|Ready for the 2012 SkyGames?|
Just two weeks to go before the 2012 SkyGames and anticipation is mounting as some of the world’s top athletes prepare to compete in the skyrunners’ “high altitude Olympics”. Ribagorza Románica in the Spanish Pyrenees will host six skyrunning events between June 30 to July 8.
The open formula means individuals, teams and nations can compete for the 14 world titles, 40 medals and 40,000 euros at stake.
Six different skyrunning disciplines attract athletes from many different backgrounds to test their skills among the best: SkySpeed – 100 metres vertical climb with a 45% incline; Vertical Kilometer, the universally popular formula, here a mere 3.5 km with a 30% incline; SkyBike – a duathlon combining mtb and skyrunning to 2,000m altitude; SkyRaid – a multi-discipline team relay; the 21 km SkyRace with 1,350m vertical climb, reserved for runners aged 16-21. The events conclude with an epic SkyMarathon reaching 3,100m altitude – valid for the combined points title.
Favourites for the titles are host country Spain, counting a star-studded team line-up including 2011 World Series champions Luis Hernando and Ohiana Kortazar, together with Agustí Roc, reigning SkyBike champion and Vertical Kilometer bronze medallist in the 2008 SkyGames held in the Italian Dolomites, while Urban Zemmer from Italy will defend his 2008 Vertical Kilometer title here on June 30th.
As competitors from countries as diverse as Venezuela and Holland prepare for the events, the final entrants, teams and countries will be posted on the official website next week.
The 2012 SkyGames were presented in Madrid on June 12 at the Consejo Superior de Deportes by the organising committee presided Joan Perelada together with the participation of Miguel Cardenal Narro for the Spanish Olympic Committee, and Joan Garrigòs, president of FEDME (Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports).
See below for full programme and www.ocisport.net for details and entry.
For entries from countries outside Spain, travel and accommodation subsidies may be available on request: firstname.lastname@example.org.