23 Aug '14, 2pm
2014 Matterhorn Ultraks 46k Results
From Gornergrat’s lofty perch, Zaïd let it rip on the super-runnable downhill to Riffealp at 19k, passing and putting two minutes on Aritz during that 5k. After Riffelalp, the downhill continues to before another moderate-sized climb (for Europe) to Schwarzsee at 28k. We were stationed at 30k after Schwarzsee and saw Zaïd roll by four minutes ahead of any other runners. Then, again, with 5k to go, atop the last climb at about 2,700 meters altitude and between the Trift refuge and the town of Zermatt, he was six minutes ahead of any competition. At the finish, he had built a seven-minute buffer over the rest of the field, asserting his dominance over the runners here as well as this course.