A unique course - a unique event

The 2017/2018 long distance ski championship, namely the Visma Ski Classics series, is heading to Italy.
Two races in a row, Marcialonga (next 28 January) and Granfondo Toblach-Cortina on 3 and 4 February, are about to fire up the world event and standings will surely change a little...or quite a lot.
Both Tord Asle Gjerdalen and Britta Johansson Norgren jumped on the highest step of last race's podium, they certainly are the man and woman to beat. We'll see what they will be able to do in both the Italian occasions against their contenders.
'We've got a great amount of snow this season – members of the Granfondo Toblach-Cortina's Organising Committee claimed – and over a thousand athletes, pros and amateurs, already registered. We wait for some more over the next days.'
Entries to the 41st Granfondo Toblach-Cortina (50k CT on Saturday 3 February and 30k FT on Sunday) are open. Fees are as follows: € 90,00 (CT), € 80,00 (FT) or € 140,00 for both, plus a 15% discount if you took part in the past two race editions (enter the special code during the online procedure).
The 50k race will kick off in Dobbiaco Military Airport whose name would come from the latin 'Duplagum' that means 'two waters'. After the first 11 kilometers, the track will enter the Nordic Arena where the Intermediate Sprint Ski Classics will be set. On the 16th km, all skiers will ski along the Dobbiaco Lake inside the outstanding Fanes-Senes-Braies Natural Park, and they will spot the Landro Electric Power Plant.
After a few kilometers, a war cemetery for victims of WWI will show up in front of everyone, and some of the most stunning mountains in the country will surround all participants half the way through their race (25th km). Le Tre Cime di Lavaredo first (Cima Grande - 2.999 meters high, Cima Piccola 2.857 mts and Cima Ovest 2.973 mts) and then Mount Cristallo (3.221 mts) will certainly amaze everyone.
The highest point racers will cross is Passo Cimabianche (1.529 mts) and once crossed they will all head to Cortina towards the finish line. Cortina has been the natural setting for 1981 James Bond movie 'For your eyes only', starring Roger Moore.
The 30k event, instead, will take place on Sunday 4 February and participants will start off in Fiames and go the other way around towards the Dobbiaco Nordic Arena.