Race preview: Dessy & Wismoyono dual for ATM points lead
It's already the third racing weekend in the 2017 Asia Trail Master Championship Series and the second in Indonesia. All eyes are set on the Coast To Coast Night Trail Ultra in Central Java's cultural heritage city of Yogyakarta, where we are likely to end the weekend with new points leaders in the ATM championship ranking. After their great runs in Bandung last month, Gaspard Dessy (third) and Arief Wismoyono (fourth) will be competing with each other again in the hills behind Depok Beach, and Lily Suryani (fourth) can hop ahead of Tahira Najmunisaa and Diorella Cerujano in the women's.
On the menu is a 70 km trail course with quite a bit of up and down for 2300 hm of elevation gain in total. Important as well is that the majority of the race will take place in the dark as the start of the 70 k will be given at 9 p.m. Organised by Trail Runners Yogyakarta, Coast To Coast has a very experienced team that will ensure everyone will enjoy a great time. The battle for the race victory will certainly involve the abovementioned Arief Wismoyono and Gaspard Dessy, but also Yohanis Hiareij will find a course that suits him very well.
In the women's race it will be important to see the performance of Lily Suryani, and especially how she fares vis-a-vis Ruth Theresia, who has been in excellent form since the second part of last year. Theresia is also scheduled to run in Brunei at the end of the month and could be a contender for this year's championship title. Also in Yogyakarta, though, are Grandmaster Ina Budiyarni and Mila Marlina.
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