MAR 15, 2021
The ISMF long distance World Championships took place this year as part of the classic alpine team event Pierra Menta in Arêches-Beaufort (FRA). The Backland athletes proved their currently great shape and won the world title with Davide Magnini as part of the Italian team; the Swiss team with Rémi Bonnet achieved Silver. Further four top 10 places rounded off the excellent performances.
The stage race Pierra Menta that spans over 4 days has been held since 1986 and is regarded as one of the hardest team races in the world. Due to safety reasons in this corona winter the event was shrunk to one day only. Instead of the usual 500 starters and the total elevation gain of 10.000 metres (spread out over 4 days), there were only about 80 athletes from national teams, who were sent over a course through steep couloirs, over airy ridges and into bumpy descents with „only“ 3.500 meters of elevation gain. The result was acknowledged as ski mountaineering World Championships by the ISMF, which, without doubt, constituted another compliment for the „Tour de France of skimountaineering“.
The dominant team Davide Magnini/Michele Boscacci from Italy was able to profit from today’s super strong Magnini, who ran at the front for almost the whole race. Together with his fellow countryman Boscacci it was possible to claim a safe victory and the world title. The Swiss team with Rémi Bonnet/Werner Marti had to let the leading team go during the second half of the race and was put under pressure from behind at the end of the race. However, Bonnet and his teammate Marti showed a strong finish and were happy to claim the vice world champions title after they had crossed the line.
There were further top places from Samuel Equy teamed up with Alexis Sevennec for France with a 6th place, Iwan Arnold teamed up with Martin Anthamatten for Switzerland with a 7th place and Pierre Mettan teamed up with Julien Ancay, also Switzerland, with a 9th place. The female team of Ana Alonso Rodriguez together with Marta Garcia Ferres achieved a 9th place for Spain.