By Johan Trygg
As we all now, Visma Ski Classics Season X got an abrupt end due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But 9 Pro Tour events were held and also 17 Challengers events. In all these races, skiers of all levels collected points in the SC Ranking.
The SC Ranking, together with MyPages, was launched in mid-November just before the start of Season X. SC Ranking and MyPages are a part of the tour's ambition to connect Pro Team athletes with recreational skiers.
In MyPages, all skiers taking part in Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour and Challengers events can create an account to keep track of their results, collect diplomas and pins and view their own SC Ranking. The SC Ranking is a live updated international ranking unique in combining women and men, pro- and recreational skiers in one single list.
When Season X started, number one in the new ranking was Swedish Pro Team athlete Britta Johansson Norgren from Lager 157 Ski Team, just ahead of Norwegian skier Tord Asle Gjerdalen, Team Ragde Eiendom, as number 2.
When we now sum up the season, number one in the ranking is Andreas Nygaard, Team Ragde Eiendom, with 39,997,698 points, his teammate Tord Asle Gjerdalen is second with 39,199,970 points and Britta Johansson Norgren is third with 38,524,052 points.
If we summarize the top ten in the SC Ranking, we can see six athletes from Norway, two from Sweden and one from the Czech Republic. There are six men and four women.
These are the seven that follow behind the top three: 4th Morte Eide Pedersen, Team Kaffebryggeriet, 5th Øyvind Moen Fjeld, Lager 157 Ski Team, 6th Astrid Øyre Slind, Team Koteng, 7th Stian Hoelgaard, Team Koteng, 8th Katerina Smutna, Ed System Bauer Team, 9th Lina Korsgren, Team Ramudden and 10th Vetle Thyli, Team Kaffebryggeriet.
In November, there were a bit more than 30,000 skiers in the SC Ranking system. After season X, there are now over 60,000 skiers from more than 50 countries that are able to find their ranking by creating an account on MyPages.
As you can see, the SC Ranking is designed for all participants in any Visma Ski Classics race, either Pro Tour or Challengers event, including all age groups, gender and performance levels. The points are calculated based on the percentual time a skier is behind the winning time in his or her respective gender with an exponential drop of points. At a Pro Tour event, the winning man and woman both receive 2.000.000 points, and at a Challenger event, the winners collect 500.000 points.
Each skier can include the results from his or her best 20 races within 24 months, and the best skier, regardless of gender, with the most collected points takes the number one spot in SC Ranking.
But that’s not all. There are also podium bonus points awarded to the top three skiers in each gender; a Pro Tour event winner gets 200.000 points, 2nd place brings 100.000 points and 3rd place awards 40.000 points.
As a registered user, you can filter places based on nationality, age group and gender by using the Filter Tab on the view set on your page.
If you haven't done it before, now it is time to check out your place in your country, age group, and gender and compare it with your friends. Then you can set new goals for season XI.
Below you see an illustration on how points can be distributed in a race example case:
Winner 4h00m00s 2.000.000 points
1 sec behind 4h00m01s 1.999.170 points
1min behind 4h01m00s 1.950.720 points
10min behind 4h10m00s 1.560.720 points
30min behind 4h30m00s 986.540 points
60 min behind 5h00m00s 524.290 points
50% behind 6h00m00s 175.580 points
100% behind 8h00m00s 31.250 points
300% behind 12h00m00s 2.740 points