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?
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.
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.
I knew you'd be the one to ask! :-)
I'd totally forgotten about this race so you are the right one to give reminders!
First time check
Montvert les hauts-Domaine Vidot
660m altitude (started at 6 m altitude but they don't provide elevation gain)
462nd age group
I tried looking at about 4:00pm but came up empty :-(
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
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.
Nice pacing, passing lots of people who went out too fast. Looks like there are 2441 runners.
I can't find the detail you can?!?! :-(
my combination of inferior French and inferior computer/internet skillz appears to be insurmountable! :-)
I'm an idiot...
I can see he's now updated to Pied du Taïbit at 72 km,
The guy has an incredible ability to be EXTREMELY disciplined in his plan/strategy!!
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?
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.
Bringing back some memories?! :-)
Fond ones I hope!!
At 2:33 a.m. their time (sleepy time on Night #2!)
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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.
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.
can we call this the home stretch?!?!? :-)
After this climb maybe??
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.
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.
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.
He seems to have found his peeps.
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.
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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