The Tour Cerdanya; take paths linking the towns of the region or neighboring regions, it is a wonderful environment to explore and discover… it is one of the most beautiful valleys in Europe for its breadth and its sunshine. A place where athletes such as Kilian Jornet and Emma Roca have spent hours and hours running and discovering. It is a magnificent corner of the world that is surrounded by four peaks, Carlit Puigpedrós, Tossa Plana Lles and Puigmal; they dominate the plains.
The Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons consists of four key races:
Distance: 214 km
Elevation: +10.000 m
Elevation: -10.000 m
Start: Alp Arribada: Puigcerdà
Distance: 87,5 km
Elevation: +4.410 m
Elevation: -4.365 m
Start: La Tor de Querol
Distance: 37,6 km
Elevation: +2.095 m
Elevation: -2.160 m
Start: Bellver de Cerdanya
Distance: 12,8 km
Elevation: +530 m
Elevation: -617 m
Nuria Picas (Buff) has confirmed her participation in the Tour Cerdanya Trail (87 km race) this comes as a surprise after her withdrawal from Zegama-Aizkorri. However, Nuria must feel strong and will use this as preparation for the Skyrunning World Championships at the end of June.
Nuria is one of the best mountain runners in the world and currently leads the UTWT (Ultra Trail World Tour) after impressive wins at Transgrancanaria, UTMF and TNF100.
Judith Franch (inov-8), along with Berta Moreno, Djanina Freytag and Xari Adrian are strong candidates to become the new champions this weekend in Catalonia Cerdanya.
Who else should we watch out for?
- Eugeni Roselló winner of The Spine in the UK will be a strong contender
- Eduardo Perez
- Ganuza, David Vallverdu
- Olga Manko
Almost all Spanish/Catalan, but great names indeed:
- Jordi “Toti” Bes (Esports Nabes team)
- Gerard “Blacky” Morales (Buff),
- Pau Bartoló (Buff)
- Arnau Julià (Buff) is not sure if he’ll run 87K or 37K.
- Karim El Hayani (from Morocco, runs in sandals and was fourth a few weeks ago in a Spanish Cup race),
- Berta Moreno,
- Isaac Torija,
- Ignasi Vilà
- And two Tarahumara Indians from Mexico: Silvino Cuberas and Arnulfo Quimare.
- Emma Roca is the best known here and hot favourite.
- Kilian Jornet used to run this distance but he’s attempting Denali (McKinley) as part of his Summits project.
- Pau Zamora (Buff),
- Marc Pinsach
- Diego Marin
P in CPMC is for “popular” so there are no elite runners (apart from Pablo, of course!), some famous TV presenters, writers, doctors and so… More than 200 people take part making VCUF a big event.
The Catalan Cerdanya region is an area of natural beauty that has unique traits such as, terrain, climate and history that give a very particular character. Cerdanya is one of the widest valleys of Europe, with a minimum altitude of 1000 feet). Cerdanya’s east-west orientation provides around about 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. The mountain range consists of the Sierra del Cadi (western half) of the Sierra Moixerò and others as eastern most massifs Tossa d’Alp and Puigllançada, and the bulk of Pedraforca as Berguedá. The diversity and beauty is very clear: from the pure features of the Mediterranean to alpine levels. The area has sub-Mediterranean forests, beech forests, boreal forests of pine and sub-alpine coniferous forests, with pine and fir. The vegetation of the park is considered of special interest, because of the low temperatures and high humidity in the area and its altitude contributed to the existence of species that are not typical of the Mediterranean area, but in northern Europe and the European high mountains. Cerdanya is a great place to enjoy sport in a unique environment that offers a wide range of possibilities for any kind; mountain bike, trails, Nordic skiing, skiing, golf, horse riding, fishing, mountaineering, climbing, snowshoeing … the region has endless possibilities.