Ultra Racing Network is proud to announce that we will be providing video coverage of the 2014 Silver State 508.
October 5-7, 2014, AdventureCORPS, Inc., will host the 31st running of The 508 Bicycle Race now known as the Silver State 508. Ultra Racing Network will be on scene to provide race coverage and analysis in the form of video race reports.
The 508 was founded in 1983, and since then has grown to be the world’s premier 48-hour ultra cycling race. The route is known for epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, and desolate roads. The race is known world wide as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available.
This year the race starts and finishes in Reno, NV. with a route that extends East into central Nevada and passes towns such as Virginia City, Austin, and Eureka. Riders can expect over 22,000’ of climbing in the 500+ mile course. The categories in this race include; solo, two-person relay, and four-person relay. The Silver State 508 is a RAAM Qualifier.
Beginning the evening of Saturday, October 4, Jeric Wilhelmsen and the Ultra Race Report team will begin posting video race reports and continue to post throughout the race.
Video reports can be seen on our website, Youtube channel, or social media.
Hello and welcome to the Ultra Race Recap show for August 2014. I'm your host Sarah Pilla. Today we talk about: a Himalayan ultra marathon peaks out at over 17,000 feet (we speak with the lone finisher), Ultra Cyclists race through the Hoodoos of Southern Utah, runners traverse the ridgelines of Colorado, Christoph Strasser runs away with the title at Race Around Austria, and legendary ultra althete Wolfgang Fasching conquers Russia,
all on this months Ultra Race Recap.
Welcome Ultra Racing Fans, on this show we bring you a look at Ultra Racing from around the world. From those who break records to those who break walls. And August was full of action, so let's get into it.
August had some world class running events as athletes took to all corners of the globe. Over in India in the remote Himalayan region of Leh, Ladakh, (LAY LADOCK) the 5th La Ultra- The High took place. In the past the race hosted a 111 km and 222 km race, but brand new to this year was the first ever 333 km. What makes this race unique is its natural hostile and extreme environments. Leh sits atop 11,500 feet and the race peaks at 17,700 feet where the oxygen level dips below 60 percent of what you'd breathe at sea level. Temperatures also range from 17 degrees to 100 degrees fahrenheit in a span of 5 hours. So runners must have been trying to shake the frostbite and sun burns all in the same day! The very brave Kim Rasmussen of Denmark was the only finisher of the 333 km distance with a time of 71 hours, 23 minutes, and 3 seconds, just in time for that 72 hour cutoff! Congrats to you Kim!
Kim joins us now all the way from Denmark on skype.
Thanks for joining the Ultra Racing Network Kim, and congratulations on your win.
Jumping from Asia to North America, here in the United States, more than 700 runners gathered in the Colorado Rockies for the Leadville 100. The Race Across the Sky celebrated its 32nd birthday this year boasting a strong field including several past champions.
Rob Krar from Flagstaff, Arizona came in first at 16 hours 9 minutes, and 32 second setting the second fastest time in course history. Second place went to Arvada, Colorado's Michael Aish and past champion Ian Sharman finished third. In the women's division Emma Roca of Spain won with her time at 19 hours, 38 minutes, and 4 seconds. Second place went to Liza Howard of San Antonio, Texas, and rounding out the top three, Carrie Stafford of Vail, Colorado.
A couple other notable athletes include Jimmy Dean Freeman who is working torwards completing the six 100 milers in the original Grand Slam of Ultras. And Runner Joel Runyon is running seven ultra marathons on seven continents in order to build seven schools with Pencils of Promise in 2014.
Coming up is a new segment we call the endurance file. But first lets check out the world of UltraCycling. This month Ultra Cyclist took on one of the most beautiful courses in the country. The Hoodoo 500 took place in Southern Utah. Over 60 Ultra Racers were rewarded with spectacular views and some awesome climbs.
This year Race Director Deborah Bowling added a stage race to the hoodoo 500. This enabled racers to see the great views during the day, and push the pace a little bit more as they had time to recover.
For the traditional Hoodoo 500 first place male was Paul Spencer with a time of: 36:32 and first place female was Kristin Wolf with a time of: 40:18.
The Hoodoo 500 also has what's called their voyager division which means racers are totally unsupported. This year the voyager winner was the first non stage solo racer to cross the finish line. Male winner David Haase had a time of: 33:56 a new voyager division course record, and first place solo Janet Christriansen with a time of: 39:55 which is a female course record.
This has been an outstanding year for Dave who also took first place in the Race Across Oregon. He'll be competing in the SilverState 508 in early October, where he'll be facing some stiff competition against Slovenian cyclist Marko Bahlo. So we are looking forward to that.
Speaking of Europe, we had some exciting action and major races.
Since 2008 The Race Across Austria has been a premier ultra cycling event in Europe. Back then up and coming Christoph Strasser completed a 2600 kilometer route done by sports medicine specialist Manfred Guthardt in 1988. Today, Racers cycle 2,200 Kilometer or 1367 Miles nonstop around many of the same streets in the original route which follow the border of Austria.
After setting a new speed record and winning the Race Across America earlier this year, Christoph Strasser came back to the Race Around Austria to take it away again with a time of 3 days 15 hours and 24 minutes. The top female was Isabelle Pulver with a time of 5 days 5 hours and 1 minute.
There are a lot of extreme ultra challenges around the world. And in August we had one that was not just physically, but logistically challenging for both the organizers and the racer.
We are talking about the Russia Coast to Coast an Ultra cycling race that starts in Vladivostok and ends 10,000 kilometers or 6200 miles later in St. Petersberg Russia.
Much of the route followed the trans siberian railroad along geographic features such as: The far East, South Siberian Mountains, Lake Baikal, and Central Russia.
We spoke with race organizer Alexander Schachner who told us about The first attempt of the Russia Coast to Coast in 2013 .
This year the race was attempted by an austrian ultra cyclist Wolfgang Fasching, whose accolades include Mt. Everest and The Race Across America. In his attempt, Wolfgang wanted to come in less that 24 hours. He beat that challenge by a whole 2 days with a time of 21 days 19 hours and 31 minutes. Crew members who wanted to relax just miles from the end joked about how wolfgang was focused on the finish line and nothing else.
Congratulations Wolfgang, 21 days is a long time to be on a bike.
This next segment is called the endurance file, where we look at extreme endurance.
It's been called the most extreme fitness test in America, but it's officially known as "The Ultimate Suck" a challenge series created by 2 x Death Race winner Joe Decker that consists of miles of trail running, carrying heavy objects, military calisthenics, and strong man test. There are 5 regional sucks throughout the year that culminate in the multi-day national championship in August known as the Ultimate Suck. So if you haven't put your body through enough this month, there you go.
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Thank you for watching the Ultra Racing Recap, I'm Sarah Pilla. Remember to like us on facebook and keep a look out for our next episode.