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LIMONE EXTREME SKYRACE RACE REPORT

LIMONE EXTREME SKYRACE RACE REPORT

Twenty-year-old Rémi Bonnet from Switzerland won the 2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace in a time of 2:45:25. Bonnet won the Vertical Kilometer the night before but that didn’t seem to stop his enthusiasm as he led from start to finish in this weather-affected 24.3-kilometer race.
Italian Tadei Pivk finished in a strong second place to seal the Skyrunner World Series Sky division championship in a time of 2:51:08. In third and less than two minutes behind was Manuel Merillas from Spain in 2:52:52.

Spain’s Laura Orgué won the women’s race in a time of 3:18:50 with a tight margin of 17 seconds over last year’s winner, Spain’s Maite Maiora, who finished in 3:19:07. Oihana Kortazar took the final podium position to make it a Spanish one, two, three in a time of 3:22:24.

2015 Limone Men’s and Women’s Races

The weather was horrendous for the past few days with torrential rain blasting down on the area surrounding Lake Garda. Limone is situated on the northwest shores of the lake and by race day the weather gods had decided that we were to have a dry day. Snow was on the high mountaintops and as a result there were some course changes. Most notable was the inclusion of an additional loop adding some 800 meters of vertical gain. The race was now 24.3k long and around 2,800 meters of climb.

As the athletes lined up in Limone’s harbor for a midday start, there was even a glimmer of sunshine. Fortunately, the sun never came out and so made the athlete’s journey just that little bit less arduous.

A fast section out of Limone to limber up the legs led swiftly into a climb of several hundred metres. At the 3k mark, Bonnet had already pushed ahead with a 15-second lead over Spain’s Aritz Egea, who would go on to finish fifth. Pivk was a mere 17 seconds further back and crucially keeping ahead of his Sky series championship rival Merillas who at this stage was lying back in seventh.

Race influencer Marco De Gasperi was in fifth at this early stage but his race was not going to go to plan as he would slip back out of the top 10.2015-10-17 11.23.33-1Marco De Gasperi early in the Limone Extreme Skyrace.

Orgué, looking strong on the climb, was less than three minutes off from Bonnet and already had a good lead with American Megan Kimmel in second. Next was Maiora chasing hard and less than a minute further back was rising star Yngvild Kaspersen of Norway.

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Limone defending champ Maite Maiora working on finishing second this year.

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Megan Kimmel running toward sixth place.

With the previous day’s heavy rains, the course was muddy and slippery and as the athletes came in to the finish, their cuts and bruises were many.

First across the line was Bonnet cruising in for a second day’s victory and showing how versatile this young man is in the VK and the Skyrace.

DSC_7706 Rémi Bonnet, 2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace champion.

But the loudest cheers from the mainly Italian crowd were perhaps predictably going to be for Italian Pivk, for his second place had also secured him the 2015 Skyrunner World Series Sky division win.

DSC_7756 Tadei Pivk takes second at the 2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace and wins the 2015 Skyrunner World Series Sky division.

Merillas had run a strategic race closing in on Pivk in the latter stages but just not quite enough to take second.

DSC_7772Spain’s Manuel Merillas is happy with third.

Orgué was made to work for the win by a charging Maiora. Seventeen seconds was the final gap between them, a little close for comfort. With Kortazar taking third, that made a Spanish triple on the podium. With this win, Orgué has triumphed in the Skyrunner World Series Sky division.

DSC_7862 Laura Orgué, 2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace and 2015 Skyrunner World Series Sky division champion.

2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace Men’s Results

  1. Rémi Bonnet (Salomon) — 2:45:25
  2. Tadei Pivk (Crazy Idea) — 2:51:08
  3. Manuel Merillas (Mammut) — 2:52:52
  4. Jokin Lizeaga — 2:53:55
  5. Aritz Egea — 2:55:47
  6. Thibaut Baronian (Salomon) — 2:57:58
  7. Nil Cardona — 2:59:14
  8. Hassan Ait Chaou — 3:00:36
  9. Tom Owens (Salomon) — 3:02:10
  10. Micha Steiner (Salomon) — 3:03:12

2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace Women’s Results

  1. Laura Orgué (Salomon) — 3:18:50
  2. Maite Maiora (La Sportiva) — 3:19:07
  3. Oihana Kortazar (Salomon) — 3:22:24
  4. Elisa Desco (Scott) — 3:28:00
  5. Yngvild Kaspersen (Salomon) — 3:28:40
  6. Megan Kimmel (Asics) — 3:34:53
  7. Michela Mertova — 3:34:54
  8. Ekaterina Mityaeva — 3:40:41
  9. Celia Cheron — 3:42:42
  10. Anna Strakova — 3:43:01

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LIMONE SKYRACE – RESULTS & IMAGES

LIMONE SKYRACE RESULTS

Men’s Results
1 Remi Bonnet 02:45:25
2 Tadei Pivk 02:51:08
3 Manuel Merillas 02:52:52

 

Women’s Results
1 Laura Orgue 03:18:50
2 Maite Maiora 03:19:07
3 Oihana Kortazar 03:22:24

 

All images are copyright – Ian Campbell Photography

 

LIMONE EXTREME – RACE PREVIEW

The Skyrunner World Series (SWS) arrives at the Limone Extreme Skyrace in northern Italy for the final round of the Sky division series. Limone is on the shores of Lake Garda and affords beautiful views across the lake from the peaks that runners will traverse as they race the 23-kilometer course.

Petro Mamu

Petro Mamu – Winner 2014

The men’s Sky series race is really between Italy’s Tadei Pivk, who leads by a 34-point margin over Spain’s Manuel Merillas, 366 to 332 points, respectively.

The women’s series remains much more open. With 364 points, Spain’s Laura Orgué leads Italy’s Elisa Desco by 14 points followed by Spain’s Maite Maiora at 42 points off the lead. American Megan Kimmel has huge potential, as she has 300 points but that’s out of only three races scored. Last year’s SWS Sky division champion and fellow American Stevie Kremer has 254 points and although not mathematically out of contention for the championship, she will be giving her all to see if she can make an overall second or third place.

To put this all into context, it’s 100 points for the win, 88 for second, and 78 for third with the added flavor of a bonus 20% added after that because this is the final race in the series. Do the math and you can see that anyone of these men and women could be crowned the SWS Sky champion of 2015.

Given that Limone is just plain a highlight of the Euro mountain-running season, the competition is heightened by plenty of men and women who aren’t competing in the Skyrunning series.

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As with many Skyrunning events, the weekend includes a Vertical Kilometer (VK), the last of this year’s SWS VK division, and many runners will take on both events. The added fun for Limone is that the VK is held at night with stunning views of Limone and Lake Garda lit up in the early evening.

 

2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace Men’s Preview

Tadei Pivk (Italy) was fifth here in 2014, but his 2015 has been incredible. In 2015, he won the Zegama Marathon (interview) and Dolomites Skyrace, and he was second at The Rut 25k. A couple weeks ago, he was third at the Lantau 2 Peaks 23k. Tadei finished fourth in the 2014 SWS Sky division, so he should move up several positions this year.

Manuel Merillas (Spain) finished 10th here last year, and was seventh in the 2014 SWS Sky division. In 2015, he finished second to Tadei at Zegama, and second also at Matterhorn Ultraks and Lantau 2 Peaks, but ahead of third place Tadei at Lantau. While he trails Tadei in the series rankings, he’s beat him once this season, proving his potential to do so again and take this year’s Sky series.

Egea

Aritz Egea

Aritz Egea (Spain) sits in third in the 2015 SWS Sky series, with his best performances so far being a third at Matterhorn Ultraks and fourth in Zegama. His main concern on the weekend will be staying ahead in series points over the men sitting in fourth, fifth, and sixth places as they are just four, four, and six points back, respectively.

Tom Owens (U.K.) is in fourth in the SWS Sky rankings via these strong performances: fourth at the MSIG Sai Kung 28k and two sixth places at Dolomites and Matterhorn Ultraks. It’s just a six-point spread between third and sixth places in the series rankings with all those men racing this weekend, any man’s game for the third spot on the podium.

Marco De Gasperi

Marco De Gasperi

Marco de Gasperi (Italy) placed fourth here in 2014. He sits in ninth in the Sky series rankings for this year, with two third-place finishes at the MSIG Sai Kung 28k and The Rut 25k.He probably won’t move up too much in the series rankings, but he’s always a race influencer, gunning it from the get go.

Other Notable Men

Hassan Ait Chaou (Spain) – Currently 8th in the SWS Sky series

Stian Angermund (Norway) – Winner 2015 Blåmann VK among a competitive field

Martin Anthamatten (Switzerland) – Currently 6th in the SWS Sky series, but only six points out of third. He’s on his way up in the sport right now, so he’s a great bet for moving up onto the series podium.

Pere Aurell (Spain) – Currently 13th in the SWS Sky series

Rémi Bonnet (Switzerland) – Another rising star, he’s in 11th in the SWS Sky ranking, but that’s via just two series races wins at The Rut 25k and Lantau 2 Peaks. He won’t podium in the Sky series this year, but watch out for this young skimo athlete turned trail runner both for the podium this weekend and in the future.

Thibaut Baronian (France) – Winner 2014 Wings for Life France, 15th 2014 Sierre-Zinal

Marc Casal Mir (Andorra)

Oscar Casal Mir (Andorra) – 7th 2014 Matterhorn Ultraks, currently 21st in the SWS Sky series

Martin Gaffuri (France)

Jokin Lizeaga (Spain) – 8th 2014 Zegama Marathon

Thorbjørn Ludvigsen (Norway) – 11th 2014 Zegama Marathon

Dai Matsumoto (Japan) – Currently 10th in the 2015 SWS Sky series

Pere Rullan (Spain) – Currently 7th in the 2015 SWS Sky series

Ionut Zinca (Romania) – Currently 5th in the SWS Sky division, within a close spread between 3rd and 6th places

2015 Limone Extreme Skyrace Women’s Preview

Laura Orgue

Laura Orgue

Laura Orgué (Spain) took fourth here at Limone last year. In 2015 SWS Sky series races, she’s won the Ti Dodo Trail 25k and has had three second-place finishes at Dolomites, The Rut 25k, and Lantau 2 Peaks 23k. She was the 2014 SWS VK Champion and she took fourth place in the 2014 SWS Sky division. It looks like she’ll move up several spots in the Sky series this year as long as she races well on the weekend.

Elisa Desco

Elisa Desco

Elisa Desco (Italy) took third place here in 2014 and was also third in the 2014 SWS Sky division. She’s 14 points out of first position in the series with wins at the MSIG Sai Kung 28k and Matterhorn Ultraks.

 

 

 

Antonella Confortella Wyatt (Italy) is a 2006 Winter Olympics bronze medalist in Nordic skiing who is married to mountain-running star Jono Wyatt. She competes in shorter-distance mountain races around Europe. This summer, she edged Laura at the La Sportiva Skaala Uphill, an 8.2k race. Can anyone provide beta on if and how Antonella’s raced at slightly longer mountain races?

Maite Maiora

Maite Maiora

Maite Maiora (Spain) is the returning Limone Extreme Skyrace champion, and she finished second in the 2014 SWS Sky series. Her best performance in the series so far this series is a second to Laura at the Ti Dodo Trail 25k.

Megan Kimmel (USA) is the best-performing female in the SWS Sky division this year. She has three victories at Dolomites, The Rut 25k, and Flagstaff Skyrace. While she’s in fourth in the series so far, she could win the series with a near-the-top performance this weekend.

Stevie Kremer

Stevie Kremer

Stevie Kremer (USA) was the 2014 SWS Sky Champion and she was second here in 2014 behind winner Maite. Stevie’s best performances so far this year in the series have been a win at the Buffalo Stampede Skyrace and a second place behind Elisa at Matterhorn Ultraks.

Yngvild Kaspersen (Norway) is yet another rising Skyrunning star. A couple weekends ago she won the Lantau 2 Peaks in horrific weather. She’s in sixth place in the SWS Sky series ahead of this weekend.

Other Notable Women

Anna Comet (Spain) – 4th at 2015 Matterhorn Ultraks. With her 2nd at Transvulcania (interview) and 5th at Ultra Pirineu in 2015, the skimo star turned trail runner is proving herself well.

Denisa Dragomir (Italy) – 6th 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace

Kasie Enman (USA) – 2nd 2015 US Mountain Running Champs (interview) and 10th 2015 World Mountain Running Championships

Azara García (Spain) – Winner 2015 Zegama Marathon (interview)

Stephanie Jimenez (Spain) – Currently 12th in the SWS Sky series with her best performance being 2nd behind Elisa at the MSIG Sai Kung 28k

Oihana Kortazar (Spain) – Currently 9th in the SWS Sky series

Manikala Rai (Nepal)

Anna Strakova (Czech Republic) – Currently 16th in the SWS Sky series

Zuzana Urbankova (Czech Republic)

On the Women’s Entrants List but Not Racing

Emelie Forsberg (Sweden)

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LIMONE EXTREME – WORLD TITLES GO TO JORNET & KREMER

MAMU & MAIORA TAKE OUT THE WINS

JORNET & KREMER WIN SKYRACE SERIES

 

Eritrean Petru Mamu hit the front at a super fast pace and never relinquished first place to win the final edition of the 2014 Skyrunner World Series Skyrace series at Limone Extreme Skyrace in 02:14:25.

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[Petro Mamu wins the 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace]

Second place was of course Kilian Jornet, having done the VK the evening before his legs weren’t as fresh but he closed in fast on Mamu in the final 10 kilometers and reduced his two-minute lead to 30 seconds by the finish.

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[Kilian Jornet on his way to second place and a win of the 2014 Skyrace Series]

In third place and five minutes behind Jornet was David Schneider. But it some ways it was Jornet’s day, as this sealed the Skyrace Series and his third 2014 Skyrunner World Series title for 2014, having already won the VK and Ultra Series.

Maite Maiora worked her way steadily from an early fourth place to win in 02:47:05 two-minutes ahead of second place Stevie Kremer. Third place was Elisa Desco who fought hard and, literally, hit the deck at the finish. Kremer wraps up the season as Skyrace Series champion.

MAIORA FINISH LINE - DSC_4215[Maite Maiora 2014 Limone Extreme Skyrace Champion]

2014 Limone Men’s and Women’s Races

Set amidst beautiful Italian lakes, the final edition of the 2014 Skyrace Series started and finished on the shores of Lake Garda in Limone.

Limone is relatively short in distance at 23.5km but tough on elevation with 2,000m of vertical gain, traversing three mountains, Bocca dei Fortini (1,200m), Monte Traversole (1,441m) and Coma Vecchia (1,415m) before descending back to Limone. With a downpour the night before, humidity was high leaving it warm and sticky for race day with the race starting at 13:30 outside the line of restaurants, pizzerias and pleasure boat docks in Limone Centro.

Petro Mamu is not a well known name, but he came into this race as 2014 Mountain Running World Cup winner having also placed seventh at the 2014 World Mountain Running Championships last month.  Also, he has a marathon PR of 02:25:37 set in his home country in May. So take heed this guy has mountain credentials as well as speed. His game plan was to lead from the gun and that is exactly what he did. The first two kilometres suited him as it undulates but boy was he flying when he hit the first climb! By the time 10km had past, he had a two minutes lead on Jornet, Schneider and IMarco de Gasperi.

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[Petro Mamu super fast and strong on the first climb]

The women’s race appeared to be between Kremer and Laura Orgue as they swapped places between Checkpoint 1 and the 10km point, but Maiora was biding her time in third place. Desco and Limone VK winner Christel Dewalle were lying in fourth and fifth places respectively.

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[Stevie Kremer climbing towards second place]

At Monte Traversole (1,441m), there is a long and technical descent back to Limone, it is here that Jornet made up 90 seconds to Mamu who was racing hard to maintain his well fought lead. Mamu hung on and arrived at the beach to stride his way along amid applause from the crowds and then sprinted along the finishing funnel to hit the winner’s tape. Not once did he look back, but only 30 seconds later Jornet came to join him high fiving the crowds, enjoying the moment that he had won the Skyrace Series and his third Skyrunner World Series title in one year. This has never been done before and, perhaps, it’s never to be done again.

Schneider in third place, however, was looking over his shoulder as he had a muddy and bloodied De Gasperi hot on his heels only 17 seconds behind.

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[David Schneider (left) after edging Marco De Gasperi for third place]

The technical descent from Monte Travesole played an important part in the women’s race. Orgue had dropped down the field and Maiora had worked her way up past Kremer and stretched out her lead to two minutes by the finish. Kremer was not going to give in and toughed it out to take second place ahead of Desco by three minutes. Desco had worked hard all day and by the time she arrived at the finish line she had nothing left and collapsing to the ground.

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[Elisa Desco after putting it all out there to finish third]

Limone Skyrace results

Men’s Results
1 Petro Mamu 02:14:25
2 Kilian Jornet 02:14:55
3 David Schneider 02:19:58
4 Marco de Gasperi 02:20:15
5 Taddei Pivk 02:21:00
6 Nicola Golinelli 02:22:09
7 Alexis Sevennec 02:25:25
8 Hassan Ait Chaou 02:26:02
9 Alex Nichols 02:26:53
10 Manuel Merillas 02:27:17
Women’s Results
1 Maite Maiora 02:47:05
2 Stevie Kremer 02:49:03
3 Elisa Desco 02:52:40
4 Laura Orgue 02:53:54
5 Victoria Wilkinson 02:55:18
6 Denisa Dragonir 02:57:01
7 Deborah Cardone 03:03:47
8 Leire Agurrezabola 03:06:11
9 Martina Valmossoi 03:07:25
10 Tessa Hill 03:07:35

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2014 Skyrace Series

It wasn’t perhaps a day for course records but a day to remember nevertheless when a certain Kilian Jornet achieved something that has never been done before, winning all three Skyrunning titles in one year, the grand slam, Ultra, VK and now Skyrace. It may never be done again and it just shows the true versatility and range of this athlete.

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American Stevie Kremer has shown the rest of her compatriots that you can mix it up with the Europeans and win on their turf.

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Overall Skyrace series results below:

Men’s Skyrace Series Series Points
1 Kilian Jornet Salomon 306
2 Ionio Alin Zinca Valetude 226
3 Zaid Ait Malek Buff 224

 

Women’s Skyrace Series Series Points
1 Stevie Kremer Salomon 306
2 Maite Maiora La Sportiva 276
3 Elisa Desco Scott Sports 270

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COURSE DE SIERRE – ZINAL – RESULTS

KILIAN MAKES IT THREE WINS & STEVIE KREMER FINALLY GETS TOP SPOT ON THE PODIUM

The 41st edition of Sierre Zinal took place in the heart of Valais Alps yesterday. Sierre Zinal or the ‘Race of Five 4000m Peaks’ is a mountain marathon of 31km with 2,200m of ascent and 800m of descent. It is the third race in the SkyRunner World Series.

Kilian Jornet - Roque de Los Muchachos

Kilian Jornet

Men’s Race

Sub 2:34 was what you needed for the podium and Kilian Jornet had that this weekend to edge out race leader Jo Gray from the US to take his third win at Sierre Zinal in a time of 2:31:54. His fastest time on this course by a good two minutes.  Jo Gray finished second in 2:32:58 and Costa Cesar took the final podium spot in 2:34:07.

Impressive run by UK athlete Rob Simpson finishing 5th for the second year in a row in a time of 2:35:13 – 19 seconds faster than in 2013.  His time in 2012 was 2:54 so he has made huge improvements.  Fourth place by Francois Gonon in 2:34:56 and Jonathan Wyatt still proves he has it in him with a 8th place finish in 2:38.

But, as I predicted, the Jonathan Wyatt course record of 2:29:12 set in 2003 did not go down. Its a very stout CR and whilst I believe KJ has the credentials to smash it, that was not his focus this weekend.  KJ is now 3 wins a piece with Marco de Gasperi. He finished 69th in 3:03.

Another nine make the sub 2:40 club on this course compared to 7, 3, 5 and 5 in 2013, 2012, 2011and 2010 respectively, so the standard is getting much higher year on year.

Name Place Time
Kilian Jornet 1st 2:31:43
Jo Gray 2nd 2:32:58
Cesar Costa 3rd 2:34:07
Francois Gonon 4th 2:34:56
Rob Simpson 5th 2:35:13

Women’s Race

Well I predicted a 1- 2 between Elisa Desco (DNF) and Stevie Kremer but hedged my bets. Stevie Kremer showed us what a strong and tactical mountain runner she is and that she can cruise those downhills. Kremer finished in 3:03:12 ahead of second place Maude Mathys in 3:03:59. Third place was taken by 2012 winner Aline Camboulive in 3:08:13.

The Spaniard Laura Orgue who has had a strong season so far and would have appeared to be strong contender for the final podium spot ran strongly for a 5th position in 3:13:04.  Fourth place was taken by Christel Dewalle in 3:08:32.

But for sure the course record held by Anna Pichrtova (2:54:26) set in 2008 was going to be intact.

Another 16 make the sub 3:30 club compared to 12 in 2013.

Name Place Time
Stevie Kremer 1st 3:03:12
Maude Mathys 2nd 3:03:59
Aline Camboulive 3rd 3:08:13
Christel Dewalle 4th 3:08:32
Laura Orgue 5th 3:13:04

 

 

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