CT  Les Rousses – Mouthe: Start at 10:00 am (Collège des Rousses)
 La Transju 25km CT  Chapelle Des Bois – Mouthe: Start at 1:00 pm
 Espace ludique Transju - Snow activities and catering near the finish line in Mouthe / from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
 Prizes and awards ceremony Mouthe: starting from 3:00 pm  Sunday, February 9, 2014 – Free technique events (FT)
 La Transjurassienne 76km FT  Lamoura – Mouthe: Start at 8:30 am (Combe du Lac)
 La Transjurassienne 57km FT - Les Rousses – Mouthe Start at 9:15 am - Women Elites (Collège des Rousses) Start at 10:00 am - Other racers (Collège des Rousses)
 La Transju 25km FT  Chapelle des Bois – Mouthe: Start at 1:00 pm
 Espace ludique Transju - Snow activities and catering near the finish line in Mouthe / from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm
 Prizes and awards ceremony Mouthe: starting from 1:45 pm
Information on: www.transjurassienne.com