GTJ 200

8 Mar



Poor bloggy-blog! I’ve so neglected you it would be easy to think I’d quit skiing.

Not quite. This last weekend I participated for the second year in a row in the GTJ 200, an ultra distance ski race (skating style) in the French Jura mountains. The organizers say it’s the world’s longest.

The race format is a 15km prologue on Friday followed by 185km on Saturday. You compete as a 2 man team staying together for the whole distance with a 3rd support person following by car to take care of nutrition and other needs.

My team did the 185km in 15:30. Conditions were slightly icy, fast snow. This year we started from the opposite end compared with last year, going from Giron in the South to Chauffaud in the North. There we finished in the dark this time just like when we started in the dark at 04:00 last year.

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