Monthly Archives: December 2015

Get to know Tadei PIVK, Skyseries World Champion.

Hi Tadei, could you please tell us a bit more about you. How did you enter the world of Skyrunning? What kind of trails and races do you prefer? Where do you live and train?

Ciao, my running career really started with mountain running, but I was always drawn to the longer races so I started doing sky races in 2008. It didn’t take long before I started getting some really good results, and I’ve kept improving over the years. At the same time my passion for mountains has continued to grow as well. My favourite sort of race is between 25 and 30 km with a really tough climb and a technical descent. I live in a small village called Camporosso, which is in the district of Tarvisio at the foot of Monte Lussari. There’s a sanctuary at the summit of the mountain with so many different trails leading up to it. In fact, most of my training is done here alongside my trainer Luigino Boccolini.

You had a really successful 2015 season and won the European title at Zegama as well as the overall victory in the Skyrunning World Series. Did you expect to have such a great season?

Yeah, 2015 has definitely been my best year to date. I knew that I was in good form and could perform well – but perhaps not this well! Once you get off to a good start then your confidence is boosted so you’ve got that extra edge.

Why did you choose COMPRESSPORT as a compression partner and when and how do you use compression garments?

I chose to collaborate with COMPRESSPORT the Italian team gave me some products to try. I immediately felt really comfortable with them and now I won’t do any training without using the COMPRESSPORT products. And of course, I’ll wear them for recovery as well.

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What is your favourite product within the COMPRESSPORT range?

That’s a tough question! It’s hard to pick just one product in particular, but I do really like the new PRO R2 SWISS, which are now more supple but still give amazing compression.

What are your objectives for 2016? Do you have your eyes on the World Championship title?

I’ll be doing ski mountaineering races this season and I try to take everything season by season. Naturally I’d love to be among the best sky runners in 2016 as well.

In other sports we see athletes performing well on short distances that then move up to longer distances. Is it likely that we’ll see you on the start line of an ultra trail?

I love changes and like to be kept on my toes. It keeps me motivated. It’s definitely an option and I haven’t excluded the possibility of a few longer races in 2016…

Thanks for your time Tadei. We wish you a great 2016 season!

TOP PERFORMANCES OF THE YEAR


WILLIAM BON MARDION
SKI MOUNTAINEERING
France

With a World Champion title in Individual Race, 1 victory and 5 podiums in world cup and world championships, William had a great 2015 season. We can also add 2nd and 3rd place at famous Pierra Menta and Mountain Attack.


ELISA DESCO
ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER
Italy

Elisa Desco had a consistent season on the Skyrunning World Series. Starting the year with a Continental Champion title in Sai Kung, she continued to sign good results with a victory and a podium at Matterhorn and Dolomites World Series. Elisa also won K42 Argentina dn signed a podium at Sierre Zinal.


JAVIER GOMEZ NOYA
TRIATHLON
Spain

avier Gomez Noya showed he is the best athlete in triathlon History by winning his 5th World Champion title. Javi also won the Rio Test Event giving him a lot of confidence for Rio 2016. The Spaniard is good as well on long distance races as he won IM70.3 Staffordshire (UK) and finished 3rd at the IM70.3 World Championship in Austria.


MELISSA HAUSCHILDT
TRIATHLON
Australia

Melissa Hauschildt  started the year in the best way as she won the IM Asia Pacific championship at Melbourne. The Australian also won half Challenge Melbourne, but an injury prevented her to sign other good results. Melissa is now ready to fight hard for 2016 season.


BRENT MCMAHON
TRIATHLON
Canada

Brent McMahon started the year with an other sub8 performance at IronMan Brazil. Qualified for IM World Championship for the first time, he signed a great 9th place! One month later he went to IM Arizona to defend his title and finshed 2nd. The young Canadian has now proved he was one of the best athletes in the world.


NURIA PICAS
ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER
Spain

Nuria Picas had a great season on the Ultra Trail World Tour circuit. With two victories at Trangrancanaria and Grand Raid Réunion, and a 3rd place at Tarawera, Nuria took the first place of the UTWT final ranking. 


FREDERIK VAN LIERDE
TRIATHLON
Belgium

Frederik Van Lierde won IM African Championship in an impressive way. Frederik continued the season with two podium finishes at IM70.3 Barcelona and 5150 Kraichgau and a victory at IM70.3 Turkey.


CAROLINE STEFFEN
TRIATHLON
Switzerland

Caroline Steffen had a good year with 3rd place finishes at IM European and Asia Pacific championship. The Swiss triathlete also signed 5 victoires on the IM70.3 circuit and finished 9th of IM World Championship. 


TADEI PIVK
ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER
Italy

Tadei Pivk won the European Syrunning Championship at Zegama and won the Skyrunning World Series Dolomites. Thanks to 3 podiums finishes at Skyrunning World Series Rut25, Lantau 2 Peaks and Limone, Tadei became the first Italian to win the Skyrunning World Series ranking!


GEDIMINAS GRINIUS
ULTRA TRAIL RUNNER
Lithuania

Gediminas Grinius started the year with an impressive victory and race record at Transgrancanaria (part of the Ultra Trail World Tour). An other victory at UTMF allowed him to take the 2nd place at the final ranking of Ultra Trail World Tour.

Compression sleeves, less vibration for enhanced performances.

Compressport compression sleeves act like a muscle support and keeps your muscles compact and solid. This limits the vibrations (-33 %) induced by the shocks with the ground leading to less lateral or vertical movement of your muscle and therefore less traction on tendon and muscle itself.

1/ Less vibration means less fatigue and muscle damage until -42%

The vibrations are known to cause muscle damage and accelerate fatigue… Therefore Compressport compression sleeves will help you during endurance exercise such as Trail Running or Marathon by limiting vibration and absorbing the shocks. You’ll be able to perform longer with an improved global comfort.

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Less muscle damage during the effort with Compressport compression sleeves means less subsequent inflammation and therefore less delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and better recovery.

3/ Less vibration means less risk of injuries or cramps until -29 %

Limiting vibrations, Compressport compression sleeves guarantee a better muscular maintain and ensure less stress on the tendons and muscle itself! Tendonitis, shin splints and muscular injuries are decreased by 29 %.

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Less lateral or vertical movement of your muscle with Compressport compression sleeves also means better aerodynamic efficiency positively influencing cycling performance. For example wearing the Compressport R2 on your bike provides an economy of 5 Watts! That means a gain of 0.5 sec / km and therefore 1 min 30 on Ironman.

5/ Less vibration means help to have a better muscle contraction

Less muscle oscillation with Compressport compression sleeves also means better alignment of muscular fibre facilitating muscle contraction and consequently enhancement of explosive power such as vertical jump or sprint.