He had been rare on the trails for three years. However, Kilian Jornet has just published a program of competitions more extensive than those of the last three years. No surprise: the Spaniard has chosen his favorite races. La Pierra-Menta in ski mountaineering (link to our latest paper), Zegama-Aizkorri on May 29 (9 wins) and Sierre-Zinal on August 13 (9 wins) in trail running; the Hardrock 100 on July 15 (4 wins) and the UTMB on August 26 (3 wins). Five great classics of his favorite disciplines culminating in a 6th participation in the UTMB to try to equal the record of victories set by François D’haene in 2021 after his victories in 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The UTMB is also about his discovery of long distance and the event that revealed him to the eyes of the world when, in 2008, he took the course observers by winning at only 19 years old. “This year, I will be back at the UTMB for a new participation. Why are you going to ask me? In fact, I like the pain, putting myself in the hard. In fact, there is a part that’s it. The long distance is a challenge with the effort, supporting this pain that lasts. But also because at the UTMB, there is always a high level, a great confrontation with the athletes on a course that I know well, I lived for several years in Chamonix. It is a pleasure to return to this mythical race“said Kilian Jornet in the UTMB press release.
D’Haene, the great absentee from the UTMB 2022
The Catalan will line up on an already well-stocked starting line with, in particular, Jim Walmsley (United States), Pau Capell (Spain), Xavier Thévenard… An edition of the UTMB where only one name seems to be missing to date, that of the defending champion and four-time winner, François D’haene. “Sorry I won’t be at the party this year!!! It’s a very nice race but there are plenty of others…»
Concerning the obtaining of the famous “UTMB points”, compulsory to participate in one of the races of the week, the organization of the event has chosen transparency: “ Due to his status as a former winner, he was granted additional time to obtain his points. Thing done on the weekend of February 12 with his victory on the Ultra-trail of Tjörnarparen in Sweden. The Spaniard thus counts 10 qualifying points for the UTMB. »