Not only the marathon skaters will start their season this weekened season, also the long track season will start officially. In Deventer the IJsselcup will be held. A prestigious tournament which also has an important role as a qualification tournament for the NK per distances.
It's still early in the season, but for many skaters the race this weekend in Deventer is one of the most important of the year. Not for the top skaters in the Netherlands. The top ice-skaters will mostly not participate in Deventer, because they have already qualified. For a much larger group of skaters the races in Deventer are really important. In Deventer skaters can qualify for the nationals. Qualifying for the national’s means skating before a big crowd in Heerenveen on perfect ice. An early highlight in the season for most skaters.
On Saturday, driving both the ladies and the gentlemen a 500 and 1500 meters. On Sunday the thousand is on the programm. The women will skate a 3000 meters, the men a 5000 meters.