TRAIL VERBIER ST BERNARD 2023: Mathieu CLEMENT & Corine KAGERER win 140k SWISS UTMB WORLD SERIES
TRAIL VERBIER ST BERNARD 2023: Mathieu Clement & Corine Kagerer win the 140k swiss UTMB world series stage. Our UTMB WORLD SERIES bring us three races from the UTMB World Series over the last weekend. While thunderstorms suspend Friday’s racing at Val d’Aran by UTMB. the Restonica Trail by UTMB at Corsica went to Lantelli and Asperger.
Trail Verbier St-Bernard by UTMB delivered an all Swiss podium in the X-Alpine 140km. With breathtaking views and exceptional performances throughout the weekend, the 2023 edition has more than lived up to its reputation, much to the pleasure of the 3,918 athletes (25% of which were female), who took the start. Let us follow the race recap by Mayayo
TRAIL VERBIER ST BERNARD 2023:
CLEMENT & KAGERER win 140k swiss UTMB world series
The 14th edition of Trail Verbier St-Bernard by UTMB took place last weekend – the oldest Swiss ultra-trail race, famous for its alpine, technical and aerial character. With breathtaking views and exceptional performances throughout the weekend.
The 2023 edition has more than lived up to its reputation, much to the pleasure of the 3,918 athletes (25% of which were female), who took the start (4,600 people registered). Let’s come back on a sunny weekend filled with emotions.
- 3,918 runners representing 76 nations on the start line.
- More than 400 volunteers come together for the event.
- Swiss podium for the X-Alpine (140KM)
TRAIL VERBIER ST BERNARD 2023 140km
The longest race of the weekend, the X-Alpine (100M category), set out a challenge of 140km and 9,300m D+ to its 350 runners. Starting with a symbolic departure from Verbier during the night between Friday and Saturday, runners experienced a demanding alpine race which highlighted the iconic sites of the region from Verbier to Pays du St-Bernard: Orny cabin, 5 mythic passes of the region (Fenêtre pass, Grand St-Bernard pass, Chevaux pass, Mille pass & Avouillons pass), the Panossière footbridge and its outstanding view on the eponymous glacier and the Grand Combin.
It was a Swiss male-female duo at the top of the podium with Mathieu CLEMENT, the promising talent from Fribourg, crossing the line in 20h16’, and the Swiss-German Corine KAGERER following him 5 hours later.
TRAIL VERBIER ST BERNARD 2023 76k
The X-Traversée, the oldest race of the event, started at 8am from La Fouly (Pays du Saint-Bernard) for an adventure of 76km and 5300m D+ through mountain lakes and historical passes. Between the fog, the sun appeared to reveal the most beautiful Valais scenes. Frenchman Thibaut GARRIVIER took the tape in 9 hours, while the first female athletes was Polish runner Katarzyna SOLINSKA, who finished ninth overall in 10 hours 34 minutes.
Upon crossing the finish line at Verbier, Thibaut Garrivier said: “Probably one of my three most beautiful races with Transvulcania, maybe more beautiful than the UTMB. Technical, but not too much, single trail all along, lots of mountains, it was a very – very – great experience.”
The departure from Moay in the heart of the Mayens, at the top of the gondola lift, attracted 1,307 runners for the Verbier Marathon. This year the race offered a brand-new itinerary starting from the Bagnes station for the 42km and 3,000m D+ challenge, with an iconic and technical way at the top of the Mont Rogneux, the highest point of the event with iconic views of the region, at 3,026m high.
Smiles and overwhelming energy on the start line that we have been experiencing all afternoon long on the itinerary and at the Verbier’s finish line, starting 2pm with the victory and the Italian Daniel ANTONIOLI and the Czech Marcela VASINOVA, cheered through the Verbier finish line by the crowds.
Verbier Xplore 27k
Under a sunny sky, on Sunday 858 runners took on the Verbier X-Plore, the most accessible race of the weekend at 27km and 1,700m D+ – a short but demanding format. Runners had the opportunity to discover Savoleyres and La Chaux before reaching the heart of Verbier.
The festive atmosphere of the departure at Verbier remained, with kids races an hour later, and all afternoon long to welcome runners still on the trails, until the last finisher of the weekend, who crossed the finish line at around 4pm this Sunday.
At the end, Maxime CHANE, winner of the Verbier X-Plore the Sunday summed up the general feeling amongst the runners: «The only issue of this race is that it is so beautiful that you almost forget to concentrate on the itinerary and the chrono!»
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