|Cavalls – Jornet and Picas triumph on home soil|
Kilian Jornet and Nuria Picas carve out new records despite the gruesome weather, while Americans Anton Krupicka and Dakota Jones excel in second and third places respectively.
In a last-minute decision, Kilian came back to conquer the Ultra Cavalls del Vent and was indeed third time lucky. Luck had of course little to do with it. His prowess prevailed in the most challenging conditions with rain, wind and cold pushing the runners, sometimes, to their limits, sometimes beyond. Anton Krupicka, in his third big race this year, was a happy second only 7’ behind Jornet. Both finished below the standing record. Dakota Jones lived up to podium expectations to finish third, 23 minutes later. Manuel Merillas and Philipp Reiter were 4th and 5th respectively.
The ladies race was a very tight finish with Nuria Picas, Anna Frost and Emelie Forsberg all crossing the line within five minutes of each other. Not only did Picas better her winning time last year by over an hour, the three arrived 8th, 9th and 10th overall.
There was a heavy toll among top runners with Tòfol Castañer dropping just past the halfway point followed by last year’s winner Miguel Heras and later, Joe Grant who succumbed to an injury flare-up and hypothermia.
This fourth edition of the Ultra Cavalls del Vent will be remembered not for the immense challenges of distance, vertical climb in freezing conditions, but the record breaking times set by a heroic élite field and one thousand equally heroic particpants.
Jornet confirms his leadership of both the combined Skyrunner® World Series and the Ultra Series, followed by Philipp Reiter, Dakota Jones and Anton Krupicka.
The battle for the women’s Ultra title is between Anna Frost and Nuria Picas, neck and neck, while Emelie Forsberg is third, in her first long distance race but leading the combined Skyrunner® World Series which will conclude on October 14 with the Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon in Malaysia.
Ultra Series ranking update soon