SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA 2021: CHRISTIAN MATHYS AND DENISA DRAGOMIR GOLD SKYRACE. PERE AURELL AND ROSER ESPANYOL ULTRA.
SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA 2021: CHRISTIAN MATHYS AND DENISA DRAGOMIR GOLD SKYRACE. PERE AURELL AND ROSER ESPANYOL ULTRA. Our SECTION TRAIL RUNNING ANDORRA celebrates the return of this modern classic. Last Sunday returned the Skyrace Comapedrosa, which climbs the highest summit of the country: Pic Compaedrosa 2943m.
The 2021 edition has returned with 1,600 bibs numbers, usual changes and new ultra. Christian Mathys and Denisa Dragomir won the queen race of 24km, Pere Aurell and Roser Espanyol the Ultra 50k. Let’s go with chronicles and results.
SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA 2021
This Sunday in Andorra, the Skyrace Comapedrosa 2021 was happily celebrated.The return, after the cancellation of 2020, for one of the mountain races with more personality of the international calendar.
The Andorran race, which climbs the highest summit in the country, returned with novelties in its usual routes, a new Ultra distance and with high-level runners. The race had almost 1,600 participants from 28 nationalities.
SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA 24K
VICTORIES FOR CHRISTIAN MATHYS & DENISA DRAGOMIR.
SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA: THE ROUTE 23,8K | 2.375M+
The Skyrace Comapedrosa is a race of 23.8 km per mountain with almost 2375 m of climbing gain, scores for the circuit of the Skyrunner National Series Spain-Andorra and will score for the Andorran Cup.
This was the fourth round of the Skyrunner World Series, after mt. Awa Skyrace in Japan, the Livigno SkyMarathon in Italy and the Kaiserkrone Skyrace in Austria.
SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA: RACE CHRONICLE
In the preview, we highlight the names of Manuel Merillas world champion Skyrace 2021-, Marc Pinsach, Hector Haynes, Nil Cardona, Gédéon Pochat, Josep Miret or Ricardo Cherta. And in the women’s draw Denisa Dragomir, Iris Pessey Lina and Sanna Elkott Helander, Johanna Åström, Virginia Pérez Mesonero, Oihana Azkorbebeitia, Georgia Tindley and Georgina Gabarró.
The town of Arinsal and the Natural Park of the Comapedrosa Valleys have been today the new scene of the return of the Merrell Skyrace Comapedrosa by Grifone. The “queen” test has been, one more year, the Skyrace of 24 km and 2,400 m +, which has gathered around a thousand participants and has led them to crown the ‘Pic de les Fonts’ and the roof of Andorra, the Pico del Comapedrosa.
The Swiss Christian Mathys, has been here the great dominator of the race. From the Refuge of Pla de l’Estany, at kilometer 14.5, he has stood out and has been able to control the race until he reached the finish line alone, with a time of 2:52:40. He was accompanied by Romanian Leonard Mitrica (2:57:54) and Italian Daniel Antonioli (03:01:51).
In the women’s draw, the Skyrace Comapedrosa was a monologue by Denisa Dragomir. The Romanian runner dominated the race from start to finish, prevailing with a stopwatch of 3:32:03. At his side, the French Iris Pessey (03:43:11) and the Swede Lina Elkott Helander (03:45:00) have been crowned in Arinsal.
SKYRACE COMAPEDROSA 24K. RESULTS. SKYRUNNER WORLD SERIES.
- MEN: Christian Mathys – Mitrica Leonard – Daniel Antonioli
- WOMEN: Denisa Dragomir ; Iris Pessey ; Lina El Kott
ULTRA COMAPEDROSA 50K
VICTORIES FOR PERE AURELL & ROSER ESPANYOL.
ULTRA COMAPEDROSA: THE ROUTE 50K | 4.500M+
For its part, the new Ultra distance, of 50 Km and about 4,500 m +, has allowed to discover new places from the Refugi de Comapedrosa and will pass through points such as the Portella de Sanfons, the Cap de l’Ovella, the Port de Cabús, the Pic dels Llacs, the Coll de la Botella, the Cap del Cubil or the Alt de la Capa.
ULTRA COMAPEDROSA: RACE CHRONICLE.
In the premiere of the Ultra distance, the fight was initially expected between names such as Pere Aurell, Jesús Fraile, Toti Bes and Alejandro Villarino, along with Sabrina Solana, Roser Español and Mónica Guilera in the women’s draw.
This 2021 the new Ultra Comapedrosa distance was released, with 50 km and 4,500 m + that, in addition to the Comapedrosa and the ‘Pic de les Fonts’, passed through other summits such as the ‘Cap de l’Ovella’, the ‘Pic dels Llacs’, the ‘Cap del Cubil’ or the ‘Alt de la Capa’.
Pere Aurell has led the race from the start, always closely followed by Frenchman Thibaut Leroy. In fact, when passing through the Coll de la Botella at kilometer 40, both runners were going together. Aurell, however, was able to distance himself in the last sector and ended up taking the victory with a time of 6:58:49. Leroy entered second and David Coma third.
Roser Español, on the other hand, has been the undisputed dominator of the female category and has led the entire race alone, to end up prevailing with a time of 8:55:29. Second was Claudia Gutiérrez and third Carolina Rius.
This Ultra distance was the conclusion of the Catalan Cup of Ultraresistance Mountain Races, organized by the Federation of Hiking Entities of Catalonia (FEEC), this time in collaboration with the Andorran Mountaineering Federation (FAM). It also included the Peaks Ultra Series by Grifone. Both circuits have been formed by the Ultra Trail Barcelona and the Ultra Els Bastions.
ULTRA COMAPEDROSA 50K: RESULTS.
- MEN: 1. Pere Aurell 6h58.49; 2.Thibault Leroy 7h03.55; 3.David Coma 7h39.01
- WOMEN: 1. Roser Español 8h55.29; 2. Claudia Gutierrez Lueje 9h16.21; 3. Carolina Rus 9h27.59
ULTRA COMAPEDROSA 2021: PHOTO GALLERY BY ANNA OLEA.
SKYRACE ARINSAL 14KM
VICTORIES FOR JAVIER FERNÁNDEZ AND LAIA MONTOYA
SKYRACE ARINSAL: THE ROUTE 18,5,8K | 1.456M+
The Skyrace Arinsal is a mountain race over a distance of 18.6km with a positive slope of 1,456 m. Scoring for the Andorran Cup. It starts by asphalted race until you reach a road, with a stretch of ridge with a lot of height and little vegetation, until you reach the Pic de les Fonts (2748 m).
At this point you will go down to the Pla de l’Estany. From this point unlike the Skyrace® Comapedrosa we deviate to the Borda de las Agunes where we share the final stretch to Arinsal.
As in previous editions, the Skyrace Comapedrosa also had this year its little sister, the Skyrace Arinsal, of 15 km and 1,300 m +.
Here the men’s podium was occupied by Javier Fernández (2:11:39), Christian Ibáñez and Lartaun Rodríguez. And in the women’s category Laia Montoya (2:38:25), Maria Sau and Claudia Galicia.
SKYRACE ARINSAL 18K: RESULTS
- MEN: 1. Javier Fernandez Lopez. 2.11,39 ; 2. Cristian Ibañez Valero 2.16.06; 3-Lartaun Rodriguez 2.18.37.
- WOMEN: 1.Laia Montoya 2.38.25; 2-María Sau Tibau 2.38.33; 3. Claudia Galicia 2.40.57
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