SIERRA NEVADA 2022: SKYSNOW WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPS VERTICAL AND CLASSIC
SIERRA NEVADA 2022: SNOWRUNNING WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPS VERTICAL AND CLASSIC. Our SKYRUNNING section celebrates the first Snowrunning World Championship where 60 runners from all over the world competed druing this weekend in Sierra Nevada, Spain, in two modalities: Vertical and Classic.
SIERRA NEVADA 2022:
SKYSNOW WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPS VERTICAL AND CLASSIC
“Edition zero” of the SkySnow World Championships will take place on February 4-5, 2022, in Andalusia at the Sierra Nevada Ski and Mountain Resort, Monachil, Granada, Spain.
The events kick off on Friday, February 4 with the SkySnow Running Sierra Nevada Vertical, a 4.3 km long course with 950m vertical climb to 3,050m altitude.
Saturday’s SkySnow Running Sierra Nevada Classic race will start at dusk. Athletes will face the 925m vertical climb over the 12.5 km course wearing headlamps and warm clothing to face the very low temperatures expected after dark.
SkySnow consists of running on snow wearing micro crampons. Two categories exist:
- Vertical (under 5 km with a minimum 15% incline)
- Classic (over 9 km with a minimum total incline of 3% and sections over 10%). Youth categories have also been introduced.
60 BIBS IN RACE, FOR VERTICAL AND CLASSIC.
The project pushed from Spain allows twelve runners to score for each selection: The first three of each sex are taken into account for each of the two modalities.
This call has managed to attract 60 runners from all over the world, who come from fifteen different countries. The Spanish team is the widest, logically as host, with 10 numbers of the 60 in competition.
They follow it in this order: Germany (9); Italy, Russia, Portugal and Andorra (6); USA and Norway (3); France, Bolivia, Brazil and Sweden (2), China, Finland and Peru (1).
SIERRA NEVADA 2022: VERTICAL SKYSNOW 4,3KM | 950M+
As reported by the FEDME, the race started at 8.00 Friday morning, to face a total route of 4.3 km and 950m. Given the very limited number of competitors, a block exit of all the mixed categories was opted for. Before them, a morning with higher temperatures than is usual on the dates in which we are.
GOLDS FOR LINA EL KOTT (SUE) & LUCA DEL PERO (ITA).
The men’s race soon stretched with the first runners already setting very fast times. In the men’s category the small group of runners disputed a first place that finally has been for the Italian Luca Del Pero who achieves the gold by four seconds over the second classified, Vitalii Chernov. The third classified Lorenzo Rota who crossed the finish line five seconds from the first.
The jaqués Daniel Osanz, was the first Spanish in goal, achieving a Top 10 world with a 6th place stopping the clock in 40:36. followed by his teammate Diego Diaz, he also sneaks into the Top10 with a 7th position at the finish line, stopping the clock in 40:40.
The women’s race was written on a different script with the Swedish runner and triathlete Lina El Kott Helander leading a test in which only the Andalusian Silvia Lara was able to bother the lead of the Swedish runner.
The castillera runner Silvia Lara achieves here in Sierra Nevada the World Runner-up with a time of 46:45. The third place on the podium was for the Castilian Virginia Perez who made a race from less to more climbing positions from the second sector of the race.
Two podiums that place the Spanish women’s team among the best in the championship. The Navarrese Naiara Irigoyen, current the national and Navarrese title of the modality, sneaks into the Top 10 world with a 5th position. Madrid’s Cristina Trujillo touched the Top 10 with a 13th position.
SKYSNOW VERTICAL – WOMEN
1.- Lina El Kott Helander 46:31 (SWE)
2.- Silvia Lara Díez 46:45 (ESP)
3.- Virgina Perez Mesonero 48:09 (ESP)
SKYSNOW VERTICAL – MEN
1.- Luca Del Pero (ITA) 39:37
2.- Vitalii Chernov (RUS) 39:41
3.- Lorenzo Rota Martir (ITA) 39:42
SIERRA NEVADA 2022: SKYSNOW CLASSIC 12,7KM | 920M+
As reported by FEDME, the World Cup race started at 18:00 at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Winter season. Half an hour later the start of the Open race was given with about a thousand registered.
A capricious weather made the route of more than 12 kilometers of distance even harder and that accumulated a positive slope of 920 meters, on a very soft snow at the lower levels. The starting line, located in Pradollano (2,100m), launched a route that passed through Borreguiles (2,700m) and reached 2,900 meters before starting the descent again to the urbanization of Sierra Nevada, where the finish line was located.
Virginia Perez Mesonero was the first woman to cross the finish line of these SkySnow Running Classic World Championships, investing a time of 01:18:39 in making the layout designed by the Altalí Sports Club. The Castilian-La Mancha rider also achieves silver in the combined classification of Classic and Vertical.
They accompanied on the podium of Classics the Spaniard, the Portuguese runner Joana Soares who achieved the silver and the Swedish Sanna El Kott who hung the bronze medal.
The Navarrese Naiara Irigoyen achieved an 8th place that place her among the 10 best in the world and thus ends a debut in the World Cup test among the best runners of the moment, with a 7th position in the combined. Basque runner Oihana Kortazar was in the top 10 when she crossed the finish line in 11th position.
GOLD LUCA DEL PERO (ITA)
In the men’s category the title of World Champion has been for the Italian Luca Del Pero who stopped the clock in 01:06:47 ahead of Mike Popejoy who hangs the silver medal and Aleksei Pagnuev who won the bronze medal.
Eduard Hernández, was the first runner of the FEDME selection to reach the finish line, managed to enter the Top 10 with an 8th position. Diego Díaz also sneaked into the Top 10 with a 9th place, a weekend that places him 8th in the combined classification. Raul Ortiz marked a 17th position today, sneaking into the top twenty of the world.
Results that place the Spanish team as the second in the world in the specialty, keeping the team at the top of the world ranking.
The first world championships of the specialty that has brought together mountain runners from fifteen countries and that have inaugurated this weekend the winners of the SkyS World Championship.
SKYSNOW CLASSIC- WOMEN
1.- Virginia Perez Mesonero (ESP)
2.- Joana Soares (POR)
3.- Sanna El Kott Helander (SWE)
SKYSNOW CLASSIC- MEN
1.- Luca Del Pero (ITA)
2.- Mike Popejoy
3.- Aleksei Pagnuev
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