Alaska's Kikkan Randall races in Quebec City during a World Cup stop in 2012. (file photo: Cephas)

World’s Elite Cross-Country Skiers to Return to Quebec City

Quebec (QC), Canada – At its Technical and Cross-Country Committee meetings held in Zurich, Switzerland last week, the International Ski Federation (FIS) confirmed that the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Finals will return to Canada in March 2019 and 2020.

“It’s a huge step forward for Quebec City to cement its place on the calendar for two years in a row,” said FIS Race Director Pierre Mignerey. “We should stress, though, that the entire race calendars for both years are subject to FIS Council approval this November.”

All bets are that the world’s elite cross-country skiers taking the city’s Plains of Abraham by storm from March 22 to 24, 2019.

“The format of the 2020 event is yet to be confirmed, but the 2019 competition will be the same as what we saw in March this year,” added Patrice Drouin, president of event promoter Gestev, from his seat at the FIS meetings.

Alaska's Kikkan Randall races in Quebec City during a World Cup stop in 2012. (file photo: Cephas)
Alaska’s Kikkan Randall races in Quebec City during a World Cup stop in 2012. (file photo: Cephas)

That means it’s going to be all hands on deck over the next few months for Quebec Winter Events Corporation and Gestev, as preparation begins for these world-class events. The FIS Cross-Country World Cup Finals in March attracted more than 60,000 people to Quebec City’s Plains of Abraham and the event was voted the top stop on the World Cup circuit last season, according to an FIS survey.

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Local favorite Alex Harvey is excited by the prospect that he’ll be able to retire from World Cup competition on home soil surrounded by family and friends.

“Right now, my plans are to stay on the World Cup circuit until the end of the 2018-2019 season. It would truly be an honor for me to wrap up my career here in Quebec City. In fact, I could never dream of a better scenario,” Harvey said. “I’ll never forget what I achieved here back in March, and I have fond memories of the 2012 Sprint Québec and 2016 Ski Tour Canada competitions. It’s such a huge source of pride for me and the rest of the Canadian team to ski in front of a home crowd. It really is an incredible opportunity for us to race in a World Cup right in our back yard!”

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