Pavel Toropov

Pavel Toropov

Involved in competitive sport since the age of four, after completing a PhD in Ecology, Pavel worked in Colombia, Brazil, the UAE, South Korea and China. His love of outdoors sees him setting courses for ultra-marathons in Bhutan, powder skiing in Japan and guiding tourists to both the North and South Poles. He also crossed South America by bicycle, pedalling over 12,000 kilometres, alone. A former competitive distance runner, Pavel speaks English, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese and French and supports AFC Wimbledon, his local football club.

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Francesca Canepa wins Oman by UTMB 130km, as Nepali runners dominate 50km and local athletes do their country proud

The 170km race is won by Eion Keith and Kaori Niwa, while eight of the top 15 spots in the 50km go to Omani athletes

5 Dec 2019 - 2:16PM

The 170km race is won by Eion Keith and Kaori Niwa, while eight of the top 15 spots in the 50km go to Omani athletes

Francesca Canepa wins Oman by UTMB 130km, as Nepali runners dominate 50km and local athletes do their country proud
UTMB’s second race in China set for 2020 debut, as Panda Trail promises a contrasting route to Gaoligong

There will be three distances at the race in Sichuan – 120km, 60km and 30km – as the brand shows confidence in the appetite of the Chinese market.

29 Nov 2019 - 8:00AM

There will be three distances at the race in Sichuan – 120km, 60km and 30km – as the brand shows confidence in the appetite of the Chinese market.

UTMB’s second race in China set for 2020 debut, as Panda Trail promises a contrasting route to Gaoligong
Oman by UTMB – who to watch, as Mira Rai returns from injury and Michel Poletti takes on the 170km

The event takes place this weekend over three distances – 50km, 130km and 170km.

2 Dec 2019 - 9:44AM

The event takes place this weekend over three distances – 50km, 130km and 170km.

Oman by UTMB – who to watch, as Mira Rai returns from injury and Michel Poletti takes on the 170km
The sole voice of China’s 50 million-strong cycling boom learned his English from TV show ‘Top Gear’

The influential commentator says races in China need to come up with something unique to compete in a crowded market place.

23 Nov 2019 - 9:11AM

The influential commentator says races in China need to come up with something unique to compete in a crowded market place.

The sole voice of China’s 50 million-strong cycling boom learned his English from TV show ‘Top Gear’
Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: How one-armed Wang Jiachao became a gold medallist – ‘I could swim, but just enough not to drown’

Chinese athlete’s talent spotted at just 10 years old and he has not looked back, winning swimming medals before changing to triathlon.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:19AM

Chinese athlete’s talent spotted at just 10 years old and he has not looked back, winning swimming medals before changing to triathlon.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: How one-armed Wang Jiachao became a gold medallist – ‘I could swim, but just enough not to drown’
Haute Route’s China launch a success of teamwork as mainland riders and organisers find their feet at new event

Multi-day races are new to China, so there was a ‘mixed bag of abilities’ in the local riders

1 Nov 2019 - 5:06PM

Multi-day races are new to China, so there was a ‘mixed bag of abilities’ in the local riders

Haute Route’s China launch a success of teamwork as mainland riders and organisers find their feet at new event
HK100 winner Lu Yangchun’s journey from a remote village to one of China’s top track and trail runners

The steeplechase champion is considered modest and hard working by those who know her.

28 Sep 2019 - 1:34PM

The steeplechase champion is considered modest and hard working by those who know her.

HK100 winner Lu Yangchun’s journey from a remote village to one of China’s top track and trail runners
UTMB 2019: Chinese runners reflect on poor pacing, beer downing and lesson learning

The Chinese arrive in Chamonix with high expectations, but leave winless and full of new learning, ready to take on the famous races next year

18 Sep 2019 - 11:12AM

The Chinese arrive in Chamonix with high expectations, but leave winless and full of new learning, ready to take on the famous races next year

UTMB 2019: Chinese runners reflect on poor pacing, beer downing and lesson learning
UTMB announces new race in Pyrenees, surrounded by mountains and alpine lakes

Another race added to the list of Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc branded events as the total rises to five, including the original in Chamonix.

6 Sep 2019 - 4:36PM

Another race added to the list of Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc branded events as the total rises to five, including the original in Chamonix.

UTMB announces new race in Pyrenees, surrounded by mountains and alpine lakes
Opinion | UTMB 2019: Liang Jing plans to take Xavier Thevenard into the pain cave as he shapes for Rocky Balboa-style victory

Liang Jing is as hard as nails, and loves to drag his opponents into the pain cave and outlast them all, says UTMB TV live commentator

18 Sep 2019 - 11:22AM

Liang Jing is as hard as nails, and loves to drag his opponents into the pain cave and outlast them all, says UTMB TV live commentator

UTMB 2019: Liang Jing plans to take Xavier Thevenard into the pain cave as he shapes for Rocky Balboa-style victory
Opinion | UTMB 2019: who are the elite Chinese runners to look out for? Dark horses and favourites at Chamonix’s famous race

Chinese runners are taking part in a range of races – the UTMB, the OCC and the CCC – and this year, they don’t have surprise on their side.

23 Aug 2019 - 12:08PM

Chinese runners are taking part in a range of races – the UTMB, the OCC and the CCC – and this year, they don’t have surprise on their side.

UTMB 2019: who are the elite Chinese runners to look out for? Dark horses and favourites at Chamonix’s famous race
China’s free solo climber finds ‘time that belongs to me’ on ropeless climbs

Huang Zhouwen is one of very few free solo climbers in China, who is focused and picks challenging but beautiful routes.

22 Aug 2019 - 10:27AM

Huang Zhouwen is one of very few free solo climbers in China, who is focused and picks challenging but beautiful routes.

China’s free solo climber finds ‘time that belongs to me’ on ropeless climbs
Inside the vast Chinese caves where SARS may have originated and a new species of flesh-eating fungus has been discovered

There are countless kilometres of claustrophobia-inducing underground caves in Yunnan, full of bats and home to a newly discovered species of fungus.

20 Aug 2019 - 5:32PM

There are countless kilometres of claustrophobia-inducing underground caves in Yunnan, full of bats and home to a newly discovered species of fungus.

Inside the vast Chinese caves where SARS may have originated and a new species of flesh-eating fungus has been discovered
Fingerless tennis pro swaps tour life for teaching Hong Kong youngsters and could not be happier

Born without fingers on his left hand, Brett Hillier didn’t let his handicap stop him turning pro – and now he passes on his life lessons to his students.

10 Aug 2019 - 8:10AM

Born without fingers on his left hand, Brett Hillier didn’t let his handicap stop him turning pro – and now he passes on his life lessons to his students.

Fingerless tennis pro swaps tour life for teaching Hong Kong youngsters and could not be happier
Travis Winn leads the way on river conservation in China, ‘jumping back into the fire’ to save waterways and kick-start water sports

A lifelong passion for white water has seen Winn become central to the conservation effort in China and he is effecting real change in policy

28 Jun 2019 - 1:38PM

A lifelong passion for white water has seen Winn become central to the conservation effort in China and he is effecting real change in policy

Travis Winn leads the way on river conservation in China, ‘jumping back into the fire’ to save waterways and kick-start water sports
Everest traffic jams: mountaineer gives first person account of the ‘horrible, stressful and dangerous’ queues

Fatima Deryan becomes the first Lebanese woman to climb Everest but is stuck behind inexperienced climbers, one leans on her in the queues

12 Jun 2019 - 10:15AM

Fatima Deryan becomes the first Lebanese woman to climb Everest but is stuck behind inexperienced climbers, one leans on her in the queues

Everest traffic jams: mountaineer gives first person account of the ‘horrible, stressful and dangerous’ queues
Rock climbing in China owes debt to American Mike Dobie for developing sport that saved him from his demons

Mike Dobie has created a trad climbing mecca in Liming, Yunnan, but when he first arrived in China he was struggling with alcoholism.

1 Jun 2019 - 10:12PM

Mike Dobie has created a trad climbing mecca in Liming, Yunnan, but when he first arrived in China he was struggling with alcoholism.

Rock climbing in China owes debt to American Mike Dobie for developing sport that saved him from his demons
From Tibetan nomad, to UTMB race winner, to Olympic marathon hopeful: Chinese runner Jia Erenjia’s rapid rise

Chinese runner bursts onto the trail running scene, but is now focused on shorter distances and marathon running.

25 May 2019 - 11:32AM

Chinese runner bursts onto the trail running scene, but is now focused on shorter distances and marathon running.

From Tibetan nomad, to UTMB race winner, to Olympic marathon hopeful: Chinese runner Jia Erenjia’s rapid rise
‘Skimo’ aims for an Olympic high, but has a mountain to climb to increase participation in China

Andrea Gianni surprised to see Chinese people taking part in skimo, and starts a club as a result

18 May 2019 - 9:52PM

Andrea Gianni surprised to see Chinese people taking part in skimo, and starts a club as a result

‘Skimo’ aims for an Olympic high, but has a mountain to climb to increase participation in China
Chinese running tourism grows, as ZX Tour partners with governments to meet mainland appetite for race holidays

Du Mingrui says running tourism will grow as Chinese people ‘want more of everything’.

1 May 2019 - 9:16PM

Du Mingrui says running tourism will grow as Chinese people ‘want more of everything’.

Chinese running tourism grows, as ZX Tour partners with governments to meet mainland appetite for race holidays
UTMB changes lottery system to favour multiple entries; lowers points requirements and introduces ‘running stones’

The famous race in Chamonix has reduced the number of points needed for each race

18 Apr 2019 - 7:09PM

The famous race in Chamonix has reduced the number of points needed for each race

UTMB changes lottery system to favour multiple entries; lowers points requirements and introduces ‘running stones’
How did Marcia Zhou set a marathon personal record five years after her previous best?

One of Hong Kong’s top runners put her success down to a lack of time forcing shorter, sharper sessions and miles through the legs gained by ultras

15 Apr 2019 - 2:45PM

One of Hong Kong’s top runners put her success down to a lack of time forcing shorter, sharper sessions and miles through the legs gained by ultras

How did Marcia Zhou set a marathon personal record five years after her previous best?
Could cycling follow running explosion in China as world’s toughest amateur race arrives in Dujiangyan?
  • Growing middle class could be ripe for road cycling
15 Apr 2019 - 2:03PM
  • Growing middle class could be ripe for road cycling
Could cycling follow running explosion in China as world’s toughest amateur race arrives in Dujiangyan?
Marathon runner sets record for 10 marathons in 10 days, adding to resume from Spider-Man to Antarctica

American runner is focused on fun as he racks up bizarre world records, including fancy dress marathon and marathon with a pram

20 Mar 2019 - 1:35PM

American runner is focused on fun as he racks up bizarre world records, including fancy dress marathon and marathon with a pram

Marathon runner sets record for 10 marathons in 10 days, adding to resume from Spider-Man to Antarctica
HK100: meet Shen Jiasheng, the humble Chinese winner who burst onto the scene at UTMB

Shen Jiasheng lives and trains with Chinese stars Qi Min and Yao Miao, but the 24-year-old is emerging from their shadow at the UTMB and HK100

19 Feb 2019 - 9:25PM

Shen Jiasheng lives and trains with Chinese stars Qi Min and Yao Miao, but the 24-year-old is emerging from their shadow at the UTMB and HK100

HK100: meet Shen Jiasheng, the humble Chinese winner who burst onto the scene at UTMB
UTMB finish line announcer dreams of representing Ireland at Olympics – when he’s not busy selling fudge and teaching English

Eoin Flynn quit his desk job to pursue a simpler life, and ended up announcing the winners of the world’s most famous ultra marathon

24 Jan 2019 - 6:01PM

Eoin Flynn quit his desk job to pursue a simpler life, and ended up announcing the winners of the world’s most famous ultra marathon

UTMB finish line announcer dreams of representing Ireland at Olympics – when he’s not busy selling fudge and teaching English
Marathon hero Paula Radcliffe talks modern running diets, training and the need for protein

The world record marathon runner believes no one diet fits all, and runners should stick to what they believe in

26 Jan 2019 - 9:12PM

The world record marathon runner believes no one diet fits all, and runners should stick to what they believe in

Marathon hero Paula Radcliffe talks modern running diets, training and the need for protein
China’s illegal ‘white monkey’ foreign models paid to bare skin and be gawked at as marketing prop

Unlike professional models and performers in China’s tier-one cities, ‘white monkeys’ in the smaller cities get by just being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed at bizarre corporate promotional events.

25 Jan 2019 - 12:28PM

Unlike professional models and performers in China’s tier-one cities, ‘white monkeys’ in the smaller cities get by just being white, handsome, blond and blue-eyed at bizarre corporate promotional events.

China’s illegal ‘white monkey’ foreign models paid to bare skin and be gawked at as marketing prop
Saving rhinos: the African ultramarathon welcoming Chinese runners to help stop the slaughter

As rhino populations collapse, decimated by poaching for horn, the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa is establishing an ultramarathon to support rhino conservation at which Chinese runners are especially welcome.

12 Jan 2019 - 8:42PM

As rhino populations collapse, decimated by poaching for horn, the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in South Africa is establishing an ultramarathon to support rhino conservation at which Chinese runners are especially welcome.

Saving rhinos: the African ultramarathon welcoming Chinese runners to help stop the slaughter
Everest awaits: Arab mountaineer defies role of women by climbing highest mountains on each continent

Fatima Deryan says she ‘evolved’ her family so they would support her climbing projects as other women in Middle East are shackled by guilt

8 Jan 2019 - 9:25AM

Fatima Deryan says she ‘evolved’ her family so they would support her climbing projects as other women in Middle East are shackled by guilt

Everest awaits: Arab mountaineer defies role of women by climbing highest mountains on each continent