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On Saturday at Verbier-Val de Bagnes the Scarpa ISMF World Cup circuit gets under way.

Two trials will take place, the Individual Race on Saturday morning and the Vertical Race on Sunday morning. The first national teams will arrive at Verbier-Val de Bagnes on Thursday afternoon, while the opening ceremony will take place on Friday afternoon at 5 o'clock. After the day dedicated to the presentation of this stage of the World Cup and the World Championships planned for next year Verbier will be ready for the races. After the two days dedicated to the accreditation of the athletes and the opening ceremony, the Individual Race will start at 9 o'clock on Saturday morning. 

The route of the race for the Senior and Espoir categories includes 4 climbs and 4 downward runs for an overall altitude gain of 1,700 metres over 13.7 kilometres. Three sections can be done on foot with skis in the backpack. The Junior Men's category consists of a route with 4 uphill slopes and 3 downhill slopes for an overall altitude gain of 1,580 metres. The Junior Women will face a shorter route of
 1,135 metres of altitude gain over three uphill slopes.


After lunch at 3 o'clock an exhibition of the Patrouille des Glaciers will be open in the Museum of Bagnes, while the official prize giving ceremony will be held in the Sala San Marco at 5 o'clock.
On Sunday morning at 10 o'clock the Vertical Race which passes through the centre of Verbier and finishes at Les Ruinettes at 2,150 metres will start. For the Senior categories the altitude gain will be 755 metres, while for the Junior categories the altitude gain will be 619 metres.
The Open Category athletes and children will also participate in these races.

Prize giving will take place in the Sala San Marco at 2 in the afternoon.
 As regards the line up for the departures the best international athletes have enrolled including the winner of the 2013 World Cup William Bon Mardion who will have to defend himself against competition from Kilian, Matheo Jacquemoud, Robert Antonioli, Michele Boscacci, and Martin Anthamatten.
Of the women Laetitia Roux will be up against Maude Mathis, Emelie Forsberg, Axelle Mollaret and Elena Nicolini.


The total number of countries represented is 15: Andorra, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

 


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