Since my last post the World Cup has made a few incredible stops including downtown sprints in Milan and Moscow. One of the coolest things about modern xc ski racing is the ability to bring the races to the people and city sprints like these create an atmosphere that is insane. A lot of the time city sprints can be very fast because of the flat terrain and the narrow courses make it so there are much more crashed and a ton of carnage on the corners and finishing stretches.
racing in Milan Italy
Another thing that makes the urban sprinting unique is that as an athlete we have to warm up by running and often times the first time we lock into our skis is right at the start line which can test your balance a little. I personally like that on the World Cup we have a huge variety of venues some in the City, some at standard courses.... it's fun to mix things up a bit.