CCC set off at 9am this morning from Courmayeur in Italy. This race, which is in its 11th year, is limited to 1900 runners. The maximum time allowed is 26 hrs and 45 mins but the winners came in considerably earlier. The distance is 101km and there is 6100m of ascent.
Once again for this edition, it was a hot day out in the mountains. The first few kilometers were on a different route to that of UTMB and the runners were treated to fantastic views of Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. The passage of the Grand col Ferret (2537m) marked the entrance of the race into Switzerland, where the competitors went through La Fouly, Champex and Trient. It was Vallorcine next, and the big ascent of the Vallons des Chezerys. Then a speedy run to reach the arrival arch in the heart of Chamonix.
The crowds were out in force at the finish line as they had stayed on after waving off the starters for the BIG race of the week, the “Queen” of the races in Chamonix, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which set off at 6 pm local time.
They had an extra treat as the first of the PTL teams came through after an incredible race which covers 290km with 26500m of ascent. The winning team was Abrico (the apricots) with a time of 107:39:37.
Back to CCC and first through the famous arch for the men was Michel Lanne of France who ran through the archway carrying his baby daughter in his arms to the cheers of the crowd. The final men’s rankings were
- Michel LANNE, France,12:10:04
- Ruy UEDA, Japan, 12:15:20
- Giuliano CAVALLO, Italy, 12: 19:21
At the time of publishing the women’s results were not yet in but the standings were:
- Mimmi KOTKA, Sweden
- Jo MEEK, UK
- Raquel MARTINEZ RODRIGUEZ, Spain
We will update those women’s results on Facebook.
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