The Sub-Committee for Alpine Citizen Racers (FIS CIT) used the spring to cast a closer look at their work and the development of Alpine CIT racing during the last ten years. British ski pioneer Sir Arnold Lunn believed in the idea of introducing Alpine ski racing in a series dedicated to non-Alpine countries and this founding spirit is still visible in the Arnold Lunn World Cup, the centrepiece of FIS Citizen Racing. The eligibility criteria have evolved over the years and now all NSAs are able to participate, but with athletes that have a minimum FIS point level, presently more than 30 in technical and 25 in speed events.
Looking back at the last 10 years, Norbert Mendyk, Honorary Committee Member and author of the report, was able to identify many positive aspects:
- The Arnold Lunn World Cup has developed into an attractive competition series which is accepted by athletes and participating nations.
- The quality of CIT races within or outside the Arnold Lunn World Cup adheres to FIS standards and participation regularly exceeds 100 participants from 20 nations.
- The implementation of participation regulations through FIS points guarantees meaningful results.
- Many of the organisers in the central Alps (AUT, ESP, FRA, GER, ITA und SUI) offer great packages with lower travel costs for athletes and staff.
- This fosters the participation of many non-Alpine nations from Eastern Europe or overseas and paves the way for the participation of nations like South Africa, Iran and Turkey.
- Non-Alpine nations can collect first experiences in hosting events by hosting CIT events with the cooperation of Alpine countries.
- In addition, many of the Alpine nations have discovered the wide range of CIT Racing and actively use it in their work with promising young skiers, as CIT races offer the opportunity to have the young athletes start in international races in their home countries without significant travel costs.
“This is only a cross-section of the successful work of the last years and is thanks to the dedicated work by the FIS Sub-Committee for Alpine CIT Racers and its individual members. They enabled us to find the best possible organisers for FIS CIT races and created an excellent racing series with the Arnold Lunn World Cup and the Criterium Mondial every two years. They work hard to create a fair calendar each season, to meet the needs of the participating nations and to develop Alpine CIT Racing,” Mendyk said.