BUFF® EPIC TRAIL VK
The wheels touch down in Barcelona and the air is thick with anticipation for the week ahead.
Soon the city shadows in the past and the mountains open up before me.
Like a trial run for the first time, every corner is full of anticipation.
I find myself taken back in time and settle in amongst the old towns of the Vall de Boi.
It is a world heritage listed area and is well deserved as you are treated to an environment that is a throwback to a time gone by with a relaxed lifestyle, surrounded by speculator scenery.
But that relaxed environment is soon to be shaken up by the world best Sky runners fighting it out on the mountains above.
Day 1 see the Vertical K course take centre stage
As I found out the day before Click the Media Button to watch my video.
This course is brutally beautiful!
It peaks out at 2113m and takes the runners through the town and then up the streets into the hills.
With 1000m elevation over 2.8km, this course offers gradients between 30 – 50%
Along the way, the terrain is uneven and challenging.
With steep rocky paths leading into a grassy climb to the top.
The runner’s faces show the pain this causes, the head down and the legs pounding forward.
Their heart and stride in tempo and their breath is like the shouts of encouragement from the crowds.
Both sharp and quick!
The front-runners soon pass by and in the lead is Stian Angermund-Vik
Finishing the course in an impressive – 34 mins 16secs
Our very own Aaron Knight is placed well in the field and puts in a great effort to finish in 38th in a time of 41mins:27
He said after the race
“That was so tough ! the Sky Running Worlds VK course was brutal but brilliant!
I did my best but the level of the athletes here is amazing and they schooled me! “
Buff Epic Trail media had this to say about the BUFF® VERTICAL KILOMETER®
The female category has finished with an amazing podium.
The fastest woman has been the French Christel Dewalle in 39:35.28.
Dewalle has the world record in VK, and from now on, is the new Skyrunning Champion.
The favourite, Laura Orgué, who was taken the race after recovering from an injury, has reached the second place in a total time of 40:39.15.
The female podium has been closed with the Spanish Maite Maiora that has finished the VK in 41:59.41.
The male category has been really expectant until the end.
The Norwegian Stian Angermund-Vik has achieved the first position in 34:16.09.
Really close to him it was the Colombian Saúl Pàdua, winner of the Transvulcania VK, who has completed the race in 34:42.63.
Finally, the Italian Hannes Perkmann has got the third position with a time of 34:44.01.
BUFF® VERTICAL KILOMETER®
1º STIAN ANGERMUND-VIK 34:16.09
2º SAUL ANTONIO PADUA 34:42.63
3º HANNES PERKMAN 34:44.01
4º FERRAN TEIXIDO 35:07.31
5º FRANCOIS GONON 35:14.71
1º CHRISTEL DEWALLE 39:35.28
2º LAURA ORGUÉ 40:39.15
3º MAITE MAIORA 41:59.41
4º PAULA CABRERIZO 42:42.17
5º VANESA ORTEGA 42:43.38
Stian Angermund-Vik from Norway is the new VK Skyrunning World Champion!
Christel Dewalle is the new VK Skyrunning World Champion!
Day 2 see the Marathon and Ultra Marathon take place and the Australian New Zealand team are well represented in both these events.