Jones and Frost win Vulcania dust-up
Young Dakota Jones etched his name in history yesterday as he raced to victory at one of the toughest ultra trail races on the world circuit. The 21-year old swept aside an utterly world-class field over 83 dusty and hot kilometres to win the 2012 Transvulcania.
In what must be one of the most ‘covered’ trail running events in the history of the sport, Transvulcania didn’t disappoint when it came to drama. A defeat for Kilian Jornet is big news these days, however for many trail running followers the Jones’ win wasn’t as surprising as may it may first appear.
Ever since breaking onto the ultra scene Stateside the Durango resident has always been viewed as an immense talent, and his second place performance at the 2011 TNF50 only underlined that view.
But after a gripping 7-hour battle with first Jornet and then the fast-finish Andy Symonds, it was on the steep volcanic slopes on the island of La Palma which yesterday saw the Montrail athlete claim his greatest win.
Jones’ time of 6:59:07 was a mere 1 min and 27 seconds up on Symonds (7:00:34), with a tiring Kilian finishing a further 9 minutes back in 7:09:53.
There was a very different story to be told in the women’s race, as ultra-star Anna Frost hit the front early and although claiming to be tiring in the later stages never really looked back for a phenomenal win and 13th place overall.
The Kiwi’s time of 8:11:30 was a huge course record and was over 40 mins to the good from Nuria Picas in second, with US athlete Nikki Kimbal completing the women’s podium.
It would be difficult in a few short paragraphs here to match the drama which unfolded on twitter yesterday, as much of world’s digital media interested in the sport descended on Transvulcania. And the internet is today flooded with images, blogs, views, posts and tweets – just #transvulcania!
Trail fans have never had it so good.