Directly after the World Championships we were treated to yet another highlight of the cross-country season. The legendary long-distance races in Holmenkollen, Oslo are renowned as some of the most prestigious of the season.
Thousands of spectators already set up their night camp in the forests around the tracks and created a fantastic atmosphere on both days of the event.
The men were able to enjoy the fabulous sunshine and perfect conditions in the classic style 50km race, during which Ivo Niskanen and Martin Johnsrud Sundby fought a hotly contested duel. Over the last two kilometres Sundby proved that he had more power in reserve and his win was cheered wildly by the home crowd.
The next day in the Ladies’ race, it was already clear after 2km that Marit Björgen would cross the finishing line first. After a fast start none of her competitors were able to keep up the speed. She continuously increased her lead from the chasing group and won more than two minutes ahead.
The competing World Cup teams will now set off to Canada, where the final event of the season will be held in Quebec.