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Vert Beats #18 11-08-2019

Speed Transalp

This time of the year, most trail runners in the northern hemisphere are about to take a break from all the training and races they’ve done during the year, or are about to start the pre-season of skiing and skimo adventures and racing. We’ve talked about skimo in previous newsletters, and how it’s the perfect way to enjoy the mountains during the winter. 

Along these lines, we bring you this video about a great traverse that the skier Benedikt Böhm did last winter crossing a huge mountain range from Germany to Italy all across Austria….all this without stopping. The Speed Transalp ended up being 210 kilometers and 14,000 meters of vert. For sure a really rad adventure. 

You can watch the video here. 


Jeff Browning – Longevity in the Sport.

When you think about consistency, experience and performance, there are very few names that stand out in our sport, and one of them is Jeff Browning (or “Bronco Billy” as he’s known). Bronco has been doing trail races and Ultras for more than 15 years now, and he keeps getting better and better, especially in long distance races. We leave you with this iRunfar interview where he shares some of the stuff that he applies on a daily basis to be healthy and how he keeps being so strong at 48 years old. 

You can read the iRunfar interview here. 

“We are Savage” – Skyrunning 2019 recap.

The Skyrunning series of races came to an end a few weeks ago after the great finale of the “Limone Extreme” race in Italy and this year, it ended up being the spaniard Sheila Avilés on the women’s side and Japan’s Ruy Ueda for the men at the top of the ranking. We leave you with the recap video of the year called “We are savage” that shows most of the iconic things that represent this series of races: technical terrain, incredible mountains and explosive racing. 

You can watch the video here. 


What to hear:

Jen Shelton has been around for a while now. She started running trail races a long time ago and wound up getting pretty famous after being in the bestselling book “Born to Run”. Besides having great results on her resume, Jen has always been well known for her personality. We leave you with this long podcast interview where she describes her start in the sport of trail, what she’s been up to the last couple of years, and a lot other stuff. Worth a listen!

You can listen to the podcast here. 

What to watch:

With the all the technology surrounding us nowadays, most of the time we forget about the most important things when it comes to getting better at something. For “Memo”, a Mexican immigrant living in the States, the only way of getting better at what he loves (hint: running) is very simple: “work hard” and “never give up,” two things we at really believe in. Two simple rules that has helped improve in his results even as he gets older. 

You can watch the video here. 


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