Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes.  But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

Blinkfestivalen 2020: Out Of City Center, No Spectators And No Foreign Athletes. But With Lysebotn Uphill And Norwegian Stars

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Blinkfestivalen, one of the world's best organized, best funded and best attended xcski/biathlon events will be held this August but out of town and with massively altered program. With large crowds banned, the competition is now mostly held for the sake of television broadcast. A long time must-have for the national broadcaster NRK, Blink is coming to the rest of Europe this year for the first via EBU (but biathlon races only - the European Broadcastng Union is interested in promoting biathlon, doesn't care about xcskiing) The venue of the Blink events is now Sandnes Arena. Which is not a bad thing at all, neither from athletes point of view, nor television viewers'. The newly built 4.2k facility with a full-size shooting range might be the best rollerski track stadium…
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Blink Skifest: Top Stars Sign Up For Inaugural  Lysebotn Doublepoling Race

Blink Skifest: Top Stars Sign Up For Inaugural Lysebotn Doublepoling Race

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Some, clearly like it hot. Then there are others who like it "hot all the way" - like in " Lysebotn Double Poling all the way" Just to remind you, that a traditional Blink Skifest Lysebotn Climb is in skating style and involves 6.4 kilometers of constant climb for a total altitude gain of 640 meters - or a crazy average gradient of 10% ! Monsters of doublepoling ( can't think of a better way of putting it) will do exactly same distance - but on slower wheels! Yep, according to latest, skating will be held in the usual Wheels Speed 1 ( fast) while doublepolers demanded Wheels 2 ! All the rollerskis will be, of course, 0 X 0 i.e. no ratchet mechanism in either to prevent "diagonal cheating"…
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Egor Sorin Comments On Lysebotn Doublepoling

Egor Sorin Comments On Lysebotn Doublepoling

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At 33 Egor Sorin is one of the youngest national team coaches. And an old hand at Blink Festival that he started to attend as assistant coach to Markus Cramer [caption id="attachment_11329" align="alignnone" width="747"] Sorin and Sergey Ustiugov at Lysebotn in 2017. [/caption] We had a quick chat about new Lysebotn Doublepoling race that debuts this year [caption id="attachment_11324" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Interesting race. It would be useful to check my athletes' abilities in doublepoling uphill.It's actually more effective to use DP uphill than diagonal stride on many tracks.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_11327" align="alignnone" width="1920"] The technique of uphill doublepoling as well as tempo and rhythm of the movements are very different from those used in more common doublepoling on flat portions of the track.The strength endurance of very different muscle groups is…
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This New Race Is Totally Bonkers – And We Mean It In Best Possible Way!

This New Race Is Totally Bonkers – And We Mean It In Best Possible Way!

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Arne Idland is a man who is never satisfied with his achievements. Turning Norwegian biathlon into gold medals-casting machine? Check. Creating world's biggest rollerski festival, rivaling best World Cup events in both skiing and biathlon. Check! This year Arne and his team came up with a race that's so bonkers - we absolutely love the very sound of it. Forget about Spartan, Urbanathlon or whatever else you thought is an ultimate test of fitness. Forget even about Blink Festival own crazy race, Lysebotn Uphill that leaves world's best skiers ( by definition fittest people on this planet) wreathing in pain at the finish line. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bw-K5A0Ba-5/ Because this year Arne has decided to stage Lysebotn Doublepoling Only race That's right - 7.4km to the summit of Lysebotn anybody who signs would…
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Why Upcoming Blink Skifestival Might Be World Most Exciting Ski Event

Why Upcoming Blink Skifestival Might Be World Most Exciting Ski Event

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For our money, Blink Skifestival is one the most exciting & anticipated ski-related events in the world. What makes us rank Blink on par and perhaps, higher than traditional “snow ski” events e.g. Tour de Ski? Let's see if you could convince you with the following arguments: a) It is the only event in the world featuring both the strongest skiers and bi-athletes starting in the same race. Last year Henrik L'Abée-Lund  beat both Martin Sundby and Sergei Ustiugov in the Lysebotn climb, for instance. As a result, there will be close to 40 ( your read it right – forty!) medal winners from the Olympics in Korea in February. Actually, it's easier to list those who will not be there, than who will be – sadly, Number One of…
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