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La Grande Odyssée, summiting Brunswick Mountain, the Abbots Way, Unbreakable and Dylan Bowman

La Grande Odyssée 2023
The Grande Odyssée VVF, carrying the fundamental values ​​of those who love the mountains, has been since its first edition in January 2005, an essential event for dog sledding in Europe. For the first time in 19 years, the Grande Odyssée VVF covers, in addition to Savoie and Haute Savoie, the department of Isère. The 19th edition is held from January 7 to 19, 2023, with the presence of 66 mushers and their 600 top-level athletic dogs from all over Europe. They set off for 13 days of racing, 400 km, 12,000 m of elevation gain, 11 stages, and cross around 20 ski resorts.

Highest Peak on Vancouver’s North Shore – BRUNSWICK MOUNTAIN
We summit Brunswick Mountain, the highest peak on Vancouver’s North Shore, followed by Mt. Harvey right next to it. This video was filmed on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam First Nations.

The Abbots Way

Michele, our backpacker friend, is again forced to travel inside his Italian borders during the Covid crisis. In this episode, he takes us on a wonderful walking tour on the Abbots Way, a 130 km walk from Bobbio in the Piacenza area to Pontremoli in Tuscany. With him we discover beautiful landscapes, historical cities and learn about the history of the Abbots Way.

Unbreakable
A great documentary by Team Joe Barr as they support 59 year old world endurance cyclist Joe Barr as he takes on the solo 1340 mile non stop Race Around Ireland 2018. Joe Barr was the inaugural winner of the Race Around Ireland in 2009. 10 Years later he is back to try again all to raise vital funds for charity.

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Dylan Bowman – The thoughtful mind behind the athlete
Dylan is phenomenal friend and a phenomenal athlete. I have learnt a lot from Dylan and I hope through this conversation you can take some of his guidance and apply it in a positive light in your own world. Not entirely centred around Ultra Running this conversation touches upon topics such as training your emotional fitness, internal and external validation, and what passion vs identity looks like for Dylan.

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Kite Master Ep.6, Adventure Racing World Series Panama, Ser with Mireia Miro, Ultra Vegans and Courtney Dauwalter

Kite Masters 2022 – Episode 6
Winter is here and it is time to step off the water to enjoy kite action in a different way! Snowkiting is a sustainable sport practiced by people of almost any age, bringing them close to nature and its beauty without leaving a trace. Since this is our last episode of the year, let’s look back on all the unforgettable moments of this season! We experienced some amazing events such as the KiteFoil World Series! As we approach 2024, when kiteboarding will be officially introduced in the Olympic Games schedule, the level of performances is getting better and the number of participants is increasing! 

Adventure Racing World Series 2022 – Panama
Twenty two teams, with racers from 17 nations, lined up on the start line near the town of Volcan in Panama, including the ARWS world #1 team ‘Torpedo Vidaraid’ (Spain), and 4 other top 10 teams from Poland, Ecuador, Brazil and Estonia. An expedition adventure race, in which international teams raced for 6 days, non-stop, over a 516km course, was the perfect way for them to  show what Panama has to offer.

Ser by Mireia Miro
(Ser : Spanish for Being)
Ski mountaineering champion Mireia Miro quickly looks back on her athletic career and explains how she gives life meaning beyond her sporting victories. For her, what defines us is simply Being. To escape the pressure of competition, find a balance and reconnect with nature and the world, each year she goes on a trip. We find her in Tromso in Norway where she practices ski mountaineering just for fun in breathtaking natural spaces at the limit of the sea and the mountains. Friendship, Pleasure, Ski Mountaineering, Adventure and Nature are the ingredients of this film.

Ultra Vegans
For endurance athletes, getting the right diet can make the difference between success and failure. Many are now choosing to adopt a plant based regime and they are witnessing some remarkable results in terms of performance and recovery. Athletes, fitness coaches, sports nutritionists, ultra runners are sharing with us their experience and conviction wether they are motivated by self performance or animal wellfare.

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Courtney Dauwalter – Ultra runner with a love for sunshine, long inseams, and candy
With a record surpassing most athletes in the sport of ultra running, Courtney, has a few super powers, one being her ability to have a great laugh and another being her ability to be humble and simply human.

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Route du Rhum 2022 full Summary, Dark Peak Fell Runners, Moana Wai Wai, Race to the Rock and a talk with Doug Hall and Nicole Walters

Route du Rhum 2022 – Full Summary
Complete summary of the 2022 edition of the Route du Rhum. The famous transatlantic race was, once again, completely epic. 138 sailors competed in the Ultim, Ocean 50, Imoca, Class 40, Rhum Multi and Rhum Mono categories. The ocean has been ruthless with some and generous with others and for all the adventure has been incredible.

Dark Peak Fell Runners
The Dark Peak Fell Runners base themselves in Sheffield, but their playground is the Peak District National Park where they weave tracks through the fields, peat bogs and rocky outcrops to create a tapestry of eccentricity, endeavour and endurance. As one of the biggest pure fell running clubs in the UK, the ‘Dark Peak Fell Runners’ captures the personality, quirks and successes of the club and its members. Shot throughout the course of a year, the film follows in their footsteps to reveal their well-trodden Peak District running routes.

Moana Waiwai – The Film
Moana Waiwai or The Great Ocean in Maori, is about the FreeSwim journey of wahine (woman) Ally Davey as she swims 70km of open ocean around the stunning Coromandel coastline over three days to raise awareness for the protection of New Zealand’s oceans. It does more than encapsulate stunning vistas and highlight the extraordinary New Zealand environment. It inspires people to be aware of the natural beauty that surrounds them.

Race to the Rock
The Race to the Rock is an annual unsupported ultra-distance bicycle race through the Australian Outback organized by Jesse Carlsson. Unlike stage races, such as the Tour De France, ultra-distance races start and run continuously until the competitors finish the race, forcing them to make such strategic choices as whether it would be better to take time to eat or sleep, or to sacrifice those things and press on. Race to the Rock is an unsupported race, which means that racers are not permitted to draft or to obtain help from anything other than publicly available sources that are available for all. The course varies every year, but finishes at Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, and has been so gruelling that only a very small percentage of the competitors have ever finished the race. 

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Doug Hall & Nicole Walters
We are joined by Doug & Nicole to chat about everything off-road triathlon from the elite level, both have raced on the Xterra European circuit and achieved a large amount of success in the sport. Also, we talk about off-road racing in the UK. Alongside being athletes Doug & Nicole are also coaching athletes.

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Route du Rhum Episode 2, L’Eroica, Twenty One Twelve, Aussie 8 and Derek Yorke

Route du Rhum 2022 – Episode 2
Second summary of the famous transatlantic race. In this episode, fantastic images show us the race in the Ocean Fifty, Imoca and Class 40 categories. The battle was intense in each of these categories with victory sometimes taking shape in the final minutes.

L’Eroica 2022
L’Eroica draws its inspiration from classical cycling, from black and white images published on newspapers of the early 1900’s to the times of the Bartali and Coppi duel, to more recent times when pedal cages and shifters on the down tube where still the main option on road racing bikes. L’Eroica chose as a convention 1987 as the year to draw the line between classic cycling and modern times. NOVA Eroica combines gravel, gran fondo and Eroica-style rest stops that encourage riders to Race, Ride and Relax! Open to gravel, road and cx bikes, NOVA celebrates the white roads of Tuscany by combining time trial segments with amazing transfer sections for the thrill of racing and an epic group ride experience.

Twenty-one Twelve

Katie Visco challenges herself to complete a first ever bike supported 2,112 mile run across Australia and documents all the fun and grueling moments in a first release of Twenty One Twelve. The epic adventure starts in Darwin and ends in Adelaide, 119 days later……

Aussie 8
Aussie 8 is the adventure of 3 friends who decided to climb the 8 tallest mountains in 8 Australian states in 8 days. To make this possible, they had to put together and respect a very strict timing and logistic organisation.

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Derek Yorke
The winner of the first DekaFit event Derek Yorke joins us this week, he’s given us a great insight into what it’s like racing a functional fitness event. We also chat about his training, Spartan racing, and his sporting history.

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Golden Trail World Series The Final, the Outdoor Sports Show, Discovering South Korea by bike, ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Malta and Jon Fearne

Golden Trail World Series 2022 – The Final – Madeira Ocean Trails
The international elite athletes field is gathering again for the “Grande Finale” of the 2022 Golden Trail Series in Madeira – 5 beautiful but pretty challenging stages await the athletes at the “Madeira Ocean Trails”! It’s a strategic battle for the overall ranking points, the segments (uphill, sprint, downhill) and the stage victories!

Discovering South Korea By Bike
Michele is an Italian adventurer and international bikepacker who is not afraid to go where nobody has gone before. He cycles across South Korea on parts of the 5000 km 4 River bike path – up and down steep mountains and across lush valleys, experiencing rain and mosquito hordes but also enjoying the local food and culture. He mingles with the famous pearl divers on the volcanic islands of Ulleung Do and Jegu and does a lot more on this exciting adventure.

The Outdoor Sports Show 2022 – Episode 11

We begin this episode in Italy with all the action from XTERRA’s pinnacle event – the World Championships! For the first time in 25 years, the XTERRA World Championship moved from the sparkling shores of Hawaii to the iconic peaks and lakes of Trentino. We remain in Italy for the ICON Livigno Xtreme Triathlon. Then we travel to Spain to experience the Zafiro Palma Marathon  in Mallorca. After this we experience the ultimate hiking adventure, HIGHLANDER! The first ever HIGHLANDER event in the United States took place at Big Bear Lake, the heart of the San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. Finally, let us take-off with an unknown landing point! The thrilling Gordon Bennett Cup is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for pilots.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Malta 2022
The ÖTILLÖ World Series course in Malta was changed because of the stormy weather and was is 31 km long of which a little over 25,5 km are running and close to 6 km are swimming over 10 swims. The course started on the beach at Mellieha Bay and finished in the same place after a rollercoaster ride through beautiful landscape, lots of hills and some big swims. Some of the runs and swims were exposed to the wind and waves so that the racers could feel the power of nature but not be subject to it. Not many racers expected the amount of up and down along the way.

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Jon Fearne
Jon Fearne is an endurance & adventure coach with over 20 years of experience who works with athletes who are going to extreme locations, polar trekking, ocean crossing and mountain climbing! We chat about how Jon himself got into the sport and then found his love for coaching alongside taking on some crazy projects himself.

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Gravel World Championships backstage, Georgia on my bike, Route du Rhum, Super League Triathlon Neom and Ryan Sandes

Gravel World Championships Backstage
Just before the start of the first edition of the Gravel World Championships, famous male and female athletes such as Peter Sagan, Giada Borghesi, Mathieu Van der Poel and many others give us their impressions.

Georgia on my bike – Part 3
Michele continues his journey through Georgia. He must now cross the whole country from east to west to reach the Black Sea, the ultimate goal of his trip. He visits many historical sites such as the David Gareja Monastery, the troglodyte city of Vardzia or the castle of Akhaltsikhe. His journey takes place in the middle of impressive natural settings such as the colorful mountains or Lake Paravani.

Route du Rhum 2022

138 solo sailors will set sail to cross the Atlantic between Saint-Malo and Pointe-à-Pitre. An adventure some have been dreaming about for months and others for years. A race against the elements and against the clock, the Route du Rhum-Destination Guadeloupe will crown the fastest in each category. HorizonSports gives you a 2-minute summary every day and will have a full summary at the end of the race.

Super League Triathlon – Championship Series 2022 – Neom – Men & Women
NEOM played host to the fifth and final round of the 2022 Super league Triathlon Championship Series with the athletes facing the brutal Enduro format. Would there be any stopping Hayden Wilde who had won three of the opening four rounds or will Matthew Hauser and Jonny Brownlee try to finish the series with a strong performance? Georgia Taylor-Brown and Taylor Spivey go in to the series finale neck and neck but who will come out on top?

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Ryan Sandes – Lessons from All or Nothing
‘Everything you do shapes you and has an impact on your life’ – Ryan Sandes
13 years as a professional athlete has allowed Ryan Sandes to experience some of the highest highs and some of the most challenging experiences of his life. Amidst achievements like winning Western States Endurance Run 100 mile and crossing Nepal in a Fastest Known Time (FKT) a journey of 1504km, 70,100m of elevation gain in a time of 25 days, 4 hours and 24 minutes along a version of the Great Himalayan Trail with Ryno Griesel, working alongside various foundations and becoming a father.

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Georgia on my Bike Ep1, Algarve Bike Challenge, Nightmare Climbs San Pantaleon, The Outdoor Sports Show Ep10 and Robbie Britton

Georgia on my bike – Part 1
The first episode of Mike Sanna’s fabulous bike packing ride through the Caucasus mountains of Georgia starting with the ancient church of the Trinity in the north of the country in Gergeti, and through Kazbegi,  heading south through the wild and beautiful Georgian outback

Algarve Bike Challenge 2022
One of the most exciting biking events was back in 2022! The Algarve Bike Challenge. After 8 successful editions, the 9th Algarve Bike Challenge again was based in the beautiful and historical city of Tavira. The Algarve Bike Challenge debuts with the traditional night prologue at the enchanter and historical area of Tavira city. Along the narrow old cobbled streets with its natural light the circuit is short but very intense, providing a boost of adrenaline, in a beauty and historical environment. Having the adventure going on all night is surely a feature that everyone loves!

Nightmare Climbs – San Pantaleon

Nightmare Climbs is in Valle D’Aosta to climb the last of four mythical climbs: in this episode, Patrick Martini and his special guests take us to the discovery of Colle San Pantaleon

The Outdoor Sports Show 2022 – Episode 10
This episode starts with the penultimate stop of the XTERRA Short Track Series which took place in Zittau, Germany. Then we move to the final stop of the XTERRA Short Track Series in Lake Molveno, Italy. From Italy we travel to Spain the second edition of the Mallorca 140.6 Triathlon. Then Peru for the Ultra Trail Cordillera Blanca. Then a quicj overview of the historic Dobbiaco-Cortina ski marathon race which will return for its 46th  edition! Finally, let’s compete in the Gordon Bennett Cup! This thrilling balloon race is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for pilots. 

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Robbie Britton – One of many rambles with Robbie.
A true adventurer of his passions and someone who seeks mastery in his interests, Robbie, does not hold back on sharing his learnings and opinions gathered through some incredible experiences and life in general. To name a few of his escapades Robbie & Co. have crossed Iceland, set an FKT on the 650km Jordan Trail, finished his first bike race of 2000km, ran 261km in 24hr earning a World & European bronze medal and team gold, completed the Kom-Emine trail in Bulgaria (finishing with a proposal to his now-wife, Natalie) and obtained an MSc in Performance Coaching.

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Silvia Persico Win in Vuelta Stage 4, Adamello Ultra Trail, Kite Master Ep3, Nightmare Climbs Cancano and Dan Lawson

Vuelta Spain Stage 4 – Silvia Persico win
We follow the women’s cycling team Valcar Travel Service during the fourth stage of the Vuelta in Spain. We are close to the action with the coach, in his car, and witness the progress of the stage and the victory of Silvia Persico.

Adamello Ultra Trail 2022 – 170 km
The Adamello Ultra-Trail® is a trail running race of 170 km in length and about 11,500 m of elevation gain, to be covered in semi-self-sufficiency, organized by the ASD Adamello Ultra-Trail in collaboration with the Union of the Upper Camonica Valley Municipalities.  The maximum time allowed to finish the race is 53 hours.

Nightmare Climbs – Cancano

Most cyclists who go to Bormio climb the Stelvio or the Gavia but this time Nightmare Climbs takes you on a different and beautiful route: the climb to the Cancano lakes.

Kite Masters 2022 – Episode 3
In this episode, we visit Italy, for the second stop of the KiteFoil World Series. After Austria, the series moved to the kiteboarding paradise of Gizzeria. The renowned Hang Loose Beach in Calabria was once again the perfect setting for Act 2. Hang Loose beach is a sacred place for kitesurfers; they can always rely on the flat waters and consistent sea breeze that let them go at high speeds!

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Dan Lawson – How to run the length of the UK in old shoes, ReRun style.
Second hand clothes and trainers, running 822 miles in a new LEJOG Record. Dan Lawson of ReRun Clothing has recently set a new record running from Lands End, the southern most point of the UK to John o’ Groats, the northern most point of the UK, a feat commonly referred to as JOGLE or LEJOG. An 822 mile (1322.88077 Kilometer) journey  which took Dan and his Incredible crew, 9days 21h 14m 2s We talk about the physical, mental and spiritual experiences.

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Mont Ventoux-Riding into the storm, Project Run Forever, Trail du Tour des Fiz, Racing Namibia Ep.9 and Lucy Bartholomew

Mont Ventoux – Riding into the storm
On a beautiful day the ride starts up the famous Mont Ventoux – where the Tour de France comes through almost every year – and then towards the top and steeper…..Ventoux unleashes its fury…..

Project Run Forever
Tom sets out on one of the wettest days on record to run 10km loops of his local trail and his only plan was to quite literally, run forever to raise funds for critical environmental groups For Wild Places and Seabin. What went down over 30+ hours was beyond Tom’s wildest imagination.

Trail du Tour des Fiz – Bruno Poulenard

Trail of the Tour des Fiz – Tour of the 8 refuges – 65km/4600mD+. A sublime journey. The panoramas with Mont Blanc in the background, the flowery paths, the very green mountain pastures, the nourished waterfalls, the altitude lakes, the wildlife, marmots, ibexes and so many other visual “attractions”! Bruno and his buddy Jean-Pierre spent a little over 13 hours on this demanding and splendid course.

Racing Namibia – Episode 9
A Week in Etosha National Park – With the Namib Desert race behind him, Jeff now had another week to explore the country before heading home. He visited the great game reserve of Etosha National park, he did some sea kayaking with dolphins and seals. he also gives us his first impressions after the race.

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Lucy Bartholomew – Growing as a professional athlete and human.
Lucy, participated in her first 100km running race at the age of 15. Since then she has progressed her running career to a full time living, along the way learning how to manage the positive and challenging aspects of what the life of an athlete really is.

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Golden Trail World Series Stranda Fjord & Sierre Zinal, MB Race, Swiss Epic, Otztaler Radmarathon and Zach Miller

Golden Trail World Series 2022 – Stranda & Sierre Zinal
The 3rd and most technical race of the series – Stranda in Norway – was followed by the fastest competition of this year – the legendary Sierre-Zinal! As the race courses and the weather couldn’t be more different, the runners had to totally change strategy, last trainings and equipment within only one week. Find out here what had happened at stage 3 & 4 of the Golden Trail Series!

MB Race 2022
This mountain biking event, renowned for its races and routes as demanding as they are breathtaking, takes place in the territory of Mont-Blanc and Val d’Arly. No less than 12 municipalities are crossed by the different events. The MB Race has stood out, since its beginnings, in the panorama of mountain biking because it is the only one to include a one-day event in its program with a record distance of 140 km and 7,000 m of elevation gain! Today it is known as the most difficult mountain bike race in the world! This year again, this event is on the UCI calendar over the distances of 140 km & 7000 m D+ for men and 70 km & 3500 m D+ for women.

Swiss Epic 2022

The Spar Swiss Epic is one of the Mountain Bike Epic Series’ flagship Legend events. With a fresh new route each year, it’s a unique test of endurance, resolve and skill with the staggering beauty of the snow-capped, jagged skyline set as the perfect antidote to the physical and mental demands of off-road racing. Two-person teams, top professionals and ambitious amateurs alike, explore the seemingly endless, magical trails, staying overnight in double rooms in Arosa, Laax and Davos – an unforgettable Alpine experience!

Ötztaler Radmarathon 2022
After many months of preparation, the most legendary cycling event for amateur athletes and road cycling enthusiasts celebrates its 41th edition. Almost 4000 athletes from 32 nations tackle the race course covering 227 km 5500 altitude meters. The Ötztaler myth is alive and the longing of racing cyclists from all over the world to fulfill their personal dream remains unbroken.

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Zach Miller
Zach Millers all-or-nothing approach in racing has made him somewhat of a cult figure in the trail and ultrarunning scene. However, it is his patience with documenting his thoughts that instigated our conversation. A prolific writer for iRunFar.com with articles tackling varied topic which all centre back to his own relationship with running and the life it affords.

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