FISTC MD/LT European Championship 2009 - Inzell (D)
21th to 22nd of February
Another successfull European Championship MD/LT
Just one week after the fabulous World Championships Sprint in Werfenweng (A), the FISTC has organised its European Championships Middle Distance and Long Trail in Inzell on 21 and 22 February 2009.
Originally planned in Italy, we needed to move these Championships due to too much snow in Italy and to a high risk of avalanches that could not allow the Italian organiser to organise them safely and on the planned trails. Within two days we succeeded, with the help of the German SSD and particularly to its SSBayern Club, in organising these FISTC Championships 2009 in very good conditions.
While in 2008 we had been obliged to move from Inzell to Innerkrems due to missing snow, this year we have had a lot of snow. In fact it has been snowing almost all the time making conditions very tough for mushers, and particularly for skiers. However, trails have been perfectly worked out.
On Saturday morning, Longtrailers started first in the eisstadion and after 38 kms arrived at the bivouac. The SSB sprint race started before our middle-distance teams went on the trails that were 38 kms for A and O, 28 kms for B and Pulka and 22 kms for C and D classes. Everything went well as there was a close cooperation between the organisers of the two races.
On Sunday morning it was snowing again, but most mushers were happy on the finish line. Our Vet team, led as usual by Arno Roos, had very little work as, once again, most dogs were less tired than their mushers on the finish line. Despite the difficult weather conditions, most participants were happy and will keep excellent memories of this really beautifull race. The pricing ceremony was as usual very emotional.
Big congratulations to all teams that finished that beautifull but tough race !
We hope that in a short future we will come back again to Inzell to organise a three days European Championship MD/LT in this really wonderfull city.
Thanks once again to Inzell and to SSB!