The legendary Nationale piste ready for a men's downhill

Major autumn renovation work on the upper part of the legendary Crans-Montana Nationale piste, between the Bella Lui start and Cry d'Er, has been completed.

A recent on-site inspection took place, with Hannes Trinkl, FIS Speed Races Director. The former Austrian downhill specialist, who was world champion in 2001 and Olympic bronze medallist in 1998, praised the work and compared the Nationale to the demanding Beaver Creek downhill (Colorado/USA).

The Crans-Montana piste now fully meets the technical requirements for modern downhill racing. In addition, it offers a course that is just as spectacular for the spectators on site as it is for television viewers. The Nationale is also a real challenge for the athletes, at 3,670 metres long (start: 2,520 m, finish: 1,545 m, vertical drop: 981 m), and with an estimated race time of between 2'10 and 2'15.

Hannes Trinkl said, "The Nationale offers a downhill for the World Championships that absolutely deserves to be a championship piste." But in the meantime, Crans-Montana is now able to take over a speed race that was cancelled in the men's World Cup calendar at short notice. As a candidate for the 2027 World Championships, the Haut Plateau resort is not only ready for its traditional women's races on the Mont Lachaux track, but it is also ready to host men's competitions on the Nationale piste!

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