Kilian Jornet has presented his mountain ski season calendar. This year the Cerdanya athlete will compete in all the World Cup events, in the World Championship and in classic events such as the Pierra Menta. He will take part in the vertical and individual categories, which are his favourites.
On his official page Kilian said on Facebook Live: "Another mountain ski season is upon us and despite getting older I’m continuing to compete because I love this sport. The standard keeps improving and you really have to fight to finish near the top and achieve your goals"
Unlike in previous years, the Pyrenees will be the key player in this year’s World Cup, with three events: Andorra, Cambre d'Aze and Val d'Aran. And for the first time Spain will host one of the events. In his assessment of the three Pyrenees events, Kilian Jornet commented: “It’s going to be a very Pyrenean World Cup, with three events staged there: Andorra, Cambre d'Aze and Val d'Aran. I always like racing on home turf and there’s bound to be a great atmosphere.”
Next year’s World Championship will be disputed in Italy at the Transcavallo (February 18/19, 2017). He will also compete in the Pierra Menta (France) between March 8-11, mountain skiing’s iconic pairs stage race which Kilian has won four times.
In the build-up to the first event in Andorra, Jornet is focusing on preparing for the season. “Here at the start of the season I feel good. I’ll spend month in Tignes getting some mileage in and then I’ll start training at home. The races begin in mid-January and then we’ll see if the work has paid off.”
Jornet also intends to compete in some races as part of his training.
Pictures: Jocelyn Chavy (Pierra Menta)