It’s UTMB week and there’s a lot going on out there. There are races all week of varying distances, there’s acronyms flying about all over the place and it’s hard to keep track of what’s going on and when. If you want to find out a bit more about the event, here’s our guide to each race: the routes, profiles, timings, some relevant information and who the main elites who are running. So if you need to blag it, you can!
First up: the TDS
What’s the route?
The race starts in Courmayeur and then heads south to Col du Petit Saint Bernard, taking in Col Chavannes (over 2500m high) along the way, then over to Bourg Saint Maurice, before heading back up to Courmet de Roselend and Les Contamines, and finishing in Chamonix. It’s a wilder and more technical route than the well-trodden TMB route followed by the CCC and UTMB.
Amount of ascent: 7300m
How many runners: 1600
When does it start?: 6am Wednesday 29th August
When are the winners expected to finish?: 14 – 15 hours for the men, 16 – 17 hours for the women
What’s the cut-off?: 33 hours
Key summits: Col Chavannes, Col de la Forclaz, Passeur Pralognan, Col de Tricot
Runners to watch: Rory Bosio, Megan Kimmel, Yiou Wang, Keely Henninger, Hayden Hawks, Dylan Bowman, Ludovic Pommeret, Tom Owens
How many points do you need to do it: 8
Previous winners include: Mimmi Kotka, Natalie Mauclair, Xavier Thevenard, Pau Capell, Fernanda Maciel, Michel Lanne
Percentage of female runners in the race: 13%
Average age of runners: 41
Do say: ‘it’s the wilder, more technical UTMB race’
Don’t say: ‘it’s a lot easier than UTMB’ – a lot of people who’ve run both races say that they actually found the TDS tougher.