Today was the Vertical Kilometer at Transvulcania. The VK course starts at Tazacorte and ascends the steep cliff from the sea front for 6.6km on a single track with 40% incline. The course slightly flattens out to finish at 1,160m with an average incline of 30%.

I was at the foot of the cliff face and it sure looks steep. A zig zag set of bends gradually winds its way up over 200m straight. Think really steep switch backs and you are there.

I drove up to just past the half way mark and positioned on the climb probably at about 700m.  From here you could see the racers flying down a short steep downhill before hitting a good sustained climb. Plenty of people out spectating and cheering on all the racers.

VK at about 700m

VK at about 700m


  • Men
  • 1st place – Bernard Dematteis – 47.23
  • 2nd place – Martin Dematteis – 48.26
  • 3rd place – Kilian Jornet – 49.33
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  • Women
  • 1st place – Elisa Desco – 59.43
  • 2nd place – Laura Orgue – 1.01.10
  • 3rd place – Azara Garcia de los Salmones – 1.01.42


VK - Transvulcania

VK – Transvulcania

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography



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