TRANSGRANCANARIA 2014

Transgrancanaria is set in the Canary island off the coast of Africa on Gran Canaria. The main race is a 125km traverse (north to south) of the island across the mountains and valleys.  Moving from Agaete on the Atlantic coast which tends to be wet and windy to the sunnier south at Maspalomas. The race is sponsored by The North Face and is the first major International Ultra of the season.    

In a very interesting race Ryan Sandes pulled off the win in 14:27:42, second place going to Julien Chorier 14:36:28 and third to Timothy Olsen in 14:39:03. Check out iRunFar.com for the full race details and pre and post race interviews. 

The womens race was won by Nuria Picas in 16:44:55, second Francesca Canepa 17:29:18 and third Fernanda Maciel 17:31:57.  

These times show just how tough this course is with roughly 8000+ metres of vertical ascent. The race starts at midnight and along the way we experienced low cloud and fog moving into strong sun as we progressed further south and nearer to the finish time of 2pm the following afternoon. 

There are several checkpoints along the route. The timings below are for the top 10 men and top 2 women at strategic points along the course, 34km, 57km, 82km and the finish. 

 Place Name Artenara – 34km Name Teror – 57km
1 Chaigneau 04:03 Chaigneau 06:28
2 Chorier 04:03 Yeray 06:28
3 Yeray 04:03 Chorier 06:30
4 Olson 04:04 Julia Bonmati 06:32
5 Thevenin 04:05 Olson 06:40
6 Sandes 04:06 Thevenin 06:42
7 Bowman 04:06 Bowman 06:42
8 Amdahl 04:06 Queral Inbanez 06:42
9 Schlarb 04:08 Cointre 06:45
10 Cointre 04:08 Guillon 06:45
1 Picas 04:37 Picas 07:20
2 Chaverot 04:47 Maciel 07:33

 

 

Place Name Garanon – 82km Name Finish – 125km
1 Chaigneau 10:02 Sandes 14:27
2 Olson 10:03 Chorier 14:36
3 Yeray 10:04 Olson 14:39
4 Sandes 10:07 Yeray 15:06
5 Chorier 10:11 Guillon 15:17
6 Amdahl 10:16 Amdahl 15:28
7 Julia Bonmati 10:32 Dominguez Ledo 15:46
8 Bowman 10:32 Cointre 15:47
9 Guillon 10:32 Bowman 15:59
10 Cointre 10:32 Morgan 16:00
1 Picas 11:28 Picas 16:44
2 Maciel 11:48 Canepa 17:29

 

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell – Photography

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