The athlete was proclaimed winner in the demanding test of 126km and 8.500m ascent which took place in Gran Canaria
With a time of 16h45′, Spades has won the first race of the season and presented its candidacy to the title of the Ultra Trail World Tour
“It was very hard in the last kilometers and has made me very long, probably because it was very hot. However, I felt good both physically and psychologically exhausted but now I take is a very nice memory of this test"Said Nuria Picas
Nuria Picas clearly dominated TransGranCanaria, Mountain Ultramarathon 126km and 8.500m of positive difference that was played on the weekend of March 1-2 on the island of Gran Canaria.
This was the first test of the season for the athlete and also part of the Ultra Trail World Tour, a series of iconic racing around the world, all over 100km. The TransGranCanaria the first test circuit on European soil, so a handful of elite athletes in the continent have attended the event with the intention of scoring points to qualify for the title.
Although it started as a favorite to win, Manresa preferred to be reserved regarding predictions, ensuring that arrived at the first race of the season with a desire to give the best of itself without requiring a specific result. However, the athlete won with authority stopping the clock with a time of 16h45′. Spades, has also entered the top 20 overall, a feat difficult to achieve in tests of this caliber.
The test, which began at 12 pm local time, the island of Gran Canaria runs from north to south and runs through trails that stand out for its technicality.
Nuria started the race from less to more, as is usual with her, so stick to the goals it set. “Running at night it went very well this time, unlike what had happened in other tests. .”
At sunrise, Nuria began to mark further distances, and supplies arrived at kilometer 43 to 15 minutes ahead. This difference was increasing throughout the day, and we were able to remove 78 kilometer from thirty minutes to the second classified. Quiet and concentrated Nuria Picas not slacken the pace in the remaining race and crossed the finish line shortly before 5 pm local time, after 16h45′ race. At the podium accompanied Francesca Canepa (17h29′) I Fernanda Maciel (17h31′).
On reaching the goal, Nuria Picas declared: “It was very hard in the last kilometers and has made me very long, probably because it was very hot. Despite'm very happy with the race, for which I had prepared a lot. I felt good both physically and psychologically exhausted but now is I take a very positive record“
This victory is certainly an excellent start to the season for Spades, which has firmly his candidacy for the title of the Ultra Trail World Tour. The next meeting will be in Japan next April, the legendary Ultra Marathon Mount Fuji.
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Text: Press Lymbus