Two runners win ‘Fools’ race arm in arm, Shiffrin wins 70th world title and more stories to start your week


From inspiring to tragic, “Adventure News of the Week” presents a summary of the main news in the world of exploration and adventure. Here’s what you missed this weekend and a few things to look forward to.

Reunion’s historic ultramarathon, the Diagonale des Fous, has not one but two first places. Daniel Jung (ITA) and Ludovic Pommeret (FRA) crossed the finish line arm in arm with 23:02:21 on the clock.

“Jung, who took the lead between the 40 and 50 km of the race and never looked back, eventually found himself running alongside Pommeret”, reported iRunFar. The islander Emilie Maroteaux won the first place in the women with a time of 29:54:59, 2.5 hours ahead of the next woman, Amandine Ginouves (FRA).

The notoriously difficult 104.4-mile race, gaining 31,532 vertical feet en route, took off Thursday night and continued on Sunday. After brutal climbs and an insignificant number of descents, the Diagonal of Fools The route also includes the rugged crossing of the Cirque du Mafate, a high altitude volcanic crater inaccessible except on foot.

Tragic news last week when the triathlete Courtney waltimyer was killed in a hit and run while on a bike ride in Florida. A GoFundMe was set up to help Courtney’s family with the funeral, travel and any unforeseen expenses related to her untimely death.

American ski scholar Mikaela Shiffrin won her 70th World Cup title on Saturday. She is the third skier in FIS World Cup history to cross the 70-victory mark. And the performance of the decorated Olympian in the giant slalom (GS) at the FIS Alpine Skiing Competition in Sölden, Austria, left little room for doubt. Her two almost flawless races on one of the toughest hills on the circuit dethroned standing GS champion Lara Gut-Behrami. Rookie winner Marco Odermatt (SUI) took gold in the men’s race.

It was a fierce opening of a weekend snow sports season; The FIS also delivered the Big Air Snowboard World Cup in Chur, Switzerland. Jonas Boesiger (SUI) and Kokomo (JAP) won the first positions in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively. For full results, go to

Each fall, gravel and mountain bike racers from all over the world flock to the legendary Ozark Highlands. This weekend was no exception, thanks to Life Time’s Great Sugar Gravel Race (107 miles) and Lil Sugar (50 miles). Cyclist Adam Roarge took the overall victory with 4:59:10 on the clock, 5 minutes ahead of the peloton. Moriah Wilson was the first woman to cross the finish line at 5:30:29.

Rural Arkansas is sort of a backcountry cycling mecca, offering world-class terrain, in-depth elevation gains, and extremely scenic views. And this year, Big sugar coincided with the Bentonville Outdoor bike festival and demo.

State Bicycle Co. released their latest collaboration line just in time for the spooky season: SBC X Ozzy Osbourne. No, we are serious. For the limited run, State and the Prince of Darkness wear a fleece-lined winter jersey, two off-road jerseys, a handlebar bag and a stem cap with the “Ozzy Osbourne” logo.

Direct-to-buyer cyclery has a hard-earned reputation for getting some out of it. quite unique partnerships, but this collaboration can take the cake (or the head of a bat). Gears / metalheads, rejoice!

There is a new formula for tennis, and it’s called Bassline. The fresh, tie-break-meets-big-beats format premiered in Vienna on Friday. Described by Red Bull as the best of three “single eight-player event”, Bassline tennis pits competitors against each other in 10- to 25-minute mini-rounds amid a live MC and DJ. .

Only one player reigns supreme and on Friday night that player was Carlos Alcaraz (SPA). In the final round, Alcaraz beat format innovator and world tennis pro Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), 7-4 and 7-5. Watch the full replay on

Colorful Colorado will soon have a new state park. Just 3 hours west of Denver in the Flat Tops mountain range, Sweetwater Lake will become the 43rd state park and was recently identified by federal authorities as one of the top 10 conservation priorities. The new designation saves 488 acres from the fall for resort developers, instead giving protections to wildlife and conservation practices.

The Flat Tops Wilderness will soon be home to Colorado’s 43rd State Park; (photo / Colophotos, Shutterstock)

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