Worldloppet in the years, has always been working as a promoter for cross country skiing in the world as a sport that unites people beyond borders, since the beginning when the Federation was first founded in Uppsala, Sweden back in year 1978. The Federation was created by a bunch of friends that loved Nordic Ski and travel to other countries to ski, having fun, challenge themselves on different fields and get to know new friends. It is on popular skiers that the Federation aims to focus on especially in the last period. It is for this reason that Worldloppet launched in autumn the new project of the Global Ski Marathon Calendar and Global Ski Marathon Ranking.
“The first calendar uniting ALL marathon races around the world. Doesn’t matter if Worldloppet, Euroloppet, Russialoppet, AustriaLoppet, SwissLoppet, American Ski Marathon Series, Visma Ski Classics…every marathon race should be considered and be visible in one place: The Global Ski Marathon Calendar”, this is what Worldloppet aimed at creating for the current 2019/2020 ski season. It is a tool used together with the Global Ranking to serve race organizers establishing the level of participants but – above all – to help popular cross-country skiers see their efforts recognized on a wider scale, motivate skiers getting involved into the world of Cross Country Ski Marathons besides having a complete overview on the ski marathons worldwide. In the past months, both tools have taken a more and more clear shape and already over 150 races have joined the Global Ski Marathon Calendar, a great success for the beginning!
The Global Ranking is currently being updated with more and more results as the season passes and so the first leaders are consolidating. We had a chat with Phillip Bellingham, Australian skier that has been racing the past Worldloppet races and is currently leading the Global Ranking with 1.455,84 points for more than 200 points over Lauro Brändli.
- What does skiing around the world (Worldloppet) mean to you?
It means I get to see many interesting parts of the world that I may not otherwise visit and I get to do this while I do the sport I love. It also means I get to meet many new people and make friends all over the world.
- Is the Global Ski Marathon Ranking an extra motivation for you during your races?It is a motivation for Global Ranking! And now I am also skiing for Ski Marathon Team Austria and try to score points for them as we compete against other teams in the overall classification for Visma Ski Classics.
- You already took part to three Worldloppet races, which Worldloppet races are you planning to ski next?Yes, I have done Kangaroo Hoppet, Vasaloppet China and Dolomitenlauf so far this year. Next weekend I will race in the Marcialonga then the Konigludwig Lauf. I will also do some other races later in the year including the 160km Arctic Circle Race in Greenland and the 220km Red Bull Nordenskioldsloppet in Sweden.
Wish you and all the other skiers the best season and lots of friends and fun when skiing around the world!