4th SEPTEMBER 2021, Start 8:00AM, 43KM, 2,757M V+
The CTR is hosting the GTWS for the very first time.
Faced with the difficulties for European athletes to travel to the USA this year, the decision was taken to replace Pikes Peak Marathon with a race in Germany. The Chiemgau Trail Run (CTR), a stage in the GTNS Germany/Austria/Switzerland, will therefore be hosting the 5th stage of the Golden Trail World Series on 4thSeptember.
The GTWS 2021 5th stage will be taking place close to the Austrian border in South-East Bavaria. The Chiemgau Trail Run, and its two mountains, Hochgern and Hochplatte, replaces Pikes Peak Marathon at a moment’s notice. But with 2,757 metres of vertical elevation spread over 43 kilometres, the CTR promises to be an exhilarating race. At the start in Marquartstein (542 above sea level), the participants must complete two loops on a combination of wide tracks, singles and ridgelines. The start sets off easy until the 5th kilometre where the fun really begins, rising to the highest point on the course at the 13th kilometre (1,736 m above sea level). However, you’ll need energy in reserve in the downhill because the second loop has a few difficulties of its own, especially the passage at the top of Hochplatte (1,580 metres high) at the 31st km. Start line 4th September 2021 at 8:00am.
The times to beat:
Men’s record: 03:47:34 Florian Reichert in 2020
Women’s record: 04:40:39 Rosanna Buchauer in 2019
Check out all the race route specs HERE
The story so far…
The fourth stage of the Golden Trail World Series took place on the legendary Sierre-Zinal race route. And, as in 2019 and 2020, it was Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland) and Kilian Jornet (Team Salomon, Spain) who were victorious. Unprecedented in this Swiss race, Maude Mathys crossed the line in front of the men, as the women’s start was 15 minutes before the men’s. Behind her we discovered the incredible Nienke Brinkman(Netherlands) who surprised everyone on the Sierre-Zinal race. Anaïs Sabrié (Team Matryx, France) completed the podium. The men saw Robbie Simpson (Team Adidas Terrex, Great Britain), used to coming in second at Sierre-Zinal, once again had to bow down to Kilian Jornet. The men’s podium also had a surprise with Cesare Maestri(Team Nike Trail, Italy) who grabbed the third-place podium spot in front of the many favourites.
With the Chiemgau Trail Run, there are only two races left to try and qualify for the Golden Trail World SeriesGrand Final in El Hierro. Stian Angermund (Team Salomon, Norway) and Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland) are sure to keep their lead in the overall ranking, for the rest of the top men and women’s 11 invitational spots everything is still open. Remember that all runners who have run three races can come at their own expense to El Hierro to take a shot at improving their overall ranking as the points from the final are doubled! Race registration has been open since 23rd August 2021.
Important: only 200 race bibs are available (invitations not included). To register for the race:
Check out the favourites for the CTR, the 5th stage of the GTWS 2021:
The women’s line up:
In the absence of women like Maude Mathys (Team Salomon, Switzerland) and Judith Wyder (Team Salomon/Red Bull, Switzerland), Anaïs Sabrié (Team Matryx, France) currently 7th in the overall ranking, 2nd at the Marathon du Mont-Blanc and 3rd at Sierre-Zinal this year, is the favourite on this fifth stage. That said, she will be up against the dense competition present in Germany. Thrilled with her result at Sierre-Zinal, Nienke Brinkman (Team Salomon, Netherlands) decided to change her end-of-season plans and try to qualify for the GTWS Grand Final by taking part in the last two races. Given her performance in Switzerland, she’ll also be one to watch on this 5th stage. After her 8thplace at Olla de Núria, Dani Moreno (Team Hoka One One/Rabbit, USA), who also won the legendary Broken Arrow in 2018, could be in with a strong chance. Also in the front lines is Sara Alonso (Team Salomon, Spain), currently 8thin the overall ranking, she picked up a great 10th place in the Dolomites. With only two races under her belt, Caitlin Fielder (Team Hoka One One, New Zealand) is currently 10th in the overall ranking. But given her 7th place at the Marathon du Mont-Blanc and her 12th place in the Dolomites, she will be wanting to give it her all for a place in the final. Others to keep an eye on are Iris Pessey (Team Scott, France) 7th at the DoloMyths Run, Mathilde Sagnes(Team Hoka One One, France) 12th at Sierre-Zinal and 2nd at the OCC last week, and Ana Cufer (Team Salomon, Slovenia) 14th at Olla de Núria.
The men’s line up:
With the overall ranking’s top three not on the starting block the men’s race is wide open. With his 4th place in the overall ranking and his superb 3rd place at the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, Bart Przedwojewski (Team Salomon, Poland) is the favourite. But, he is up against Francesco Puppi (Team Nike Trail, Italy) currently in 10th place in the overall ranking with only two race participations, and a solid 5th place at this year’s Marathon du Mont-Blanc. 12th at Olla de Núria and the Marathon du Mont-Blanc, Krzysztof Bodurka (Team Salomon, Poland) is currently 8th in the overall ranking and could reach an even better position before the final. Eyes will also be on Anthony Felber (Team Matryx, France) currently 7th in the overall ranking with only two races run. The Moroccan Elhousine Elazzaoui(Team Salomon, Morocco) will want to reassure himself after two abandons in the series and confirm his stunning 2ndplace at the DoloMyths Run. Watch out for Frédéric Tranchand (Team Scott, France) 3rd place in the Golden Trail Championship, and Roberto Delorenzi (Team Vibram, Italy) 11th at this year’s Sierre-Zinal.
With a new GTWS race, and with some of the favourites missing, who have already assured good ranking before the Grand Final at El Hierro, the 5th stage of the GTWS promises exciting battles on the German trails. Who will be victorious? See you on 4th September to find out!
Follow the LIVE stories during the race on the Golden Trail Series Instagram page, as well as the live streaming on the Golden Trail Series Facebook page, on the the GTS YouTube channel, or at www.goldentrailseries.com
Relive Sierre-Zinal, the 4th stage of the Golden Trail World Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOH4UQ0TLyw
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