The 2023 Transgrancanaria Traditional 128k, the queen race of the Transgrancanaria (TGC) pageant of races, began at midnight native time on Saturday, February 25, in Las Canteras on the northeastern coast of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Over the subsequent 30 hours, greater than 600 runners tried to cowl the 79.5 miles (128 kilometers) and 23,160 ft (7,060 meters) of vertical achieve earlier than reaching the outskirts of the city of Maspalomas on the island’s southern shore.
The race kicked off the 2023 Spartan Path World Championships sequence within the Extremely class alongside the TGC Marathon occasion within the Path class.
After a chilly and cloudy night time, there have been some hours of nice working circumstances earlier than issues received scorching round Garañon at 90k. After some early entrance working by Claudia Tremps (Spain) and Jazmine Lowther (Canada), Courtney Dauwalter (U.S.) would go onto one more dominating win within the ladies’s race, with Lowther and Tremps working in second and third, respectively, for the ultimate three-quarters of the race.
Whereas the ladies rapidly sorted into their last ending order for the rostrum, the lads’s race noticed lots of its early leaders finally withdraw from the race. That mentioned, Andreu Simon (Spain) was at all times close to the entrance on the way in which to his win, whereas Miguel Arsénio (Portugal) and Tyler Inexperienced (U.S.) have been affected person and took benefit of the attrition within the males’s race to complete second and third, respectively.
Learn on for extra particulars on how the ladies’s and males’s races performed out.
2023 Transgrancanaria Traditional 128k Girls’s Race
Whereas she didn’t lead from the very begin, this was one more dominating efficiency from the U.S.’s Courtney Dauwalter after successful this yr’s Transgrancanaria Traditional 128k by almost two hours over the subsequent lady. Spain’s Claudia Tremps as an alternative set the tempo by Tenoya at 11k, whereas Jazmine Lowther of Canada took over the ladies’s lead earlier than Arucas at 19k.
Nevertheless, at each factors, Dauwalter was only a minute off the lead, and she or he took a lead that she’d by no means relinquish on the climbing-heavy stretch on the way in which to Teror at 31k. Her three-minute lead at Teror grew to 31 minutes by Artenara at 66k, only a bit over the halfway level of the race. By the point she reached the end in Maspalomas, she had an hour and 46 minute lead on the subsequent lady.
Alongside the way in which, Dauwalter unfailingly moved up within the total standings, going from the mid-20s within the early going to the mid-teens at mid-race to seventh total on the end.
Behind Dauwalter, a dynamic race emerged for second, and it was one that may final all the way in which to the end line. At Arucas, 19k in, Lowther ran in second lower than a minute forward of Tremps earlier than constructing a three-minute benefit on Tremps at Teror. Each runners have been again collectively once more at Fontanales (43k) and primarily collectively at El Hornillo (53k). From there, Lowther constructed margins of two minutes at Artenara (66k) after which 10 minutes at Tejada (78k).
Issues would keep dynamic as a result of, after that, Tremps closed that to lower than seven minutes at Garañon (90k). Then Lowther began rebuilding that hole to 12 minutes at Tunte (102k) and virtually 17 minutes at Ayaguares 114k) … however Tremps greater than lower that hole in half within the last 14k to the end, with Lowther taking second by slightly below seven minutes and Tremps coming residence in third. Phew, speak about some nice push and pull between Lowther and Tremps for the ladies’s podium positions.
Katharina Hartmuth of Germany didn’t exit with the eventual ladies’s podium. She was already 5 minutes behind Tremps on the first assist station and 10 to fifteen minutes behind her for a lot of the race, being solely 12 minutes behind the Spaniard at Tejada. Whereas Hartmuth stored shifting up within the total subject, Tremps stored rising her lead over the German over the race’s last 50k, with Hartmuth ending fourth lady.
Belgium’s Dominique Van Mechgelen, who lives on Gran Canaria, was with Hartmuth on the first checkpoint 11k in however slowly misplaced floor to the German, falling way back to 53 minutes behind her at Garañon, earlier than finally taking the fifth ladies’s place, 44 minutes behind Hartmuth.
2023 Transgrancanaria Traditional 128k Girls’s Outcomes
- Courtney Dauwalter (U.S.) – 14:40:39
- Jazmine Lowther (Canada) – 16:26:41
- Claudia Tremps (Spain) – 16:33:34
- Katharina Hartmuth (Germany) – 17:13:47
- Dominique Van Mechgelen (Belgium) – 17:57:16
- Martina Klancnik Potrc (Slovenia) – 18:29:55
- Claire Bannwarth (France) – 18:46:22
- Therese Arvik (Norway) – 18:54:45
- Rachel Nolan (Eire) – 18:59:05
- Myvanwy Hanna (U.Ok.) – 19:08:29
2023 Transgrancanaria Traditional 128k Males’s Race
Whereas a lot of the ladies within the prime 10 on the race’s first checkpoint at 11k ended up within the prime 10, that was NOT the case within the males’s race. Wow. Of the 14 males to be inside about two minutes of the lead at 11k, six would go on to drop out, together with the highest three at that time: Abel Carretero (Spain), Jia-Sheng Shen (China), and Fotios Zisimopoulus (Greece).
Now, the man in fourth at that very early interval – Spain’s Andreu Simon – properly, you’ll proceed listening to about him. He, countryman and previous Transgrancanaria champ Pau Capell, and Romania’s Raul Butaci have been all inside a minute of the lead, with France’s Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon, Switzerland’s Jonas Russi, the U.S.’s Tyler Inexperienced, and Romania’s Ionel Manole rounding out the highest 10 within the early going.
By 30k at Teror, Zisimopoulus, Carretero, Simon, Butaci, and Shen have been all nonetheless inside roughly a minute of the lead, with Capell, Mario Olmedo (Spain), Miguel Arsénio (Portugal), Inexperienced, and Russi all between three and 5 minutes off the entrance. Issues have been a lot the identical at Fontanales (43k), with the identical prime 5 all inside simply over a minute and, actually, all collectively besides Butaci a bit over a minute again, and that subsequent group of Arsénio, Inexperienced, Capell, and Olmedo having condensed at simply over 5 minutes off the lead.
Simply 10k later at El Hornillo, Butaci shot into the lead, with Carretero, Shen, and Simon chasing 30 seconds again and Zisimopoulus being dropped three minutes off the entrance. The chase group of Olmedo, Arsénio, Inexperienced, and Capell have been now eight to 9 minutes again. Butaci continued to push the tempo to Artenara, placing an 80-second hole on Simon, 3.5 minutes on Carretero, and 5.5 minutes on Shen, whereas Zisimopoulus was about to get caught by the chase group led by Inexperienced and Capell round 11 minutes off the lead.
After which, not lengthy after the solar got here up, the race blew up. Simon took the lead on the way in which to Tejeda (78k) and put 2.5 minutes on Butaci earlier than the help station with Carretero simply 3.5 minutes again, however Carretero would withdraw from the race there. Ten minutes off the lead, Arsénio was clear in fourth, with Inexperienced, Shen, Manole, and Capell in fifth by eighth at 12 to 14 minutes again, with Zisimopoulus and Olmedo 19 and 23 minutes again. Nevertheless, each Shen and Olmedo would additionally drop in Tejeda.
Transferring to Tunte at 102k, the lads’s race would proceed to see extra post-dawn carnage, with Manole (who was fifth upon arrival at Tunte) and Olmedo each withdrawing there. With these drops, Simon lead the race by 4.5 minutes over Arsénio. Butaci and Inexperienced sat 13.5 and 16.5 minutes off the lead in third and fourth. And Capell had simply over a minute lead on Joaquin Lopez of Ecuador for fifth.
A full 114k into the race at Ayaguares, Simon had a virtually five-minute lead on Arsénio. Andreu Simon would go on to win with that very same five-minute lead over Miguel Arsénio. Whereas these two guys have been flying, Raul Butaci was pulling his parachute. Tyler Inexperienced flew previous him on the way in which to Ayaguares earlier than taking third some 20 minutes out of second, however 9 minutes away from Butaci in fourth. In the meantime, Pau Capell and Joaquin Lopez got here into Ayaguares neck-and-neck, however Capell’s expertise paid off, with him edging out the Ecuadorian by eight minutes over the ultimate 14k to take fifth.
2023 Transgrancanaria Traditional 128k Males’s Outcomes
- Andreu Simon (Spain) – 13:39:33
- Miguel Arsénio (Portugal) – 13:44:37
- Tyler Inexperienced (U.S.) – 14:06:46
- Raul Butaci (Romania) – 14:15:40
- Pau Capell (Spain) – 14:22:15
- Joaquin Lopez (Ecuador) – 14:30:10
- Arthur Joyeux-Bouillon (France) – 14:53:38
- Jonas Russi (Switzerland) – 14:59:36
- Estanislao Rivero (Spain) – 15:10:43
- Ricardo Luis Trujillo (Spain) – 15:12:34