GOLDEN TRAIL WORLD SERIES 2021: REVIVING ITS ENGINES – BUCKLE UP, HOLD ON TIGHT.
GOLDEN TRAIL WORLD SERIES 2021: REVIVING ITS ENGINES – BUCKLE UP, HOLD ON TIGHT, THIS YEAR IS GONNA BE ONE HELL OF A RIDE! This 2021 GTWS edition is on track with a pre-registered starting list at the highest level it’s ever seen. An elite compilation from across the world ready to thrash it out in 2021after last year’s white-out season.
GOLDEN TRAIL WORLD SERIES 2021
The Golden Trail World Series stands out in the modern sports world respecting unique values like parity, equity, transparency and honesty. The races have been chosen to highlight the most iconic events in this sport today. The Series aims to promote professional trail runners as the world-class athletes that they are, to showcase and protect the awe-inspiring nature and environments where we play and compete, and to acknowledge the amazing, passionate fans as an essential ingredient in the sport. Each of the six races in the Series has been specifically selected because of the scenery, challenges, history and atmosphere that they offer to both the runners and the public. These are the races that every runner wants to experience and some of the first written on any runner’s bucket list.
Now in its 3rd year, and in response to the athletes’ questionnaire concerning the 2020 GTC, and the 2019 GTWS, and to help satisfy all the actors involved in the sport, the GTS organizers have taken the decision to organise the GTWS and the GTC on alternate years. In so doing, this frees up the GTC year for competitors to explore their own choice of races during that year and get together for one single meet at the end of the season.
Taking its inspiration from the Grand Slam tennis circuit, the GTWS was founded upon 6 iconic races, for their specific differences, countries, and extreme technical challenges and is already known as the world’s most competitive trail running circuit.
- Zegama, known as “The Basque Fever”, in Spain’s Basque Country
- Marathon du Mont Blanc, known as “The Roller Coaster”, in Chamonix, France
- Dolomyths Run, known as “The Couloir Of Hell”, in Italy
- Sierre-Zinal, known as “The Fast and Furious”, in the Swiss Alps
- Pikes Peak, known as “The Impossible Record”, in Colorado, USA;
- Ring of Steall known as “The Scottish Vertigo”, in the Scottish Highlands, UK.
- After the last race of the series, an overall ranking will define the TOP 11 men and women. These top 11 men and women will be invited to participate in the Grand Final.
The Grand Final, on November 6th, 2021, travels to the far reaches of South America: Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, Patagonia, Argentina, for the K42 Adventure Marathon; a race that began in 2003 with a mere 345 runners, and now gathers 2000 runners. An exciting end in store for the 2021 Golden Trail World Series!
K42 Villa La Angostura 2019. Cerro Bayo Summit. Photo: Iván Elías
ATHLETES: THE BEST OF THE BEST!
The 2021 Constellation of Female Stars
2021 will see an incredibly exciting women’s field, starting with Judith Wyder (Team Salomon, Switzerland) GTWS 2019 winner, Dolomyths Run and Ring of Steall record holder, she’s back after the birth of her second child, will she hold onto her 2019 GTWS title after her year away? Teammate Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland) GTC 2020 winner and Sierre-Zinal and Pikes Peak Marathon record holder, will not make her return easy. What will Rachel Drake (Team Nike, USA), 2nd overall at GTC 2020, make of the GTWS races as a rookie up against the well-honed regulars on these technically challenging and varied race routes? There’s Blandine L’Hirondel (Team Hoka One One, France) 3rd overall GTC 2020 & IAU World Champion 2019, the skimo specialist Johanna Åström (Team Arc Teryx, Norway) who crushed the Tromsø skyrace course record in 2019 and 5th overall at the 2020 GTC, Denisa Dragomir (Team La Sportiva, CompresSport, Romania) European Skyrunning Champion 2019. Other exciting women to watch, Anaïs Sabrié (Team Matryx, France) Holly Page, (Team Adidas Terrex, UK) 10th overall GTWS 2019, 2nd ROS 2019, Fanny Borgstrom, (Sweden) 3rd at ROS 2019 and 11th at GTWS 2019. What an exciting year!
@GoldenTrailSeries | @Skyline Scotland | Photo: Martina Valmassoi
Multi-national Men’s Line-up
Check out the fast and furious men’s line up! Who will prove themselves to be the Italian hero, Davide Magnini (Team Salomon, Italy) 2019 Mont-Blanc Marathon and Dolomyths Run winner, 2nd overall GTWS 2019, or his double Nadir Maguet (Team La Sportiva, Italy) Ring of Steall 2019 winner? Will Frédéric Tranchand (Team Scott, France) be as powerful as he was on the first stage of the GTC 2020 against Bart Przedwojewski (Team Salomon, Poland), GTC 2020 winner, who is more motivated than ever to defend his title? Stian Angermund (Team Salomon, Norway) Zegama record holder, 5th overall GTC 2020, Rui Ueda (Japan) Skyrunner World Series Champion 2019, Jonathan Albon (UK) IAU World Champion 2019, Francesco Puppi (Team Nike, Italy) 7th overall GTC 2020, Nicolas Martin (Team Hoka One One, France) 10th overall GTC 2020, and Rémi Bonnet (Team Salomon, Switzerland) 8th overall GTC 2020, seems to have made a giant leap from boy-cub to lion after an exceptional skimo season.
2021 has all the ingredients to have the most exciting GTWS edition to date!
@GoldenTrailSeries | @DolomythsSkyRace | Photo: Martina Valmassoi
Remember that there’s €160,000 prize money up for grabs during this 2021GTWS.
Runners must take part in at least 3 out of 6 qualifying races and reach the top 11 to be invited to the Grand Final. If a runner didn’t reach the top 11 but participated in 3 of the 6 qualifying races, he/she can still go to the Grand Final at his/her own expense and still have the chance to win the race and prize money!
The Golden Trail World Series final ranking will be determined by the runners’ 3 best results during the season, plus their result at the Grand Final.
SANITARY SITUATION & RACE CANCELATIONS
Of course, we are still living in uncertain times and we must be prepared to adapt the race schedule if needs be, here are our backup plans:
If 1, 2 or 3 races are cancelled: The GTWS still takes place with a reduced number of races and the number of mandatory qualifying races changes (5 races: 3 best results out of 5; 4 races: 2 best results out of 4; 3 races: 2 best results out of 3).
If more than 3 races are cancelled: We move to a GTC format with Golden Tickets to win on: The GTWS qualifying races which will take place, the GTNS races which will take place, other races and/or Golden Segments.
The 2021 GTWS will make you sweat, scream, shout, and gel-dunk just from your sofa! The GTWS 2021 will release 7 episodes, 30 minutes each, at the end of the year – plus 10-minute recaps directly after each race – all filmed during each race, so you can enjoy the full experience wherever you are in the world – as if you had been side-by-side with the best trail runners on the planet!
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