Getting into full swing with the Ruka Tour

The first weekend of the 2017/18 season is finally here and action will immediately go into full swing: The first edition of the so-called “Ruka Tour” is on schedule. Old and new favourites will fight for World Cup points, positions and 15.000 € of prize money for the mini tour winner on Sunday.

In contrast to the Nordic Combined TRIPLE, this is not a tour in which the athletes take their results with them from day to day. The tour standings will be calculated simply by the number of World Cup points achieved in each race. For every event, a separate qualification will be held and - like in a regular World Cup event - the best 50 athletes are qualified to start.

Who are the favourites for this first weekend? At the beginning of the season notoriously difficult to predict but it’s probably a safe bet to assume that the German team might not have lost all of their stellar skills of the last season. If the other teams managed to narrow or close the gap remains to be seen and will be one of the big questions to be answered this weekend. 

Both big “comebackers”, Hannu Manninen (FIN) and Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA) are in Ruka and will start their respective Olympic campaigns. Notably absent will be Falun 2015 World Champion Berni Gruber, who just had to undergo surgery due to an appendicitis and Germany’s Jakob Lange, who has to take a break due to health issues. Norwegian’s Magnus Krog and Jarl Magnus Riiber have both been sick last week and prioritise rest and recovery before competing at their first Norwegian home venue of Lillehammer next weekend.

The programme 
Friday, 24.11. Ruka Tour Day 1
14:30 Trial Round HS 142
15:30 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN Competition Round HS 142 
18:15 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN 5 km cross-country race
Saturday, 25.11. Ruka Tour Day 2
09:30 Trial Round/Qualification HS 142
10:45 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN Competition Round HS 142 
15:30 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN 10 km cross-country race
Sunday, 26.11. Ruka Tour Day 3
10:45 Trial Round/Qualification HS 142
11:45 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN Competition Round HS 142
14:30 INDIVIDUAL GUNDERSEN 10 km cross-country race
Program subject to change!

Quick Facts:
HS 142
Kilparata Race Course
2,5 km loop
Total climb: 83 metres
Maximum climb: 55 metres
Height Difference: 56 metres
IG I: 1. Johannes Rydzek (GER), 2. Eric Frenzel (GER), 3. Jørgen Graabak (NOR)
IG II: 1. Johannes Rydzek (GER)  2. Willi Denifl (AUT), 3. Akito Watabe (JPN)

You can find a course map here (last page)