New cross-country track in Trondheim almost complete
The winter season is almost upon us and while the the teams make the last preparations in various places all over the world, the OCs are also busy with getting everything in order for the time when the World's top Nordic Combined athletes will stop by in their venue.
World Cup returnee Trondheim is just putting the finishing touches on a new cross-country track which promises pure excitement for the competitions to come: "The main reason for remodeling our track was that we needed a track with more variety. A long decisive ascent at the end of the track will also be very spectacular for spectators", Bjørn Morseth of the OC in Trondheim explains.
The track is suited for skiers who like long hills and much variety. At the start of the 2,5 km loop, a fairly long ascent waits before a slightly easier part. Then the pack turns back towards the stadium for the largest ascent which is close to the limits of the FIS rules. At the steepest point, there is a 17,5 degree rise, the total climb is 33m. This ascent is next to the stadium and will be in the best position for the spectators to watch the decision over victory and defeat.
The works started in late August and will be finished in mid-December including new snow production facilities and infrastructure (for example cables and the sound system). The track was designed by Hermod Bjørkestøl who has also been responsible for other tracks all over the world like the Olympic tracks in Salt Lake City, Torino, Vancouver and Sochi and was financed by the muncipality of Trondheim.
The athletes can certainly look forward to new lustre when returning to Trondheim after six years of absence.