The Transvulcania 2014 Training Camp will be held on May, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Fuencaliente under the direction of Timothy Olson and Anna Frost.
From May 2nd to 4th, the Transvulcania 2014 Training Camp will be held in Fuencaliente. A good ocassion not only to learn some technical aspects to improve your ultrarunning training but to get to know some specifications and particularities of Transvulcania
Monday, 14 May 2012 For months, Transvulcania Canary Islands ultra mountain run was much anticipated, with all the world's best athletes meeting for the first time on a race of 83km and more than 4000m elevation. Kiwi running legend Anna Frost dominated the women's race breaking the record.
Apart from Iker karrera who had won the event with Miguel Heras last year, nobody knew the route, so all the other runners were on the same footing.
Shortly before 6:00 am, south of the island, a huge crowd was beginning to gather behind the starting line. 1200 runners from 22 different countries were given appointments to attend what would be an historic race for the evolution of the trail running in the world. From the amateur to the elite, every athlete was proud and full of emotion to be part of this adventure. The departure was given in a dark night and the broom head lamps could start at the foot of the first section that would be a difficult 18km with 2000m of elevation gain! The ground was soft, like the volcanic sand, and everyone was looking for the best place to have better foot support... Without success. The first stop was held at KM7, and what a surprise to see a large crowd gathered along one kilometer at night, they had come to encourage all athletes! The road opened gradually as the audience departed, and the fervor of the public added the finishing touch to this exceptional day. The whole village seemed to be in the streets, and children, still in pajamas and not quite awake, watching this show with lots of stars in eyes. Florent Troillet (Switzerland) had decided to take the race in hand by imposing a steady pace from the start. Only Jornet (Spain), Dakota Jones (USA), Ikerkarrera (Spain) and Mike Wolfe (USA) were able to follow him in this ascenscion endless. A little further, we found those who had decided to better manage their efforts with Andy Symonds (UK), Thomas Lorblanchet (France), Geoff Roes (USA). At KM10, Dakota Jones imposed its rhythm, and only able to follow was Kilian. From that moment, these two runners traverse much of the race set before being joined by Andy Symonds at KM71 in favor of a long descent.
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Killian Jornet, one of the sport's greatest skyrunners. Photograph: Jordi Saragossa
"When I first saw those seven runners race from the village to the 4,600 metre summit of the mountain and back in a mere 4 hours and 24 minutes, I was aghast. I thought they were superhuman. I still think the same today." Those are the words of Lauri van Houten, vice-president and co-founder of the International Skyrunning Federation (ISF) talking about the original Skyrunners – a bunch of altitude-loving, time-obsessed mountain goats from the Italian Alps – who took part in only the second official skyrunning race in 1992. The race, which she had helped organise, was a 29km jaunt up and down Monte Rosa, the second-highest mountain in western Europe, starting in the tiny alpine village of Alagna, Italy.
Three Team CLIF runners competed in the Transvulcania ultramarathon on the island of La Palma, Spain. Though not as well known as some of the other Canary Islands, La Palma was a beautiful setting for what was a very tough run that drew a truly world-class field of competitors. Team Montrail and CLIF runner Dakota Jones took the win with an upset over favorite Kilian Jornet.
The North Face runner, fueled by CLIF, Ian Sharman claimed a very respectable 16th place, making up more than 10 spots on a blazing 8,000 foot descent. Geoff Roes, also of Team Montrail and Team CLIF, was forced to abandon the race due to a stomach ailment. This win is easily the highlight of Dakota’s young career, earning him a European following to match his growing US fan base. Be sure to check out all the links below for compete race coverage.