Ultra trail Desafio Cantabria 2013 (90k) Crónica, resultados, fotos y video. De la playa de San Vicente al corazón en Picos de Europa.

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ULTRA TRAIL DESAFIO CANTABRA is a 90k race with a quite original course that truly deserves a closer look. It runs from the Cantabric sea at San Vicente de la Barquera all the way up & into the heart of the Picos the Europa national park. Picos is reputed among spanish trailrunners for having the steepest and most technical trails in the country, together with an enchanting scenery. The 2nd edition of this race met again with success, growing both in quantity (170 finishers) and quality, with new male & female records. See more about it here in a wide article in spanis covering race report, full results, photogallery plus an interview with the winner & new recordman Tito Parra, from Madrid.

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Concluyó ya el Desafío Cantabria 2013, apuntándose un segundo año con éxito de crítica y público. La carrera crece en cantidad, con 170 finalistas, Y en calidad con nuevos records de Tito Parra y Silvia Trigueros.  Carrerasdemontana.com estuvo de nuevo este año allí en persona, para vivir y contar la carrera. Aquí os dejamos crónica, resultados, fotos y entrevista con el ganador de la carrera y nuevo record de la misma, Tito Parra. 

Clasificacion Desafio Cantabria 2013 General con parciales de paso 18oct13 170 finalistas

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ULTRA TRAIL DESAFÍO CANTABRIA 2013. CRÓNICA DE CARRERA. 

A medianoche del Viernes arrancaba desde San Vicente de la Barquera esta carrera ,con cerca de 240 unidades en el pelotón ultrero y un cielo que poco a poco se iba encapotando más ocultando la claridad de la luna. Los primeros kilómetros fueron aún más frenéticos que en 2012, con una decena de…

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Mountains of Spain: Cavalls del Vent 2013 Video, race results and photos. Trail running Catalonia.

The Cavalls del Vent is a beatiful mountain hike that links the 8 refuges of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Parc at the Pyrenees in Barcelona province. Its iconic summit is Pedraforca, a true bigwall climbing paradise as well. For several years now, the Ultra Cavalls  del Vent (grown to 100k/D+6.660m) this year has been a great celebration of these mountains.

This 2013 our team went to cover the race inside & out: Some running the ultra trail, some trailing it with our cameras. Here we bring you  full race results, plus our personal photogallery, together with the newly launched 2013 edition official video. 

Cavalls del Vent 2013 runners at race summit. Niu de l´Aliga (2500m) Photo: Kataverno.

Cavalls del Vent 2013 runners at race summit. Niu de l´Aliga (2500m) Photo: Kataverno.

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CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013 (100k/D+6.600m) 

Official race results

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CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013: Personal Race report.  

Our staff member, Mayayo, was one of the 1050 entries for this race. After finishing Ultra Trail Mont Blanc three weeks before, he took on this voyage to the heart of the Cadí-Moixeró mountains only to finish it just as tired as he was happy.  He toed the line in 18h14m and was ranked as 226th among the finishers. You may read here (in spanish) his personal race chronicle, from inside the “pelotón” :)

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CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013 VIDEO

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ULTRA CAVALLS DEL VENT 2013. Our photogallery.  

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Mountains Of Spain: Video Guadarrama National Park´s Ultra trail. Gran Trail Peñalara 2013

Among the mountains of Spain, the latest addition to the National Park network has been in 2013 with the creation of the new Guadarrama National Park. Its highest summit is Peñalara at 2.430 meters and it covers one of the most importante historic areas for climbing, mountaneering, skiing and trailrunning in Spain. Since 2010 the GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA is the ultra trail  that offers three options to circumvalate most of the park, (60k-80k-110k) including the climb to its two most iconic mountains: Peñalara and La Maliciosa (2.231m) This is the 2013 edition official video for those races. 

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GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA 2013.

RACE REPORT BY CASEY MORGAN. (Scotland)

As reflected in the video, this 2013 one of the leading runners came from Scotland. Caey Morgan had a severe fall at km15 with a cut to his knee, but was then able to get over it and not only get back to the race but also lead it alone consistently until km90 where the cut finally forced him to abandon. This is his personal race report on the experience, most recommended. 

Casey Morgan (right) with Mayayo (center) and Mikel Leal (left)

Casey Morgan (right) with Mayayo (center) and Mikel Leal (left)

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GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA 2013: Final results. 

Results Gran Trail Peñalara 2013 GTP110km 29Jun13. 292 finishers. 
Results Gran Trail Peñalara 2013 GTP 80km 29Jun13 116 finishers
Results Gran Trail Peñalara 2013 GTP 60km 29Jun13 347 finishers
Results Cross Nocturno Navacerrada 10k 2013 29Jun13 318 finishers 

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Kilian Jornet Mont Blanc record 4h57m. (Chamonix-MtBlanc-Chamonix) Succesful kick off for “Summits of My Life” year 2.

Kilian Jornet set off at 4.38AM today from Chamonix shooting for the Mont Blanc summit together with friend and champion mountain skier Matheo Jacquemoud within the 2nd year of his Summits of My life project. He succesfully completed the ascent and descent of Mont Blanc des Chamonix, setting a new record with a time of 4h57m versus the previous one standing since 1990 of 5h11 by Pierre-André Gobet.

Kilian Jornet record mont blanc map & profile

Kilian Jornet record mont blanc map & profile

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KILIAN JORNET MONT BLANC RECORD 4h57m: The report. 

The second year of the Summits of My Life challenges series has been launched today with the succesful attempt at the Chamonix -Mont Blanc – Chamonix record and will continue throughout the summer at the Elbrus (Russia) and the Matterhorn (Italy). Seb Montaz will be once again the film director in charge of capturing the images that are to share the passion later on all over the world, including the crowdfunding initiative that is helping fund the ongoning development of this series of challenges.

 

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The Summits of My Life project started in 2012 and it aims to summit some of the most iconic peaks in the world on a fastest known time basis.  It tries to strike a balanace between beating speed records at each vertex without assistance while at the same time taking the opportunity to convey personal values upon life and the mountain.

This second season for Summits of My Life started this morning with a climb and descent of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the French Alps. At 4:48AM in the morning Jornet, accompanied by his friend Matheo Jacquemoud (champion mountain skier from France) launched themselves upon the third challenge of the project. The planned route started at the Chamonix village church facade and went up Mont Blanc by the historic route through the Grands Mulets. Once out of Chamonix both athletes climbed on by Jonction, then on to by Grands Mulets and Vallot refuge, to finally reach the top with a time of 3:30 am.

Jornet & Jacquemoud climbed roped together by Jonction towards Vallot shelter, thus ensuring the safety of both. On the way down the two athletes went down flying on a route welll known by both, were they had made a previous attempt as recent as the 3rd of July.

Kilian Jornet & Matheo Jacquemoud first tentative July 3rd Photo Summitsofmylife

Kilian Jornet & Matheo Jacquemoud first tentative July 3rd Photo Summitsofmylife

Unfortunately, Jacquemoud suffered a slight fall at Jonction,  hence putting the required record pace at risk. Matheo then insisted upon Kilian for him to fly down to ensure the challege was surpassed and so went down the spaniard. He raced down  only to stop at the Chamonix church plaza with a final time of 04:57 h. The previous record was 5:11 h, established in 1990 by the Swiss Pierre-André Gobet.

KIlian Jornet record Mont Blanc finish at Chamonix Photo Summitsofmylife

KIlian Jornet record Mont Blanc finish at Chamonix Photo Summitsofmylife

Upon his final arrival at the square, Jornet said: “We knew that today the conditions were fine and  it was finally the day to launch the attempt. We had a very steady pace during the ascent.  For me it was important to do it together, with a friend as Mathéo, so as to keep in line with the project´s philosophy. Mathéo unfortunately fell down and could not accompany me on the final stretch, but it was a nice experience and the start of the Summits challenges this year. “

Jacquemond, meanwhile, said “We have gone together very well and the summit of Mont Blanc has been a beautiful moment for us. At the end of the descent I’ve fallen and I’ve hut my leg a bit. Although sane enough, I could not go as fast as I would have liked to, so we agreed with Kilian for  him to proceed forward while I kept coming down with Vivier. I’m glad I was able to accompany Kilian, it has been a beautiful day. “

The whole journey has been filmed by director Seb Montaz who commented: “It is very easy to work with Kilian and Matheo because they are very enthusiastic, yet filming them is also very complicated because they both move very fast and are hence difficult to follow. Today we have had a lot of snow, therefore I was able to ski down while  recording both runners with a small steady cam which also gives viewers a subjective feeling as of running alongside them. For me, the best moment today was when Kilian had to say goodbye to Matheo with a hug. It has been very emotional “

Accompanying Montaz was the mountain guide Vivian Bucher, who has overseen the overall security and has subsequently made the descent with Jacquemoud. Bucher said that “Seb and I have come up ahead of them. At 1AM we were ready and started opening our trace out and waited the time that Matheo & Kilian took then to come up. We have also taken it upon ourselves to check the status of the snow, which has proved to be perfect and it was only then that we felt the conditions to be very good today. We knew the route well because we had done it four times before. With Seb we have separated so we could see them and film them at all times. It was a great experience “

Jornet, following the premises of the Summits of My Life project has wanted to do this climb with accompanying values: friendship (up to Jacquemond), simplicity (using a lightweight), effort (trying to beat the record) or respect for nature and others. Kilian Jornet highlighted: “If I had to describe today in a single word I would say friendship. It was very nice to share the ride with a friend. Upon reaching the top, we looked at each other and understood how much this meant to us both “

This climb kicks off the Summits of My Life project challenges for this year. Next stages planned are to be at Mount Elbrus (Russia) and at the Matterhorn (Italy) in which is perhaps the most technically demanding in a traditional alpine sense of all the Summits to be achieved till 2015 within the entire project.

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TRAIL RUNNING SPAIN: GRAN TRAIL PEÑALARA 110km/D+5.500m Race report by Casey Morgan.

Trail running in Spain this 2013 is becoming ever larger and better organized. The fifth edition of Gran Trail Peñalara has meant a giant leap forward: From 391 finishers in 2012 to 1.073 in 2013. Faster times as well, with top100 marks coming down from 22h37m to 21h55m. Among the runners involved, well known names such as Nerea Martínez on a guest star role, and illustrious veterans such as John Tidd or Salvador Calvo. Casey Morgan, from Scotland shares here his race report after leading the race to the 92km mark, where he was forced to drop off due to a knee injury suffered at km15. 

Gran trail Peñalara 110km start. 28th June. 23H

Gran trail Peñalara 110km start. 28th June. 23H

Results Gran Trail Peñalara 2013 GTP110km 29Jun13. 292 finishers. 
Results Gran Trail Peñalara 2013 GTP 80km 29Jun13 116 finishers
Results Gran Trail Peñalara 2013 GTP 60km 29Jun13 347 finishers
Results Cross Nocturno Navacerrada 10k 2013 29Jun13 318 finishers 

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Gran Trail Peñalara 2013. Race report by Casey Morgan.  

The Gran Trail Peñalara was never part of my plans for this year but after breaking my ankle in the Ultra trail Serra de Tramuntana in April, I wanted to find another long race before the Swiss Irontrail in August. Fortunately I didn’t have to try very hard to find a race as I received a message from Sergio Mayayo inviting me to Navacerrada to tackle the Gran Trail. The race came at the perfect time for me being 6 weeks out from the Swiss race and also gave me the opportunity to catch up with friends Sergio, Ana and Celeste, all of whom I had met at this year’s Trans Gran Canaria.

Casey Morgen (right) with Mayayo (center) and Mikel Leal (left)

Casey Morgen (right) with Mayayo (center) and Mikel Leal (left) at the start.

As the GTP is very close to Madrid at the end of June my main concern about the race was the temperature. When I checked the temperatures for this time of year I discovered that 35 degrees and more was a possibility, very very hot for a Scotsman!!! I immediately arranged to travel to Mallorca for a week before the race to train in the sun and allow my body to adapt. I love the Tramuntana mountains and the people of Mallorca and after my week on the island I arrived in Madrid feeling fit, relaxed, heat acclimated and most importantly, ready to race.

Gran trail Peñalara 110k:  Race profile.

Gran trail Peñalara 110k: Race profile.

I arrived in Madrid on the Wednesday night before the race and spent Thursday morning and early afternoon sightseeing in the city. It’s a very beautiful place. Mid afternoon I met Juan, an army colleague of my friends from the Palma Light Infantry. Juan has a 4 month old pet wolf and had kindly agreed to take me to meet him. What an experience!! The wolf is called Zato, after the great Emile Zatopeck and runs just as well. It was incredible to be moving through the woods on a trail with a wolf, I only wish I could run as well as him!

Recorrido Gran trail Peñalara 2013.

By Thursday night it was time to start thinking about the race. I met up with Celeste at the airport where we were collected by Ana. We travelled into the mountains to spend the night with Ana and Sergio Mayayo at their home along with Mikel Leal, a Basque runner who I immediately liked, he was full of life and made a great Spanish omellette! Sergio lives very close to the race route and knows the mountains very well so we spoke about the course in detail, where the race could be won and lost, who the main contenders were and what their strengths and weaknesses were.

Sergio is a great guy to have in your corner. he lives and breathes the sport and is very knowledgeable so I really appreciated the advice. As is always the way in Spain, we ate late and spent some time talking so it was pretty late by the time we went to bed. It’s pretty common to have problems sleeping the night before a big race but I was out like a light and didn’t move until the birds woke me in the morning.

Gran trail Peñalara 2013: Great views coming down Peñalara.

Gran trail Peñalara 2013: Great views coming down Peñalara.

We had some breakfast, planned the day then Celeste, Mikel and I headed into Navacerrada to have a look around. It’s a beautiful place. I was really surprised at how green everything was. I had always imagined Madrid and it’s surroundings to be extremely dry and dusty but I was the opposite. The mountains were beautiful, a lot like the West Highlands in Scotland with huge granite formations but twice as high, the race would go over 2400m.

Gran trail Peñalara: Enjoying the time at the bibs & chips pickup line.

Gran trail Peñalara: Enjoying the time at the bibs & chips pickup line.

We relaxed around the start area, had some photos taken, chatted with other runners and the race organisers and had some lunch. These are the hours I always find the most difficult, my mind is always on the 101 things I have to do between that moment and being on the start line. Everyone seems very relaxed but inside they are probably just as distracted as me. We picked up our race numbers around 4.30, had some food then prepared everything we needed for the race.

At 6.30 I got into bed for a couple of hours, I couldn’t sleep but I just relaxed my mind and body, listened to some music and prepared myself mentally for what was to come. It was an 11 o’clock start so I had my last meal at 8.30, showered, taped both of my ankles and got into my race kit. I felt very good. I knew from my time in the Tramuntana that I was coming into some good form, I was healthy, relaxed and extremely motivated for the race. On the 10 minute drive to the race start I could feel my heart beating hard, not fast, but hard, like the adrenaline was already flowing. It was a nice feeling, calm but ready. It’s always a great feeling to get to the start line of a big race, there’s nothing left to think about or become anxious about other than the race itself so, for me, theres’ always a real feeling of relief.

Trail running at Madrid: Last minutes at the start line.

Trail running at Madrid: Last minutes at the start line.

The start area was in the centre of the village square surrounded by bars and restaurants full of people and they had a big PA system pumping out music with an MC building the atmosphere. The spanish do this sort of thing so well and we could certainly learn a lot from them in the UK when it comes to generating an atmosphere around a race. Before long we were through the kit check and standing on the start line where I met another friend, John Tidd, an American ultra running legend. We chatted about our plans for the race but, as always, nobody says “I feel great and really up for this” instead we exchanged the usual list of reasons why today we’d be going slow, all part of the dance! It was great to see him.

Trail Running Madrid: Leading runners blazing it up the first steep climb

Trail Running Madrid: Leading runners blazing it up the first steep climb

So on the stroke of 11pm it was time for action, I always position myself at the very front of these European races because a lot of the Europeans run with trekking poles which can be pretty dangerous in a mass start. We left the fiesta of the village under police escort winding our way slowly uphill on tarmac then forest road for a few kms until we reached the foot of the first mountain, Maliciosa, a 2227m peak. At this stage I was at the front of the race with 2 other runners and already we had a gap of around 30 seconds back to the second group but i was concerned that the pace was too high so early in a 110km race so I slowed down and waited for the second group.

Pedro Bianco (final race winner) & Casey Morgan summit the first peak together

Pedro Bianco (final race winner) & Casey Morgan summit the first peak together

I really enjoy racing through the night, every now and again when you’re winding your way up a mountain you catch a glimpse of all the head torches lining the mountain. Even at close to midnight the temperature was still over 20 degrees and it was a relief as we climbed higher as the temperature began to drop. One thing that wasn’t dropping was the pace, the second group were moving pretty quickly too and I allowed them to move past me and open up a little gap. At around 1900m I was joined by Pedro Bianco from Argentina, we ran together for the remainder of the climb and his mantra was “calma, calma” Keep calm. He certainly had the right approach and we came over the top of the climb together in around 10th position.

On the descent we were very quickly back in the second group and going down at a very relaxed pace, protecting our quads for the many ups and downs still to come. Around half way down this descent, maybe 14km into the race I was adjusting my head torch and accidentally kicked a rock or branch or something and tripped over, it was a nothing fall really and I was back on my feet and running immediately with what I thought were just a couple of scrapes and bruises, nothing unusual, it wasn’t until I arrived at the first feeding station at 18km that I discovered the extent of the damage. My right knee was cut badly, a very deep gash and i was losing a lot of blood. As the other runners left the feeding station I was sitting in a chair while the doctor cleaned and closed the wound, a more painful experience than the fall!

To my great surprise, Juan, the owner of the wolf and his friend Patrick had come out to this feeding station to give me support which was a great boost and a welcome distraction while the doctor attacked me, I mean fixed me. I eventually started moving again 6 or 7 minutes after the other guys had left. I was still moving well and despite some stiffness the knee felt ok so I quickly put it out of my mind and focussed on the race. From the feeding station it was a 5km climb up to Dehesilla Pass at 1458km. I caught sight of the second group again and quickly caught them on the descent into the next feed at the 26km point at Hoya de San Blas.

Fast downhill section towards the 26km checkpoint

Fast downhill section towards the 26km checkpoint

Again I had the wound cleaned and closed as it had burst open again on the descent and was bleeding heavily but the others were taking a lot of time eating and filling their bottles so I didn’t lose much time. From here it was an 8km climb to Morcuera Pass at around 1800m. By now the temperature was perfect and I was feeling really good so before long I found myself alone in 3rd position and just moving at an easy pace focussing on eating and drinking well and doing all the right things to make sure I would be strong for later in the day. Just before the summit of the Morcuera Pass I caught the leaders who seemed to have lost a lot of the zip they had in their legs in the early stages. We ate together at the feeding station where the volunteers asked me “are you not cold in just a vest?”. This was Madrid in June, I was sweating!!

American Johnn Tidd reaches Rascafria by medieval bridge

American Johnn Tidd reaches Rascafria by medieval bridge

From Morcuera Pass It was a long descent of around 12km and then some flat running to Rascafria. By the bottom of the descent I was alone in the lead and reached the checkpoint at Rascafria feeling good, fresh and looking forward to the second half of the race. I had my drop bag at Rascafria with my gels and bars to last me for the second half along with sunblock, the locals were certainly looking a little surprised as I applied the factor 30 at 5.30 in the morning.

I left the feeding station just as the 2nd placed runner was arriving and made my way towards the climb of Peñalara, the high point of the race at 2400m. I was climbing very well as I made my way up the lower slopes through the forest and as I got a little higher the first signs of daylight appeared over the mountains. I switched off my head torch and enjoyed the most spectacular sunrise you could imagine, it was just breathtaking, a moment that will live with me for a long, long time, leading the race, feeling strong and moving well.

Last section of the climb up to Peak Peñalara

Last section of the climb up to Peak Peñalara

The climb up to Peñalara is very runnable, I didn’t break stride the whole way up to the feeding station at Reventon Pass at 63km and 2037m. By now it was daylight and the views were just spectacular. From here it was another 7km to the summit with the last 2km involving some very technical sections across boulder fields with a little rock climbing just for good measure. From up there I could see for a long way back down the mountain and there was no sign of any of the other runners so I knew I had a good gap and just ran very relaxed. The final little climb up onto the summit was great, there were quite a few people on the summit already and a couple of mountain goats. It was the first time I’ve been so close to mountain goats while they descend and it’s incredible to see the speed they can run down a mountain, I still think my teammate Tom Owens would be faster mind you! I enjoyed the views from the summit for a second and then began the descent.

The first couple of kms are very technical across a boulder field and I just took my time to avoid any accidents. It was at this stage that my knee began to present problems. It was becoming very painful going down and now that it was daylight i could see how deep the wound was, through to the bone and bleeding a lot. It was becoming more and more painful the more I descended but I tried to think about other things and just get down as quickly as possible.

Descent from Peñalara into La Granja.

Descent from Peñalara into La Granja.

Once I got down to flatter terrain it was a lot better and I could run freely again through a beautiful forest, again it was just like running in Scotland, I felt very much at home. There was a particularly steep section on the way down to Granja, the town where the 80km race would finish and the next feed station. It was at this point that I knew I was really in trouble, even walking down the slope was extremely painful on the knee. The last thing I wanted to do was stop because I was feeling great other than the knee and I still had a very big lead. The last couple of kms into the 80km point were flat so again I could move well and decided to continue the race. The 80km race started at the same time as the 110km race and followed exactly the same route and as I arrived there about an hour before the official winner I’m claiming the win!!!

Checkpoint at La Granja (80k mark)

Checkpoint at La Granja (80k mark)

I had the knee cleaned here again and headed off towards the finish, determined to tough it out for the final 30km because I knew there was a good amount of climbing and flat running and so far I’d been ok on both. Within a km or 2 of leaving the feeding station I knew my race was over, even going down a tiny slope the pain was too much and the final 10km were all down hill. It would be impossible. To have to drop out of a race is bad enough but to have to do it from the position I was in was really tough to take. The next feed station was at 92km so I walked and jogged to there where I officially dropped out and was driven back to the finish. Everybody was very supportive and complimentary of my race but inside I was hurting and even now, sitting at home in Scotland, it’s still hard to accept but I know I didn’t have a choice.

At the finish Celeste was a great help and i’m glad she was there. After having the wound cleaned again I had a sleep and then came back to the finish to cheer the other runners. The race was eventually won by Pedro Bianco and if anyone else was to win, I’m glad it was him. He was a really nice guy and he ran a very smart race. Enhorabuena Pedro!

Gran Trail Peñalara 2012 winners: Pedro Bianco - Diana Sanchez.

Gran Trail Peñalara 2012 winners: Pedro Bianco – Diana Sanchez.

It’s safe to say I’ll be back next year to finish what I started. It’s a tough sport and a cruel sport but I’m glad it’s my sport. Thanks so much to Mayayo for the opportunity and all of the people I met along the way.

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Andorra Ultra Trail: Ronda dels Cims winners Julien Chorier & Francesca Canepa

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The Andorra Ultra Trail has just welcomed the 2013 Skyrunner world Series as it came to Andorra for the second leg of its Ultra Series, after the Transvulcania held in early May.  Julien Chorier and Francesca Canepa have come out as winners after traversing the more than one hundred miles and 12,200 metres vertical climb that make up Andorra’s Ronda dels Cims.

Andorra Ultra trail 2013 Ronda dels Cims Race profile by Mayayo

Andorra Ultra trail 2013 Ronda dels Cims Race profile by Mayayo

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ANDORRA ULTRA TRAIL: RONDA DELS CIMS 2013 Race report. 

Two hundred and sixty four were finally the mountain runners lined up for the 7am start on Friday, where initially good weather deteriorated in the afternoon.  Nearly 50 km into the race at 2,572m, one of the highest points, swirling mists descended to the haunting sound of a bagpipe…By early evening the sky cleared and, just as programmed, the full moon lit the course.

Recent heavy snowfalls meant the original course with 13,000m vertical climb was modified to ensure the safety of the runners.  Seven extra kilometres were added to “compensate” the reduction in elevation, which in the end represented nearly one and a half times the height of Everest!

Frenchman Chorier (Salomon) crossed the finish line after 28h41’06” hours on the course followed by Kenichi Yamamoto (Houdini) from Japan, in 31h12’00” and Australian Matt Cooper (Salomon), who closed  a close third just twelve minutes later in 31h24’54”. Cooper had led for the first 12 km, with Chorier hot on his heels.  From the town of Ordino, the course initially traversed lush forest and water-logged trail which gave way to an alpine environment with long, steep climbs and short, sharp descents with some snowfields on the upper stretches.

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Chorier looked relaxed.  In fact, throughout the entire race he was composed and totally in command – of his performance and the rest of the field. He was pursued by Yamamoto, Cooper, Armando Teixeira, Spaniards Pep Ballester, Aleson Orbegozo and Americans Jared Campbell, Ty Draney and Benjamin Lewis who all finished in the top ten.

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The women’s field was led early on by Frenchwoman Emilie Lecomte (Quechua), fifth in Transvulcania, with Nerea Martinez (Salomon Santiveri), who set the  2012 Ronda dels Cims record in 35h31’21’’.

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Italy’s Francesca Canepa (Montura-Vibram), second at UTMB and Tor des Geants winner, proceeded with Emilie behind Nerea, at her own pace, focussing on her own race.  At the first big summit 50 km she was on her own in the lead and powered on to finish what she describes as her “hardest race ever”, in 36h18’55”, she placed 16th overall.  Second was Olga Mankò from the Ukraine who closed in 38h19’47” and third, Emilie Lecomte in 39h30’14”, now leadiing the Ultra Series ranking.

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The second race in the Ultra race comes to a close:  177 kilometres, 12,200m vertical climb, the Ronda dels Cims counts more than numbers.  The longest day and the night of the full moon create a magical atmosphere that make this race unique race and don’t let’s forget, the world’s toughest 100-miler.

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ANDORRA ULTRA TRAIL: RONDA DELS CIMS RACE RESULTS. 

Men

1. Julien Chorier (FRA) – Salomon – 28h41’06”

2. Kenichi Yamamoto (JAP) – Houdini) – 31h12’00”

3. Matt Cooper (AUS) – Salomon – 31h24’54

 

Women

1. Francesca Canepa (ITA) – Montura-Vibrio – 36h18’55”

2. Olga Mankò (UKR) – 38h19’47”

3.  Emilie Lecomte (FRA) – Quechua -39h30’14”

See full race results here at the official site here: Results

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ANDORRA ULTRA TRAIL: RONDA DELS CIMS Official photogallery. 

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Cross Alpino del Telégrafo 2013: Fotos.

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PHOTOGALLERY: MADRID´S CROSS ALPINO DEL TELEGRAFO (17k/D+800m) was ran June 16th by over 400 people, of whom 392 can be seen here. Its back drop is the newly declared Guadarrama National Park, a very well preserved mountain area with peaks up to 2.430m and just 50k from Madrid.

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Si quereis saber más del Maratón Alpino Madrileño 2013 o del Cross Alpino telégrafo, aquí la crónica y resultados completos de ambos en nuestra página hermana de información 100% trail running, Carrerasdemontana.com

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Zegama Aizkorri 2013: Race report, full results and photos. WINNERS: Kilian Jornet & Emelie Forsberg.

Zegama Aizkorri is a 42-km/DT5.472m mountain marathon hedl at the Basque village of Zegama in Spain. Kilian Jornet has just won this 2013 Skyrunning world series event  for the sixth time, this year in 3h54m.  Salomon Running teammate Emelie Forsberg took the women´s field in 4h48m.  As it happens every year at Zegama, animation was extraordinary,  with fans cheering on the runners all over the course, from the village to the highest summit. At trailrunningspain.com we were direct witnesses to the race, to bring you this exclusive coverage and photos. 

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ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2013: The course and its conditions. 

The village of Zegama was mobilized for the 12th year to host the mountain marathon once again included in the Skyrunning World Series. The course spans 42.195 kilometers and 5,472 meters of total altitude difference, and runs through the mountains of the Sierra Aratz and Aizkorri, including four of the highest peaks in the Basque Country & Navarra, all in all putting up a technical and extremely difficult trail to follow.

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This year, the sun and warm temperatures welcomed the runners and the many spectators who came to cheer on the athletes, so there was no need to deal with the cold conditions that often prevail in the area. The race started at 9 am in the village of Zegama.See here our exclusive interview for sister website CARRERASDEMONTANA.COM (in spanish, sorry) with RD Ainhoa Txurruka on the evolution of Zegama Aizkorri alpine marathon from 20o2 to 2013. 

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ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2013 RACE REPORT. Winners: Jornet & Forsberg. 

Salomon’s Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, both standing Skyrunner World Series champions, won the Transvulcania 73k ultra marathon at the Skyrunning Ultra Series two weeks ago, and have now achieved a second sweep at Zegama-Aizkorri, the first of the Series Sky races.  Spain’s Luis Alberto Hernando, 2011 world champion now running for the Adidas Trail team also had a repeat performance coming an extremely close second in both races.

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In a deeply stacked field the first half of the race was fast and furious, with many strong runners out front, only to burn out on the descent behind the more experienced skyrunners. In the end, 97 runners made it to the finish line of this extremely technical alpine marathon below 5 hours, making it the highest level peloton in the Skyrunning series of the whole year and earning themselves the right to come race back here in 2014.

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Italy’s Marco De Gasperi from Scott, who has duelled with Jornet on various occasions, today led the race to the 21 km check point, with Jornet pacing him just 1’20” behind. After cancelling his participation due to injury, De Gasperi turned up at the start line with just a few weeks of training to race his sparring partner, at least for half the race, where he dropped out to leave the downhill to Jornet and Hernando.

Jornet, used to running in cold & wet terrains, took advantage of the technical conditions of the circuit, with plenty of mud and even a touch of snow at the summits, to beat second-placed Luis Alberto Hernando from Burgos.

Luis Alberto Hernando coming in 2 minutes behind Kilian at Aizkorri summit

Luis Alberto Hernando coming in 2 minutes behind Kilian at Aizkorri summit

It was no easy task, however: Jornet made it to the Aizkorri summit with a 2 minutes lead, but was pursued all the way to the finish line by a strong descent by Luis Alberto. Kilian achieved victory and fell just 20 seconds short of Rob Jebb’s 2005 record in 3h54’38” and Hernando, glued to his heels, finished only 12” later. Third was an excellent Tadei Pivk (Scott)  in his first international race, closing in 3h59’07”.

KILIAN JORNET race comments: Thus, once again Jornet imposes his leadership on this race, which he has won on six occasions (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013), though he acknowledges that this was the toughest year of all: “The race clock is witness to the struggle we had this year. Luis Alberto made constant attacks throughout the race and I found it difficult to get even a couple of seconds ahead. Until I was close to the very end I was not able to gain the necessary advantage to reach the finishing line before Hernando “.

Kilian Jornet leading Zegama alpine marathon at Aizkorri

Kilian Jornet leading Zegama alpine marathon at Aizkorri

“It was a really tough race competing against Luis Alberto, with whom I fought a neck-and-neck battle until the very end. It was not until just before the finishing line that I managed to get clear of him, and I’m happy with the result. The weather was on our side and many people came to cheer us on, so that made the race more enjoyable and interesting,” declared Jornet after the race.

As mentioned above, Jornet made it to the Aizkorri summit with a 2 minutes lead, but was pursued all the way to the finish line by a strong descent by Luis Alberto. Kilian achieved victory and fell just 20 seconds short of Rob Jebb’s 2005 record in 3h54’38” and Hernando, glued to his heels, finished only 12” later. Third was an excellent Tadei Pivk (Scott)  in his first international race, closing in 3h59’07”.

LADIES RACE: EMELIE FORSBERG ACHIEVES VICTORY. 

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The intense ladies’ race was led by Stevie Kremer from Colorado, racing her first SkyMarathon attempt. Right at the summit of Aizkorri, Forsberg took over the lead, with Italy’s Silvia Serafini, third, followed by Celine Lafaye and Oihana Kortazar, 2011 world champion and last year’s race winner.

Stevie Kremer arriving at the Aizkorri summit on the lead.

Stevie Kremer arriving at the Aizkorri summit on the lead.

Nuria Picas, 2012 Skyrunner Ultra champion and fresh from her second place at Transvulcania made it 8 minutes behind the leaders at the Aizkorri summit, but then stepped up her pace from 7th position and was finally able to beat Kremer for 2nd place by a tiny 3 seconds. Forsberg closed in 4h48’12”, Picas, second in 4h49’55” and Kremer, third in 4h49’58”. No doubt we’ll be seeing the talented Kremer again on the podium in the rest of the Series, especially after some downhill training. “I loved the uphill”, she said, “but the downhill was so technical. I had a hard time letting loose”.

The next Sky Series challenge in Chamonix on June 30 with the Mont-Blanc Marathon.

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ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2013. Full Race results

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Men,s podium. 
1. Kilian Jornet (Salomon Santiveri) – 3h54’38”
2. Luis Alberto Hernando (adidas) – 3h54’50”
3. Tadei Pivk (Crazy Idea) – 3h58’07”

Women´s podium
1. Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) – 4h48’12”
2. Nuria Picas (FEEC) – 4h49’55”
3. Stevie Kremer (Salomon Agisko) – 4h49’58”

Full race results here. (402 finishers)

ZEGAMA AIZKORRI 2013: OUR EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGALLERY. 

Our specialized trail running photograhy website KATAVERNO.COM covered the race and offers you several hundreds of exclusive photos from some of the most dramatic spots in the race, such as the Aizkorri summit. See below a small sample of it. If you would like to see more of them, click here. 

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Kilian Jornet´s “Summits of my life Project”: High altitude climbing and skiing at Nepal w/ Jordi Tosas & Jordi Corominas.

Kilian Jornet has just come back from his last step within his “Summits of My Life” project.  The project is a personal challenge that took off running from the summit of Mont-Blanc in 2012 and will go on to that of Mount Everest by 2015. In between, mystic mountains such as Matterhorn, Elbrus,  Aconcagua and Mc Kinley. These days, Kilian has just come back from spending some weeks skiing and climbing in Nepal with Jordi Tosas and Jordi Corominas. The objective was getting to know the Langtang area (Langtang National Park) north of Kathmandu and start getting used to high altitudes,  which will be useful for future steps of the project to come.

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KILIAN JORNET RETURNS FROM NEPAL FEELING REALLY GOOD

As mentioned above, Kilian Jornet has returned to Europe after spending a few weeks in Nepal exploring the Himalayas, specifically the Langtang area. This journey began with the aim of gaining height experience and discovering a new country, a new culture and mountains different from those where Kilian usually trains. On his return, the Cerdanya athlete has a positive opinion of the experience, which he shared with climbers Jordi Corominas and Jordi Tosas.

Jordi Tosas and Jordi Corominas perched at high camp

Jordi Tosas and Jordi Corominas perched at high camp

Upon his return to Europe, Kilian Jornet stated, “It was my first visit to Nepal.  These days I have discovered the mountains that have always drawn climbers’ attention, not only because of their height but also because they are largely unexplored areas.  I was lucky enough to be in the company of two very experienced people who taught me many things.”

“It was a very special trip, very compact. We just took a 10kg backpack and learned that very interesting things can be done in a very short time. The idea was to do in the Himalayas what we usually do in the Alps. I learned a lot during these days. They are very special mountains that one must get to know well. I’m sure the experience will help me a lot with future projects,” added Kilian.

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Spending so much time with such experienced mountaineers was very helpful, says Kilian, who does not rule out carrying out further projects with both of his travel mates. It was Kilian’s first encounter with the Himalayas and he experienced how his body reacted to height. He remarks that: “Height is complicated but we acclimatized well. One notices that the body is not going at the same speed and one must slow the pace. It is important to get it right, to gradually ascend so that you sleep and rest at higher altitudes. One notices how the body moves more slowly and one has no spark, the usual pace is impossible, but still we managed long days of 16-17h nonstop with significant slopes.”

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Despite having established the bases at the beginning of the adventure, plans changed according to weather (an essential factor in the Himalayas), their fitness or the route to be opened. Each climber carried their own pack, a 10kg backpack. Kilian says they were particularly worried about weight and this is why they carried one single bowl, which they took turns to use, each with his own spoon.

As for Jordi Tosas, one of Kilian’s expedition companions, he remarked about the trip: “More than a trip to Nepal, what really interested me was to make a trip with Kilian himself. When I made my proposal, it took him a couple of months to respond. And when he finally said “Yes” my whole life revolved around the trip to Nepal. The Himalayas bring many things together, but two above all. On the one hand, uncertainty with things like the weather forecast, the roads, the routes and so on. Everything becomes a basic and vital decision. On the other hand, uncertainty about size, the huge magnitude of the mountains, which compel you to make the greatest effort imaginable and in complete isolation. With all these ingredients, carrying out a project like this was a matter of eagerness, which was never lacking!”

Also worth highlighting was the three-day walk back to Katmandu, capital of Nepal, the last part of the expedition. They chose to go on foot rather than catch the bus, because according to Kilian: “We wanted to do it all on our own without relying on any help whatsoever.”

On his return Kilian will start to prepare to face the final stretch of the winter season, with the World Cup to be held in Trömso, Norway, on 14th April.

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KILIAN JORNET´S SUMMITS OF MY LIFE PROJECT: THE CHALLENGE

Summits of My Life (SMOL) official web clearly states the aim and philosophy of this multi year project. As it goes in Kilian Jornet´s own words:

Today I am here to put forward a new project I have had in mind for some time. When I was a child, I had a photo of Cervino on my bedroom wall, I read Mesner´s books and I used to flick through my parents´ photos searching for mountains to dream about. This project has its roots in that time but it has been dormant until today. Summits of my Life is a 4-year project, in which we intend to run the length of the world´s greatest mountain ranges, trying to climb and descend some of the most spectacular mountains in the world as quickly as possible. 

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life cover

Kilian Jornet Summits of my life cover

I am a competitor. I like to compete, to go beyond, to search for my limits. This is the reason why this project is based on striving to break records and to do fast ascents of those mountains that mean most to me. But records and times should only be important whilst running. Once back at the bottom, they should vanish. They serve to stimulate you, to find the limits inside yourself; they should be a mere intrinsic motivation. 
This is why this project is not only about breaking records or climbing up and down mountains fast and with little equipment. It is also about transmitting values. I don´t mean to say they are the right values, the ones to follow, but they are the ones I was given and those I want to pass on. Violoncello player Lluís Claret once told me some words I will never forget. The voice of many people is in your sound. Our sound, our voice, is also the testimony of those we have admired and loved, those who have influenced and taught us. 

Mountains have taught me a great deal, I owe them who I am, and also those who showed me the way to know the mountains, those who took me there and those I took there. They all filled my life with certain values, and it wouldn´t make sense to break records without them.  

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KILIAN JORNET´S SUMMITS OF MY LIFE: NEPAL PHOTO GALLERY 

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Trail Running in Spain, the atmosphere. Video Transgrancanaria 119k 2013 as seen from the pack (#106. Finisher 22h11m)

Trail running in Spain is widely popular these days, and keeps growing rapidly.  Partly because of the superb mountains spread all over the country, partly because of the spanish elite runners success all over the world. But mostly, this mountain running boom in Spain has to do with the great atmosphere that newcomers and middle  of the pack runners find when joining the sport. Yes, mountain races are tough competitions were every one strives to outpace fellow runners, yet there is often much companionship in them, as this  video and photogallery from Transgrancanaria 119k 2013 edition -ran under 12 hours of nonstop rain- demonstrates

Transgrancanaria 119k finish line: Runners crossing in #105 share the joy after 22h11m.

Transgrancanaria 119k finish line: Runners crossing in #105 share the joy after 22h11m. Photo: Seray Pinto.

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TRANSGRANCANARIA 2013: The ultra running community in Spain.

Transgrancanaria 2013 (see our full race report here) was once again a tough race, won by Sebastien Chaigneau and Nerea Martinez after enduring terrible weather conditions that resulted in many of the  favorites dropping off, including big names such as Miguel Heras, Aitor leal and the like. Yet the race was also one of the clearest displays of what ultra trails have to offer in terms of competing to your best while sharing you love of the trails with fellow runners, be it the elite or the pack runners.

Transgrancanaria 2013: Zigor Iturrieta & Santi Obaya kicking it out for 3rd place around 100k mark.

Transgrancanaria 2013: Zigor Iturrieta & Santi Obaya kicking it out for 3rd place around 100k mark.

As for the elite, runners coming in positions 3-4-5  (Yeray Duran, Zigor Iturrieta and Santiago Obaya) to the finish line gave a fine example of it. First, Zigor came across rival Aitor Leal lost in the forests due to headligh misfunction and slowed his pace to tow him him on back to the race all the way to a chekpoint where he could replace the lamp and come back full steam. Then, over 80km to the finish line, Yeray, Zigor and Santi exchanged positions once and again while fighting for the podium while keeping themselves together whenever possible and trying to work it out faster as a group than they would as runners thinking exclusively of outpacing competitors. In the end, Santi and Zigor tricked Yeray and slowed down deliberately to allow the local runner  to come in 3rd across the finish line.

If this was the spirit among top runners, the same is even more true of the pack runners and -in such a terrible day with 12 hours of rain included- of their enthusiastic crews and public who suppported and cheered the runners on through night, fog and thunderstom as it was. This video by the crew of local runner Manuel Lobelle, who ended up in #106 after 22h11m is sure a great testimony the shared joy of that atmosphere, overcoming all odds. 

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TRANSGRANCANARIA 2013: PHOTO GALLERY.

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