IBU Cup 1 in Beitostolen
As usual, the IBU Cup season starts in Scandinavia; after the season-kick off in Sweden last year, the circuit is back in Beitostolen, Norway. Today’s the official training was held at this traditional biathlon and cross-country venue, well-known its good snow conditions from the end of October until June or July, up in the mountains.
Great Snow Conditions
The perfect weather conditions which have prevailed in recent days, welcomed 37 nations with 136 men and 111 women for the first IBU Cup of the 2016-17 season. TIBU Cup Race Director Felix Bitterling commented on the conditions, “They have huge snow storage here; they have put out all that storage quite early, so it means that the base on the tracks is completely artificial, which is very compact. Within the last one week we received about 45 cm of fresh snow on top, so we had enough time to groom it. I had a feedback from the teams and they are happy with the conditions we have here.” As always, windy Beitostolen can be a challenge for the athletes at the shooting range. Strong winds are expected at night from Friday to Saturday, but hopefully will not affect the sprint competitions on Saturday.
Some rules changes were made after the IBU Congress last September in Chisinau, Moldova. There was quite a package of general rule changes, which affect all competitions on every IBU event level. However, there were few, which specifically related to the IBU Cup. Bitterling explained, “First of all, we’ve enlarged the registration quota for the National federations, so it will be easier for them to exchange athletes between the three series now. One more change concerns sprint and individual competitions; now we have a new system of entering the athletes, which gives a better possibility for the top 15 biathletes in the Total Score to be placed in any draw group. Also, from this season we have the Relay Cup, which will be awarded at the end of the year and gives credit to those NFs regularly competing in relay competitions.”
“We have a special event happening here in Beitostolen, a new target system from the Megalink Company will be tested."
New Targeting System
Continuing on the season changes, Bitterling added, “We have a special event happening here in Beitostolen, a new target system from the Megalink Company will be tested. It’s produced and developed in Norway; the company has requested to have the IBU authorize it as a target system which can be used in IBU competitions. The IBU has tested the targets for nearly 1.5 years at different places. Now there was a special temporary approval from the IBU for this first IBU Cup, so we will see how the target works under competition conditions, before making the decision about a general approval for the future.”
Arne Roaldsøy, CEO of Megalink, explained, “We’re introducing new targeting system here, which shows you where you hit and where you miss. The basic difference from the other systems is that ours is based on sensors and gives the athlete or the coach the exact position of the shot every time. Coaches can look and follow their athletes all the time without using the scope, because they have all of the information on the monitors in front of them.”
The first weekend of the season opens with two days of sprints followed by single and regular mixed relays on the third day. All times in CET.
November 25, Friday
10:00 Sprint Men
13:00 Sprint Women
November 26, Saturday
10:00 Sprint Men
13:00 Sprint Women
November 27, Sunday
10:00 Single Mixed Relay
12:30 Mixed Relay
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