39th Planoiras Folk Cross-Country Skiing Race
The traditional cross-country race in Lenzerheide
The 39th edition of the Planoiras Folk Cross-Country Skiing Race was a complete success
It was the first time on the original course for organising committee president Carlo Wasescha, who has been in office since last year, and he drew a very positive conclusion. «The weather conditions were great, the work of the volunteers was excellent, 430 participants took to the perfectly prepared trail and I received many compliments from participants and officials (Swiss Ski, referees)». Wasescha also took part in the race and fought a duel with his predecessor Urs Baselgia, but lost out. Baselgia finished 100th, Wasescha 111th, around a minute behind.
In addition to the Swiss Loppet classification, the Planoiras also counted towards the Swiss Cup. The pace over the 25 kilometres was high in the leading group. A group including World Cup runner Jonas Baumann (Davos Dorf) broke away in the early stages of the race. They took it in turns to lead the race, and no one got away decisively. Baumann tried around 300 metres before the finish, but Isai Näff (Sent) counter-attacked and got away a little before taking the win. The decision for the next places was razor-thin, with Jonas Baumann securing second place.
The best mountain biker in the cross-country skiing field was Andrin Züger from Felsberg, who finished in 16th place and once again proved his skills with the «cross-country skiing poles».
Giuliana Werro clear to victory
In the women's race, the winner, Giuliana Werro was competing for the first time and was able to pick up the winner's cheque straight away. She took over four minutes off second-placed Nina Carla Wohle (Spiez), with last year's German winner Sigrid Mutscheller in third.
Olympic MTB medallist Linda Indergand (Silenen) did extremely well, finishing 15th overall and second in her category.
Victory in the Planoirino went to Sabrina Imhof (Hünenberg See) and Jon Nesa (Scuol).
Courses Planoiras Folk Cross-Country Skiing Race
The route of the Planoiras is 25 kilometres long and leads from the Roland Arena in Lantsch/Lenz via Lenzerheide and Valbella to Parpan. The route returns via Valbella to the Luziuswiese in Lenzerheide, where the finish line is in the immediate vicinity of the school building, where the race office is located and where the effects can then also be collected.
The Planoirino (13.5 km) also starts at the Roland Arena and leads via Lenzerheide to Valbella Canols. There the course will be turned around. The finish is also on the Luziuswiese in Lenzerheide in the immediate vicinity of the school building, where the race office and the subsequent pasta party are located.