The dry-land training and Roller Skiing season started in earnest around Europe with the arrival of the summer. While some national races already took place, the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup 2009 will kick off from 3rd to 5th July in Oroslavje (CRO), the host of the 2007 Roller Ski World Championships. Three competitions are on schedule in Croatia with a prologue, a pursuit and a sprint.
In total, this year's FIS Roller Skiing World Cup will consist of four World Cup weekends in four different countries and in addition the 2009 World Championships in the region of Piglio in Italy at the beginning of September. After Croatia, the circus will continue in Markkleeberg (GER) with a sprint, a prologue and a pursuit competition on 17th-19th July. During the second competition period in August, races in Aure and Kristiansund (NOR) are on the schedule before the 2009 World Championships will take place in Italy from 8th-12th September. The World Cup season will conclude in Naousa and Thessaloniki in Greece. Please click here to see the detailed calendar.
The defending overall World Cup winners are Italians Emanuele Sbabo and Mateja Bogatec. Their toughest challengers in this year's World Cup will likely come from Russia and from their own teammates.