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eD system Silvini Team’s journey through La Venosta weekend

The third and fourth events of Ski Classics Season XV unfolded almost three weeks ago in the stunning landscapes of Val Venosta in Italy. The eD system Silvini Team faced challenges and triumphs, showcasing their resilience and skill in intense competition.

Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus

Thomas Bing, eD system Silvini Team, leading the front group at La Venosta Criterium Season XV.

Preparation and Service Excellence – eD system Silvini Team

The Czech Pro Team faced unique challenges in the lead-up to the La Venosta weekend. Some members spent a rigorous week at altitude, while others overcame initial transport complications. 

The indispensable partnership with ‘Skiservis Mára’ faced its hurdles. Still, thanks to the dedicated efforts of servicemen Vojt, Dalibor, Markétka, and Thomas’ parents, the team’s skis operated seamlessly during the races.

La Venosta Criterium: Climbing to Glory

According to the Pro Team, Saturday’s 37 km race presented a formidable challenge, with multiple laps, climbing checkpoints, and a final ascent to 2,034 m above sea level. Thomas Bing exemplified the team’s prowess by consistently securing Climb points, earning him the coveted Climb Bib. 

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Thomas Bing with the Climb bib after La Venosta Criterium Season XV. Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus.

Despite a slight setback in the final climb, Bing secured an impressive eighth place. Petr Knop, arriving last minute, claimed 57th place, while Vašek Sedláček (64th) and Pavel Janeček (74th) battled through illness. 

Karolina Grohová’s solo effort secured a remarkable 13th place in the women’s field, supported by Laura Stichling’s valiant 28th position.

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Karolina Grohová (515) at La Venosta Criterium Season XV. Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus

La Venosta ITT: Battling Altitude and Time

Sunday’s 10 km individual time trial presented a different test, with competitors starting at one-minute intervals. Despite super skis, fatigue from altitude affected the team’s performance. Thomas Bing faced additional challenges with a broken pole yet managed a solid 18th place. 

Grohová continued her performance, claiming 14th place in a display of speed and determination.

Voices from the Team

Reflecting on his performance, Thomas Bing expressed satisfaction with his shape but aimed for a higher position in the next Pro Tour event. 

Grohová exceeded expectations, describing the races as beyond her imagination and expressing excitement for future challenges. Sedláček acknowledged the team’s effort and emphasized the need for recovery, while Stichling highlighted the challenge of slower skis in the last stretch.

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Laura Stichling during La Venosta ITT Season XV. Photo: Reichert/NordicFocus.

Service Excellence and Future Aspirations

Dalibor Valter, responsible for wax service, detailed the challenges faced in choosing skis but commended the team for their responsibility and trust. The first block of races showcased the team’s strength, with Bing in seventh place in the Champion competition, Grohová in the top ten overall, and an impressive ninth place in the Pro Team competition.

La Venosta weekend not only tested the physical prowess of the eD system Silvini Team but also highlighted their resilience and camaraderie. 

As they look forward to the next challenge in the Dolomites around Toblach, the team stands united, ready to tackle the tracks and continue their Ski Classics journey.

Next up on Ski Classics Season XV is the 3 Zinnen Ski Marathon in Italy on January 13, 2024. The event marks the fifth Ski Classics stage, Season XV.

The Season XV of Ski Classics Pro Tour consists of 15 events on 11 event weekends in 6 different countries. 

Ski Classics Pro Tour Season XV (2023/2024)

  • Event 1: December 9, 2023 – Bad Gastein PTT, Austria, 13km
  • Event 2: December 10, 2023 – Bad Gastein Criterium, Austria, 36km
  • Event 3: December 16, 2023 – La Venosta Criterium, Italy, 37km 
  • Event 4: December 17, 2023 – La Venosta ITT, Italy, 10km
  • Event 5: January 13, 2024 – 3 Zinnen Ski Marathon, Italy, 62km
  • Event 6: January 20, 2024 – Engadin La Diagonela, Switzerland, 56km
  • Event 7: January 28, 2024 – Marcialonga, Italy, 70km
  • Event 8: February 11, 2024 – Jizerská50, Czech Republic, 50km
  • Event 9: February 17, 2024 – Grönklitt Classic, Sweden, 60km
  • Event 10: February 18, 2024 – Grönklitt ITT, Sweden, 13km
  • Event 11: March 3, 2024 – Vasaloppet, Sweden, 90km
  • Event 12: March 16, 2024 – Birkebeinerrennet, Norway, 54km
  • Event 13: April 6, 2024 – Reistadløpet, Norway, 50km
  • Event 14: April 7, 2024 – Summit 2 Senja, Norway, 60km
  • Event 15: April 13, 2024 – Ski Classics Grand Finale – Janteloppet, Norway, 100km

More information about the Ski Classics Pro Tour can be found at skiclassics.com.

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