2014 World Skyrunning Champs





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COMPRESSPORT® in action at Ice Trail Tarentaise

Caine Warburton. (c)iancorless.com

Just 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.

Brand leader and Skyrunner® World Series partner, COMPRESSPORT®  once again lined up a top quality field of runners who did battle over the tough and technical terrain of the French Alps.

Spaniard Jordi Bes-Ginesta topped the COMPRESSPORT®  performances at Ice Trail Tarentaise. Looking calm and relaxed all day, Jordi ran a smart race and followed up his 17th place at Transvulcania La Palma and outright victory at Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons 87km with a 9th place at Ice Trail Tarentaise.

Face de Bellevarde VK. (c)iancorless.com

The Southern Hemisphere European onslaught continued with Caine Warburton who completed a trio of stunning Australian performances at the World Championships placing 13th in Val D’Isère. In his own words, ‘I have learned a lot about Alpinism and high-mountain running today, lessons that will serve me well into the future.’

Frenchman Martin Gaffuri post race expressed his happiness at placing 20th in such a strong field. ‘I didn’t have the legs today after running a strong race in Chamonix just 2-weeks ago, so, I’m happy.’

Australian, Scott Hawker has already had a stunning start to 2014 placing 5th at Tarawera in New Zealand and 5th at Hong Kong 100. A force to be reckoned with and a rising star in the trail and ultra world, Scott was looking to continue a great season and excellent form at Ice Trail Tarentaise. A recent 7th place at Lavaredo Ultra Trail in the Dolomites was a sure sign that the ‘Aussie’ has adapted to European mountain racing. However, during the race he knew that his legs weren't going to give him the result he wanted, so instead of pushing himself to breaking point he decided to make the most of it and enjoy the adventure and place 31st.

The ‘Aussie’ duo once again wore green and gold, COMPRESSPORT®  R2 Calf Sleeves, COMPRESSPORT®  Trail 4 Quad Sleeves and , COMPRESSPORT®  Trail Socks in Val d’Isère. The COMPRESSPORT®  medical graded fiber is designed to reduce shock waves and vibrations generated when running on hard ground and thereby preventing tearing of muscle fibers and joint pains. This gives rise to efficiency against aches, contractures, micro tears delaying muscle fatigue and the risk of injury. To quote one athlete, ‘Compressport gives a feeling of strength, rigidity and support of muscles during any effort.’

Compressport at ITT. (c)iancorless.com

Frenchman Aurelien Dunand-Pallaz placed 7th at the Skyrunning World ULTRA Championships confirming, COMPRESSPORT®  as the dominant and go to choice for the worlds best trail and mountain runners looking for medical compression. Maximizing recovery and form, Aurelien raced the Face Bellevarde Vertical Kilometer® in Val d’Isère. The VK is a lung and quad-busting ascent of 1000m over a distance of 2.9 km starting at the foot of the Face de Bellevarde Olympic ski run.  Aurelien placed a creditable 15th in a distance far removed from the 80km raced just two weeks earlier.

COMPRESSPORT® a brand which already counts nine world championship titles in other sports, added a 10th title in Chamonix when Elisa Desco was crowned Skyrunning World Champion for the SKY distance.

Developing medically researched compression, COMPRESSPORT®  is at the forefront of fulfilling the needs of demanding athletes all over the world. The new TRAIL running line of products will enhance performance and improve recovery offering shorts, T-shirts, quad sleeves, R2 calf sleeves and socks specifically for trail running.

Check out the COMPRESSPORT® TRAIL Running Line

2014 Skyrunner® World Series

2014 Skyrunning World Championships

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...

inov-8 excel at inaugural World Series event

Jokin Lizeaga.(c)iancorless.com

Leading footwear brand inov-8, partnering the Skyrunner® World Series, started off the season with Spain’s legendary Zegama-Aizkorri, one of the most competitive races on the circuit, the challenge comes not only from the world-class field, but the often extremely challenging 42km course...

COMPRESSPORT® takes top honours at Zegama

Elisa Desco, Compressport athlete, 2nd at Zegama. ©iancorless.com

COMPRESSPORT® athletes, Italians Marco De Gasperi and Elisa Desco both took second on the podium in the first Skyrunner® World Series race of the season on May 25.  The Zegama-Aizkorri in Spain’s Basque Country, is renowned for attracting a highly competitive world-class field. This year was no exception, and the dynamic Desco...

SCOTT Sports - Desco and De Gasperi excel at Zegama

Elisa Desco (SCOTT Sports) 2nd at Zegama. ©iancorless.com

For ten years, Spain's Zegama-Aizkorri has been a permanent fixture on the Skyrunner® World Series. It is a race of legends, myth, mud and mayhem and the 2014 edition was no exception.  After all, Zegama is Zegama!

COMPRESSPORT® kicks off at Transvulcania

Elisa Desco, Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer winner. ©iancorless.com

COMPRESSPORT®, Skyrunner® World Series partner, kicked off the season at the first events on the Spanish island of La Palma at the legendary Transvulcania Ultramarathon and the new Vertical Kilometer®...

SCOTT Sports takes off at Transvulcania

Pablo Villa in the Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer. Pablo Villa, Transvulcania VK. © Ian Corless

SCOTT Sports joined the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series on the island of La Palma, Spain, for the iconic Transvulcania Ultramarathon and the new Transvulcania Vertical Kilometer® where, with three of their top athletes, made their mark - a win, a 6th and a 9th place!

Inov-8 athlete, Robbie Britton takes to the Sky

Robbie Britton, inov-8 athlete, prepares for Saturday’s Transvulcania.© Ian Corless

Skyrunner® World Series partner, inov-8, kicks off an extremely exciting year with the Transvulcania Ultramarathon and VK with inov-8 team member, Robbie Britton taking his first steps in a Skyrunning event...

SCOTT Sports partners with skyrunning

Marco De Gasperi, Team SCOTT Sports. (C) Droz Photo

The ISF is pleased to announce SCOTT Sports will partner with the 2014 Skyrunner® World Series, joining other prestigious outdoor brands: Salomon, Arc’teryx, inov-8, La Sportiva and Compressport.

Arc'teryx and skyrunning - a year of adventures, passion and podiums

Florian Reichert and Tessa Hill line up for the night-time VK. (C) ISF

 It’s been a long season full of adventures for the Arc’teryx team athletes competing in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series.  Iconic races, such as Transvulcania, Zegama, the Mont Blanc Marathon and KM Vertical and Matterhorn Ultraks, together with the European Skyrunning Championships, have seen the Arc’teryx athletes on the front line...

UK brand, inov-8 aims to close 2013 Skyrunning season in credit at finals

Anna Lupton. Photo © iancorless.comUK brand, inov-8 have provided high quality run shoes for the trail, fell and mountain runner and in June this year, they celebrated a tenth anniversary with the launch of a new apparel range and a team to take Skyrunning by storm...

Arc’teryx team heads for skyrunning finals

Florian Reichert - Photo © iancorless.com

The Skyrunner® World Series comes to a close this coming weekend in Limone, the stunning setting of Lake Garda providing a dramatic backdrop to the close of the Vertical and Sky Series...

Arc’teryx athletes excel at Mont Blanc Marathon weekend

Florian Reichert - Photo © Ian Corless

An action packed weekend of racing commenced on Friday with an exhibition of exploding lungs and legs full of lactic acid as 400 runners climbed 1000 vertical meters over a 3.8km course. The ISF Skyrunning Vertical Kilometer tests every element of a runner’s ability to move upwards as quickly as possible...

La Sportiva dominate vertical ranking

Marco Facchinelli, Vertical ranking leader. Photo © ISF

La Sportiva dominate the Skyrunner® World Series Vertical ranking after the much anticipated Mont-Blanc KM Vertical in Chamonix, Friday, June 28...

Inov-8 team in full force at World Series’ Mont-Blanc events

Inov-8 team © Ian Corless

June 27, 2013 - June is proving to be a very special month for British-born company, inov-8. Celebrating ten years in the business, 2013 has seen the company create an International Skyrunning Team bringing together runners from all over the world to take part in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series...

Inov-8 launches skyrunning team – and lots more

Sarah Ridgeway - Photo © Lukasz Warzecha

British-born sports manufacturing brand inov-8 celebrates its tenth anniversary in June, and it looks like there’s more than one reason to celebrate...

Arct’eryx team aiming for the sky

Arc'teryx athlete Joe Grant. ©LongLightArc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor brand and ISF partner, announces their six-man team participating in the 2013 Skyrunner® World Series