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GOLDEN TRAIL SERIES: IT’S TIME FOR THE GRAND FINAL IN MADEIRA!

From 26th to 30th October 2022, 5 stages, 109KM, 7,382M V+ Madeira, PORTUGAL / After 6 exhilarating legs in Europe and the USA, the world’s top trail runners will be in Madeira from 26th to 30th October to fight it out on the Madeira Ocean&Trails® Stage Race, in the Golden Trail Series Grand Final.

30 elite runners for one title

The six legs in this season have delivered their verdict and now we know the names of the top 30 men and womenbefore the Golden Trail World Series Grand Final. The world’s most talented trail runners have fought it out all year on the GTWS races and are now going to meet at the Madeira Ocean&Trails® on 26th to 30th October. An ultimate challenge consisting of 5 stages, which will enable these athletes, for the very last time, to accumulate precious points in the aim of winning this GTWS 2022. Each stage course has been designed especially for the occasion to traverse the most beautiful trails on this magnificent Portuguese island. Each day, in addition to the daily stage ranking, the runners can try for the best times on the segments; "climb", "downhill" or "sprint", and at the end of the week a ranking will designate the fastest runners on these segments. Daily prize money will be awarded for the athletes’ performance reaching a total amount of €178,500 to be distributed throughout this Grand Final.

 

The starting list*

 

Men

-        RÉMI BONNET (CHE – Salomon/Redbull): 1st with 524 pts

-        DANIEL OSANZ (ESP – Adidas Terrex): 3rd with 444 pts

-        MANUEL MERILLAS (ESP – Scarpa): 4th with 438 pts

-        ELHOUSINE ELAZZAOUI (MAR – Pini Mountain Racing): 5th with 406 pts

-        RUY UEDA (JAP – Red Bull): 7th with 398 pts

-        THIBAUT BARONIAN (FRA – Salomon): 8th with 396 pts

-        ROBERT PKEMBOI (KEN – Sky Runners Kenya): 8th with 396 pts

-        ANTHONY FELBER (FRA – Sidas X Matryx): 10th with 384 pts

-        ELI HEMMING (USA – Aerobic Monsters): 11th with 378 pts

-        BART PRZEDWOJEWSKI (POL – Salomon): 15th with 314 pts

-        SAM HENDRY (CAN – Salomon): 16th with 294 pts

-        PETRO MAMU (ERY – Scarpa): 19th with 244 pts

-        ADRIEN MICHAUD (FRA – Scott Running): 20th with 240 pts

-        ANDERS KJAEREVIK (NOR – Salomon): 21st with 216 pts

-        ANDRZEJ WITEK (POL – Dynafit): 22nd with 212 pts

-        PETER  FRANO (SVK – Salomon): 23rd with 200 pts

-        MORGAN ELLIOTT (USA): 25th with 194 pts

-        KONSTANTINOS PARADEISOPOULOS (GRE – Dynafit): 27th with 150 pts

 

Women

-        NIENKE BRINKMAN (NDL – Nike Trail): 1st with 600 pts

-        SOPHIA LAUKLI (USA – Salomon): 2nd with 532 pts

-        SARA ALONSO (ESP – Salomon): 4eth with 492 pts

-        ELISE PONCET (FRA – Sidas X Matryx): 5th with 418 pts

-        CAITLIN FIELDER (NZL – Salomon): 6th with 406 pts

-        BAILEY KOWALCZYK (USA – Salomon): 7th with 372 pts

-        MARCELA VASINOVA (CZE – Salomon): 9th with 354 pts

-        DANI MORENO (USA – Hoka One One/Rabbit): 10th with 332 pts

-        JULIE ROUX (FRA – Salomon): 11th with 306 pts

-        OIHANA KORTAZAR (ESP – Salomon): 11th with 306 pts

-        THERES LEBOEUF (SUI): 11th with 306 pts

-        TABOR HEMMING (USA – Aerobic Monsters): 14th with 300 pts

-        ALLIE MCLAUGHLIN (USA – On Running): 14th with 300 pts

-        PATRICIA PINEDA (ESP – La Sportiva): 16th with 284 pts

-        JOHANNA ÅSTRÖM (SWE – Arc’Teryx): 19th with 240 pts

-        SYLVIA NORDSKAR (NOR – Hoka One One): 21st with 228 pts

-        IRIS PESSEY (FRA – Scott Running): 22nd with 222 pts

-        PHILIARIES KISANG (KEN – Daudin/On Running): 29th with 156 pts

 

Note that all the stages are not mandatory (an athlete can run only one stage if they wish) buteach stage can earn you up to 100 points (except the time-trial on the third stage where only half the points will be distributed), with a total of 450 points to win throughout the final. So, the GTWS 2022 overall ranking is not decided yet – anything can happen in Madeira!

 

Check out the GTWS overall ranking: https://goldentrailseries.com/series/gtws.htm

 

*Note that the starting list could still change depending on the latest athlete updates.

 
An OPEN Category and National teams 

The three best men and women from each National Series (GTNS) are invited to this grand final, in the OPEN category which is open to everyone. If the top five will go away with prize money, the top 3 men and women in the OPEN Category will receive a Golden Ticket which will enable them to participate in three of the GTWS 2023 races. In addition to competing individually at this final, these athletes will be also racing for their country’s National Series as part of the team ranking. Which GTNS will win the title of the world’s best National Series? Find out on 30th October!

 

Here’s the programme!

Check out the Madeira Ocean&Trails® Stage Race programme (GMT+1):

-        26th October, 9:00 am – Stage 1: 23.6km / 1,687m V+

-        27th October, 9:00 am – Stage 2: 25.48km / 2,046m V+

-        28th October, 5:00 pm – Time-Trail: 5.76km / 225m V+

-        29th October, 9:00 am – Stage 4: 26.15km / 2,04m V+

-        30th October, 9:00 am – Final: 27.07km / 1,320m V+

 

Find all the info here: https://madeiragtwsfinal.com

 

 

Follow the Grand Final!

Due to the lack of network coverage we will not be able to diffuse the race live. Instead, every evening we will be broadcasting the highlights of the daily race stage along with exclusive interviews with athletes. See you at 8:00 pm (GMT+1) after each race stage here: goldentrailseries.com/gttv/

 

Follow the stories LIVE during the race on the Golden Trail Series Instagram page, as well as our video productions on the Golden Trail Series Facebook page, on Golden Trail TV or at www.goldentrailseries.com  

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