Lausanne – More than 130 young athletes from 14 nations and two continents are ready for the third and last stop of the ISMF Youth World Cup, which will take place on the French side of the Pyrenees in Val Louron. Young racers from the USA, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic and Turkey will join athletes from traditional Alpine countries for the last weekend of ski mountaineering action for the younger athletes.
The start list is full of talented young ski mountaineering athletes who recently competed in Youth World Cup in Villars and Crévacol or at the World Championships in Spain. In the final round, U16 athletes are allowed to take part.
Winners of the previous races in Villars and Crévacol – Erik Canovi, Thibe Deseyn, Loic Dubois, Nils Oberauer, Melissa Bertolina or Jon Kistler – will also be ready in France for a last chance to be on a podium this season. From the USA, the talented Griffin Briley, U18 World Champion in the Individual race, also will be ready to take the start in the last round of the series.
On Thursday afternoon, the programme will start with the Vertical race. U16 Men and Women will tackle 340 vertical metres, while the U18 and U20 categories will have 480 metres of elevation.
The athletes will use the day off on Friday to recon the Individual track for Saturday’s second race of the event. Unfortunately, the recent high temperatures in the Pyrenees have damaged the snow conditions in the area, so the track will most likely be on the slopes or close to them.
Sunday will close the 2022/23 international season for young skimo athletes with the Olympic discipline – Sprint race. After the race, there will also be awarding ceremony for the Overall Youth World Cup.