|Ronda dels Cims - the world's toughest 100-miler|
Ronda dels Cims is not just rated as the world’s toughest 100 miler – it’s a fact!
With 13,000 metres vertical climb across 15 summits between 2,400m and 3,000m altitude, it’s not a race for the faint-hearted. The second race in the Skyrunner® Ultra Series after Transvulcania in May, it represents skyrunning’s first event at this distance, drawing inspiration from the technical mountain heritage that distinguishes skyrunning. Due to late and heavy snow falls, much of the course will be on snow, and safety measures are being taken by the organisers for the June 21 race date.
Featuring in the women’s élite field are Spaniard Nerea Martinez (Salomon Santiveri), winner of this year’s Transgrancanaria, she set the Ronda dels Cims record in 2012 in 35h31’21’’; Emilie Lecomte (Quechua) winner of the 2012 Diagonale des Fous hundred-miler and 5th at Transvulcania; Salomon’s Julia Boettger from Germany was third at Diagonale des Fous; and team mate Hiroko Suzuki from Japan was 2nd in the UTMF. Italy’s Francesca Canepa (Team Vibram) placed 2nd at the UTMB behind Lizzy Hawker. Lizzy Hawker’s much anticipated participation dissolved with the sad news today of her injury and that she will be unable to take part.
Salomon’s Julien Chorier, winner of the Hardrock 100 in 2011 and last year’s UTMF where he placed 2nd this year, heads the men’s field. Strongly favoured is Spaniard Salvador Redondo, second in last year’s Ronda dels Cims and Andorra’s own Xavier Teixido, (FAM) placed 6th in the 112 km distance, the Andorra Ultra Trail. From Japan, Kenichi Yamamoto, 1st in the Grand Raid des Pyrenees (160km) and 3rd at the UTMF. Jorge Teixeira from Portugal also deserves a mention, 2nd in Transgrancanaria last year.
Americans Jared Campbell (La Sportiva) won the Hardrock in 2010, placing 13th last year and Dave James, 2012 US 100 Mile National Champion and long distance specialist should enjoy the distance, but will he enjoy the altitude? Australian Matt Cooper (Salomon) was 5th in TNF100.
Italy’s Bruno Brunod is a living skyrunning legend. After a long break from running he’s back to try his hand at the ultra distance. Bruno’s mighty curriculum includes winning the first Skyrunning World Champion title in 1998 from where he went from strength to strength leaving a trail of wins and records behind him including the standing Matterhorn ascent and descent which Kilian Jornet will attempt this year.
Fellow countryman Nico Valsesia (Salomon Agisko) fears no distance. He comes from a series of great adventures which include 2nd and 5th places in the 4,800km coast to coast RAAM bike race as well as crossing the world’s largest salt lake in Bolivia. This year he will attempt ISF President, Marino Giacometti’s SkyBike record from Genoa to the summit of Mont Blanc.
Talking of records, the incredible men’s race record was set by Spaniard Miguel Heras in 2011 in 30h04’28”. It’s unlikely any records will be broken this year with snow still lying on the course. The organisers are well prepared with 400 volunteers, extra signage and the athletes will be equipped with chips and GPS.
More than 300 runners will compete in the race which is programmed to take place on the longest day and lit by the full moon creating an unforgettable atmosphere.
Ronda dels Cims organisers, Gérard Martinez and Valérie Lafleur are convinced that "this fifth edition will mark our history. The athletes will never forget their participation in Andorra. We are working hard to provide an exceptional experience for runners and their companions. The competition is hard, but it has a human dimension that makes it extraordinary”.
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