With shockingly steep vertical climbs and slippery snowfields, the fifth race of the Skyrunner World Series is considered the highest race in Europe, and not for the faint-hearted.
Starting in the well-known ski resort Val d’Isère, the 68km course travels along the Odlo High Trail Vanoise to the summit of Grande Motte at 3653m, while touching upon the Col de l'Iseran at 2764m. Competitors encountered an incredibly technically challenging route that included striding over snowfields and glaciers.
This was a memorable year for the race as winners Luis Hernando and Megan Kimmel both set new records (Hernando pictured below). They currently both rank sixth in the series, whereas Dmitry Mityaev and Hillary Allen are in the lead at the fifth of eight stages. Competing with 300 professional ultra runners from more than 18 countries, this is no mean feat.
Written by Kate Milsom