UTMB – Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie

Running the Dusk ’til Dawn Ultra in October, gave me sufficient qualifying points to enter the UTMB CCC race between Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix in August. But due to the huge demand for places, the race went to a ballot, and I wasn’t one of the lucky ones.

But all is not lost. I have been able to transfer my points and race entry to the UTMB TDS (Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie).

“A race in open country along the ‘Grande Randonnée’ paths crossing though the Mont-Blanc, Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valley countryside. 
A mountainous event, including numerous sections at altitude (>2,500m), in weather conditions which can be very difficult (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), requiring a very good level of fitness, the appropriate equipment and a real capacity for personal autonomy.”

Course route

Sounds horrid doesn’t it? What was I thinking? I don’t know, but I’m guessing I had better start doing some real training… And I thought I was going to be taking it easy after the Strathpuffer!

The distance of the TDS is around 119 km, with a positive height gain of approximately 7,250m all in a time limit of 33 hours. All this whilst carrying sufficient equipment to survive in the mountains.