Within the international Alpine calendar, the FIS Citizen Races (FIS-CIT) section is also getting ready for an eventful winter. 160 races are planned, 36 of which will crown the winners of the “Arnold Lunn World Cup”. The Arnold Lunn World Cup series already began this season with events in Tiffindell (RSA) in July and will now start its European winter season with competitions in Bormio (ITA) this week. The series is set to conclude in Dienten (AUT) in March 2020.
FIS-CIT events are an important part of the promotion of Alpine talent, especially in regions outside the traditional areas of the Alps or Scandinavia. Participation in FIS-CIT events plays an important role of preparing young athletes for the future, especially athletes who are not yet part of a national team. The series offers a well-balanced calendar, local races and good racing conditions. For this reason, it is welcome news that nations like Iran continue to host events and that new countries Thailand and Morocco will join the circuit this season.
Highlight of the 2019/20 season is the Criterium Mondial, in the framework of which all different Alpine events will be hosted in Val d’Isere (FRA). “To have an experienced World Cup organiser like Val d’Isere hosting the FIS-CIT highlight is great advertising for the series and important for its development. We are hoping for a successful season with lots of Alpine sport and well-organised events”, says Norbert Mendyk, Honorary Member of the FIS-CIT Committee.