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      Jan 23,24 World Cup, Nova Mesto, Czech Republic

      The World Cup will make it's 7th stop of the season in Nova Mesto, for skate distance events and distance relays. The Canadian team will include members of the Alex Harvey, Devon Kershaw and Lenny Valjas of the Tour de Ski group, along with Emily Nishikawa and the "B Tour" skiers.

      The development group had been training in Austria since the Planica races, while the Tour de Ski racers had been in several different locations in Europe for a recovery period.


      Lenny Valjas will race in the Dolomite sprint on Friday, part of the Dolomitenlauf distance race weekend. He will then travel to Nova Mesto to take part in the relay.

      Last weekend the Canadian women's relay team picked up 28 World Cup points, our first of the season, to count for the Nation's Cup ranking. Those points are important, as they helped Canada maintain 10th position overall, an important placing for next year's "Red Group", expenses paid status on the World Cup. Next year only the top 15 athletes automatically get their expenses paid, after that the money is spread out a bit to more nations than in the past, with Nations Cup rankings, an important part of the distribution formula.

      The weekend should be another great opportunity for the younger members of the group to get additional World Cup experience, for the upcoming Ski Tour Canada 2016.

      Unfortunately a couple of the women's team have been a bit sick this week, which may limit their participation on the weekend. On the men's side Graeme Killick and Knute Johnsgaard will be racing as part of the "younger generation".

      Events

      Race Schedules: Note there is on occasion some changes to race starts from original schedules, and TV programming may not be synchronized with the complete race. Check the organizer's website to verify timing and double check the time difference listed.

      EST= Eastern Standard Time
      CET= Central European Time

        Date Place Cat Disc. Gen   CET  
       EST
      23.-24.1.2016    FIS World Cup  CZE         
        23.01.2016  Nove Mesto  WC  10 km F  12:45   
      06:45  
        23.01.2016  Nove Mesto  WC  15 km F 
      14:15 
       
      08:15  
        24.01.2016  Nove Mesto  WC  Rel 4x5 km M 
      10:30 
       
      04:30  
        24.01.2016  Nove Mesto  WC  Rel 4x7.5 km M 
      12:00 
       
      06:00

      Live timing 

      The races can generally be watched on the following website http://www.sportlemon.tv/ ensure you have proper computer security activated. Eurosport UK are generally providing live coverage in English (schedule) which can often be streamed through the sportlemon.tv website. Note television doesn't necessarily cover the complete race live. Complete event coverage is usually available using the subscription based Eurosport player, however your computer's IP address must be based in Europe.

      Nova Mesto website

      FIS provide live updates on Live timing, and post race video highlights

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      Complete video coverage, post-race, has been available at http://ixcski.weebly.com/  / Skiing Vinnie on YouTube.

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