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Desco and De Gasperi rise to Lantau 2 Peaks challenge

Marco De Gasperi, centre, plummets seawards, Lantau 2 Peaks. (c)iancorless.com

SCOTT Sports athletes, Italy’s Elisa Desco and Marco De Gasperi braved the storm of the Lantau 2 Peaks race to place 4th and 7th in their respective races. The 4th race in the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series and the only race in Asia was always going to be a challenge due to the unique characteristics of trails in Hong Kong.

Steps feature greatly on the Lantau Island course and this alone provided a challenge for non-local runners. Add to this a force 3 cyclone, making the conditions on the 23 km course with nearly 4,000m vertical ascent and descent no less than grueling.

Elisa Desco, blown away on Lantau 2 Peaks. (c)iancorless.com

The top international competition was fierce, but reigning Skyrunning World Champion Elisa Desco, who placed 4th, had to fight some internal demons and worries as the slight runner was thrown around the trails by the ever increasing winds, “After the start I soon realized that my main objective was to reach the finish without being blown away. “

Desco, despite her fear of the conditions, fought an incredible battle to just miss the podium but keep herself in contention for the final race of the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series at the Limone Extreme on Lake Garda. Racing on Italian soil in what is to all intents and purposes a ‘home’ race, Desco will without doubt excel and give it her all for victory and the Sky Series Champion title.

Marco De Gasperi, Lantau 2 Peaks. (c)iancorless.com

Top skyrunner Marco De Gasperi was very hard on himself after the race saying, “I tried to manage until the end of one of the worst days in my career.” It is a testament to De Gasperi’s incredible career that he would consider a 7th place in a world-class race a ‘bad’ performance.

De Gasperi is now ranked 8th while Desco is placed an excellent 2nd on the Sky Series ranking, leaving a possible title wide open. In 2014, Desco finished 3rd in the final Series at Limone, while De Gasperi was an excellent 4th despite an injury due to the wet, slippery conditions.

Lacing up her Scott shoes. Elisa Desco, Lantau 2 Peaks. (c)iancorless.com

Attention now turns to Limone Extreme and the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series finals where SCOTT Sports athletes Desco and De Gasperi will be joined by Frenchman François Gonon aiming for top positions - and no doubt excelling - in an ever-more competitive field.

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Picas celebrates at Ultra Pirineu

Nuria Picas, 3rd at Ultra Pirineu. (c)iancorless.com

After winning the Ultra Pirineu for the last four editions (previously Cavalls del Vent) the COMPRESSPORT® athlete once again returned in 2015 to do battle over the trails and mountains of the Cadi Moixero National Park. Nuria Picas is without doubt the queen of Catalonia.

SCOTT Running tops at Dolomites

Elisa Desco, 2014 Skyrunning World Champion, 3rd at Dolomites SkyRace. ©iancorlessAt just 22km in length, the Skyrunner® World Series Dolomites SkyRace® is for the fast and the furious. It’s a classic SKY race, starts low, goes high and then back down as fast as possible. Skyrunner® World Series partner, SCOTT Sports has always had a great reputation at the event! Who could forget that epic battle that came down to sprint between Marco De Gasperi and Kilian Jornet?

COMPRESSPORT® athlete Merillas takes silver at European Championships

Manuel Merillas, COMPRESSPORT athlete, silver medal at ITT European Championships. ©iancorless.com

Spain’s skyrunning rising star, Manuel Merillas once again stepped up to the mark against the worlds best in a bid to be Skyrunning European Champion 2015 over the tough and technical Ice-Trail Tarentaise that ascends and descends over 5000m+/- .

COMPRESSPORT® takes on Mont-Blanc skyrunning events

Azara Garcia, Compressport, 5th in the Mont-Blanc KV. ©ISF

Leading compression brand, COMPRESSPORT® once again proved that whether racing short or long, it represents the top clinical sport compression product when it comes to racing a tough 1,000m Vertical Kilometer® or a gruelling 80km Ultra.

SCOTT Sports sky-high at Mont-Blanc races

Andy Symonds, Mont-Blanc 80K. © Fabio Menino

Skyrunning® once again came to the endurance capital of the world, Chamonix, with the Mont-Blanc 80km and Vertical Kilometer events on Friday 26th June.

SCOTT Sports kicks off with European Zegama Championships

©Fabio Menino

SCOTT Sports stars, Elisa Desco and Marco De Gasperi, were again in the spotlight in one of the most deeply stacked fields on the skyrunning calendar, Sunday’s Zegama-Aizkorri in Spain’s Basque Country.

COMPRESSPORT® team shines at Transvulcania

Aurelien Dundand Pallaz – 10th. ©iancorless.com

The 2015 Skyrunner® World Series kicked off on the volcanic island of La Palma for the 7th edition of what has now become the iconic ultra marathon simply known as Transvulcania.

COMPRESSPORT® partners SWS & Continental Championships

Limone Sky finals, 2014. ©iancorless.org

World leading compression and apparel brand, COMPRESSPORT® once again partners with the Skyrunner® World Series for a new season after a highly successful inaugural year in 2014.

inov-8 sky high at Series finals

Anna Lupton at Limone SkyExtreme. (c)iancorless.com

inov-8’s strong presence throughout the 2014 skyrunning season has underlined their enthusiasm and success. This was seen in particular at the recent Sky Series finals on Italy’s Limone sul Garda, where the team excelled in the deepest field in any race to date.

Series finals success for COMPRESSPORT®

Elisa Desco, 3rd SWS SkySeries. (c)iancorless.com

COMPRESSPORT® concludes a highly successful first season as Skyrunner® World Series and 2014 Skyrunning World Championship partner and with a team counting the best of the best of the discipline. 

SCOTT Sports excel at Limone finals

Marco De Gasperi ©iancorless.com

The 2014 Skyrunner® World Series came to a dramatic conclusion in the Italian resort of Lake Garda at the Limone Extreme.

Skyrunner® World Series partner, SCOTT Sports once again excelled

COMPRESSPORT® stars at Limone finals

Elisa Desco, 2014 Skyrunning World Champion and COMPRESSPORT athlete: (c)iancorless.com

The 2014 Skyrunner® World Series draws to a dramatic close this weekend at the Limone Extreme. The stunning backdrop of Lake Garda provides an incredible natural arena for what will potentially be a highlight of the skyrunning year.

SCOTT Sports at Limone Extreme

Elisa Desco, SCOTT Sports athlete. © Fabio Menino

A dynamic trio of three SCOTT Sports athletes will toe the line at the conclusion of the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series in the stunning location of Limone on the banks of Lake Garda.

Elisa Desco takes 2nd at Matterhorn Ultraks

Elisa Desco, 2nd at Ultraks. ©iancorless.com

Skyrunning World Champion and COMPRESSPORT® athlete, Italian Elisa Desco continued her good form on the trails and mountains in and around Zermatt at the second edition of the Matterhorn Ultraks 46K.

Desco and Bak at Matterhorn Ultraks

Ryan Bak, Scott Sports. ©Mario Colonel

Shadowed by the impressive and iconic Matterhorn, race sponsor and Skyrunner® World Series sponsor, SCOTT Sports lined up two world class runners; Italian, Elisa Desco and American, Ryan Bak to go head-to-head against some of the worlds best mountain runners in the Swiss town of Zermatt at the 2nd running of Matterhorn Ultraks 46K.

inov-8 star at Sierre-Zinal

Victoria Wilkinson, 9th at Sierre Zinal. (c)iancorless.com

 The 41st edition of the iconic Course de Sierre-Zinal, third race in the Skyrunner(®World Series, took place this past weekend in Switzerland. Offering a challenge to all, the course has a total elevation gain of 2,200m in the short but fast, 31km course. With a summit of 2,425 meters high, it provides a spectacular addition to the Skyrunner® World Series.

COMPRESSPORT® in action at Ice Trail Tarentaise

Caine Warburton. (c)iancorless.com

ust two weeks after the Skyrunning World Championships in Chamonix, the Skyrunner® World Series headed out to the stunning location of Val d’Isère for the 65 km Ice Trail Tarentaise and the VK Face Bellevarde.

COMPRESSPORT® - a world title and four top tens!

Elisa Desco, Skyrunning World Champion. (c)iancorless.com

Elisa Desco reigned supreme at the 2014 Skyrunning World Championships and added another world title for COMPRESSPORT®, Official Sponsor of the Championships. 3,400 athletes from 47 countries came to Chamonix, the endurance capital of the world, to race over the classic distances of VK, SKY and ULTRA...

Arc'teryx athlete Florian Reichert - the beauty of racing

Florian Reichert, 24th on Zegama course. (c)iancorless.comOne year ago, German school teacher Florian Reichert, a trail, cross and road runner, had never heard of skyrunning. Leading Canadian outdoor brand Arc’teryx, Skyrunner® World Series partner, gave him the chance to find out...

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