Kilian jornet sets new fastest known time at Aconcagua (12h49m). Report, photos, gear list & split times

Kilian Jornet has just set a new fastest known time for the ascent-descent of Mount Aconcagua (6.959m) as part of his project Summits of My Life. Jornet achieved a time of 12h49′ following the normal route, with 60k/D+4.000mm, and Horcones as start-finish

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KILIAN JORNET´S SETS NEW FKT AT ACONCAGUA: REPORT. 

With this new achievement, Kilian Jornet has added a new peak in his track record. It was the Aconcagua, where he has set a new ascent and descent speed record. With a time of 12h49′, the athlete has just one more act left to finish the project Summits of My Life by setting a new FKT at the top of the world itself: Mount Everest.

Succes on second attempt: Jornet completed the challenge yesterday after a failed attempt last Friday, when he was forced to turn back at a height of about 6,500 meters due to bad weather, with gusts of wind of more than 90km / h.

kilian jornet returning from first attempt at  aconcagua. Photo summits of my life

kilian jornet returning from first attempt at aconcagua. Photo summits of my life

 

Stable weather, key to the climb: The weather was favourable yesterday (see below) and so the athlete was able to complete the ascent and descent on Aconcagua, the highest peak in America (6,962m). He took the conventional 59,85km route with a total climb of 3,962m. However, the major challenge Kilian Jornet had to face was altitude, close to 7,000m.

Following the philosophy underlying the other challenges he has attempted in his project, Jornet decided to start the ascent from the last inhabited place, the cabin of the park guards in Horcones (2,900m). He set off at 6 am after having three pieces of toast with dulce de leche, a typical Argentinian sweet, for breakfast.

Ahead were 23km and 1,400m of climb up to Plaza de Mulas (4,300m), the base camp of Mount Aconcagua. That is the place where most expeditions begin the ascent, which gradually climbs up and past some refuge cabins to the top. Kilian Jornet completed that stretch in 3h15′. On arriving at Plaza de Mulas he had a 15-minute stop to have something to eat and drink. From there, the ascent to the summit began.

Kilian set off for the final summit after Plaza de Mulas.

Kilian set off for the final summit after Plaza de Mulas.

Jornet climbed up to Nido de Cóndores (5,550m), which he reached some five hours after departure. Then he started the last kilometres to reach the summit. To do that, he would have to overcome 1,463m of added altitude difference and, foremost, a height of 6,500 meters.

He was at nearly 6,600 meters at Cueva del Guanaco, and his time was 7h40’. Jornet finally managed to reach the summit (6,962m) after 8h45′ of effort. He remained there for fifteen minutes.  Kilian reached Plaza de Mulas back after 10h10′. He still had the last 25km downhill to go and put fast to it.

When he finally got back to Horcones the stopwatch marked 12h49m. Thus, Kilian Jornet has surpassed all records established to date and had become the fastest man ever to complete the journey, lowering the previous time of 13h46m set by spaniard Jorge Egocheaga (see Jorge´s certificate below).

Jorge Egocheaga´s FKT 13h46m certificate

Jorge Egocheaga´s FKT 13h46m certificate

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Declaration from Kilian Jornet:  “I’m really happy to have completed this new challenge. It has been tough, especially at 6,500m altitude when I suffered altitude sickness. Anyway, these moments of suffering will always be remembered” 

“My idea was to start with a gentle climb trying to preserve my strength for the descent. That’s why I decided to stop, rest and gain forces for the next stage.”

“We spent almost two weeks in the area, but we would have probably needed a few more to be in the best possible condition. I was greatly affected by altitude, especially from 6,500m onwards, when I felt my brain was being compressed and I found it difficult to advance.”

“At around 6.500m, I realized height was beginning to have an effect on me. I wasn’t able to keep my balance and was constantly slipping on the icy snow. So, I decided to move slowly, knowing that I still had a long way ahead.”

“I used some time at the top to regain strength before the descent. The summit was the culmination of the work we had been doing all these days. I could also enjoy the incredible views from the south face of the Aconcagua.”

“I suffered from altitude sickness all the way to Plaza de Mulas. I kept losing my balance, my muscles seemed unwilling to follow my head and made me fall. At Plaza de Mulas I stopped for twenty minutes. I had something to eat, hydrated well and I gradually began to feel a bit better. Ahead was the descent to Horcones, where I was able to run well and ended up making good time.”

Aconcagua area overview, from Puente del Inca to the summit.

Aconcagua area overview, from Puente del Inca to the summit.

KILIAN JORNET´S TEAM AT THE MOUNTAIN: Emelie, Seb, Vivien. Mountain runner Emelie Forsberg and cameramen Seb Montaz and Vivian Bruchez, the latter also being security adviser, accompanied Kilian in this challenge. Emelie Forsberg was present at departure and arrival in Horcones. Meanwhile, Seb Montaz and Vivian Bruchez were located above El Nido del Cóndor (5,500m) to film the ascent.

According to Seb Montaz: ‘I saw Kilian suffering a lot above 6.500m. At the same time, he seemed very conscious and determined to accomplish the challenge. We could not be prouder of how things have turned out.’

Kilian Jornet, meanwhile, explained: ‘This is a team project. I am very happy to have been able to share two weeks with Seb, Vivian and Emelie. We prepared the challenge together and we all coordinated for the shoot. I want to thank the whole team for their great efforts and also all the people who have been following the project from different corners around the world.’

With this new challenge Kilian Jornet completes the third year of his project Summits of My Life, after also setting a new record on McKinley (Alaska) in 2014.

Acclimatization and arrival in Argentina: Kilian Jornet and the rest of the team arrived in Argentina on 8th December. They spent the first few days in Mendoza, the fourth largest city in the country, where a presentation of the film was held.

aconcagua mendoza

On December 9th, the journey to Mount Aconcagua base camp started. Upon arrival at Puente del Inca, the team members rode on mules up to Plaza de Mulas base camp at 4,400m. From that day, Jornet’s main goal was to acclimatize as much as possible to assure a successful attempt on the summit. Thus, he made several ascents increasingly higher to get his body used to the altitude. He slept several days in a bivouac. All of this preparation, without pushing it too much, so as to be in shape on the record day.

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KILIAN JORNET AT ACONCAGUA. TECHNICAL DATA. 

1. Time & Distance

Distance: 59,85km
Positive slope: 3.962D+
Total Time: 12h49’

Kilian Jornet muestra su Suunto Ambit 3 al acabar. Foto @suunto

 Splits:
Horcones-Plaza de Mulas: 23km/1.400mD+ -3h15’
Plaza de Mulas-Nido de Cóndores: 3,6km / 1.100mD+-5h’
Nido de Cóndores-Aconcagua: 3,5km /  1.462mD+-8h45
Aconcagua-Plaza de Mulas: 10h10’
Plaza de Mulas-Horcones: 12h49’

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2. Materials used: Shoes and clothes by Salomon.

  • Snowcross trainers
  • Thin socks ( up to Plaza Mulas)
  • Thick socks (up to the summit)
  • Shorts
  • Wind proof leggings
  • Long-sleeved t-shirt
  • Midlayer t-shirt
  • Goretex jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Primaloft trousers
  • Gloves
  • Overboots
  • Feathers mittens
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack

Other gear:

  • Watch gps Suunto Ambit 3 Peak
  • Videocamera
  • 300cl energy gel
  • 1l water
  • 4 chocolate bars
  • Folding poles

Last stop: Everest Summits of My Life, Kilian Jornet’s personal project began in 2012. Since then, he has attempted up to seven challenges around the world. The last stop will be in 2015. It will be Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Kilian will attempt the ascent and descent of this peak following, once more, the values underlying his project.

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life orginal plan 2012-2015

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life orginal plan 2012-2015

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KIlian Jornet´s book “Run or Die” hits the top6 Sports Books in UK

Kilian Jornet’s first book, Run or Die, distinguished among the top 6 sport books in the UK for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.  Jornet attended yesterday the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in London

Kilian Jornet presenting his second book at Madrid in 2013

Kilian Jornet presenting his second book at Madrid in 2013

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KILIAN JORNET´S FIRST BOOK, RUN OR DIE, IN TOP6 SPORTS BOOK UK. 

Run or Die, Kilian Jornet’s first book has been shortlisted among the six best sports in the United Kingdom, the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. The book has been selected among five other books, being the top-6 sport books of the year. The winner was “Night Games”, by Anna Krien.

Kilian Jornet Run or Die, first edition in spanish.

Kilian Jornet Run or Die, first edition in spanish.

Jornet traveled to London this morning to attend the award ceremony in the Bafta theater. He explained: “I’m very happy that the book has been shortlisted for this award. Skyrunning is getting popular in the UK and I’m proud to be able to share our soort with English readers.”

Run or Die, was Kilian Jornet first book, the diary of a winner that sums up his philosophy on the earlier years of Kilian’s career as an athlete. In the United Kingdom, the book was released this summer by Penguin publishing house.

It was originally published in 2009 and since then it has been published to several languages. For the moment it has been published in 15 different languages and the number is expected to grow: Catalan, Spanish, Spanish (South America), French, English (US), English (UK), Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Slovenian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian and Romanian.

The second book by Kilian, The Invisible Border (2013), it has also been a big editorial success in the countries that has already been published: Catalan, Spanish, French and Italian.

Kilian Jornet The Invisible Border, first edition in spanish.  2013

Kilian Jornet The Invisible Border, first edition in spanish. 2013

 

IN-DEPTH DOUBLE INTERVIEW WITH KILIAN: Last year, as the book was published, we held a long double interview with him, sharing many of his personal references, both in sports and life style, such as Bonatti, Zatopek and other.

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WHAT´S NEXT FOR HIM? After the awards ceremony at London, Jornet has travelled back to the Alps, where he is preparing both the ski mountaineering season and the Aconcagua challenge, part of the Summits of My Life project.

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Julia Böttger, del Salomon Running, entrevistada por Mayayo: La campeona del Andorra Ultra Trail 2014, presentada por Nerea Martínez.

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Francesca Canepa, entrevistada por Mayayo: “Mis objetivos 2014 son Ultra trail world Tour y lograr el triple Tor des Geants” Presentación por Nerea Martínez.

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Manuel Merillas climbs to 2nd position in Skyrunning World Series . Personal race report and interview by @moxigeno

Manuel Merillas is moving on at full power upon the Skyrunning World Cup, having just climbed up to the 2nd position in its ultra series ranking after ending 5th at Ice Trail Tarentaise last weekeend. This was the second event within the the five races series. His debut had been at Transvulcania La Palma, with a 7th position.

Manuel Merillas at transvulcania. Photo: Mayayo.

This Ice Trail Tarentaise (ITT) is a truly high mountain race. Over its 65k/D+5.000 m course, it might be honest to say that sky running merges with classic glacier mountaineering, running in subcero temperatures along a track with a race summit of 3.365m altitude at La Grande Motte. Here’s the summary of the race, personal chronicle of Manuel and an interview by Mayayo after it.

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  ICE TARENTAISE TRAIL, THE RACE.  

Highest & coldest of the Skyrunning World Cup

The Ice Trail Tarentaise was born in 2011 as the dream of Vinner Laurent, race founder After being aborted in its inaugural edition because of severe weather conditions in the upper sections, he was finally was able to celebrateit  in 2012 with François D’Haene as winner in 8H16. A challenging victory which just  reflected his great form at the moment, that was to lead him to be champion of the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc 2012  just a few weeks later.

skyrunning 2013 ice trail tarentaise logoRace highlights include the enormous average altitude and the ceiling for the entire 2014 Skyrunning season, considering the 3365 meters altitude on the summit of La Grand Motte. The competition also requires long sections of running on the glaciers with crampons on, plus alpine gear and sureproof mountain move abilities. In 2013 the winners were nothing short of Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg. See below the rce profile in detail

skyrunning 2013 ice trail tarentaise perfil
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On this 2014 edition, the champions were also two of the biggest names in the sport: Salomon Running again succeeded in scoring a double win, with François D’Haene Emelie Forsberg. Among the men, the rcae went very fast, as François finished in 7h37m,  just 1m30 over Kilian’s record in 2013.  However, Emelie´s time of 9h24 this year, was slower than her previous 9h11.

Ranking ultrasky world cup: After having held the first two (Transvulcania and Ice Trail Tarentaise) out of five races planned, the leader is Tom Owens with 144 points, followed by Fulvio Dapit and Manuel Merillas, both with 132 Among the girls. Alessandra Carlini leads with 146 points, second with 134 and Maud Gobert third van Emelie Forsberg and Anna Frost with 100 points.

Luis Alberto Hernando en Ice trail Tarentaise foto Fabio Menino
From a spanish point of view, the downside of this year, was Luis Alberto Hernando´s DNF which was due to his obviously paying the bills accumulated in a highly loaded season. On the positive side, the excellent performance of Manuel Merillas, who placed 5th at Ice Trail and rose to 2nd overall in the annual ranking of the World Cup ultra sky, tied with the 3rd. Now, let us follow his very own race as he tells it to us in his own words. 
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Skyrunning 2014: ICE TRAIL TARENTAISE
PERSONAL RACE REPORT BY MANUEL Merillas. (5th overall)

The race began on Saturday, meeting with my friends from Cantabria region, in northern Spain. We arrived full of energy and very excited, so we stayed until 23:00 hours on the day before the race chatting and sharing our hopes.

Manuel Merillas en Ice trail Tarentaise foto Manuel MerillasThis Ice Trail Tarentaise started for me at two in the morning, eyes still stuck with a terrible lack of sleep. But hey, we set it up for the four of us who were in the apartment (Fran Pineda, Leo, David and myself) and got in to a hearty breakfast. Before we even noticed it, we found it was already three. We moved in a hurry to Val d’Isere. There is very little time left to start the race and it’s still raining as it has been doing all weekend. We confirm then that in the end we are to race over the original route.

At 4AM the race is launched. As always at that moment, there are a few that fly out on fire, with Luis Alberto between them, Tom Owens plus two other more guys. I stay further back and move on at my own pace. I am slowly letting go of my first group and I’ll get to Tignes with three others and we start to climb the Grand Motte 3570 meters. It is a very tough climb, yet I already knew it from winter after my skimo season. As I climb ahead of my original group I realize i am cacthing up on those that started ahead. In fact, I am getting closer to the leading group. The last section is pure glacier and forces us to wear crampons. I love these conditions!

Manuel Merillas en Ice trail Tarentaise foto Manuel Merillas 3

Upon reaching the summit, I check again upon the leaders.  As we start the descent I can still see them there. I took it more calmly because it is a 1.300 meter drop and I remember that from here on we are yet to cover another six climbs between +400 and +1000. Moreover, that thousand meters climb happens to be the last one, perfectly suited to finish you off if you arrive with nothing left inside.

The first of these climbs feel fine to me as I do not lose sight of the leaders. But rith at the start of the third climb. hovering around the 29k mark I noticed an intense pain in the right groin, which makes me stop dead for a moment. Quick check. I think I can stand the pain. I continue… until I reach the fourth climb and I start shivering all over.

This is where I feel almost defeated. I even sit down on a stone for more than five minutes and I  seriously consider quitting. To make it worse mine, two runnes pass me by and upon realizing my condition, they stop and tell me if I want them to call up the next chekpoint to be picked out by its safety team. I tell them not to do it. No way! I get angry with myself and I repeat again and again a voice in my head reassuring “Pain fades away, pain fades away…” This little trick of mine always helps me to push on.

From here onwards I start my race: It must be around  km 45. I am still hurt at the groin and I am limping a little but I’m determined to finish. I must be running 8th or so, I think. We then started the last climb. with these ramps over +1000. Here I see some runners sprint and pass me by. I try to hold on,  but they seem to just fly. At first I think I am busted, but then I realize they are from the “short” race. Once they tell me they are on a different rce, I relaxed. Uff!

I still think I am runing 7th-8th as we reach the last short climb. There I see Luis Alberto Hernando. He tells me he has blown up and is to quit. He encourages me and tells me that I am only 3 minutes back to 5th place and 5 minutes to 4th. I drink a little and go flying down after them. We have only the last 9km and it is almost all downhill. It was not my favorite strech as it was very technical, but still I’m going as fast as I can. I reach the american in 5th and tear ahead of him.

I finally cross the finish and drop to the ground, busted. I came in 5th, just two minutes behind the 4th and 6 minutes for the 3rd. It really surprises me, considering how badly spent I am and it is only now that I think, “Hey, I’ve done fifth” I cannot believe it. I’m happy, yes, but I know i must keep on improving.

So, what now? I’m already thinking about the next World Cup race in Canazei, for the fun of it.

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MANUEL MERILLAS INTERVIEW BY MAYAYO. (@moxigeno)

How do you feel this year, finding yourself with the best at the World Cup? First of all, I want to take a minute to note that were it not for the support of Mammut Spain, this year I would have never dreamt of taking on  World Cup. Now, having said that, I reckon that once I see myself fightin it out with the best, I must confess my feelings are good, very positive.

Skyrunning 2014: Season start at Transvulcania
What are your training programs and race strategy to compete at this level? I just go out to “play” and in the end the results just come in. But i think of them as nothing but the icing on the cake. As you know, be the race waht i be, I always go out to have fun in the mountain, without feeling any pressure.

I don´t look for any peak form when training, either, but every week I’m going out to train and improve something. I just want to see how far I may get this year. Although I we are just seven months into it, the sum of my completed races so far, counting the skimo and trail running are by now 36. But I still do feel great and look forward to continue pushing with all my strength, as hard as I can. I want to continue hunting those beasts that are ahead of me.

How did you face an extreme race such as Ice Trail Tarentaise in terms of mountain running gear? As for this weekend and the equipment I used … what could I say? We ran very high, as most of the race is above 2,700m and having several streches that went way above 3,000m. Under these condiciones, everybody, no matter who he is,  should go well prepared. Including the crampons in higher areas that had a lot of ice.

Manuel Merillas en Ice trail Tarentaise foto Manuel Merillas 4

The weather prediction at the start told us to expect -6ºC at the top, plus we alo came across recent snow, even soft and sticky in some parts too. It was therefore essential to be fully equiped for such a race with good gloves, a true jacket, cap or buff.. well, a good stack of pure mountain equipment. Of course, in my case, being a member of the Mammut team sure did help, as the quality of the stuff I race with held true to it is reputation as of of the leading experts on mountaineering equipment.

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Gran Trail peñalara 2014: The start.

Gran Trail peñalara 2014: The start.

 

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Gran Trail Peñalara 2014 (10k-60k-80k-110k) See final video and photo gallery.

 Gran Trail Peñalara ultra trail was launched back in 2010 aimed at commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the mountain club RSEA Peñalara, which was celebrated lat year 2013.

Ever since, the race has grown up to become the most important annual trail running event in all central Spain. This 2014 it was qualifying race for UTMB and Western States 100 Miles. It was also one of five member races for the ultra trail national series of reference, the Spain Ultra Cup

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GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA 2014: RACE PRESENTATION

 The main race course is based upon a 110km complete circumvalation of the highest peaks of the Guadarrama National Park, with Peñalara peak at 2.430 meters as course summit. There are also two smaller races held, with 60km and 80km courses.This ultra trail of the Guadarrama National Park passes through different towns and mountain villages following old time trails that were used by cattle, hunters and nowadays, by hikers, and nowadays structured as an official mountain trekking route as the GR10 trail.

The race is circular and is ran in self-sufficiency mode, requiring the participants to carry a minimum amount of mandatory equipment which guarantees their safety during the 110 kilometers of the race. Maximum time allowed to complete the race is 30 hours.

The event is designed for anyone who is in physical shape and is familiar with mountain surroundings, allowing for participants of different levels to complete the race. Some will take as little as 13-14 hours of running, and others combine running and hiking to complete the event in the maximum time limits.

The event gathers trailrunners from all over Spain and abroad to experience the true beauty of the mountains of Madrid and at the same time take special care and respect for the protected environment and its immense natural and cultural value. This 2014 the male winner of the 110 main race was again argentinian Pedro Bianco, who set a new course record. The female winner, Alicia Chaveli, came from Valencia.

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GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA 2012: OFFICIAL RACE VIDEO

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GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA 2014: RACE COURSE DETAILS. 

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The race course begins and ends at the village of Navacerrada, just 50k from Madrid itself. It heads out of town through the valley of La Barranca rising up to the summit of La Maliciosa (2.221m) and heading down through the sierra of Porrones to Cantocochino, which lies within the Pedriza regional park. The course continues through La Pedriza climbing by La Gran cañada, a former sheperds trail towards the Hoya de San Blas and the lower pine and oak groves of the old pathway from Madrid to el Paular reaching La Morcuera Pass.

From here, after a long descent, the course arrives at the Paular Monastery in the heart of the Lozoya valley, crossing the river over the historical bridge, Puente del Perdón and arriving in the town of Rascafría .

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From Rascafría and the Lozoya valley, the Gran Trail follows the top of the Montes Carpetanos, up to the Reventón Pass. From here it continues along the top between Segovia and Madrid where it reaches the highest point of the Madrid sierra at the summit of Peñalara. From Peñalara, the race drops down the Segovian side, with its majestic pine trees arriving in La Granja de San Ildefonso, where the finish line for those participating in the Trail Peñalara 80K will be.

From La Granja and following the road of the Pesquerías Reales, constructed during the reign of Charles III, parallel to the Eresma river, the GranTrail enters the pine forest of Valsaín and picks up the GR10 again, which ascends along the historical pathway between two plateaus reaching the Fuenfría Pass.

The Gran Trail leaves the Fuenfría and within the pine forest of Valsaín, climbs to the Navacerrada Pass (km 100). The last 10 km crosses the side of Las Guarramillas to the hill of Emburriadero and descends down the valley of La Barranca in order to reach the finish line in the town of Navacerrada.

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Kilian Jornet double Skyrunning world champion at Vertical Km & Marathon, plus Laura Orgue (KMV) & Luis Alberto Hernando (Ultra80k)

Kilian Jornet, Laura Orgué & Luis Alberto Hernando come back to Spain as members of its national team by FEDME claiming 4 world champions titles altogether: On Friday the vertical KM saw Kilian & Laura on top, just after Luis Alberto had won the Ultra 80k. Kilian rounded it up today winning the Marathon.

Kilian Jornet world champion skyrunning 2014 at marathon mont blanc

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SKYRUNNING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Kilian Jornet (2) Laura Orgué and Luis Alberto Hernando win gold for Spain.

ULTRA SKY 80K: The very first race of the championship was held on early Friday, and saw a beatiful double fight. Male title was contested mainly by Luis Alberto and François D´Haene all through the day and went finally to the spaniard by 4min. A very similar picture developed in the women´s field between Emelie Forsberg and Anna Frost, with the swede finally claming the crown.

Luis Alberto Hernando ultra sky world champion. Photo @ENDU_MAG

Luis Alberto Hernando ultra sky world champion. Photo @ENDU_MAG

VERTICAL KILOMETER: Next on late Friday came the vertical kilometer were the challenge for the title was set upon a mountain race against the clock where runners had to beat a 1.000 elevation gain within 3.8km.   Both Kilian jornet and Laura Orgué won the gold for Spain. Final positions in the men´s field were: 1-Kilian Jornet 34’18” 2-Bernard Dematteis 34’36” 3-Urban Zemmer 34’37”

“The victory was a surprise. I didn’t had many expectations to win as I just came back from Alaska and there were serious contendents. However, things went very well and I’m happy for the result, which has allowed me to prepare the race on Sunday”, said Kilian Jornet after the race

kilian jornet vertical kilometer world champion skyrunning 2014

kilian jornet vertical kilometer world champion skyrunning 2014. Photo Jordi Saragossa.

MARATHON SKYRACE: The rain and cold dominated the Skyrunning Race in the Skyrunning World Championships held this morning in Chamonix, were athletes climbed 2,486m along a 42km-circuit, shortened due to bad weather conditions. Kilian Jornet won the race with a time of 3h23′ ahead of Michel Llane and Tom Owens. With this victory, Kilian Jornet is crowned as Skyrunning World Champion, and completes a double victory with his win on Friday in the Vertical Kilometre, the brightest star in a great performance by Spain´s national FEDME team whose twelve members ran as follows.

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The race took place this morning in the French town of Chamonix. The original circuit had to be modified on several occasions due to adverse weather conditions. The finishing line was reallocated to Chamonix town centre to avoid climbing to the highest areas of the original route, struck by strong gusts of wind and rain.

Kilian Jornet started the race having won the Vertical Kilometre event on Friday, but also feeling uncertain about his performance after having spent a month in Alaska. From the very beginning it was a really fast race, and immediately a group formed by Kilian Jornet, Zaid Ait Malek, Michel Llane, Aritz Egea and Tom Owens sprinted ahead of the leading pack of athletes. They all arrived very close together at Vallorcine checkpoint at kilometre 18 and faced the climb to the Col des Possettes (2,000m) the highest point in the shortened circuit.

Distances between athletes began to increase and, upon reaching kilometre 35, in Flegère, Kilian had already managed to position himself in first place outstripping his competitors by a few minutes, as he himself explained: “We started off very fast, in a race that had two very different parts. At first, it was more of a mountain race, but later it became more sky-like, more technical, and that’s where I managed to break away. It rained a lot throughout the circuit, although it wasn’t very cold. The truth is that I prefer these conditions, with muddy terrains, and slippery stones…”

Kilian Jornet world champion skyrunning 2014 at marathon mont blanc. Photo: Brian Jones

Kilian Jornet world champion skyrunning 2014 at marathon mont blanc. Photo: Brian Jones

From La Flegère, Kilian flew down to the finishing line, which he crossed with a time of 3h23′. There, he joined Bruno Brunod, pioneer in Skyrunning and a great friend of his. Michel Lane and Tom Owens accompanied him on the podium.

Upon reaching the finishing line, Jornet commented: “I did not expect to be at this level. It has been a very encouraging surprise. I’m also glad for Michel and Tom, who finished in podium positions, as they are distinguished runners and also great friends. Crossing the finishing line with Bruno has also been very special. He was cheering me on just before reaching the finishing line and he was the first Skyrunning World Champion. So, it was a very special moment. In short, I think it’s been the perfect balance for the World Championships.”

Next week Kilian Jornet will travel to the USA to prepare for the Hardrock, to be held on July 11th.

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT TRAIL RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

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Emelie Forsberg (Salomon Running) interviewed at Zegama by Mayayo: 2013 Memories & Objectives for 2014

 

Emelie Forsberg ended up the 2013 skyrunning season on a most dominating note, with an impressive track record, including her skyrunning world cup title, and european titles both for skyrace and ultras. Also relevant were some prestige victories at races like Transvulcania 80k or the Zegama Marathon. She also ran her first 100miler, at the veery demanding Diagonale des Fous, and finished on a great 2nd place.

Emelie Forsberg at Zegama Marathon 2013 on her way to victory.

Emelie Forsberg at Zegama Marathon 2013 on her way to victory.

Over the winter she committed herself to competing in the ski mountaneering worlc cup, a small but highly competitive sport, where many of the top contenders are also world class trail runners, such as Emelie´s Salomon team mate Kilian Jornet.  Unfortunatley, although quite new to the sport elite races, she proved to be highly competitive there as well, but only to find herself handicapped by gastroenteritis once, and by race postponement after that. Hence, she is vowing to come back for next season on a stronger note.

As for skyrunning, her season stated on a sour note at Transvulcania where she was pushed down during the race and fell cutting her hand with the volcanic rocks, which ended her to drop out. Before the Zegama Marathon we shared this conversation with her and her 2013 memories, from skimo and skyrunning, as well as her 2014 objectives.

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The day after our interview, at the Zegama Marathon, Emelie took off pushing it hard striving for a second crown. However, her injury,  the antibiotics taken and the fever passed all had combined to sap a bit of her strengh. It became clear when some of her competitors, who also put on a very courageous race, such as Stevie Kremer, Maite Maiora and Kaise Enman, were able to pass her and relegate her to fourth place, out for the podium.

Emelie at the Zegama finish, with Stevie Kremer (1st) and Elisa Desco (3rd)

Emelie at the Zegama finish, with Stevie Kremer (1st) and Elisa Desco (3rd)

However, the season has just started and we expect to see much more of Emelie´s great talent at skyrunning all over the world, albeit not anymore in Spain as far as we know at the moment.

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FURTHER INFO ABOUT TRAIL RUNNING IN SPAIN. 

Key trail races & trail runners in Spain 2013 

Results key Trail Races Spain & others 2014

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Zegama Aizkorri 2014: Video, fotos y resultados (Avance) Ganan Kilian Jornet, con nuevo record, y Stevie Kremer.

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Transvulcania 2014: Crónica, fotos y resultados. Campeones Luis Alberto Hernando y Anna Frost (1459 finalistas)

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. La Transvulcania 2014 en La Palma ha supuesto un gran crecimiento entre los populares, saltando de 982 a 1459 finalistas. Una gran noticia para la organización, que ha consolidado tambien las nuevas pruebas del Kilómetro Vertical…

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