Spanish Ultra Cup – new for 2014

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Organisers of four leading ultra mountain races in Spain have announced the creation of a new race series for 2014 under the name “Spain Ultra Cup”.

Beginning in 2014 the organizers of these prestigious mountain running events are launching their new joint project : A high profile national tournament,  aimed at offering  both local and visiting trail runners a sure way to discover and enjoy some of the very best ultras south the Pyrenees.

The first races to pool their strength together have been the TNF Transgrancanaria; Penyagolosa Trails; Volta a Cerdanya and Great Trail Peñalara. Overall, this Spain Ultra Cup 2014 (SUC ) wil be offering  four races over 80 km, all with proven success in previous editions and accredited organizational experience.  Looking forward, the project will welcome new member races who meet the quality and proven track record credentials required by the founders.

Thus, the 2014 Spain Ultra Cup is delivered to international runners with full guarantees on how to discover and enjoy some of the most representative mountains of Spain, such as: The Guadarrama  National Park, the grandiose Pyrenees, the Canaries mythical “Roque Nublo” and the less-known “Alto Maestrazgo” where Templars once held sway.

Upon completion of each ultra race, all ranging between 80k-120k mountain runners will receive ranking points proportionally both to their placement at the race as well as to the field competitiveness. At the end of the year, the final position in the ranking will consider the three best results achieved between all the series options, to proclaim the male and female champions of the Spain Ultra Cup.

Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons 2013

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In the second edition of the Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons due to take place on the 7th, 8th & 9th of June the 85km Volta Cerdanya Trail has been added to the ultraendurance Catalan Cup. The VCUF consists of four races in different places of Catalaonia.

VCUF-2013

The main event is the 215km Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons is on the calendar of the SUMMUM *(six mountain ultramarathons, one aim) Ultracup, the first Spanish circuit of mountain races. *In Spanish (Seis Ultra Maratones de Montaña, Una Meta)

Gael Piguillem/Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons

Gael Piguillem/Volta Cerdanya Ultrafons

The races are supported by Kilian Jornet and the race organisers respectfully credit Kilian as the main inspiration for making the ‘sport’ so popular with athletes who are interested in this level of difficulty.

The VCUF will be the fourth race in the SUMMUM calendar and the other races are:

  • Ultra Sierras del Bandolero
  • Lanzarote Lava Trail
  • Penyagolosa Trails
  • Xtreme Lagos de Covadonga
  • Guadarrama Trail Race

The VCUF covering 215km’s with over 9000m of vertical gain will be a real test for all participants.

Who will be taking part?

This race may very well have slipped many peoples radar but I don’t know why? I only need to mention one name and interest will soon spark, Kilian Jornet.

Kilian Jornet at Cavalls del Vent copyright Ian Corless

Kilian Jornet at Cavalls del Vent copyright Ian Corless

Yes, Kilian has added the VCUF to his calendar and he will be joined by his Salomon teammate, Tòfol Castanyer. Other notable names are Toti Bes and Marc Pinsach.

Tofol Castanyer at Cavalls del Vent copyright Ian Corless

Tofol Castanyer at Cavalls del Vent copyright Ian Corless

Notable interest from a UK perspective is the inclusion of the 2013 The Spine Race winner, Eugeni Roselló. The Spine Race has gained a reputation as Britain’s most brutal race. Eugeni from Catalan covered the 460km (268 mile) race in 5 days 4 hours and 52 minutes. Taking place in the winter, Eugeni had to combat some extremely harsh UK conditions to reach the finish line.

The Spine Race at the finish

The Spine Race at the finish

After abondoning the race in 2012 due to some pain issues, Eugeni Roselló hopes he will be able to complete the VCUF in 2013.

More updates and information will be provided as and when we have it. However, if you are looking for a race that will test you, the VCUF may very well be a race that you want to add to your schedule for June 2013.

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