Race Date: Friday 26th August 2022
(100km/62.5 miles, 6100m/20000feet)
A wild race that winds through the well-known “Grande Randonnée du Tour du Mont-Blanc (GR TMB)” trail.
This unique mountain race, with its high altitude route (>2500m) and potentially difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain or snow), requires a very good training, suitable equipment and a real capacity for personal autonomy.
The CCC® has climbed from being the “little sister of the UTMB®” to becoming one of the most prestigious races in the world. The start line in the centre of Courmayeur is tinged with an atmosphere that only Italians know how to create, a rare emotional moment to the music of Vangelis.
After the first kilometres on an original route – different from the UTMB® – you will quickly climb to 2500m of altitude to enjoy an exceptional landscape, facing the Mont-Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses. The path to the Grand col Ferret (2537m) invites you to enter Switzerland, where you will taste the incomparable welcome of the volunteers of La Fouly, Champex and Trient. Already in France but still so close to Switzerland, enjoy the authenticity of Vallorcine, before climbing up to Vallons des Chezerys, a true corner of paradise with a magnificent view over the Mont-Blanc chain. It is then time to finally reach the finish line in the heart of Chamonix.
Well the blurb makes it sound a nice little stroll in the hills, but I think Strider Matt Williams might disagree after his completion of the race this year. Phenomenal achievement from Matt in a beautiful but highly challenging part of the world.
1727 finishers with a lot of DNFs! The race winner was Petter Engdahl of Sweden in 9.53.02. The women’s race winner was Blandine L’Hirondel of France in 11.40.56.
Full results: here