On Tuesday July 30 was one of my favourite races, the Peak Performance Vertical K. It’s from the center in Åre up to the summit of Åreskutan, 4,9Km and 1000m of elevation and it’s the only vertical race in Sweden. I have done this course a lot of time both in competition and training so it was a good indicator to see how the shape is. The record is from the first edition, 2015 set by Luca Cagnati 41:36 and it has been a hard time to beat. I won the race two times, in 2016, 2017 and 2nd in 2018 and my record time is 41:50 from 2017 so this year my goal was to beat the record.
The conditions on the raceday was good, some wind but cooler temperature than during 27K so that would help a lot to perform.
We started off in a good pace but not too crazy. I had a good fight with Magnus Jensen and Andre Jonsson to steepest part after 400m elevation but after that I felt better and better and was able to push really hard to the summit. It was a lot of people cheering on during the course and that helped a lot to be able to push even harder. When I crossed the finish line I almost couldn’t believe the clock, 40:24. I was super happy with that and also for Andre Jonsson and Johan Lantz who finisher 2nd and 3rd and also did really good times!
On the womens side, Emelie Collings won before Yoie Bohlin and Moa Lundgren Team Salomon.
Thanks for all the nice messages and to everyone who was on the top off Åreskutan, in Åre square or following the race online
Salomon S/lab Prototype Shoe
Salomon S/lab Sense 5 set
Salomon S/lab Sense Tee
Salomon S/lab NSO Short tights
Suunto 9 Baro and heart rate monitor
Hestra Gloves (Mandatory)
Salomon S/Lab Light jacket (Mandatory)
Salomon S/Lab Motion Fit 360 Pants (Mandatory)
Salomon Mid layer (Mandatory)
First Aid Kit (Mandatory)