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in: Bash; Bash > 2015-10-21

Oct 22, 2015 2:10 PM # 
FB:
Hey Bash

do you know anything about this race? Jim M is doing it right now (or did it yesterday) and I can't find out how he did/is doing.

My French is worse than I thought and the English parts of the site often take you to a French link.

Surprisingly it doesn't look like to opted for a GPS tracker?
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Oct 22, 2015 2:26 PM # 
Bash:
The website says (in French) that it hasn't started yet. Maybe there will be more info later. Apparently it starts at 22:00 their time.
Oct 22, 2015 3:02 PM # 
Bash:
Further info: it is 8 hours later there so the race starts at 2 p.m. our time. And Marsha Glanville posted a photo of Jim on Facebook yesterday when a bunch of them went for a hike. She mentions the 10 p.m. starting time.
Oct 22, 2015 3:16 PM # 
FB:
Thanks!

I knew you'd be the one to ask! :-)
Oct 22, 2015 4:31 PM # 
Bash:
I'd totally forgotten about this race so you are the right one to give reminders!
Oct 22, 2015 10:26 PM # 
Bash:
First time check
Montvert les hauts-Domaine Vidot
2h11mn39s
14km
660m altitude (started at 6 m altitude but they don't provide elevation gain)
2226th overall
462nd age group
Oct 22, 2015 11:57 PM # 
FB:
Thx
I tried looking at about 4:00pm but came up empty :-(
Oct 23, 2015 2:43 AM # 
Bash:
So close - his first time check was 4:11 p.m.!

He'd moved up a bit at the 2nd time check.
Notre Dame de la Paix
04:27
6h27mn29s
24km
1565m altitude
2027th overall
411th age group

On the lower right of the "Coureur" page, you can see that he's been climbing since the start of the race. Like most ultras, it looks worse than it is because the X axis is so compressed.
http://grandraid.sfr.re/pages/coureur/scratch.jsp?...
Oct 23, 2015 6:39 AM # 
Bash:
Nice pacing, passing lots of people who went out too fast. Looks like there are 2441 runners.

Piton Textor
9h51mn53s
40km
2165m altitude
1843rd
361st
Oct 23, 2015 12:37 PM # 
FB:
I can't find the detail you can?!?! :-(

my combination of inferior French and inferior computer/internet skillz appears to be insurmountable! :-)
Oct 23, 2015 1:56 PM # 
FB:
I'm an idiot...
I can see he's now updated to Pied du Taïbit at 72 km,
1529
282
The guy has an incredible ability to be EXTREMELY disciplined in his plan/strategy!!
Oct 23, 2015 2:28 PM # 
Bash:
Wow, he sure does!
Oct 23, 2015 3:55 PM # 
FB:
Marla 78 km
1486
265
Oct 23, 2015 3:59 PM # 
FB:
He may be running with Canadian Tom Masterson who is leading his division in 1484 at Marla? (I don't know him)

Maybe just coincidence as they were quite far apart at last check point?
Oct 23, 2015 6:54 PM # 
Bash:
They've been running for almost 25 hours and are now well into their second night. This is getting close to the time when I started feeling the sleep deprivation at UTMB 2014.
Oct 23, 2015 7:59 PM # 
FB:
Bringing back some memories?! :-)
Fond ones I hope!!
Oct 24, 2015 12:15 AM # 
Bash:
Is jealousy "fond"? :)
Oct 24, 2015 1:50 AM # 
Bash:
At 2:33 a.m. their time (sleepy time on Night #2!)

Ilet à Bourse
28h33mn02s
95km
890m altitude
1366th
236th

Still moving up. He's moved up almost 900 places since the first time check at 14 km and passed half the guys in his category who were ahead of him at that point. That's a lot of passing!

There's a stiff 20 km climb that starts at the 100 km mark, then the last 40 km looks more humane.
Oct 24, 2015 4:25 AM # 
Bash:
Roche Plate
33h39mn55s
106km
1110m
1274th
210th

Still climbing, both in the mountains and in the standings. The last 11K took over 5 hours. Imagine what the trail must be like! On the bright side, it's daylight again.
Oct 24, 2015 4:39 AM # 
FB:
can we call this the home stretch?!?!? :-)

After this climb maybe??
Oct 24, 2015 3:17 PM # 
Bash:
I guess so although tere's a cruel 650 m climb that starts about 15 km from the finish - then the runners go right back down. I wonder what the time limit is. UTMB was 46 hours but this must be more.
Oct 24, 2015 3:58 PM # 
Bash:
Chemin Ratineau
44h10mn13s
136km
430m
1196th
204th

At the previous time check, he had bounced up from 1225th to 1287th (maybe a nap?) but he's back on track with the best ranking he's had so far.
Oct 24, 2015 4:13 PM # 
Bash:
Wow, it looks like the time limit is 74 hours for 165 km! The finish line aid station is scheduled to stay open for 46 hours so apparently the racers spread out a LOT.

The elevation gain is 9917 m so the distance/elevation is comparable to UTMB (46 hr limit) so either the trails are highly technical or the organizers just like to give people a chance to reach the finish! However, there are only 1771 runners left of 2441 who reached the first time check. The winner was a little over 24 hours this year, which is a little slower than UTMB. For comparison, a typical time limit for an ultra of this distance (165 km) in North America is 30-32 hours.
Oct 24, 2015 6:03 PM # 
Bash:
Possession école
46h35mn42s
144km
15m
1189th
206th

He seems to have found his peeps.
Oct 24, 2015 8:36 PM # 
Bash:
Grande Chaloupe
49h25mn56s
151km
10m
1160th
197th

Starting the final 650 m climb, then Jim will do a 650 m descent. He passed this time check about 8 hours ahead of the cut-off so it's all good. He has passed 1100 runners since the 14 km time check.
Oct 24, 2015 10:18 PM # 
FB:
Thx Bash!
Oct 25, 2015 4:51 AM # 
Bash:
Finished!
54h49mn21s
164km
1172nd overall (almost exactly midpack)
200th age group

Great job! Very consistent, smart racing.

Btw I mixed two time zones when I calculated the maximum time limit. It is actually 66 hours, which still seems like a lot of time for a 100 miler that was won in 24 hours. Maybe I should look into this one - I like races with generous cut-offs!

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