The FIS Cross-Country World Cup, which is on programme on 18th and 19th January in Nové Město na Moravě, will be held on a shorter circuit keeping the original distance due to a lack of artificial snow. The organizers planned to prepare 5km track. The current warm weather, that is worrying Europe nowadays, unfortunately limits the working of snow guns.
"This critical situation was saved by a huge storage of snow from the last season. Within the current options we did our best for organizing the venue. It is important that the World Cup in Vysočina Arena will be carried out," the general secretary of the World Cup NMNM Jan Skřička stated.
The organizers will prepare almost 4km-long circuit. "In order to make 5km-long track we would need at least another 8 or 10 thousand cubic metres of artificial snow, which is under present condition impossible," Skřička added.
The situation has been discussed with the Czech Union management and also FIS representatives. At the meeting at the end of this week FIS will decide based on weather update if there will be held the man/woman races either with mass start or interval start on Saturday.
The World Cup returned to Nové Město na Moravě after 4-year break. At the start there should be presented a complete elite of currently the best Czech and foreign ski racers.
Two individual races in two days promise an attractive show. On Saturday 18th January woman will start 10km classic at 9:45 and at 11:15 man will race in 15km. One day later the fans will see pursuits on the same distances. Sunday race of women will start 11:10 and men at 13:00. The entry is free for both days.