Following on from Transvulcania, attention this coming weekend turns to Zegama-Aizkorri and Menorca for the COMPRESSPORT TRAIL MENORCA CAMI DE CAVALLS 2015.
The Menorca Cami De Cavalls takes place on 15, 16 and 17th May on the beautiful island of Menorca. A series of races are offered that provide all those involved to see the beauty of this majestic island.
The island is known for its collection of megalithic stone monuments: navetes, taules and talaiots, which speak of a very early prehistoric human activity. Some of the earliest culture on Menorca was influenced by other Mediterranean cultures, including the Greek Minoans of ancient Crete . For example the use of inverted plastered timber columns at Knossos is thought to have influenced the population of Menorca imitating this practice. The location of Menorca in the middle of the western Mediterranean was a staging point for different cultures since prehistoric times. This Balearic Island has a mix of colonial and local architecture. Menorca’s cuisine is dominated by the Mediterranean diet, which is known to be very healthy. Whilst many of the locals have adopted modern attitudes they still uphold certain old traditions.
As a small island, large sporting events are seldom seen. However, in recent years, a couple of sport events have managed to gather hundreds of participants; Extreme Man Menorca triathlon and the single-staged ultra marathon race Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls.
The TMCDC embraces the small island and utilizes the trails to full affect offering a series of races (five in total) that allow runners to participate in a race of 32km or a traverse of the whole island in 185km.
Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls (TMCdC) is an ultra distance of 185,3 km and a positive slope of 2,863 m where each runner will discover their limits and enjoy an idyllic landscape on this island in the Mediterranean Sea, you will find beaches, cliffs, and incredible views.
The Trail Costa Nord (TMCN) explores the North of Menorca over a distance of 100 km. A positive incline of 1796m, runners will discover precious places in Menorca, beautiful trails and incredible views.
In the Trail Menorca Costa Sud (TMCS) you will visit beaches of white sand lapped by turquoise water and enjoy ravines and forests.
The Trail Costa Nord (TMCN) provides an opportunity to discover Menorca’s wilder side; high cliffs, constantly changing terrain and beaches that leave you speechless.
32 km Trekking Costa Nord (TCN) runs through the beautiful scenery of the Parc Natural de s’Albufera des Grau.
The first edition of the race was held in May 2012 with 270 participants. In recent years the amount of participants has been continuously increasing with 287 in 2013 and 646 in 2014. The 2015 edition will once again se the race reach a new level with a strong participation from respected trail, ultra and mountain runners such as:
ELISABET BARNES – 1st Marathon des Sables 2015
EMMA ROCA – results here
VANESSA RUIZ – Winner Trail Menorca CDC 2014
JAVIER CASTILLO– 3rd Utratrail Collserola 2014
JOEL JALLE CASADEMONT – 2nd Yukon Arctic Ultra 2105, 1st Goldsteig Projekt 500 2014, 5th spine race 2014
EUGENI ROSELLO – winner Spine race 2013, winner VCUF 2014/2013
SERGI COTS – Winner VCUF 2014 (made same finish time with Eugeni)- Third Ultra trail Catalan Cup 2014
IGNASI RIURO – Winner (team) and world record at Oxfam Trail Walker 2015
RAMON GARCIA – 4rt Trail Menorca CDC 2014 – Winner Tabernes Ultratrail 2015
JORGE IVAN CANO BERRIO
DANIEL ALFONSO ZUBIETA
VIVIAN ANDREA ALVAREZ FORERO
AYDE RAIDA SOTO QUISPE
BARBARA KOCH RAMIREZ
Course records are as follows:
TCDC – Zigor Iturrieta 21:10:04 and Laia Diez Fontanet 27:16:33
TCN – Xavier Garcia 10:12:01 and Marta Comas 11:35:11
TCS – Joan Noguera 8:03:31 and Brigitte Eggerling 9:53:28
TCN – Paco Arnau 2:34:22 and Maria Fiol 3:18:30
TCS – Juan Jose Mateos 5:17:36 and Daniela Carolina Moreno 6:42:37
The racing starts on Friday at 0800 for the TMCDC and TMCN – you can see a full race program HERE
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Race website HERE