La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel 2020: profile on Mickaël Pourcelot

Posted: March 4, 2020 in News
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La Verticale de la Tour Eiffel is just a week away and the excitement is building for one of the biggest events in the tower running calendar.

Experienced tower runner Mickaël Pourcelot is one of the athletes set to compete in Paris and TV channel France 3 recently did a short profile on him ahead of the race.

Check it out below – rough English transcript underneath the video.

Transcript (rough translation):

Climbing the 288 steps of this tower…a nightmare for some…a passion for others. Mickael Pourcelot climbs these 18 floors in 67 seconds. He practices tower running: running up stairs.

Mickaël Pourcelot: “The idea is to go as quickly as possible. So we take the steps two by two. You have to use whatever’s possible to use, like the rails on the sides to project yourself forward and then support yourself, because the thighs burn quite quickly. There’s also a technique to work the turns, to grab the railings on the other side and use them to help you pivot and accelerate through all the turns.”

Mickaël discovered this sport by accident during the Telethon 2017. The test consisted of climbing the 1,000 steps of the Montparnasse Tower. A test in which he excelled, surprisingly. Since then he has competed around the world and collected trophies.

One of his favourite races: that of the Eiffel Tower. His goal in 2020 is to finish in the top 10 of this event.

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