Tor des Geants, day five
|Dressed for the weather above Rifugio Bertone — temperatures in the 30s and 20-30 mph winds|
It was a cold night. I could tell even curled up in the back of the rental car, because my 40-degree-rated sleeping bag wasn't enough to break the chill. Beat and Dmitry arrived at Valtournenche, kilometer 236, at 5 a.m. and informed me that they planned to eat and run. However, once inside the tent, we learned that the race organization had paused the race, citing extreme weather on the higher passes. I strove to eavesdrop on the volunteers' Italian chatter, but the most we could make out was 110 kilometer-per-hour winds and repeats of the word "Malatra," a high pass that was still a day away for Beat. We guessed there was lots of new snow on that pass.
|TDG racers lining up for the restart in Valtournenche|
|A typical "side street" in Valtournenche|
|Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco in Italian, covered in a fresh layer of white|
|Why trail running is energizing rather than exhausting — I stand by this theory.|
|The village of St. Rhemy en Bosses|
|Beat and Dmitry travel the final 10-kilometer gradual road descent into St. Rhemy.|
|Beat and his new friend Dmitry cross the finish line|
|Beat signing the famous poster that all finishers sign.|
We also learned that Beat is one of 18 people to have finished all three runnings of the Tor des Geants. He said this means he has to go back next year for a fourth. Oi.
Courmayer to ridge above Rifugio Bertone, round trip: 9.5 miles
Total climbing: 4,219
Total time: 2:37