Location: Laubach, Rheineland-Palatinate, Germany: https://goo.gl/maps/vwTPhnbHMvvJVoQ96
The start is from the sport field located outside the village of Laubach, in the direction of Kastellaun. The first two km are in the forest nearby the sport field. After crossing the L218, the footpath is based on single track, often paved with wooden tables and roots, which are quite slippery due to the rain of the previous night. First refreshment point at about km 5.
The footpath continuous mainly downhill until reaching the houses of the village of Bell. Very short uphill around km 9 in order to enter a nice single-track section with several passages on rocks and few meters with the help of chains. The section ends with the second refreshment point. Here a turn left lead to a passage below a bridge, along a small river. The following part includes several short uphill and downhill, until Burgberg located at km 17.
Few hundred meters quite flat along the small river and then, an easy but continuous uphill starts to bring all the runners to the famous Geierlay bridge. After the bridge a relatively flat part on single track followed by a downhill until km 22.5. At this point a small uphill begins and lasts about one km. The following few km are similar but the footpath is based on a forest road. At about km 26.5 a new uphill begins; it is a continuous, runnable uphill for about 3 km until reaching the Alter Sportplatz Mörsdorf dominated by high wind turbines. After crossing the L204, a short asphalt road lead the runner to the third refreshment point at km 30.
The following footpath is again in the forest, mainly downhill for about 1.5 km. The next section of about 3 km is characterized by a short uphill and by the subsequent downhill, which lead to the lowest point of the race, just before km 35. Here the footpath is in open field for about two kilometer, flat.
At km 37, the footpath is again in the forest, slowly going uphill for about 2 km. The next 8 km are very similar to each other with short uphill & downhill, mainly on forest road. At about km 47, the track of the Long Trail merge with that of the Half Trail. Here is also located the fourth refreshment point.
The next section is similar to the last one, with a big difference in the uphill from km 52 to km 54, in open fields and exposed to the strong wing. Fast downhill until km 56 and an asphalt road brings the runner to the last uphill section of the Long Trail. Just a couple of km with slow uphill and the fifth refreshment point is reached.
From km 58 to km 59 it is basically a flat asphalt road to enter the village of Kastellaun. The track remains in Kastellaun until reaching WaldAbenteuer Park, at km 60.5. The next few kilometers are still uphill, partially following the same done at the beginning of the race, direction downhill. After crossing again the L218, the footpath is again on single track and these are the last two km of the race.
Official Route: HTTPS://HUNSBUCKEL-TRAIL.DE/DER-HUBUT/LONGTRAIL
Distance: 66.4 km
Cumulative gain +: 1334 M
Cumulative Loss-: 1329 M
Max Altitude: 495 M
Start Date & Time: 18/08/2019 at 7 a.m.
Start point: Unter den Buchen, 56288 Laubach
Cost: 38 € (0.58 €/km)
Air Temperature (at start): 17 °C
Weather conditions: cloudy and windy
Dominant ground and status: footpath, wet (caused by the strong rain of the former days and last night)
Technical difficulties: – several passages on wet stones and roots in the first 20km; – suspended bridge crossing at Km 21
Official results: https://my3.raceresult.com/109376/results?lang=de#1_9FE231
Absolute position: 16
Absolute male position: 13
Age position (M40): 2
Ratio my absolute position/starters (%): 7
My time: 7h15´59´´
My Team Name at registration: ASD ULTRA TAAAAAC TEAM
Shoes: SALOMON ULTRA PRO (Size: UK 9 / EU 43 1/3; Color: BLUESTONE)
Shoes KM at the start: 166,3 Km
Anklet: APTONIA DECATHLON (one per foot)
Socks: THYO SPECIAL TRAIL (Size: 41-43; Color: BLACK/ORANGE)
T-Shirt: ASD ULTRA TAAAAAC TEAM (Size: M; Color: BLACK ORANGE)
Shorts: ASD ULTRA TAAAAAC TEAM (Size: M; Color: BLACK)
Backpack: SALOMON S/LAB SENSE ULTRA 8 (Size: M; Color: BLUE)
Drink Equipment: – SALOMON HYDRAPAK SOFT FLASK 500 ML SPEED (Quantity: 2) – SALOMON HYDRAPAK SPEEDCUP (Quantity:1) – PRO ACTION MINERAL PLUS ENDURANCE (Flavor: ORANGE)
Food & Gels: – OVERSTIM´S UTMB BAR (Quantity: 1; Flavor: MANGO & GINGER) – OVERSTIM´S ENERGIX GEL (Quantity: 4; Flavor: CITRON (2); FRUIT ROUGES (2))
Race Belt: SPORTS AKILEINE
GPS/Clock: SUUNTO AMBIT 2 BLACK
Headwear: BUFF (Ultra Trail Mont Fallere 2017)
Glasses: NOT USED
Trail Running Sticks: NOT USED
Headlamp: NOT USED
Wind/rain jacket: NOT USED but in the backpack
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Andrea De Filippo