Adventure news of the week: ultra running tragedy, bouldering world championship and more

Runner Jing Liang at UTMB 2019. Photo courtesy of iRunFar.

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From inspiring to tragic, Adventure News of the Week presents a round-up of the top news in the world of exploration and adventure.

DEATH: Several ultra runners die in extreme weather in China 100K. Twenty-one runners are dead after extreme weather and temperatures on May 22 in China’s Yellow River Stone Forest 100K, officials reported.

“The Gansu Province Party Committee and government have set up an incident investigation team to conduct further in-depth investigations,” Chinese media reported Weibo.com. The fatalities include 2020 UTMB Panda Trail champion, Jing Liang, 31, and Paralympics champion, Huang Guan Jun.

Read more about the incident and follow new developments below iRunFar.

CLIMB: IFSC Bouldering World Cup finalists announced. The IFSC Boulder World Cup took place last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah. Twenty men and 20 women competed in the semi-finals, with Natalia Grossman (USA) and the Czech climbing phenomenon Adam Ondra taking first place for women and men respectively. The hopeful Olympic American Brooke Raboutou was also on the podium. See that complete results, or Watch the finale again.

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Tram: 14 dead, injured several times in an Italian tram accident. A tram car on the Italian Stresa-Mottarone tram fell on Sunday, killing 14 people and injuring a 5-year-old child. LiftBlog reported.

“The 14 victims [ranged] ages 2 to 82 and [hailed] from Italy, Israel and Iran, ”he wrote. The tram is located in the Piedmont region near the Italian-Swiss border and recently reopened after a lengthy shutdown due to COVID-19.

BICYCLE: Carolyne Whelan named Adventure Cyclist’s first editor-in-chief. This week, bike enthusiast Carolyne Whelan is replacing longtime editor Alex Strickland at the helm of Adventure Cyclist, the Adventure Cycling Association’s member magazine.

Whelan holds a BA and an MFA in written form and has “worked in bicycle stores in the United States, hiked and rode in America and Europe, and worked as a writer and editor on a number of publications including Dirt Rag Magazine.” Adventure cycling introduced.

Along with Kristin Hostetter von, Whelan is one of the editors-in-chief of publications in the outdoor industry Outside the business journal, Nicole Formosa of Bike Magazine and Sierra Shafer of SKI Magazine (and formerly Powder Magazine).

WIN: Cannondale raffle for eight limited edition Giro d’Italia motorcycles. Cannondale is giving away eight custom special and limited edition Giro d’Italia SuperSix Evo motorcycles, and one could be yours.

“We have meticulously crafted eight motorcycles with fully custom paintwork and phenomenal designs,” wrote Cannondale. “The kaleidoscopic kit (and bike) includes colors from every national flag from around the world to celebrate riders of different backgrounds and nationalities who share a common goal.” The giveaway runs from May 24th to June 12th. Enter here.


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