Mont Blanc direct from my home front door, 20 Jul 2016

Mont Blanc direct from my home front door, 20 Jul 2016.
This was a project that I had in mind since 2013, when me and my family, we moved to live down in Passy (Le Fayet).
 
The route is quite simple:
Start: Le Fayet
End: Mont Blanc
D+: 4200m
 
This is probably the biggest and continuous uphill in the world. You climb 4200m straight up with not a single meter downhill.
 
If you are a person that loves mountaineering and like going uphill, you must do this route once in your life.
 
 
 

Ultra Trail Atlas Toubkal, 2 Oct 2014

Ultra Trail Atlas Toubkal, 2 Oct 2014
In the past 5 years I tryed to do the UTAT, at least 2 times, but for some reason (injury, family, etc) I was never able to do it.
2014 was finally the year.
 
I've been into the Atlas mountain 2 times before, one time do to some trekking and the 2nd time to do some rock climbing. These mountains are simply beautiful. What I love the most is the coulour of the sand/dirt: it's red... and the smell is also amazing.
And the people that live there, the Berberes, are such a nice, welcome and friendly people.
 
Talking a bit about the race:
I knew that this trail would be very very hard by several reasons:
- the altitude, we had to go up to 3600m

Trail des Hauts Forts, Morzine, 16 Aug 2014

Dans le sport, il y a ceux qui réussissent parce qu'ils sont tombés dedans quand ils étaient petits, et ceux qui réussissent fruit de dur entraînement, de privations, de rigueur et de discipline.
 
C'est le cas de mon fantastique mari Nuno Caetano qui aujourd'hui, nous a fait le cadeau d'une 2e place méritée au trail des Hauts Forts après un retour de blessure suite au MIUT en Avril.
 
Super fière de toi Nuno, un grand athlète et surtout, une personne magnifique. Tu nous a fait presque oublier a quel point ça nous a fait chier de sortir les bonnets et les doudounes le 15 Août a 5 degrés sous la pluie.
 

Red Bull K3 in Susa (Italy), 2 Aug 2014

If you ask me if I prefer to run on the flat or run uphill, my answer will be for sure "uphill" :-)
I sometimes find that run in flat can be a bit boring.
 
So when I heard about this race in the italian town of Susa, the K3 Red Bull, I said to myself... I have to do it!
 
10km, 3030m D+ always uphill. What a race! :-)
 
The race starts in Susa at 503m above sea level and it finishes at 3,538m on the summit of Rocciamelone.
 
The 1st 1000m D+ are in the middle of the forest. The path is ok, a bit slippery, but it's wide enough to overtake the other runners.
 

Tour du Mont Blanc Cyclo/Cycling, 16 Jun 2014

Tour du Mont Blanc - Cycling/Cyclo
Yesterday, together with Guillaume "Dynastar" Garnier, we did a great cycling trip around Mont Blanc.
 
We left home at 5am from Le Fayet (in France) and 330km, 8000m D+, 8 cols and 15h later we got back home for a cold beer and a huge "Cote de Boeuf".
 
It was an amazing adventure. I had never done something like this before in a road bike (so many km and so many altitude gain), but now, i'm just looking forward to plan the next trip!!!
 
All the photos, map and profile here!

Madeira Island Ultra Trail, 12 April 2014

Thanks to Carlos Jorge Silva, Benjamin Dunand and Débora Silva for the photos!

A quick feed back about my participation, last Saturday (April 12th 2014), on the Madeira Island Ultra Trail - MIUT (115km & 6800m D+). From all the races that i've done in these passed 6 years, the MIUT will always stay in my memory as the most amazing, fabulous and breathtaking trail that I've ever done. And I say this after doing only 70km of the race (I had to quit due to an injury on my knee), if I had finished the race, my opinion would be for sure even better :-)

Balanço Ano 2013 - Bilan Année 2013 - Report for 2013

Olá à todos,
Estamos no período das Festas, é tempo de engordar uns quilitos, as sapatilhas já estão no armário (e aí vão ficar durante 4 meses), os esquis já estão preparados para mais uma época invernal e chegou à hora de fazer o balanço desta época 2013. === Versão Portuguesa === Version Française === English Version ===

80Km du Mont Blanc, une course à oublier, 28 Jun 2013

Un bref retour sur ma participation de ce matin au 80km du Mont Blanc:
Je suis parti comme un "avion de chasse" derrière le peloton de tête (6 coureurs). Je me sentais super bien et au sommet du Brévent j'étais classé 7eme seulement 3 minutes derrière les premiers.

Ensuite le cauchemar a commencé: 2 petites chutes et je me suis blessé aux 2 genoux.

Mont Blanc du Tacul with João Garcia, 12 Jun 2013

Today I had the pleasure to climb in the company of João Garcia, the portuguese greatest alpinist of all times (see here João Garcia in Wikipedia). Even if the weather wasn't the best, it was a good moment spent in the mountains.

We left from the Aiguille du Midi at 8h00 and we skied down to the Col du Midi. There was quite a few people in the mountains today. Routes like the Goulotte Cheré, Contamine Grisolle, Arete des Cosmiques, Traversée Pointe Lachenal and the Traversée de la Vallée Blanche were all busy.

Cretes du Saleve (18km 940m D+), 12 May 2013

Today I run my 2nd trail of this 2013 summer season, The Cretes du Saleve (18km 940m D+) near Geneva in Switzerland. 15 days after my last race, the Ultra Trail du Mole, I was really anxious to see if I had improved or not.
 
The race started well and I manage to keep myself in the front of the race with another 5 runners. We stayed all together till the end of the 1st climb. When we got to the flat part of the race, Jeremy Gachet took off and we never saw him again. We stayed in a group of 5, but after a while, another 2 runners left the group and it was impossible to follow them.
 

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