Tor des Géants

tom hollins TOR report | montane 25/09/2019
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Tom Hollins: TOR Report

On 8th September, with some trepidation and a lot of excitement, I placed my feet on the start line of the Montane Tor Des Géants. This was the second year running I had tried to stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s finest ultra runners at one of the world’s best events. Last year had seen me DNF 1/3 of the way in, unable to cope with the heat and the 3000m plus cols. This year I had come out 2 weeks before the race and spent some... Read More

galen reynolds | montane 11/09/2019
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TORX: Day 4

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

tor des geants 2019 day 2 | montane 09/09/2019
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TORX: Day 2

A rough first night with some prestigious names dropping out early gives Montane athletes space to perform < A challenging first night and punishing second day saw some big names unable to continue, as the race altitude increased through some of the highest passes in the course. < Day 1 Day 3> Day 4> Most notably, 2-time winner of the TOR Franco Collé was forced to retire due to problems with his vision. Montane athlete Galen Reynolds to push into 2nd place – where he finished last years race –... Read More

tor des geants 2019 day 1 | montane 08/09/2019
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TORX: Day 1

920 Athletes from 72 nations toe the line for the 10th Tor des Géants. A record-breaking 920 athletes from 72 nations to the line for the 10th anniversary of the Tor des Géants. Amongst them a strong multi-national Team Montane. This year’s TOR started at noon on a cold Sunday amongst the crowds of Courmayeur. After the first four hours, a breakaway group lead by Peter Kienzl left the main bulk of runners, closely followed by a smaller group containing Montane Athlete (and second-place finisher last year) Galen Reynolds. The... Read More

Tom Hollins | montane 27/08/2019
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Montane Athlete Tom Hollins reflects on the difficult lessons he learned from his first TOR, what makes it such a difficult and special race, and how he plans to improve this year. Click on image for more info about Tom Before last year’s TDG I came out in August and recced the last 1/3 of the route as I knew it was going to be a tough race to finish and I wanted to be prepared. I wasn’t wrong. I DNFd after the first 1/3 of the route. Last year... Read More

kevin hadfield 2018 tor des geants review | montane 26/09/2018
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Montane Athlete Kevin Hadfield returned to the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants for his second year, finishing in an amazing 53rd position REVIEWS: (click images to view) The beauty of Courmayeur, the sound of thousands lining the medieval streets, the fanfare, environment and course are all familiar but there is a layer of anxiety blanketing the experience that is all-together uncomfortable and foreign. I have returned to the site of my largest accomplishment to date in this trail running game. I am toeing the line of the Montane Tor des Geants... Read More

kouta toriumi 5th place 2018 tor des geants interview | Montane 25/09/2018
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Montane Athlete Kouta Toriumi (JAP) stunned the ultra-endurance world recently by finishing 5th in the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants, despite being a relative newcomer to the sport. How long have you been running? I have been trail running for about six years. What is it about Ultra/trail running you like? I like ultra/trail running because I love the mountains.  Participating in races allows me to be fully immersed in these incredible environments, and the sensation of moving through them under my own steam is very satisfying. How do you squeeze running... Read More

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Montane Athlete Tom Hollins entered the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants in the best shape of his life.  60 miles and two 3000m+ ascents later he withdrew. Reflecting on this, Tom shares insight into what happens when the mind-body connection falters. ‘I’ve not got much European experience’ I said in my pre-race TDG video. How that would come back to haunt me. My entire European experience was in fact 1 previous DNF at the UTMB. On that occasion, I just wasn’t fit for it. This time I was the fittest I... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 7 15/09/2018
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The final day of the  2018 Tor des Géants Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews The 2018 Tor des Géants drew to a close today with 534 competitors crossing the finish line in Courmayeur today.  As is tradition, the TOR winner – this year being Franco Collé – was there to welcome the final athletes back after their 330km journey.  This year, the final participants were a duo; 30yr old car salesman Yuan... Read More

Tour des geants 2018 report 6 14/09/2018
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Day 6 of the 2018 Montane Tor des Géants saw the remaining athletes on the trail continue to fall foul of the courses unforgiving terrain, and unrelenting weather. Day 0     Day 1     Day 2     Day 3     Day 4     Day 5     Day 6     Day 7 Athlete Reviews With the heat wave failing to dissipate as expected, the TOR’s team of 120 doctors, nurses, masseurs and physiotherapists were pushed into overdrive s the event reached its twilight. By far and away the most proliferate of ailments were... Read More