Back in the 1980s, there used to be a big roller skiing event in Italy's Trentino region, it was called Skirollonga and was clearly inspired by the well-known ski marathon Marcialonga through Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa.
Since the beginning, Val di Fiemme has been hosting the final leg of the FIS Tour de Ski, consequently, here is the Fiemme Rollerski Cup, a brand new two-days event that climbs up the Alpe Cermis, exactly as it happens in winter time with the Cross Country World Cup athletes.
At the end of the race, after the Final Climb, the new king and queen of the prestigious Guide World Classic Tour will get their crown along with the amateurs, as there will be two different courses, a 50k and a 20k long.
At the start of the first Fiemme Rollerski Cup (16-17 September) there will be several Cross-Country skiing and roller skiing champions such as three times Marcialonga winner Tord Asle Gjerdalen, his compatriot Anders Aukland, 2009 World champion Johan Kjölstad, three times Vasaloppet winner John Kristian Dahl plus Sjur Røthe and four times Tour de Ski overall winner Justyna Kowalczyk.
Other than huge names, there will be five roller skiers from Nigeria at the start of the two-days event in Italy. They are all amateurs and their names are Patrick Ebhomen Innocent, Onyeka Obi Prosper, Joseph Nwafor Chuwunmweike, Chikelue Umeh Bonaventure and Abiye Agbudeloye, with their coach Owolabi Ayebogbon Shola.
c, together with a good amount of amateurs as the local OC offers a 50k élite race and a popular event (50k and 20k) on Sunday, plus a Sprint event on Saturday.