The Grand Prix is a pre-competition for the Alternative Elfstedentocht, the Dutch 'Elf Cities Skating Tour', which is scheduled for Wednesday January 30th on the Weissensee and is 200 kilometers long. This typical Dutch skate marathon is held in Austria due to the absence of long periods of frost in the Netherlands.
The 34-year-old Carla Ketellapper-Zielman won the Open Championship on the Weissensee for the third time. She did that earlier in 2010 and 2016. Carla Ketellapper-Zielman won the Alternative Elfstedentocht one time in 2012.
Althen Sensors & Controls is proud sponsor of Carla Ketellapper-Zielman's Ice Skating Team AltijdKoers.