Transvulcania 2012 (83k/DT8.525m): Entry list, course map and race profile.
Transvulcania La Palma, with its 83km/DT8.525m course was a rising star from the very moment the ISF Calendar 2012 was announced. It was to be the very first race among the hot new Ultra skymarathon Series coming up for the first time in history. Today, the International Skyrunning Federation announces the final runners line-up of theTransvulcania Ultra Marathon and indeed it has surpassed all expectations.
See below the pre-race bulletin, as formally announced today by the ISF:
The entry list reads as follows: the three winners of the 2011 UTMB Spaniards Kilian Jornet, Iker Karrera and Frenchman Sebastien Chaigneau; Americans Mike Wolfe, 2011 TNF Endurance Challenge 50M Championship and 2nd Western States 100; Geoff Roes, 2010 Western States 100 and 2011 Ultra Race of Champions; Anton Krupicka, 2nd 2010 Western States 100; Dakota Jones, 2nd 2011 Hard Rock 100 Endurance Run and 2nd 2011 TNF Endurance Challenge 50M Championship; Rickey Gates, 2011 Canadian Death Race; France’s Erik Clavery, IAU Trail World Champion; Britain’s Andy Symonds, La Course de Templiers 2011.
The mammoth line-up continues with top French runners: François D’Haëne,Thomas Lorblanchet, Thierry Breuil, Yann Curien. Americans Joe Grant andIan Sharman; Csaba Németh, Hungary; Florent Troillet, Switzerland; Gustavo Reyes, Argentina; Giuliano Cavallo, Italy; Philipp Reiter, Germany.
The glittering women’s field counts 2011 TNF Endurance Challenge 50M Championship winner, Anna Frost from New Zealand; IAU Trail World ChampionMaud Gobert from France; Americans Darcy Africa, 2011 Hard-Rock 100; Nikki Kimball, 3rd 2011Western States 100 and 2007 TNF Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®;Kasia Zajac from Poland, Zugspitz Super Trail 2011.
With such strong competition, the 7h32’13” race record set last year by Spaniard Miguel Heras could take a beating. The question is, by whom?
The strong international team participation includes major industry players: Adidas, Arc’teryx, Asics, Montrail, New Balance, Pearl Izumi, Platinium Sigvaris, Salomon, The North Face.
The 500 runners face a daunting 8,525m ascent and descent over the 83 km course which starts at sea level on the Atlantic coast and travels along the island’s backbone to the summit of the volcano at 2,423m before descending back to the sea and finishing in the town of Los Llanos.
From sea to sky, the Transvulcania Ultra Marathon perfectly embodies the skyrunning philosophy and unquestionably represents one of the most spectacular of the 20 races on the 2012 Skyrunner® World Series. Given the VIP entry list, it could be nothing less than the race of the century.
TRANSVULCANIA 2012 RACE MAP & PROFILE
Start level: 10 meters.
Arrival level: 340 meters.
Maximum Level: 2.426 meters.
Minimum Level: 4 meters.
Total difference: 8.525 meters.
Accumulated Ascent: +4.415 meters.
Accumulated Descent: -4.110 meters.
Distance by sections:
Faro de Fuencaliente – Área Recreativa El Pilar → 26, 8 km.
Área Recreativa El Pilar – Roque de Los Muchachos → 31 km.
Roque de Los Muchachos – Puerto de Tazacorte → 19,8 km.
Puerto de Tazacorte – Los Llanos de Aridane → 5,7 km.
TRANSVULCANIA 2012 PROGRAMME
Friday, 11th of May
12.00-20.00 h. Race bib collection at the Casa de la Cultura at Los Llanos de Aridane.
17.00 h. Race presentation and briefing (Casa de la Cultura, Los Llanos de Aridane).
17.30 h. Round table with guest runners (Casa de la Cultura, Los Llanos de Aridane).
Saturday, 12th of May
3.30 h. Bus pick-up at designated meeting points and transfer to the start.
4.30 – 5.30 h. Departure control at the lighthouse in Fuencaliente.
6.00 h. Start of the Ultramarathon (83 km.).
6.30 h. Start of the Half-Marathon (26 km.).
8.30 h.First Halfmarathon’s runner is due to arrive at the Refugio del Pilar picnic site.
10.00 h.“V Encuentro Insular de Senderismo”: Open trek along hiking path PR LP 14.
11.00 h. Transvulcania Kids & Junior races at the Refugio del Pilar picnic site.
13.00 h. First Ultramarathon’s runner is due to arrive at Los Llanos de Aridane.
20.00 h. Prize presentation ceremony.
21.00 h. Dinner.
22.00 h. Closing ceremony.
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