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16/10/2017
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From the BMC – How to be hill fit: 12 tips to stay fast

The best way to prepare yourself for the hills is to get out in the hills. But what if you can only get out once a month? Running guide Sarah Ridgway reveals her secrets to staying fast. Simply, the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the hills; but there is no quick fix. John developed a consistent approach, set goals, and built it into his life. It doesn’t matter where you live: get moving on a regular basis, safely increase effort to build fitness, avoid high monotony (same... Read More

16/10/2017
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From the BMC – All set for an early sunset?

Since the clocks go back this month, suddenly the Sunday evening sunset will arrive significantly earlier. It’s easy to be caught out. So to help, let’s shine a light on some steps you should take to avoid being unexpectedly out in the dark on the hills. In the UK, the clocks go back one hour at 2 am on the last Sunday in October, which is 29th October this year. It’s probably no coincidence that it’s also the time of year when many mountain rescue teams report an increase in... Read More

Midi-Plan ridge 16/10/2017
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From the BMC – Winter Climbing, Cold Goals

What will this winter bring? Are you thinking of stepping up your grade and going for that dream classic – or perhaps you’re secretly hankering after a new route? Whatever your aspirations, we all know that UK winters are very fickle –you need to stack the odds in your favour. Andy Turner explains more. Check conditions If the climb’s not ‘in’ then you can forget everything else, so you need to do your homework to discover what conditions are best for your target. Ice routes take the longest to come... Read More

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KEVIN HADFIELD: TRAIL 2SK SHORTS REVIEW

“An amazing update on the fabric construction and WOW look at those pockets!!!” Click image to view product. KEVIN SAYS: Once again, these were my go to shorts choice for TDG. I changed from Black to Grey in Gressoney. These shorts just work! They fit well, the pockets are awesome and I only had to apply anti-chafe cream twice for the entire 330km. I had enough room in the new updated pockets to confidently stow away my trash and much of the trash I found along the trail from other... Read More

KEVIN HADFIELD: MINIMUS STRETCH ULTRA REVIEW

” Almost disconcertingly light and packable for a running shell.“ Click image to view product. KEVIN SAYS: I Carried it in my pack from Ollomont to finish. I never was able to wear this during the race. I carried a Minimus 777 Pullover in my pack for the first 280km. Recommendations/Feedback: I have worn this jacket now twice since the race. Initial impression is that it seems reliably waterproof and the stretch + face fabric make for a quieter, more comfortable ride.  

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KEVIN HADFIELD: DRAGON PULL-ON REVIEW

“Classic powerstretch fleece pull-over with flip-over gloves! Those should be standard on everything.” Click on image to view product KEVIN SAYS: This year’s edition of the Tor Des Geants was a bit too warm for this piece. I carried the Allez Micro Hoodie for all but the final 50K of the race due to lighter weight and pack ability. I wore the Dragon Pull-On from Refugio Frassati to the finish. This section of the course is generally cold and sometimes holds snow closer to Col Malatra. While up high, this... Read More

18/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS DAYS 6 & 7 AND TOT DRET DAY 3

Race: Montane Tor des Géants Confirmed leaderboard: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record] 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14 Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 97:43:06 3rd = Marina Plavan (IT) 106:29:21             The Montane Tor des Géants drew to a triumphant close on Sunday 17 September 2017 with the finish of the final competitor, Malaysia’s Seow Kong Ng in 152:40:29. Welcomed back to Courmayeur with flags, standing ovations, music,... Read More

15/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS DAY 5 & TOT DRET DAY 2

Date: Thursday 14 September 2017 Race: Montane Tor des Géants Race leaderboard at the start of day 5: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record] 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14 Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 97:43:06 3rd = Marina Plavan (IT) 106:29:21             With the Montane Tor des Géants male contenders having arrived in Courmayeur yesterday and first woman Lisa Borzani, the race is on for 2nd and 3rd... Read More

14/09/2017
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MONTANE TOR DES GÉANTS DAY 4 & TOT DRET DAY 1

Date: Wednesday 13 September 2017 Race: Montane Tor des Géants Race leaderboard at the start of day 4: Men 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record] 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14 Women 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES) 3rd = Stephanie Case (PL)           A dramatic day for the Montane Tor des Géants (TDG). In the beautiful yet brutal Aosta Valley, nothing is certain and this year’s race is no exception. The first... Read More