A day of seconds Oliviero Bosatelli wins his second TOR with a time of 72:37:13, whilst Montane Athlete Galen Reynolds finishes soon after for his second second-place finish at 77:06:12. < Day 1 <Day 2 <Day 3 Bosatelli crossed the line today at the age of 50 and having only started trail running relatively recently. In doing so he has joined a very elite club of people who have won the TOR twice. So elite, in fact, only Franco Collé has replicated the feat . 4 1/2 hours later Galen... Read More
Leading positions remain unchanged through the second night. Race leader Oliviero Bosatelli runs just behind course record pace, with Montane Athlete Galen Reynolds hot on his heals. < Day 1 <Day 2 Day 4> Galen held Oliviero within an hour ahead of him for most of the day. However, with cold-induced asthma and a blinding change of pace from Bosatelli, the gap has begun to increase. Elsewhere, fellow Montane athlete Kevin Hadfield continues to make gains in the rankings, climbing into the top 30. Meanwhile, Tom Hollins remains in the... Read More
Ahead of this years’ Tor des Géants, Montane athlete Kevin Hadfield has not been resting on his laurels. Rounding off a family holiday with an FKT of the 140 mile Kokopelli Trail, he had to deal with extremes of temperature similar to the TOR, and finishing with a result that will hold him in good stead for the 330 km of Alpine terrain. I’m happy and sad all at once. I’m psyched to have finished the Kokopelli but sad that it’s not been a shared experience. I’d spent all... Read More
Britain’s Jim Mann dominates to win the 174km race setting a new course record; Carol Morgan (IRL) wins the women’s race with a considerable lead. Pre-Race Day 1 Day2 Day3 Day4 Day5 Day6 Day7 Day8 Day9 As the MONTANE® Spine® Challenger goes into its second night, Jim Mann (GBR) started the day by convincingly winning the race and smashing the existing course record. Mann crossed the finish line, having covered the 174 km in an extraordinary time of 22h 53m 28s. This is almost three hours... Read More
The fifth day of the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants brought with it another Montane Athlete finish, as well as the end of the 130km Tot Dret. Day 0 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Athlete Reviews Competitors of both races enjoyed what is widely expected to be the last day of fine weather; the Tot Dret enjoyed a 45% completion rate with 120 finishing within the 44hr cut-off, and the final front-runners of the TOR... Read More
“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
” 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.
“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