D-1 before the first European race of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour
After Hong-Kong and New Zealand, the Ultra-Trail® World Tour arrives in Gran Canaria, Spain, for a stage that promises to be exciting. In six editions in the UTWT, the Transgrancanaria (UTWT 1500) has become one of the most eagerly awaited events on the circuit. Every year, the best athletes of the Ultra-Trail® World Tour compete in the Iberian event.
The favorites will have 128 km and 7,500 metres of elevation gain to triumph and shine on this particularly coveted stage of the circuit and win 1,500 points.
The route crosses the island from north to south, passing through its volcanic heart, before reaching the finish line at the edge of the ocean.
After three consecutive victories, the leader of the UTWT ranking Pau Capell will be back on the starting line to try to become the most successful runner of the event. He will be joined by some serious contenders, including Americans Jared Hazen and Dylan Bowman and China’s Peiquan You, recent winner of the Vibram® Hong Kong 100. On the women’s side, Sweden’s Mimmi Kokta is the favourite according to the ITRA rankings, but she will have to compete with some prominent athletes such as France’s Audrey Tanguy, the American Kaytlyn Gerbin, second last year, and China’s Fuzhao Xiang, also winner of the first stage of the circuit in Asia.
The race will start on Friday at 23:00. The first runners are expected around 11am on the finish line at the Maspalomas lighthouse.
The event record is held by Pau Capell in 12:42 (2018) and Magdalena Laczak in 15:18 (2018).
The first woman and the first man will earn 1500 points in the UTWT rankings, like the winners of Madeira Island Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail® Australia, La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra-Trail, Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and CCC®.
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