WMRA WORLD CUP 2021 AT CANFRANC CANFRANC SEP10-12
WMRA WORLD CUP 2021 AT CANFRANC CANFRANC SEP10-12. World Champions face off franco-spanish talent at Central Pyrenees. Canfranc-Canfranc celebrates its 15th edition this year, as a race whose reputation has been growing over the last few years.
There are many elements which make it an incredibly special event and therefore both the international WMRA and national federation RFEA are hosting there two World Cup events (Long Distance & Classic) plus two National Champs (U18 & Masters)
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WMRA WORLD CUP 2021 AT CANFRANC CANFRANC SEP10-12.
World Champions face off franco-spanish talent at Central Pyrenees.
It is also the very first time in the 22 years of World Cup history that a Spanish event will host the series, soon to be followed by Zumaia Flysch Trail on 0CT3.
Canfranc Canfranc takes place in the famous belle epoque alpine village of Canfran-Estación. A small mountain town in the province of Huesca in the Aragonese Pyrenees. The town is at 1,200 metres but all around are peaks of over 2,500 metres.
The weather is usually comfortable for running in the summer, normally between 20 and 30 Celcius, and the winter enjoys heavy snowfall. The area is perfect for running, with over 500km of trails marked out as part of their impressive ESPACIO TRAIL CANFRANCT Project. The weather, the trails and the prestige of the already successful mountain races here make it a perfect location for a World Cup event.
THE COURSES: WILD AND TECHNICAL AT CENTRAL PYRENEES.
The 2021 program for Canfranc includes up to five races: 5k (juniors) 16k, 45k, 75k and 100k, Among them, Canfranc will host two World Cup races this weekend: The Long Distance to be held at the 45k long mountain race on Saturday. Plus the 16k classic mountain race on Sunday. These will form stage 9 and 10 (our of 16) of this year’s World Cup.
- CANFRANC CANFRANC MARATHON: The long distance event at the 45k race has an incredible 4,000m of ascent, which is packed into 4 climbs. The runners are faced with a climb of 1400m right from the gun, which should help to create some early gaps. They will then face 3 more climbs of 800m, 600, and finally 250m.
- CANFRANC CANFRANC CLASSIC 16K: In the 16k race the runners will also be faced with a huge climb of 1400m from the start right to the summit of “La Moleta”,peak at It is a wild up and down. They ascend over 6k, then it’s a long, rugged 10k of descent back down to the finish, including the final home stretch over a section of the famous “Camino de Santiago”
THE FAVOURITES: WORLD CHAMPIONS TAKE ON THE PYRENEES TRAILS AND TALENTS.
There are some really exciting local and international athletes taking part, which will surely shake up the World Cup rankings even further.
LONG DISTANCE: In the 45k race we have Peter Frano (SVK), winner of Tatra SkyMarathon this year, and Raul Criado (ESP), who was 3rd at Tatra SkyMarathon and was 12th here last year for the men. Ugaitz Artola (ESP) will head the always talented field of basque runners at this race.
They are clearly very strong at the marathon distance. In the women’s race we’ll be seeing Charlotte Morgan (GBR),The 2018 WMRA Long Distancfe World Champion is currently lying 3rd in our World Cup standings, with her highlights being winning Tatra Race Run and coming 3rd in Tatra SkyMarathon. She will face 2020 runner up here, Eva Mesado (ESP) as key rival, with Olivia Magnone (FRA) as an alternate candidate.
CLASSIC: In the 16k we’re really excited to see 2019 world champion Grayson Murphy (USA) back for more European action, after her win at Trofeo Nasego (and 2nd place at Vertical Nasego) last weekend. This 2021 she is also crowned herself as USA National Champion and can seemingly master any distance.
However, Canfranc-Canfranc will be her first experience of racing in Spain, facing the wild vertical climbs and technical descents on which locals thrive. She will face off the 2020 winer of the race and course record holder Servant Nadege (FRA) who has also had strong runs at La Montee du Nid d’Aigle and Grossglockner this year)
Relevant rivals include spain´s current gold and silver at National Championship 2021, Nuria Gil (ESP) and Yolanda Martín (ESP), as well
In the men’s race, 2020 winner Antonio Martinez (ESP) comes back for a double. He will face international talents such as Sandor Szabo (HUN), 4th at World Cup now, . But they will face very strong competition from local athletes who have already proved themselves in this region, including Iñigo Aranzamendi, Roger Comellas, and specially a motivated Ion Sola, who was 4th in the 2020 Canfranc Classic, besting the 2021 Skyrunning Vertical World Champ Daniel Osanz himself.
NATIONAL MOUNTAIN RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR U18 AND MASTERS.
Canfranc Canfracn 2021 shall also hold the national Champs organized by Real Federacion Española de Atletismo (RFEA). The 7th edition for Masters will be run on the 45km course. The 1st edition for the U18 will be held at a specific 5km course.
CANFRANC CANFRANC A RACE TO LOVE AND PROTECT THE MOUNTAINS
As ever in this part of the world, there is strong local support for this race. Fernando Sánchez, Mayor of Canfranc says, “In Canfranc we are happy to continue seeing our Canfranc-Canfranc mountain races grow, with enthusiasm and affection, year after year. 2021 brings us once again an occasion where the Aragonese Pyrenees will not only break records for popular participation yet again, but also host the national and world elite of mountain racing.
Our Jacetania region will thus host for the first time in its history the WMRA World Cup, where Collarada, Aspe or La Moleta will see the absolute world elite compete in Classic and Long Distance. In addition, we also host the RFEA 2021 Spanish Mountain Championships for Youth and Veterans. Because sport is for everyone, of all ages and that is how we have always wanted to promote it in Canfranc.
A double achievement, at the level of popular sports and sports elite that we have to thank for the work and affection of all the residents of Canfranc and Jacetania. Without their support as volunteers, collaborators and organization of the event year after year, it would never have been possible to make this corner of the Pyrenees the world reference event this weekend for mountain sports.”
Schedule SEP 10-12
- SEP10 Friday 10pm: 100km Ultra Starts.
- SEP11 Saturday 6am: 75km Ultrs Starts
- SEP11 Saturday 8am: WORLD CUP WMRA LONG DISTANCE 45k race starts (+ National Champs Masters)
- SEP12 Sunday 9am: WORLD CUP WMRA CLASSIC 16k race starts
- SEP12. Sunday 9.30 5k National Championsip U18 STARTS.
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