The legendary Swedish rollerski race, third stage of the Guide World Classic Tour season 4, takes place on Saturday.
More than 1000 skiers are already registered for 48k around the city of Trollhättan, and a hundred more are expected. Form these courageous skiers, almost 30% are foreigner competitors from 16 different nationalities. Norway is the largest country represented, but we notice new nations participating such as Japan, Spain or Israel. A very impressive number of foreign athletes that prove the international recognition of Alliansloppet worldwide, and with more than 1200 participants, it remains the World largest rollerski race.
The competition itself is promised to be an exciting one, as every year the best athletes are fighting until the very last meters of the loop. With a good weather expected, a new record could be set if the first skier is able to cross the line under the time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
The world’s best skiers will try to defeat the ultra favourite and leader of the Tour Andrew Musgrave. Last year winner, Håvard Taugbøl, will be one of them. Strong contenders will be on the start such as the Swedish hero Calle Halvarsson, the actual second of the overall Morten Eide Pedersen, last year Tour Champion Anders Mølmen Høst, and also Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Petter Eliassen, Andreas Nygaard, Anders Aukland, and more.
The defending women’s champion Astrid Øyre Slind will be challenged by an expected Swedish girl, Linn Sömskar, as she won last year. Other names are coming out as big challengers like Britta Johansson Norgren, Kari Vikhagen Gjeitnes, Lina Korsgren or Maria Gräfnings.
The 2019 edition is a special one, as Alliansloppet will be the very first event of the new Challengers series of the Visma Ski Classics. The best 25 skiers are awarded with pointsthey can collectfor the Visma Ski Classics pro tour standing.
It is also part of Alliansloppet Action Week, where Swedish and Norwegian athletes form different sports will try to get points for their nation.
Don’t forget that the Alliansloppet will be Live on TV starting from 1:30pm on TV4 Sport Kanalen, or TV2 Norge Sumo for Norwegian TV.
A YouTube Live is programmed for the entire race, as well as on the Ski Classics channel, and of course live moments will be shared on the official World Classic Tour Instagram and Facebook pages.
Be ready for Saturday !