An unbeatable line-up at the SkyRace Comapedrosa World Series16-03-2018
The SkyRace Comapedrosa World Series is a race that needs no introduction. For the third year in a row, the event is part of the World Series. Also, within the select club of the world’s top mountain races, the 2018 edition of SkyRace Comapedrosa has been designated a Bonus Race, awarding participants an extra 50% more points.
In this year’s race, which boasts a renowned course and quality, a number of world-class trail runners have already confirmed participation. This includes Emelie Forsberg, Ragna Debats and the current World Series champion and winner of last year’s edition of the SkyRace Comapedrosa, Sheila Avilés, in the women’s category.
On the men’s side, this year will feature acclaimed athletes such as Zaid Ait Malek, Dmitry Mityaev and Italy’s Marco De Gasperi.
The race’s difficulty lies not so much in the number of kilometres it covers, but in its frenzied elevation gains and losses, particularly on the course’s two biggest climbs. This 21km race, which has an elevation gain of over 2,300 m, starts and finishes in the town of Arinsal (La Massana, Andorra).
The race begins down a short stretch of asphalt, which serves to stretch out the field, after which racers will enter a steep, wooded area that leads to the Les Cases mountain pass (1,958 m), the site of the first refreshment station. Following a final uphill climb through the woods, the racers will cut across the tops of the ridges and past the second refreshment station until they reach kilometre 8, at which point they will crown the Pic de les Fonts at 2,748 m. This takes participants into the race’s first long, technical downhill stretch, which ends at Pla de l'Estany. During this almost 2-kilometre descent, participants will encounter rivers, high grass and, no doubt, animals, of all which will help lend the course added beauty. From the Pla de l’Estany shelter (refreshment station 3), the racers will tackle what is undoubtedly the race’s most characteristic and gruelling ascent. This wall, with a vertical climb of 1,000 m, will take runners to the ceiling of Andorra, the summit of Comapedrosa, at 2,942 m. At the top, near kilometre 13, there is another refreshment station. From here, the racers will tackle an 8-kilometre descent that passes over and around rocks, lakes, meadows and the mountain forests of Comapedrosa. On the way back to Arinsal, the participants will edge the Estany Negre and the Comapedrosa shelter, where refreshments will be provided for the last time just over 2 kilometres from the finish.
If you’re still unsure, take the plunge and come run with the world’s top competitors in the Comapedrosa Communal Nature Park in La Massana. It is a unique experience: running in incredible Andorran mountains, alongside a more than spectacular roster of participants. We will see you at the SkyRace Comapedrosa World Series on 29 July in Arinsal.