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Heading for California with VSB Trail
The Western States 100 miles Endurance Run is the oldest and most famous ultra-trail in the US. We are very proud to figure in their very restricted list of qualifying races.
So if you wish to come back to the trail roots, plane for a trip to California in 2015. But before that you'll have to finish the X-Alpine in less than 22 hours.
The difficulty level for the trail between the top of Catogne and Champex is labelled T3 on a scale ranging from T1 to T6. T3 requires to have some basic skills about mountain walking. However the trail is entirely marked and will be secured with some ropes along the most difficult parts. Sometimes you might have to use your hands for your balance. Some parts might present a falling risk, many rocks and roots are spread across the trail. You can also find some more information about the ranking of paths difficulties on the camp to camp website camptocamp.org
Don't know what time to start the X-Alpine?
If you plan to need less than 28h (or less than 1:30 for the first 7.5 mi with 1050 ft D+ and 3600 ft D-) you'd better leave at 4:00, otherwise you'll be stopped at the first aid stations, still closed. For this start you will have to be able to reach Champex in less than 6 h. 45 min. (15.5 mi and 7,700ft D+).
The 4:00 start is not restricted to elite runners. For those who have already run the old "Boucle" in less than 24 hours, you really should register for the 4 o'clock start.
Antoine Guillon answers our fans
Antoine Guillon, winner of the 2013 edition, will answer your questions (in French please) and give you precious advices to make the best of your 2014 X-Alpine.
" the specifity of this Ultra is really the high number of alpine passes, with steep slopes. Preparation must be centered on..."
Support an association
For the 2014 editions we suggest you to support the Sport Handicap association, which which help handicaped teenagers and adults to practice sport.
Become a member of the Verbier Saint-Bernard Trailers Association and support our activities by coming to our Annual General Meeting and by giving us your recommendations about the evolution of the race.
You can buy the 1 :25'000 map of the Boucle Trail track, now permanently marked out, in the local tourist information offices. That way you can discover the track outside of the race, to practice or simply to discover the course with friends and family.