UTMB, the main race, the star race
With the world’s top 10 players on UTMB, the race promises to be a very hot contender. In terms of men, the intensity is staggering with over 81 runners holding elite status.
Americans Jim Walmsley and French François Dehaigny and Xavier Thévenard are the candidates … on paper. We will also have to count on Tim Tollefson, who finished third in the UTMB® in 2016 and 2017 who will be eager to succeed in his race after two failures in 2018 and 2019:
« After two hard-to-digest failures and a global pandemic, my impatience with returning to full circle is greater than ever. I return to the valley with a burning torch and a stronger realization of how lucky I am to run here Comments of the American runner.
Among the runners who could surprise, Russian Dmitriy Mityaev and Spaniard Pablo Villa are among the outsiders who are able to do a great race. However, we should expect some surprises with the few benchmarks and races the candidates have had after a near-empty season in 2020.
Among the women, Beth Pascal and Courtney Doalter are at the top of the list of favorites, but we’ll also have to count on Americans Katie Shedd and Kaitlin Gerben, and on French Audrey Tanguy and Camille Proyas.
Not forgetting Sweden’s Mimmi Kokta and Dutch author Ragna Debats, the author who performed very well in the Western States® 100-Mile Endurance Run for her first run.
« We miss the races a lot and the fact that UTMB® can take place this year is an important symbol for our community. It will be different due to the restrictions, but the mountains are the same as usual.
For me, UTMB® is a personal journey, I want to be able to feel that I have done things well. It has nothing to do with time or location but a matter of an inner feeling, you know it in your heart Mimi Kokta explains.
In all, over 170 elite athletes are registered for the event, making UTMB® Mont-Blanc the most popular rally of the season.
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CCC is also a dream
At CCC, Luis Alberto Hernando will come to defend his title against Stian Angermond who will come to try his hand at distance and already OCC winner in 2019 or even American Jared Hazen who is among the best riders on show. The Atlantic is training with specific player Jim Walsley.
On the women’s front, Ruth Croft looks untouchable this season after winning in New Zealand, then the Ultra Trail Australia and second place in California last month:
« After taking a three-week break after a 100-mile endurance race in the Western States, I began to resume training at CCC.
The first week back to training isn’t always fun, but it can only get better from now on. Chamonix Trails has always treated me well in the past and after a year of absence, I’m glad to be back.p,” she explains.
It still has to count on more than 20 athletes of elite status such as Megan McKenzie, Emily Schmitz and Yu Wang. Note that the CCC® record was set by Chinese athlete Miao Yao at 11:57 am during his exceptional performance in 2018.
Not forgetting our other racing favourites:
holly page – united kingdom
Falmasoy Martina – Italy
Mityaeva Ekaterina – Russian
Mayfield Camellia – United States
Bossio Rory – United States
Torini Giudetta – Italy
Rai Mira – Nepal
Bohard Manon – France
Edwards Meredith – United States
Blanchett Juliette – France
Evans Thomas – United Kingdom
Karar Rob – United States
Fernandez Fernandez Borja – Spain
Clemente Mora Christopher – Spain
Wästlund Simen Hjalmar – suede leather
Castaner Bernat Tovol – Spain
Jung Daniel – Italy
Airiau Gautier – France
Santos Gabriel Wheel – Argentinian
Ramos Gonzalez Marcos – Spain
L’Hirondel Blandine – France
Yao Miao Chen
Avilés Castaño Sheila – Spain
Disco Elisa – Italy
Carrion Gisela – Spain
Lu Yang Chun Chen
Sagnes Mathilde – France
Bleasdale Julia – Germany
Caitlin Felder – New Zealand
Comet Anna – Spain
Hayden Hawks – United States
Elazzaoui Elhousine – Maroc
Cardona Cole Oriol – Spain
Albon Jonathan – United Kingdom
Remy beanie – Switzerland
Simpson Ruby – United Kingdom
Ueda Rui – Japan
El Pascal – Switzerland
Engdal Peter – Swedish
Wink Stefan – Switzerland
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