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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.
 

Ultra Tour du Mole, 28 April 2013

This time I've decided to write in french.... maybe because my brain is getting more and more 'frenchie' as the time goes by...
 

Vu mes objectifs pour cette saison d'été 2013, j'ai décidé de commencer à préparer ma saison de trail un peu plus tôt qu'en 2012. Et dans le cadre de cette préparation, j'ai choisit de faire l'Ultra Trail du Mole comme première course de trail running de l'été.

L'Ultra Trail du Mole est un trail dure, avec un de plus gros dénivelés (3000m D+) par apport au numéro de kilométrés (35km).

Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route Speed Record attempt, 15 April 2013

Since 2010, when I helped Yann Gachet and Laurent Fabre to beat the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route record, I promised myself that one day, I would try to do it.

The Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route is an amazing challenge with +-115km and 8300m D+. But what really attracts me is the fact that this is a high mountain route, with several passages above 3000m  and with some of the most amazing panoramas and views of the Alps. You start in Chamonix Mont Blanc, and you finish in Zermatt with the Matterhorn as a background.

Season 2012: the balance and the figures of this amazing year!!!

Finally I had some time to write a few lines about my 2012 season, not because I've been lazy, but simply because I had some few changes in my family life recently.

2012 was from far away the best year of my life, in several ways, family, sports and work.

TDS 2012... an amazing race and a magnific 17th place!!!

TDS 2012... an amazing race!!!
Last August i run one of the most amazing races in my all life. It was the perfect combination of a lot of variants that allow me to say this.... i'll explain:

The TDS is one of the races of the UTMB, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc. It takes place around the Mont Blanc range, starts in Courmayeur and finishes in Chamonix. 114km and 7000m D+.

This year the conditions were a bit harder than usual. The weather was very bad, it rained almost all the time, it was very cold and the terrain was very slippery and muddy.  The proof of this is that there was more than 50% of people that haven't finished the race.

Chamonix - Plan de l'Aiguille 56m02s... 4 years chasing this personal record!!!

I have to share this with all you, because today is a happy day for me. I've been pursuing this record for more than 4 years.

The way up from Chamonix to the Plan de l'Aiguille is just across my office in Chamonix. I normally say that this is my lunch time run.
 
For more than 4 years that I've been trying to climb the 1235m in less than 1h...

Today i did it.... finally!!!!! And I did it in 56 minutes (1h3m32s less 7m30s of warm up).....

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