Birkebeinerrennet next up in Visma Nordic Trophy - the new competition in Visma Ski Classics that includes the five final Nordic events.
Visma Nordic Trophy is a new competition in Visma Ski Classics season VII tour, taking place in the Nordic countries.The competition was initiated by Visma and includes Vasaloppet, Birkebeinerrennet, Årefjällsloppet, Reistadløpet and Ylläs-Levi. Visma Nordic Trophy was kicked off by Vasaloppet March 5 and ends in Ylläs-Levi April 8. Next race in the competition is Birkebeinerrennet March 18.
–Cross-country skiing speaks to our Nordic identity, and it is one of the most popular winter sports in our region. As title sponsor of Visma Ski Classics, we believe Visma Nordic Trophy can create positive experiences between our brand, the skiers and the teams. We look forward to Birkebeinerrennet, says Øystein Moan, CEO Visma.
Birkebeinerrennet has been arranged since 1932 and is an event in honor of the rescue of the 18 months old prince, Haakon Haakonsson from the Baglers in 1206. The 54 km long race starts in Rena and ends in Lillehammer.
– Like in business, the Birkebeiner’s needed to plan and adjust according to their environment to reach their goal.The same characteristics applies to cross the finish line in Lillehammer March 18 and to collect bib points in Visma Nordic Trophy, says Moan.
The top three male and female skiers with highest "yellow bib" Champion points collected through the five Nordic events will be awared. Visma will hand out prize money of 35.000 Euro after the final race Ylläs-Levi.
Aase Settevik, Director of Brand & Communications in Visma, +47 920 49 559, firstname.lastname@example.org
Visma Nordic Trophy events
Vasaloppet, Sweden, 05.03.2017, 90 km
Birkebeinerrennet, Norway, 18.03.2017, 54 km
Årefjällsloppet, Sweden, 25.03.2017, 55 km
Reistadløpet, Norway, 01.04.2017, 50 km
Ylläs-Levi, Finland, 08.04.2017, 67 km
Prize money distribution
1st place female: 10.000 EUR
2nd place female: 5.000 EUR
3rd place female: 2.500 EUR
1st place male: 10.000 EUR
2nd place male: 5.000 EUR
3rd place male: 2.500 EUR
About Visma Ski Classics
Visma Ski Classics is the long distance cross country ski championship. This season it consists of 13 of the world’s most prestigious and traditional cross country ski events, like Marcialonga in Italy, Vasaloppet in Sweden and Birkebeinerrennet in Norway. 28 pro teams and 50.000 amateur skiers are competing in the same races. The events are televised in more than 70 countries around the world with more than 20 million viewers.