Blink Classics

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Where to pick up Bibs, where to get rollerski, how to get to Ålgård. Read all in the information document.
 

Blink Classics for the third time


For the third time, Blink festival will organize a long distance race. In collaboration with Alliansloppet, Olaf Skoglunds Minneløp and Fiemme Rollerski Cup, Blink Classics will be a part of the long distance rollerskicup called "Guide World Classic Tour". Last years reace became a success for both athletes and audience. In the end it was Martin Johnsrud Sundby who was the fastest skiier by winning the second edition of Blink Classics.

Wednesday the 1st of August the mass start is off in centre of Ålgård city. Some of the best long distance skiiers alongside with some of the best allroundskiiers in the world. It will be exciting to see who can claim the third edition of Blink Classics.

There will be different races to chose from as an athlete. The main course is 60km in distance. This race is for the elite and active athletes. Further on we also offers a 50km course which follows most of the elite course, but is set to fit excercisers. We also has two shorter tracks (20km and 14km) which is good for youth athletes, excercisers and newbeginners. All of the races will be held in mass start and with classical skiis. The race is open for both the elite, youth and excerciser. If you compete in the longest course you will be standing face to face with the worlds greatest skiiers.

We urges everyone who wants to compete to register for the race. No matter if you want to do the race as a competition or a trip, we want all to be a part of the race! Is 50-60km to long? Choose the shorter tracks this year, and maybe try the longer track next year!

 
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Video of the Blink 60km track

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Four tracks - opportunities for everyone


Blink Classic is a rollerskiier race with start in Ålgård and finish in the city centre of Sandnes. In 2017 it was three different tracks to choose from. This year we provide four different tracks for athletes to compete in. We have 60km for elite and juniors. 50km for strong excercisers and juniors. 20km for youths and excercisers. And finaly the new track of the year, a 14km long race for new beginners and excercisers. Youngest athlete allowed to race in 2018 (short track) will have to be born in 2004 or earlier (15 years of age). Youngest athlete allowed in the longer tracks will have to be born in 2002 or earlier (17 years of age). There will be used training wheels on the rollerski (Type 2 wheels for 60km women, 50km and 20km) and (Type 3 wheels for 60km men). This is for safety reasons.

The tracks for 2018 is not finalized, and can be subject for change closer to the festival.
 

Main course 60km

The main track of 60km will have sprints during the race and several food stations. The track will be similar to the 2017 edition:

- Start in Ålgård city centre - to Figgjo - to Ålgård where the first sprint will ber - Turn around after AMFI in the second roundabout - back the opposite way to E39 through rettedalen - to Vaula bridge - through Gjesdal (second sprint) - to Oltedal on the main road (third sprint) - Up Oltedal through the cityroad - Up Seldal (fourth sprint 300m from the top) - down Søredalen to Sviland (forth sprint) - on road to Melshei - one round in the tracks of Sandnes Arena (sprint) - to Sandnes from Austråttbakken - One round in the Blink track before finish.

See important details of the track below!
 
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Map over the main track of 60km (OBS: This is not excact)

Profil 60km track.
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Important details 50km and 60km:
  • Traintrack – 5 km (60 km track)
  • Sprint Ålgård – 8km (60 km track)
  • Drinkingstation Ålgård – 8,5 km (60 km track)
  • Cattle guard Kluge – 14 km
  • Cattle guard Gjesdal – 15 km
  • Sprint Gjesdal – 15,5 km
  • Drinkingstation Gjesdal – 15,7 km
  • Cattle guard Bjelland – 19 km
  • Steep downhill with cattle guard at the end – 20km
  • Fourth sprint at spinneriet - 24,8 km
  • Turn 180 degrees in the end of a long downhill – 28 km (Turn onto road)
  • Drinkingstation Oltedal – 28,5 km
  • Sprint Seldalsheia – 33,5 km
  • Drinkingstation Seldalsheia – 34 km
  • Drinkingstation Sviland – 48 km
  • Sprint Sandnes Arena -52,5 km
  • Steep downhill with right turn from Melshei – 53 km
  • Long downhill with high speed into roundabout in Austråttbakken – 57 km

Sprints 60km tracl
There will be prices for each sprint for both women and men.

Sprints will be marked 1km before the line, and 500m before, and will be marked by a big banner at each sprint.

The prices will only be valid if the racer finishes the race. If the racer of valid reasons cant finish the race (by injury per example), it will be decided by a jury if the racer should get the price.
 

Excercisetrack 50km

The excercisetrack on 50km will be excact the same as in 60km, but without the trip to Figgjo in the beginning. In this race the track will go straight from Ålgård to E39 and follow the 60km track from there.

Map over the race of 50km (OBS: The map is not excact)
 

Short track 20km and 14km

The short track of 20km will be similar to the 2017 edition. 

- Start in Ålgård sentrum - direct to Figgjo - on to bikeroad by Figgjo AS - to Bråstein - Crossing of E39 towards arboreet - To Sviland - on to road over to Melshei - one lap in Sandnes Arena - down to Sandnes from Austråttbakken - one lap in the Blink track.

Map of the 20km race (OBS: The map is not exact)

There will also this year be a even simpler shorter tracks for new beginners. This race will be 14km and will go direct from Ålgård to Sandnes without big up or downhills. This is a great track to try if you are new on rollerskiis.

Map of the 14km race (OBS: The map is not excact)
 

Rules, info and registration


The only limitation for the races is the age limitation. To participate you have to be 15 years of age in the short track. To race the long tracks you have to 17 years of age. We recommend you to find a track suitable for you level of skill. If you are not sure, pick the short track this year and try the longer next year!

Rules for the race you can find here, Which is the same that Guid World Classic Tour uses, and Alliansloppet which we collaborate with.

There are also rules for service during the race. Read them here!

Wheel types Blink Classics


For short tracks (14km and 20km): Wheel type "2" wheels or slower is allowed. Organizer will take tests before the race.

If the organizer is not sure of the rollerskiis participants use, they are allowed to demand use of loan-skiis.

Long tracks: Blink Classics 50 and 60 km everyone will get loan skiis.