Turkey today hosted the Sky Erciyes VK – Europes highest VK reaching 3350m to the Ottoman cable car just below the incredible backdrop of Mt Erciyes.
The Vertical Kilometer covers 4.5km and climbs 1007m, starting at 2336m and reaching a highest point of 3350m. The terrain is mostly rocky. Gradients vary but in the steepest sections, a gradient of 64% can be found – average over the entire course is 23%.
The day was dominated by Ahmet Arslan who set a new course record betting the previous time by over 10-minutes (official times to follow).
Spain’s Pau Capell was 2nd running his first ever VK. On the finish line he said, ‘That was tough… painful, they just hurt, maybe I should have run for a hour first to warm up!”
First Lady was the ever-present Elena Polyakova who races regularly in Turkey – this was another victory to who her already swelling list.
More results and information on the race website HERE
Tomorrow, Saturday 7th, the weekend concludes with a 10km, 25km and the main event, the Erciyes Ultra Trail which covers 64km and 3000m of vertical gain.
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