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Canada’s Alexandre Ricard flies to win at U.S. Mountain Operating Championships

Canadian athletes spoiled the present on the USATF Mountain Operating Championships on Saturday and Sunday in New Hampshire, with a number of Canucks stealing top-10 outcomes on back-to-back days. Alexandre Ricard of Squamish, B.C., led the way in which on Saturday, successful the boys’s vertical race. He adopted that efficiency up with a second-place end on Sunday within the basic up and down race. Quebec’s Remi Leroux completed ninth within the vertical race and fifth within the up and down, and Karley Rempel secured a pair of top-10 finishes on each days within the ladies’s races.

The vertical race

This yr’s championships had been hosted by New Hampshire’s Sunapee Scramble path race, and the vertical 6.4 km run was the primary of the weekend. Ricard gained in 32:12, beating the second-place finisher (and first-place American runner) by 11 seconds.

The vertical race options 579m of elevation achieve. It is a brutal, lung-busting and leg-burning occasion that isn’t for the weak-willed, and Ricard tackled it just like the seasoned path and mountain working vet that he’s. Ricard has a number of wins and spectacular outcomes on his resume, together with the 23K on the 2022 Squamish 50 path race. In 2022, he represented Canada on the World Mountain and Path Operating Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the place he ran to a Tenth-place end within the males’s uphill race and thirtieth within the basic up-and-down race. 

Forward of that race in Thailand, Group Canada’s head coach Adrian Lambert informed Canadian Operating that Ricard “is an unstoppable drive on uphill races in the mean time.” Along with his win in New Hampshire on Saturday, it appears like not a lot has modified over the previous six months, and Ricard is in nice kind as he works towards the 2023 World Mountain and Path Operating Championships, that are set to be run in Innsbruck, Austria, in June. 

Ricard averaged a formidable 4:57 per kilometre over the robust course, beating high American Joseph Grey to the road by a wholesome margin. Grey crossed the road in second place in 32:23, 5 seconds forward of third-place Daniel Curts. Not too far again in ninth was Leroux, who stopped the clock in 34:09. 

Arizona’s Grayson Murphy gained the ladies’s race in 35:47, nicely forward of second-place Rachel Tomajczyk (40:28) and Alexandra Lawson (41:03). Rempel completed in fourth in 42:13. 

The basic up and down

Because the identify suggests Sunday’s basic up and down examined runners on climbs and descents. The race was two loops, totalling “slightly below 9 miles,” (round 14 km) as famous on the occasion web site. The course options near 1,000m of elevation change over the 2 laps. Regardless of all performing nicely on Saturday, Ricard, Leroux and Rempel all seemed recent on Sunday, every posting extra optimistic outcomes.

Ricard sat in second after the primary lap, behind solely Curts, who was seeking to enhance on his third-place end from Saturday. Ricard was unable to attract Curts again in earlier than the end, and he needed to accept second. Curts took the win in 1:01:04, greater than a minute forward of Ricard’s 1:02:43 end. Leroux ran near even splits over the 2 laps, posting 31:28 and 31:57 halves to climb to fifth general.

Rempel put up combat, however she didn’t have the legs to combat for a podium. Murphy gained her second race of the weekend in  1:11:53, adopted by Allie McLaughlin and Tomajczyk. Rempel crossed the road in seventh, posting a closing time of 1:20:47.

For full outcomes from the Sunapee Scramble, click on right here



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