Well, Ultra Trail Mount Blanc is done and dusted for 2018! Altra NZ athlete Cecilia Flori came away 10th in the womens CCC, while West took 13th overall. Nancy Jinang also had a great OCC race finishing 5th woman. Wicked results against some of the worlds best, here's how it all went down:
Nancy Jinang was up first and raced a scorcher in the 54km OCC, coming away 5th woman. Nancy pushed hard all the way to the end, and I’m sure will be excited with her fitness heading into the World Mountain Running Champs in a few weeks time.
A shout out to fellow kiwi, Ruth Croft, for taking the OCC win, she has had an incredible season and it is always good to see a kiwi on top.
Nancy 5th woman on the podium for the OCC
After months of mostly fine and hot weather, in the low thirty’s, by the middle of UTMB week temperatures had significantly dropped and left a soggy, foggy CCC course.
Cecilia battled some stomach issues during the race but still took out 10th in the women's field showing how tough she is. Watch out for the smiling assassin at UTMB next year!
West rolling into the lined streets of Chamonix to the finish line of the CCC
I had a roller coaster of a race, feeling great on the ascents and seeing the new approach to specific training pay off. However, as with any ultra, the body takes a hammering and I started to lose time descending with a gammy left leg. My ascents were still good and I caught a couple more places on the last climb to finish up 13th overall and 10th senior male.
A friend of Altra NZ, John Whiteford had a blinder in the 170km UTMB, finishing sub 30 hours in only his second miler. There was a lot of rain and cold out on course, and he slayed the beast fairly comfortably.
Overall a great week for the kiwis and exciting potential for the future!