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    Transvulcania Trail Race

    Hi all,

    I've just provisionally registered for this race. I would be interested to hear some of your stories. Pro's / Con's / lessons learnt.

    All the best and good health, Rileforce

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    I've not done this race, nor been to La Palma, but I've ran in the Canary Islands, and can offer the following, which may help a little...

    - sun and heat are a big factor. The temperatures might only be 25c or thereabouts, but the southerly location means the sun is really strong, and can easily feel a good 5-10 degrees hotter.

    - not entirely sure on the terrain/paths/etc, I assume it's on fairly good trails as its such a popular race... but I've been on a nearby island and getting up onto the volcanic mountainous terrain (off the trails) tore through my trainers a lot quicker than British fell terrain would.

    - take some sunglasses that you are comfortable running in.

    The Canaries really are beautiful, ideal for running, and justifiably renowned as big triathlon country. But what strikes me when you get out there is how few people actually get out into the real country. Obviously your race will be different, but on a standard day you could see very few people "on the trail" yet countless people pounding the promenades in the resorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travs View Post
    I've not done this race, nor been to La Palma, but I've ran in the Canary Islands, and can offer the following, which may help a little...

    - sun and heat are a big factor. The temperatures might only be 25c or thereabouts, but the southerly location means the sun is really strong, and can easily feel a good 5-10 degrees hotter.

    - not entirely sure on the terrain/paths/etc, I assume it's on fairly good trails as its such a popular race... but I've been on a nearby island and getting up onto the volcanic mountainous terrain (off the trails) tore through my trainers a lot quicker than British fell terrain would.

    - take some sunglasses that you are comfortable running in.

    The Canaries really are beautiful, ideal for running, and justifiably renowned as big triathlon country. But what strikes me when you get out there is how few people actually get out into the real country. Obviously your race will be different, but on a standard day you could see very few people "on the trail" yet countless people pounding the promenades in the resorts.
    Agree with all that. Haven't run the Transvulcania...yet, but have run Trans Grancanaria 2016 and the TGC marathon earlier this year. I suspect the trails are similar as all the islands are volcanic structures. If so the trails are rough and there is very little easy (switch off and cruise) running. I found the TGC 2016 brutal. It's hard to get ready for a race in February that has 28,000 foot in it. You have a bit more time for Transvulcania, but to do your best I think you need to start building hill miles in mid winter. Not easy. I'm registered for TGC next year and plan to have a down time in October, then start building up in November.

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    Thanks for the tips. Hill training it is

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    I also did the TGC the same year as Alan and had a place for this years Transvulcania but couldnt travel at the last minute as my wife was ill. But I will be going next year. I think an issue may be running for a long time at high altitude in the sun. I guess hydration and food will be even more critical.

    Steve

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    I did this race in 2016 and it's an amazing event. I made it a family week long holiday and stayed in Los Llanos about 10 min walk from the finish. The event is very well run and the aid stations are well stocked with food and drink. There is a lot of hiking involved and overtaking is tough at the start due to the amount of people. The paths are a mix of really smooth trails or sandy/gravel which you sink into a bit. The final huge decent is a killer with some rocky footpath switchbacks down to the beach. If you need any more info let me know and have fun!

    Chris.

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    What counts as a qualifying mountain race for the Transvulcania events? Is there an approved list anywhere, as for the UTMB, or will they accept anything with distance and ascent?

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    Fro memory the aplications stated any mountain race over 40k. Later in the form it also asked to provide your points http://www.i-tra.org < Luckily I collected some of these from the few ultras I have done.

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