We’ve seen races up the CN Tower or Empire State Building using the stairs, but how about a straight 800 meters up a very long set of stairs?
How about a time trial race that’s 800 metres in length, climbing 500 metres in altitude, over 2,700 steps with an average gradient of 60%? (Some sources say it’s 1000m)
Fear not, The Valtellina Tube Race is here (in Valtellina, Italy, near Lake Como district).
Anytime you have anaerobic glycolysis with lactic acid (or acidosis with an accumulation of hydrogen ions, or H+) you will be in a world of hurt. Usually from 15 to 40 seconds, and again from 40 seconds to 2 minutes. The 800m falls into this category after 2 minutes!
Also, if you fall, stumble or trip, well, that too is a world of hurt! Take a look at the pictures!
Did I say 2 minutes? Ha!
Course records are 14:02 for men, and 16:35 for women. Looks more like 5K times :)
Here is the video from YouTube: