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IKA Snowkite World Cup 2018 Altosangro 14-18 February

Postby Toby » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:33 pm

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IKA Snowkite World Cup 2018 Altosangro 14-18 February

Wind and Snow. The Alto Sangro Ski Area will host the 5th edition of the Snowkiting World Championship.

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The best riders in the world will compete in the mountains of the Alto Sangro ski area for the 5th edition of the Snowkiting World Championship from 14th to 18th February. The event is a leg of a world tour promoted by IKA (International Kiteboarding Association), member of World Sailing, and in collaboration with FIS (International Ski Federation) on individual snowkite events.
The disciplines will be Course Racing, Long Distance and especially the GPS Formula.

Using of the innovative GPS formula
The leg of Roccaraso, in the Alto Sangro ski area, is organized by A.S.D Outdoor 360 and the snowkite school in Roccaraso, The particularity of the event in Roccaraso is the innovative GPS formula: the athletes are equipped with a tracking system that constantly records their movements and a software that evaluates their performances. The riders will be called to achieve, in 60-minute race sessions, more kilometers, more variations in height and more distance from a starting point. Therefore there are no more pre-established routes but total freedom of their choices. An innovation in contrast with the classic regattas that use buoys to delimit the competition area. The choice of the GPS format required the creation of a dedicated software that the organizers believe should be extended to other disciplines. In addition to the GPS system, athletes must bring with them an avalanche transceiver, snow shovel and probe to ensure maximum safety. To prevent risks, during everyday’s riders meetings, the organizers will report areas with dangers and steepest slopes.

Athletes skills
The mountainous areas are by nature subject to greater variations in wind direction and intensity due to the change of altitude. Within a few meters riders can have good wind conditions but also none at all. Therefore the skills of the best athletes consists not only in speed and courage but in the ability to correctly interpret these variations and by choosing paths with the best weather conditions. Niccolò de Simone - organizer of the event - explains the rules: "Rules are simple: travel in a given unit of time more kilometers, more variations in altitude and more overall perimeter coverage through the use of a GPS. These means maximum freedom of movement and the possibility to choose one's own path". The motivations and objectives related to the organization of the Snowkite World Championship in the Alto Sangro ski area - says Niccolò de Simone - is the desire to offer companies innovative formats related to emerging and spectacular disciplines but also the search to get out of the traditional sponsorship schemes to create an event with a race format which is appreciated by athletes, two essential elements for the success of the event. For the Mayor of Roccaraso, Francesco Di Donato, the Snowkite World Championship "represents a further opportunity to measure our ability to host a sport event that will show our area worldwide. Moreover, it is a sport that is followed with great attention by young people who represent a market segment on which we are making the most important efforts in terms of tourism promotion".

What is Snowkite?

Born from the union of a kitesurfing wing and skis or snowboard to "sail" on the snow and follow the wind, Snowkite is a sport where intuition, a freedom spirit and safety cannot lack. Snowkiting is a private and ecological ski lift. It brings the rider wherever he wants, on flat terrain, uphill and downhill, without flying and without danger. Anyone who knows how to ski or snowboard and is over 12 years old can sign up for a Snowkite course.

Why the choice of the Alto Sangro ski area

"The location of the event is of fundamental importance - explains the president of the Skipass Alto Sangro Consortium, Bonaventura Margadonna - we have always hosted competitions of international level and we are convinced that this world championship represents an extraordinary opportunity for us to showcase the potential of our area and our facilities”. The Alto Sangro ski area is in fact particularly suitable for snowkiting for the conformity of the mountains. There are in fact large areas with slopes not too steep and with no trees which are essential conditions for the practice of snowkiting in a safe environment. In addition, the presence of efficient and well-distributed ski lifts allow a very rapid movement in the various race areas.

The different Race Areas
The organization will identify the different locations of the event day by day. Amongst the possible race areas there are the Cinque Miglia plain, Vallefredda, Toppe del Tesoro and Monte Pratello. All info and communications will be given on the Facebook page

Race Schedule
Tuesday Feb 13
20.00–21.30 pre - registration at the Roccaraso main square

Wednesday, Feb 14
10.00 to 16.00 race test and race area inspection leaving from Pizzalto ski lift
20.00 – 22.00 Race test analysis and pre-registration at Gran caffè of Rivisondoli

Thursday, Feb 15

8.30-9.30 Official registration at Piazzalto

9.30-10.00 Riders meeting

11.00 Race Start
15.00 Race ends.

15.30 meeting at Lago D’Avoli

19.00 Upload GPX File
21.30 Results analysis at Gran Caffè in Rivisondoli

Friday, Feb 16

9.00 Riders meeting

10.00 Race Start
15.00 End of the race.
15.30 Meeting at Lago D’Avoli

19.00 Upload of GPX files

21.30 Results analysis at Gran Caffè in Rivisondoli

Saturday, Feb 17

9.00 Rider meeting

11.00 Race Start
15.00 End of the race

15.30 meeting at Lago D’Avoli

19.00 Upload GPX Files
21.30 Results analysis at Gran Caffè in Rivisondoli

Sunday, Feb 18

9.00 Rider meeting at Pizzalto

10.00 Race start

13.00 End of the race.

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