|Kilian and Emelie Transvulcania winners|
Salomon superstars and 2012 Skyrunner® World Series champions, Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg are supreme in today’s Transvulcania Ultramarathon, launching the 2013 Ultra Series.
It was a new course record for Jornet in 6h54’09” and Luis Alberto Hernando, (adidas), was an excellent second in 6h58’31”. Both finished below last year’s record (6h58’44”) set by American Dakota Jones. Initially some doubt surrounded Jornet’s condition on finishing just a week before a successful ski-mountaineering season, like last year, when he collapsed, third, at the finish line. This year he demonstrated yet again what a great star he is.
After the pre-dawn start on the Ocean front, the stacked men’s field was led initially by American Sage Canaday (Scott Sports) but by the summit, at km 57.8, he had settled into third position behind Hernando, followed by Jornet, at a few minutes distance. On the sharp, steep 18 km descent which tumbles 2,520m back down to the ocean, Jornet moved in to overtake Hernando and race to the finish. The final 6 km uphill stretch takes the runners to the finish line in the town of Los Llanos to the raucous applause of thousands of supporters.
Top American runners got their first taste of skyrunning and all performed well, including excellent performances by Canaday, Timothy Olson (The North Face) and Cameron Clayton (Salomon). A disappointed Anton Krupicka (New Balance) had to forego the race due to fever. Other casualties were top runners, Canadian Adam Campbell (Arc'teryx), Germany’s Philipp Reiter (Salomon) and American Joe Grant (inov-8) who also succumbed, but bravely ploughed on to finish the race.
The women’s race was another affair with Emelie Forsberg (Salomon) and Nuria Picas (FEEC) neck and neck for the entire length of the race. It was only on the last 6 km stretch that Forsberg changed gear and sprinted to victory in 8h13’21”. Picas was clearly pushed to her limits and closed in 8h19’30”. Forsberg commented that she had been unsure of her potential in her first race of the Series, back-to-back on the ski-mo season. She need not have worried.
Uxue Fraile (adidas), ran at a steady pace from the start and held her third position to the finish to close in 8h44’48”. Anna Frost, who also had to renounce a come-back for health reasons, maintains the 8h11’31”record set last year.
The runners faced a daunting 8,525m ascent and descent over the 83 km course, which starts at sea level on the Atlantic coast and travels along the island’s backbone to the summit of the volcano at 2,423m before descending again to the sea and finishing in the town of Los Llanos.
Race website: www.transvulcania.com
Transvulcania Ultramarathon race results:
SWS Ultra Ranking (watch this space)