In the absence of competitions, trail runners break records

It's an incredible dynamic that the world of trail is going through at the moment. While most competitions have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic, athletes are returning to their roots in trail running by achieving incredible performances in the context of personal challenges. Discover the new records set by trail runners in France.

En this summer 2020, it is a veritable rain of performances and records that is sweeping down the trail family. In July, we had already relayed the performance of Xavier Thévenard on the GR20, Finistereman Everial, the Great Crossing from Alsace to the Alpes-Maritimes carried out in relay by several stars of the Salomon team trail, including François d'Haene, or even UTMB for the planet, 100% digital and united for this very special year… Other recent initiatives by trail runners deserve a nice spotlight.

The great crossing of the Pyrenees in 9 days!

9 days, 9 hours and 12 minutes ... Erik Clavery pulverized by 2 days the previous record held by Thierry Corbarieu, which he voluntarily followed on the GR10 from Banyuls-sur-Mer to Hendaye where he arrived on Wednesday July 15, there at 3:30 am. He planned to cross the 868 kilometers and 55 meters of elevation gain in 000 days. 10 and a half days will have finally been enough, that is to say 9 hours and 225 minutes, after a millimeter preparation of several months.

“I cannot tell you the time spent on mental preparation during the last 10 months, nor the logistical preparation time, nor even the time spent studying maps, profiles, potential stages, elevations, organization and the study of the different solutions, but that represents an incalculable number of hours which were the basis of the success of this project. "

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Crossing the Vosges in 26 hours and 41 minutes

In the Vosges, Maxime Grenot meanwhile set a new benchmark time by completing the crossing of the massif with 3 hours ahead of Romain Sophys' record (29h33 ′). 26 hours and 41 minutes of effort to cover the 205 kilometers and 7 vertical meters.

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A crossing of the Alps in Wildinism mode on the GR 5

If Sébastien Raichona did not bring down Romain Sophys' record - still him! - he achieved a real feat in total autonomy and without assistance by crossing the Alps from Thonon to Nice in 162 hours and 9 minutes, only 1h29 more than the record achieved with assistance.

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Record: 23 climbs and 7 vertical meters in one day

Let's finish this little overview with a new feat of ultra-terrestrial Kilian Jornet, who decided to explore some Norwegian peaks that he did not yet know. The young dad rode three hours from home, before hiking and cycling 60 kilometers through the mountains, and climbing the 23 peaks over 2 meters in the area. 000 hours and 20 minutes profitable for a short day of discovery!

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