VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB PDA 55 KM (3.100M D+ | 4.000M D-): VICTORY FOR DAVID PAREDES & ANDREA-AINA
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB: CDH 105K VICTORIES FOR ARITZ EGEA & FELICIANA ORQUIOLA. Our TRAIL RUNNING CALENDAR section, brings us today the results of the thrid of four mountain races that are being cellebrated this weekend at Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees.
The race left Pla de Beret with 980 rrunners who faced the fast but demanding 55km that constitute the Peades d’Aigua, the PDA. At 06:30h the race started known for having more descent as climbing 3.100M D+ | 4.000M D-, and in which the National Park of “Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici” takes the center stage.
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB:PDA 55 KM 3.100M D+ | 4.000M D-:
VICTORY FOR DAVID PAREDES & ANDREA-AINA
PEADES D’AIGUA – PDA 55 KM 3.100M D+ | 4.000M D-
Peades d’Aigua is Footsteps of Water in the local language. A route of 55 km that crosses one of the most impressive sections of these routes, Colomèrs, the largest cirque of glacial lakes in the Pyrenees. This fast and demanding race runs through more than 20 lakes and the ancient thermal baths known to the Romans: Banhs of Tredòs. The departure will take place on Saturday, July 10 at 06:30 in the morning in the Pla de Beret. Among the riders of this race stand out Yeray Duran, second in the TDS in 2016, and Angels Llobera, podium in Ultra Pirineu or victory in the Great Trail Aneto-Posets.
PEADES D’AIGUA – PDA 55 KM: TACE CHRONICLE
The castellonense David Prades (6:06:43) and the Romanian Andreea-Aina Piscu (07:18:05) have become the first winners of this race.
After passing through Bagergue, declared one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, touring the more than 20 lakes of the largest glacial lake circus in the Pyrenees (Colomèrs) and crowning the hill of Pòdo at 2,600m altitude, the first runner of the PDA crossed the finish line of Vielha at 12:36 noon on the same Saturday under a bright sun in Vielha and accompanied by the applause of the fans waiting for his arrival. Prades stopped the clock in 6:06:43.
Completing the drawer are the Granadan Álvaro Gómez and the Basque Xabier Lete, they arrived very close to each other, after 6:18:27 and 6:19:01 of the race and melted into an emotional embrace at the finish line after sharing many kilometers. Prades marched in first position from km 27, while Gómez, always in the front positions, went from less to more and ended up overtook Lete in the last stage.
“I don’t believe it. Woooooo! The atmosphere has been spectacular. I was quite hot during the race but I loved the course. The first stage seemed to me more rider and, later, it has already become more technical and we had to go with a lot of attention”, said a happy David Prades, who this year already tasted the victory in the Transgrancanaria Advanced.
Behind the PDA champion, has come the Catalan Cristina Santurino, who after occupying third place in much of the race, has surpassed the Mallorcan Karina Gómez in the last stage of descent to stay with the second drawer of the podium. Cristina stopped the clock in 7:27:48 and Karina did it less than 3′ later, in 7:30:28.
David Prades 6:06:43
Álvaro Gómez 6:18:27
Xabier Leite 6.19:01
Andreea-Alina Piscu 7:18:05
Cristina Santurino 7:27:48
Karina Gómez 7:30:28
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