SKY GRAN CANARIA TPT 35 LONG FINALISSIMA WORLD CUP WMRA GOLD RHASALLA & ALLEN
SKY GRAN CANARIA TPT 35 LONG FINALISSIMA WORLD CUP WMRA GOLD RHASALLA & ALLEN. Our WMRA sections brings us the results of Sky Gan Canaraia TPT 35 Long.
Day two of the Valsir Mountain World Cup Finalissima at Sky Gran Canaria featured the longest race of the weekend, the Sky TPT38 Long. USA and Spain lead the way at the Valsir Mountain World Cup Finalissima at Sky Gran Canaria.
WMRA SKY GRAN CANARIA TPT 35 LONG
The longest race of the weekend, the Sky TPT38 Long, it was a demanding 38km which had to be changed from the original 2736m of ascent and the sections of steep, technical ground due to the weather alert issued by the government. In any case, it was a great course, that saw runners start down on the coast of Maspalomas before traversing a series of volcanic canyons.
And if day one and the uphill-only race over 4km was all about flat-out power, this was very much a story of tactics, endurance, fuelling strategies and good old fashioned true grit, not to mention superb the descending skills required for the final 12km.
Fortunately for the competitors, conditions cooled slightly – the islands have been enduring a heat wave – and the canyon walls provided much-needed shade, so it was possible to really push hard from the gun.
It was the USA’s Christian Allen who did just that to seize the early initiative to open up a commanding lead of more than three minutes by 22km. Allen has been in great form this year as his 2023 race programme demonstrates. The 28-minute 10k track runner has posted a string of impressive results all over the world, highlighted by a seven-minute victory in the Speedgoat 50k in the Wasatch Mountains, USA, or the impressive second place at Vertical Nasego or the third place at the Trofeo Nasego this Valsir Mountain Running World Cup season.
Allen, who is also a member of a newly formed Trail Team created to help athletes progress in the world of off-road running, crossed the line in 2:29:29, comfortably ahead of countryman Andrew Wacker who clocked 2:35:52. Third was Ondrej Fejfar 2:36:50
“I’m tired but I’m glad to be done. I was a little tired after yesterday and didn’t get much sleep because of the caffeine I’d taken (he finished third in uphill only 4km) but competing is all about adapting and going out there and having fun,” said Allen, who flew the final downhill 12km in a shade under 40 minutes.
A great race from the American this Sunday (tomorrow) over the Classic Distance Finalissima race, could see him move to as high as third in the overall rankings. But talking after this race, he’s not so sure he’ll be on the start line for the third race of a packed weekend. “But you never know,” he laughed. “We’ll see how I sleep tonight.”
In the women’s race, a superb final 12km from Spain’s Ikram Rharsalla Laktab saw her haul back a four-minute deficit to win by more than more than a minute. At first glance it appeared to be down solely to her sensational running over the closing stages given Italy’s Camilla Magliano has passed 22km more than four minutes to the good over Laktab, the Spanish representative in the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships in Innsbruck earlier this season.
Unfortunately, however for Magliano, the Italian had taken a wrong – and costly – turn in the final canyon and it was Laktab who crossed the line first in 2:57:26 with Magliano close behind in 2:59:01. Third was Sara Willhoit 3:17:14.
“I’m happy with the win,” said Laktab, the surprised winner, who was understandably happy with the way things turned out. “It was a very runnable course, although I do like a bit more of a technical course with a touch more climbing,” she continued.
Now it’s all about Sunday and the Sky A21 Classic which starts and finishes at the Muelle Viejo de Agaete. Initially, this race was going to be over 50km, but the extreme weather conditions in Gran Canaria means this will now be a shorter two-lap race over 22km.
Full results of Saturday’s races can be found here.
Friday 13th October 16.30 UTC+1: vertical uphill race (6.2k, +976m), starts at Agaete
Saturday 14th October 10.00 UTC+1: long distance race (35k, +2200m/-2200m), starts at Tunte
Sunday 15th October 09.30 UTC+1: classic race (20.5k, +740m/-1970m), starts at Artenara