Coming to town: World skyrunning champion Caroline Chaverot excited for Asian debut at Lantau 50 Ultra Skymarathon
The Frenchwomen heads to Hong Kong at the start of December for the event, which is the Asian leg of the 2016 Continental Skyrunning Champs, along with compatriots Ludovic Pommeret and Julien Chorier
World skyrunning champion and 2016 UTMB winner Caroline Chaverot is looking forward to making her competitive debut in Asia at the Lantau 50 Ultra Skymarathon on Lantau in December.
The Lantau 50 Ultra Skymarathon, with over 3400 metres elevation gain and part of the Asian leg of the 2016 Continental Skyrunning Champs, will take place on Sunday December 4 on the same day as the Lantau Skyrace over 27 kilometres with over 2000m of elevation.
The 5km Lantau VK, which includes a 1km vertical section, will get proceedings underway on Friday December 2.
“I might try Western States next year, but this year will be my first time running in Asia and I am so excited and looking forward to running both the vertical kilometre up Lantau Peak on the Friday and the MSIG Lantau 50 on the Sunday,” said Frenchwoman Chaverot.
Watch: Caroline Chaverot’s interview after winning the 2016 UTMB
“I have met the Chinese runner Li Dong and I am really happy to see Asian runners so passionate about the mountains and you can see the enthusiasm of China and Japan growing and developing very fast and I think trail running will increase dramatically.
“I really think Chinese people have a good physical build for trail running and can do so well.
“I’m hearing about races everywhere and believe the sport will develop very quickly in Asia.”
Chaverot claimed the UTMB title on home soil at the end of August after leading from start to finish to win the 170 kilometre race in 25 hours, 15 minutes and 40 seconds having a month earlier been crowned ultra world champion after winning the 105km event in Spain in 14:41:07.
Watch: Caroline Chaverot win the 2016 UTMB
“It was always a dream about finishing UTMB, and I not only finished, but won after I was preparing for the whole season, but it was not easy,” said Chaverot.
“The month before I did the Skyrunning World Championship in the Spanish Pyrenees which was different as there were many more mountains, ridge lines and full of beauty, but very technical.
“UTMB is much less technical, forcing you to run more and it is more tough on the legs for me in general as I was getting leg cramps.
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“It is difficult to run fast knowing others are running after me so I hope to have less leg cramps next year from more experience.”
Compatriots Ludovic Pommeret, who won the men’s 2016 UTMB in 22:00:02 to claim the victory by just over 26 minutes, and Julien Chorier are also heading to Hong Kong in December.
“I like trail running to meet people in the race, but as well to be in the mountain as most of the time it’s beautiful and quiet,” said Pommeret.
“I like to race in foreign countries as it’s a good way to travel and discover the country and other racers that have different culture.”
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Chorier finished 10th in the UTMB, although it was a remarkable achievement after he broke a rib following a fall inside the first 15km.
“The races in Asia and Hong Kong are growing more and more. This is always a great pleasure for me to come to Asia late in the season,” said Chorier.
“The climate allows to take some heat. It will be my first experience on Lantau.”
Watch:Ludovic Pommeret win the 2016 UTMB
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