BREAKING 20

BY PAU CAPELL

One runner. No spectators.
171km. 10,000m elevation.

Despite a massive effort, Pau Capell missed out on Breaking 20. But his effort has inspired us all.
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PAU CAPELL

THE NORTH FACE ULTRA-RUNNING ATHLETE

THE NORTH FACE ULTRA-RUNNING ATHLETE


After a football-career-ending injury, Pau turned to trail running for rehab. Just a few years later he had become one of the world’s best ultra-runners, winning the Ultra Sierra Nevada, the Ultra Trail Mallorca and Transgrancanaria. He was crowned Ultra Trail World Tour champion in 2018 and 2019.

BREAKING 20

THE CHALLENGE

THE CHALLENGE


Last year Pau beat 2299 competitors to win the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in a course record-breaking time of 20 hours, 19 minutes. This year, on 27 August, he plans to break his own record by completing the 171km route in under 20 hours. The biggest challenge? Not the distance. Or the elevation gain and loss. But doing it solo, without spectators, aid stations or competitions. Can he break 20?

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HIGHLIGHTS

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THE HIGHS AND LOWS

  • COL DU BONHOMME

    Steep, technical and in the dark – this is the first big challenge

  • GRAND COL FERRET TO PRAZ DE FORT

    A low point for Pau in 2019. How will he deal with this long down-hill slog this time round?

  • TETE AUX VENTS

    The final big climb. With a false summit. On tired legs. Under the heat of the afternoon sun.

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