WMRA Releases The 2022 World Cup Calendar
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The 2022 World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) World Cup promises five months of quality mountain racing with 12 top-tier Gold Label races in six countries and nine venues, as well as five Silver Label races in five countries. WMRA Releases The 2022 World Cup Calendar.
12 Gold Label races, 5 Silver Label races, in 14 locations and 10 countries.
“I’m delighted to announce the new 2022 WMRA World Cup calendar,” said World Cup Manager, Justin Maxwell. “We start with a relatively new but exciting race in Montemuro and we finish at Chiavenna-Lagunc KV, a race steeped in history. In between we have an array of classic mountain running events, some new, some old, but all unique in one way or another. A true mountain running test for any aspiring World Cup Champion”.
There are three types of races: short uphill, classic mountain, and long mountain. There will be a classification for each category, based on an athlete’s best three results in that category, in addition to the overall World Cup standings, which are computed from an athlete’s best six results.
World Cup Gold Label races in 2022
The 2022 World Cup begins on June 19 with the Montemuro Vertical Run, a race that will be making its debut appearance on the circuit in only its second edition. Despite being in the classic category, it is short and sharp, measuring only 9.5 kilometers and climbing 980 meters.
The World Cup moves on to an established classic after the new inclusion. The Großglockner Berglauf will be held for the 23rd time on July 10th. This breathtaking race climbs 1265 meters in 13.4 kilometers against the background of Austria’s highest peak.
Following that, on July 16, is the France La Montee du Nid d’Aigle, a race that makes its World Cup debut in 2021. Runners climb 2000m over 19.5km from Saint Gervais to Refuge du Nid d’Aigle, with only 100m of descent.
The World Cup’s inaugural double-header will be held at Giir di Mont in Premana, Italy, two weeks later. The short uphill race on July 30th is a new addition, but its dual status as a World Cup race and the Italian uphill championships will undoubtedly attract a strong field. Athletes will compete in the classic long race the next day, which held the 2017 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. It’s the longest race in the world, at 32 kilometers and 2400 meters of climbing.
The World Cup then travels to Switzerland on August 13 for the Sierre-Zinal Race of the Five 4000s. Despite drawing the largest field in mountain running, Maude Mathys and Kilian Jornet have had a stranglehold on the race in recent years, winning consecutively and setting course records. To create an impact, would-be successors must run 32 kilometers, climbing 2200 meters and descending 1100 meters.
There will be two more double weekends in September. Vertical Nasego and Trofeo Nasego take place on the 3rd and 4th of September, respectively. The uphill race rises 1000 meters in 4.2 kilometers, while the long race is 21.5 kilometers long and reaches 1336 meters.
The World Cup then travels to Canfran-Estacion in the Aragonese Pyrenees for the Canfranc-Canfranc competition. There are two races this time, but the athletes will have a day off in between. The uphill race, which covers 4.4 kilometers and climbs 927 meters, debuts in the World Cup on September 9th, while the conventional 16-kilometer race, which climbs 1195 meters, takes place on September 11th.
On October 2, the World Cup will go to the Basque Country for the Zumaia Flysch Trail, a 22-kilometer race featuring an 850-meter climb. This year’s only coastline event offers racers the chance to take in the breathtaking beauty of a UNESCO Geopark as well as the overwhelming Basque love for mountain running.
The season concludes on October 8 with KV Chiavenna-Lagunc, like it did previous year. This is the place to go if you want to climb 1000 meters in just 3.2 kilometers. Athletes will have every reason to give it their all in the last race of the season, with bonus points on the line.
Summary World Cup Gold label Races
19 June – Montemuro Vertical Run – Portugal
10 July – Großglockner Berglauf – Austria
16 July – France La Montee du Nid d’Aigle – France
30 July – Giir di Mont in Premana – Italy
13 August – The Race of the Five 4000s – Switzerland
3 September – Vertical Nasego –
4 September – Trofeo Nasego –
11 September – Canfran-Eastacion –
2 October – Zumaia Flysch – Basque
8 October – KV Chiavenna-Lagunc
Silver Label World Cup Races in 2022
In addition to the 12 World Cup Gold Label races, this year’s five World Cup Silver Label races in Peru, Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovenia, and Portugal provide competitors with additional opportunity to gain World Cup points.
22 May: Seven Sisters Skyline (IRE), long
2 July: One Hundred Douro-Paiva (POR), long
7 August: Krkonossky Half Marathon (CZE), classic
25 August: Andes Race (PER), long
1 October: Smarna Gora (SLO), classic
“I’m delighted to announce the new 2022 WMRA World Cup calendar,” said World Cup manager Justin Maxwell.
“We start with a relatively new but exciting race in Montemuro and we finish at Chiavenna-Lagunc KV, a race steeped in history. In between we have an array of classic mountain running events, some new, some old, but all unique in one way or another. A true mountain running test for any aspiring World Cup champion.”