Our UTMB Guide Part Two: the OCC

OCC UTMB 2016

It’s the UTMB this week and there’s a lot going on, so we’re bringing you a handy guide to the races. Here’s a look at one of the newer races, the OCC.

What’s the route?
The race starts in Orsieres in Switzerland, then heads west through Champex Lac, Trient and Vallorcine, before heading down to Argentiere via Col des Montets, then up to Flegere and then a long downhill to Chamonix.

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The OCC profile

Distance: 56km

Amount of ascent: 3500m

How many runners: 1200

When does it start?: 8.15am Thursday 30th August

When are the winners expected to finish?: just over 5 hours for the men, just over 6 hours for the women

What’s the cut-off?: 14.5 hours

Key summits: La Giete, Catogne and Flegere

Runners to watch: Ruth Croft, Lucy Bartholomew, Amandine Ferrato, Marianne Hogan, Kelly Wolf, Andrea Huser, Tim Freriks, Nicolas Martin and Thibaut Baronian.

How many points do you need to do it?: 4

Previous winners include:  Xavier Thevenard (yes, he’s got the full set), Marc Lauenstein, Eli Gordon Rodriguez

Percentage of female runners in the race: 25%

Average age of runners: 40

Do say: ‘it’s the shorter, fast and furious UTMB race, which has attracted some big names this year’
Don’t say: ‘it’s just the little race’ – it still hurts, a lot

You can follow the OCC live here

Find out more about the race here