Team Montane runners: approaching the Montane Tor des Géants
The Tor des Géants (TDG) is one of the premier endurance trail running races in the world. Starting and finishing in Courmayeur, the 205 mile / 330km course wends its way through stunning Alpine scenery, crossing two natural parks, over 25 mountain passes and next to 30 alpine lakes. It is beautiful in its brutality.
2016 sees the first Montane sponsored TDG and to celebrate this, a strong contingent of international Team Montane ultra runners is poised to take on the challenge:
Jenn Gaskell (UK)
The accidental ultra runner, Jenn began long distance running on a whim and now regularly competes in the British and European trail running race scene.
She returns to take on the 2016 TDG after placing 1st woman under 30 in 2014.
Julio Cernuda Aldecoa (ES)
Julio lives and breathes trail running. Founder of the Sports Club Valdeón Mountain, organiser of the Transvaldeónica trail race, mountain refuge guard for Refugio la Ardilla Real and passionate trail runner, Julio will be flying the flag for Team Montane in 2016’s TDG.
Petra Mücková (CZ)
Determined in her ultra running, Petra is disciplined in the art of perseverance on the trails.
Taking part in her first ultra race at 26, Petra revels in the trail running community and the sense of achievement it gives her. She will be turning her attention to this year’s TDG for Team Montane.
Ari Veltman (IL)
Ari took up trail running to lose weight. He did not bank on completely falling in love with it. From 2014 onwards he was hooked and the distances he undertook became ever longer. Taking a year out from his office job from 2015-2016, the TDG represents a momentous journey of self-discovery for Ari and will be the pinnacle in his ultra racing story.
We are proud that he will represent Team Montane in 2016.
KEY TOR DES GÉANTS FACTS
- Montane is the headline sponsor of the TDG, with the inaugural Montane TDG in 2016.
- The TDG is a non-stop 205 mile (330 km) ultra-trail race through the Aosta Valley, starting and finishing in Courmayeur, Italy.
- Capped at 700 competitors each year with a 60% completion rate, racers must complete the route in less than 150 hours.
- The minimum altitude is 300m (985ft) and the highest is 3,300m (10,800ft). The total elevation gain is about 24,000m (78,700ft).
- It is considered to be one of the world’s greatest endurance trail races due to the beautiful and unforgiving terrain.
- The 2016 race takes place from the 11-18th September.