Updated: April 27, 2015

Ryan Sandes is gearing up for his TransVulcania debut (photo credit: Craig Kolesky, Red Bull)

Returning to the racing trails after a six-month layoff, Ryan Sandes says he is eager to make his TransVulcania debut when he turns out at the annual ultra-distance event in the Canary Islands next week.
Sandes, who finished second in the Ultra Trail World Series last year, was sidelined late last season due to illness, after picking up glandular fever.
“I am super excited to be running my first SkyRunning race at TransVulcania,” Sandes said on Monday.
“I have heard and seen so many exciting things about this race and the incredible island of La Palma.
“TransVulcania also has a very competitive list of athletes running, so this will be great race preparation for the rest of the year.
“Most importantly I’m looking forward to the adventure, getting to experience a new place and meeting some awesome people.”
Sandes believed the 73.3km race was ideal in his build-up to the prestigious Western States 100-Mile (160km) Endurance Run in California at the end of June.
While he has never raced the TransVulcania, the South African athlete won the 125km TransGrancanaria in the Canary Islands last year.
“I have heard La Palma gets really hot so I think this will be the perfect preparation for Western States,” he said.