The date of the 31st Sgambeda, the first granfondo of the European season, has been decided, with its 35km of free technique.
At the end of October the snow-farming slope will open.
A success story for the race of Livigno, the first to dominate it De Zolt and Dal Sasso. Registration open from September 1st, but only for the first 500 fastest to register
The overture is an orchestral piece that artists usually perform with the curtain closed before the beginning of an opera, almost always introducing a great musical composition. Saturday December 4th, Livigno proposes the classical overture on the snow, but this time the "curtain" will be open, vast, fascinating: the Piccolo Tibet, that at the beginning of December is usually already well covered with snow, will stage the 31st edition of the Sgambeda.
It will be... an Italian symphony, it will represent as always the opening of the season for the long distance cross-country skiing and in fact the organisers put on the track the event one month after the opening of the cross-country ring, realised as it has been doing for years thanks to the snow-farming. A track that many top athletes, Italians and especially foreigners, have booked for the last training sessions at high altitude before the start of the World Cup.
The Sgambeda returns to the tradition, first weekend of December, 35 km free technique with start and arrival near the centre of Livigno, using all the facilities of the Cross country Center. This edition, after the stop imposed by the Covid last season, is very awaited by the fans, who usually take off their skis from the attic for a first weekend that tastes like a return to the slope with a "walk" on the snow in the middle of the nature.
Waiting to understand if there will be restrictions or not, the organisers announce a limited number edition, 500 admitted starting from the 1st September, when the cross-country skiers have well in mind what will be the future commitments of the season. The Sgambeda is dedicated above all to the amateurs, lovers of the free technique or skating, but the competition has often exalted the deeds of great champions who over the years have chosen Livigno to prepare the most important enterprises.
In 1990 the first to write his name in the gold book was the "Grillo" Maurilio De Zolt, imitated by another great athlete, Guidina Dal Sasso. Since then the Sgambeda and Livigno tell of extraordinary enterprises also with Gaudenzio Godioz, Silvano Barco, Michael Botvinov, and then in the years Gianantonio Zanetel, Marco Cattaneo and in the most recent times the Norwegian ace Petter Northug, just to name a few.
The entry fee until October 31st is 50 euros, then until December 1st it will rise to 60 euros. There will be five categories according to age: 18/30, 31/40, 41/50, 51/60 and finally over 60, with a very attractive prize fund for the first five men and women.
Remember that at 500 entries will be frozen: better hurry, it could get.. cold very quickly!