This summer Team Blacks travelled to the foothills of the Austrian Alps to take part in the first year of the adidas Infinite Trails mountain race. Captained by Blacks Ambassador Ellie Lacey, the team-of-three would each compete in an individual stage, climbing from the valley floor to the dizzying heights of a different mountain summit. The team’s combined distance would be a massive 122km in a single day, with over 7,400 metres of climb.
Before any of this could even begin, however, the team would be required to complete a mere 20k qualifying leg as a team. Snaking along the Gastein Valley, before shooting up the mountain slopes, this “prologue” leg would itself rank amongst the toughest runs any of the team had attempted.
Sometimes however, as Ellie knows all too well, you can't plan for everything . . .