The U.K. Spartan champion is coming off a pair of wins in the shorter Sprint and Super distances at Spartan Race Spain. Blanc has notched consistent top finishes across Europe, perhaps because the former soccer player grew up in the French Alps and feels at home sprinting up mountains.
Represents: United Kingdom
Strengths: Blanc spent most of his life running up the Alps and, more maybe importantly, charging back down — a key spot to gain time on less sure-footed opponents.
Weaknesses: Blanc is a smaller Spartan athlete and admits the heavy carries or any pulling will slow him down.
Why He’ll Win: "Winning this World Championship seems to be an untouchable dream, but so did becoming the U.K. champion. Last year and I ended up winning six races out of my seven races."