2016 Skyrunning World Champs


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COMPRESSPORT® team storms Lantau 2 Peaks

Compressport athlete Azara Garcia struggles through the storm. (c)iancorless.com

COMPRESSPORT® athletes had ‘storming’ runs at the Lantau 2 Peaks, Hong Kong, Sunday, the 4th race in the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series and the penultimate race before the season’s final in Italy in just two week’s time.

Spaniard Manuel Merillas headed up the world-class five-runner COMPRESSPORT® team in a field of 1,000 runners and for the duration of the day he was trading blows at the front of the race looking for a podium place on the 23 km course with a tough 3,975m ascent and descent.

Manuel Merillas, 2nd at Lantau. (c)iancorless.com

As a force 3 cyclone hit the race generating torrential rain and gale force winds, Merillas equally created a storm of his with his feet as he pursued eventual race winner Rémi Bonnet. Decisive moments of the race came on the climb to Lantau Peak and more importantly on the descent. The 1,000m drop was slick, challenging and required 100% concentration. Merillas pulled it off and secured an incredible 2nd place amongst a world-class field.

I gained 2nd place so I continued my struggle for the top of the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series, one race to go so maximum voltage for the last race…!

Elisa Desco preparing her race. (c)iancorless.com

Tadei Pivk from Italy, current Skyrunner® World Series leader ran most of the race exchanging 5th position with COMPRESSPORT® teammate, Marco De Gasperi. However, it was on the final drop to the line that Pivk used his incredible descending ability as shown at Zegama-Aizkorri and the Dolomites SkyRace to reel in Aritz Egea and take the final podium slot.

De Gasperi although placing in the top ten (7th), post race said that it just wasn’t a great day for him. His disappointment was clear but he had a very philosophical attitude and thanked everyone for a great experience.

Extreme conditions for the Lantau 2 Peaks today. I tried to manage until the end of one of the worst days in my career to take home a 7th place.

Manuel Merillas storms Lantau 2 Peaks. (c)iancorless.com

In the ladies’ race, reigning Skyrunning World Champion, Italy’s Elisa Desco placed 4th and found the cyclone conditions more than a challenge:

A real adventure, so many difficulties and fear! After the start I soon realized that my main objective was to reach the finish safe. Many congratulations to the other ladies.”

Finally, Spaniard Azara Garcia, winner at Zegama, has had recently had injury issues and was more than pleased with her 9th place result.

I am more than happy, today I have taken a big step to enjoy and return to what I love best!

Compressport support at Lantau 2 Peaks. (c)iancorless.com

Attention now turns to the Limone Extreme on Italy’s Lake Garda on October 17 and the final race of the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series where COMPRESSPORT® will be present with their team and their products.

It’s all to fight for and without doubt, we can expect a battle for Merillas, Pivk, De Gasperi and Desco for the Champion titles in the World Series ranking.

Race results

Skyrunner® World Series ranking


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.

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...

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