It has only been the second season on the power draining Ski Classics Tour for Tord Asle Gjerdalen, the two-time Relay-World Champion from Norway. With a 5th place finish at the traditional Birkebeinerrennet, the penultimate race of the season, the Atomic-star with the pilot shades already locked his second place in the overall standings. For Atomic-youngster Anders Höst things remain exciting until the very end. After his third-place finish at the Vasaloppet he landed in 16th position at his home-classic event over 54 kilometers that saw a new participation record set with 14.750 athletes competing. Right before the final showdown at the Arefjällsloppet he is trailing by 41 points in the youth-class still with a chance to end the season as best junior of the tour like he did last year. The Atomic-twins in the World Cup Tiril and Lotta Udnes Weng finished among the best in the world at the Birkebeinerrennet, with positions 7 and 10 respectively. All Atomic athletes agree on one thing: the race-setup of the new Redster Carbon Classic is a key element of their strong performances with significant future potential.