|Cavalls – another star-studded Ultra|
Yet another star-studded line-up gathers for the fourth race in the Skyrunner® Ultra Series at the Ultra Cavalls del Vent in the rugged Cadi-Moixeró National Park, Spanish Pyrenees. Last-minute confirmation has just been received that Kilian Jornet will participate. The glittering cast also stars Miguel Heras, Tòfol Castañer, Dakota Jones, Anton Krupicka, Joe Grant, Philipp Reiter and Terry Conway, while Anna Frost, Emelie Forsberg, Nuria Picas and Emma Roca represent the women’s élite.
These Ultra legends, together with a record one thousand participants, will engage in a momentous challenge on Saturday: 84 km with 12,000m vertical ascent and descent. That’s 1,400m vertical climb every ten kilometres – an average incline of 14% with peaks of more than 20% - amount to a tough, technical Ultra to test the best.
And the best they are! Kilian, at his third attempt, has just decided to enter: “I’ve been home training and I feel strong both mentally and physically, so I decided to give it a shot – third time lucky?”
The odds are on Miguel Heras, 2010 and 2011 winner who’ll be aiming for three in a row. Another favourite is last year’s second placer, Tòfol Castañer, fresh from his CCC win. After the Series’ first race in May, the Transvulcania Ultra Marathon, the Ultra Cavalls del Vent represents another chance for American Ultra Runners to test their skills on European soil. Back for more are Transvulcania winner, 21-year-old Dakota Jones together with Anton Krupicka and Joe Grant. Other strong contestants to look out for are Germany’s young Philipp Reiter, recent winner with Iker Karrera at the Transalpine-Run and Britain’s Terry Conway, winner of the Lakeland 100, in his first international match, while Italy’s Giuliano Cavallo is forced to stay home due to injury.
The strong women’s field is headed by Transvulcania and Speedgoat winner, New Zealander Anna Frost, who, in her usual style is already on site and eating up the miles. Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg, current leader of the Skyrunner® World Series ranking will attempt this distance for the first time. Both will face strong competition from last year’s race winner Nuria Picas and Emma Roca, third.
Jornet currently leads both the combined Skyrunner® World Series and the Ultra Series, although the Ultra is still open with two races to go where Philipp Reiter and Dakota Jones could still make their mark. The grand final will be on October 28 with the fabulous Course des Templiers.