Coming up: Final World Cup round

Posted on | October 13, 2016 | Category: News

Tove Alexandersson and Matthias Kyburz have a comfortable lead in the overall World Cup standings before the last round in Aarau, Switzerland. Not so comfortable though, that their pursuers can’t reach them with good races.

On October 14-16, the overall World Cup winners will be decided in and around the Swiss city of Aarau. Sprint Relay, Long and Sprint are scheduled, all available to follow live. The Sprint Relay and Sprint will be broadcast live on Swiss television, and rest of the world can follow all three events live on Internet-TV, with GPS-tracking and cameras in the forest and commentary by Per Forsberg and Thomas Bührer.

On Friday October 14, the final round starts with a Sprint Relay in the area of Aarau Telli. The event is the fourth and last event counting towards the result in the overall Sprint Relay World Cup. The spectators can look forward to a close and exciting competition. Denmark and Switzerland are battling for the overall victory, with Russia and Sweden as outsiders. Denmark won the Sprint Relay at WOC, which put the World Cup standing to a tie between Denmark and Switzerland, with a comfortable gap down to Russia in third position and Sweden in fourth.

The Sprint Relay World Cup consists of four rounds with the three best counting towards the final result. Sweden and Russia have to win the last round to win overall, and at the same time hope that neither Denmark nor Switzerland come second. If Sweden or Russia do not win, the best placed of Denmark and Switzerland will take the victory.

Saturday follows with a Long distance in the forest Roggenhausen, and the final World Cup race 2016 is a Sprint in Aarau city on Sunday. The two events count in the overall World Cup and will be decisive in crowning the overall winners.

Looking at the overall World Cup standings, it looks good for Tove Alexandersson in the women’s and Matthias Kyburz in the men’s. With two individual events left, they both have a lead of more than 100 World Cup points.

For the women, Judith Wyder in second position and Maja Alm in third are the only ones who can threaten Tove Alexandersson’s lead.

In the men’s, the only one who could possible take away the World Cup leader jersey from Matthias Kyburz is his fellow countryman Daniel Hubmann. There is a bit more competition for the following positions, with Gustav Bergman in currently third position.

A total prize fund of 11.400 euros will be awarded by the event organizer to the best men and women in both individual competitions, and to the best Sprint Relay teams in Aarau. The IOF will award the top three in the World Cup overall rankings prizes of 1.000 EUR for the first place, 600 EUR for the second place and 400 EUR for the third place.

See the currently World Cup standings or read about how the WOC affected the standings.

The final World Cup round can be followed live from the Swiss organizers’ webpage, which also provide further information about the event.


Friday October 14

Distance: Sprint Relay

Map: Aarau Telli, scale 1:4.000, 2 m contours

Course setter: Kurt Schmid

Terrain: The terrain is a mix of three terrain types. In the north-western part is a flat urban forest with varying runnability towards the Aare river. The western part of the map consists of a mix of larger housing areas connected through small streets with little traffic. To the middle and to the east there is a large-scale housing estate placed in a park with good runnability and visibility.

Forms: Flat area.


Saturday October 15

Distance: Long

Map: Roggenhausen, scale 1:15.000, 5 m contours

Course setter: Matthias Merz

Terrain: Typical Swiss midland forest with an extensive gravel road network. Mix of fast runnable parts and parts with dense vegetation. Due to weather conditions this spring/summer, especially the undergrowth vegetation has grown up extensively. The last part of the race will go through an urban area.

Forms: Hills with moderate to steeper slopes.


Sunday October 16

Distance: Sprint

Map: Aarau City, scale 1:4.000, 2 m contours

Course setter: Matthias Leonhardt

Terrain: Mixed and varied town. Park areas with grass and very good visibility. The centre of the old town is flat with historic buildings, it has wide alleys and curved streets connected by narrow passages. To the river there is a steep slope with many stairs and narrow alleys. There are also areas with newer buildings and straight streets outside the absolute town centre.

Forms: Flat centre but steep slope down towards the river.


Programme (in CEST)

Friday October 14
16.00 Mass start Sprint Relay
17.00 Run-in winning team
17.20 Prize giving ceremony

Saturday October 15
13.00 First start World Cup
14.31 Last start women
15.00 Last start men
15.40 Last run-in women
16.30 Last run-in men
16.45 Prize giving ceremony

Sunday October 16
14.15 First start women
14.54 Start women’s World Cup leader
15.09 Last run-in women
15.21 First start men
16.00 Start men‘s World Cup leader
16.15 Last run-in men
16.30 Prize giving ceremony


Want more about the World Cup? Get a flashback to the nine previous World Cup finals here.

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