The countdown to the first race of the 2021 series has started!And the Elite are chomping at the bit!
The starting list for the GTWS 2021 is the highest level it’s ever been! An elite compilation from around the world are gearing up to thrash it out at The Olla de Núria in the province of Girona in Catalonia, replacing Zegama this year, for the first stage in the Golden Trail World Series 2021!
The Olla de Núria, 9 am Start, race route: 21.5k, with 1,940m vertical elevation and zero asphalt.
The race starts and finishes at Santuari de Núria (1,900m) climbing over some of the Pyrenees’ most iconic peaks including: Puigmal (2,913m), Pic del Segre (2,809m), Pic de Finestrelles (2,827m), Pic de Noufonts (2651m) along the border between Spain and France. 72% of the race takes place above 2,700m in a privileged environment that you can only reach by train or on foot. Wild, unique, beautiful – a hidden jewel! This high-altitude, fast and furious, lung-buster set in the extraordinary backdrop of the Catalan Pyrenees will be a rip-roaring first race of the season.
The records to beat: Kilian Jornet, 2h 14 min 56s, and Mirei Miro, 2h 36 min 00s
Who do you think can crush these records?
The Elite Women’s line-up is top level, fiery, gritty, and they ain’t taking no prisoners! Check out the top ten here:
All eyes are on the Swiss Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland), the current Sierre-Zinal and Pikes Peak record holder, and Golden Trail Championship 2020 winner, who will fighting off her Swiss teammate, Judith Wyder (Team Salomon, Switzerland), GTWS 2019 title holder, Dolomyths Run and Ring of Steall record holder who’s back after her second baby to fight to keep her GTWS title. The Blandine L’Hirondel (Team Hoka One One, France) snatched up by a new sponsor, 3rd overall GTC 2020 & IAU World Champion 2019 is a new dimension of true grit runners to watch very closely, American Rachel Drake (Team Nike Trail, USA), 2nd overall at GTC 2020 and on the GTWS attacks the circuit for the first time, Denisa Dragomir (Red Bull/Merrell, Romania), European Skyrunning Champion 2019. Other tenacious women in the top 10 include the British Holly Page (Adidas Terrex, UK) 2nd in Ring of Steall 2019 (if travel rules allow), Fanny Borgstrom (The North Face, Sweden), Mathilde Sagnes (Team Hoka One One, France) Dani Moreno (Hoka One One/Rabbit, USA), but the list doesn’t stop there… the Spanish are in force Oihana Azkorbebeita (Team Merrell, Spain), Oihana Kortazar (Team Salomon, Spain), Nuria Gil (Team Salomon, Spain), Spanish trail running champion and 3rd at Olla de Núria 2019, this is her first international trail-runnning competition, and rookie Sara Alonso (Team Salomon, Spain), will the Spanish surprise the favourites?
Elite Men’s top-10 line-up is a testosterone-filled, adrenalin-pumped Formula 1 start line:
Who can catch the Italian rocket Davide Magnini (Team Salomon, Italy) 2019 Mont-Blanc Marathon and Dolomyths Run winner, 2nd overall GTWS 2019 who is fast becoming the reference in this distance and fuelled by a spectacular skimo season, can his compatriot Nadir Maguet (Team La Sportiva, Italy) Ring of Steall 2019 winner, ride the flames off his heels? The buzz who’s also creating a storm, Bart Przedwojewski (Team Salomon, Poland), Golden Trail Championship (GTC) 2020 winner, Stian Angermund (Team Salomon, Norway) Zegama record holder, 5th overall GTC 2020, sure value on all types of circuit. The promising Jan Margarit (Team La Sportiva, Spain) sporting new colours this year, Nicolas Martin (Team Hoka One One, France) 10th overall GTC 2020, and Rémi Bonnet (Team Salomon, Switzerland) 8th overall GTC 2020, the explosive and powerful Thibaut Baronian (Team Salomon, France), Andrew Douglas (Team Hoka One One, UK), winner of the WMRA World Cup Series in 2019, William Boffelli (Team Crazy, Italy) 1st place in the Matterhorn Ultraks 2020 – Extreme…
Follow the race LIVE, starting 8:45 am, Sunday 13th June, on the goldentrailseries.com homepage, filmed by TV3 – the primary Catalan TV channel –, with English and Spanish speakers, and on TV3 in Catalan + LIVE stories during the race on GTS Instagram. Daily fresh new content on GTS social media (Insta + Facebook) starting Monday 7th to get you revved up for D-Day!
The adrenaline is pumping, excitement is mounting, a new year, a new race, and new hope.