No overseas race can be complete without the actual travelling. So here’s my UTMB CCC Travelogue. Be warned, lots of photos and videos ahead. So to save data and view the photos better, read this post on a computer.
Monday, 22nd August
Our flight was scheduled for 2am to Geneva with a stopover at Doha. I was looking forward to getting the trip started and to try to get some sleep over the flight. I came early as Anwar had kindly agreed to send me to the airport, running his own errands before hand. Being early helped as the queue was quite long.
After a brief transit in Doha, were soon on our way to Geneva. The window seat made up for the spectacular view of the mountains.
After collecting our bags, we made our way to the Mountain Dropoff service booth which ferried us to our apartment. They were easy to find and pretty reliable, being the official transport providers of the race. Soon we were on our way to the apartment.
We were pretty famished, so we dropped our bags and headed straight out to town, which was just down the road.
And we finally met Ian after his move to Switzerland.
Which also was the same day as the meet and greet with The North Face athletes!
And finally we had dinner as a group before heading back to the apartment.
Tuesday, 23rd August
Starting the second day with a run exploring the trails just behind our apartment.
After lunch, we headed out to the Salon to check out whats on offer.
I also took the time to see who was at the WAA booth. Was great to see some of the athletes and staff in my first time in France!
Wednesday, 24th August
Starting the third day with another run. This time checking out a trail further down the road. We would find out later that this was the ending trail before the finish line.
After lunch, we headed down to collect our race bibs. We were lucky to have gotten in early, as the queue snaked outside.
Thursday, 25th August
We did a little sightseeing by heading up to Aiguille du Midi, up at 3,842 m above sea level. We were joined by William and Louis, but also met the other Singaporeans early in the morning.
After coming back down, I rushed back to change before meeting up the WAA Team for a quick photo-shoot and meet up session.
After having late lunch, me and Ian went off to see Anton Krupicka at the Petzl. He still was a very popular figure despite not racing much the last few years. And he still remembers his visit to Singapore!
Friday, 25th August
Race day. You can read more of that here.
Saturday, 26th August
Knackered. Here’s what our shoe looked like after the race.
Sunday, 27th August
That morning Duwei and myself went down to get groceries and breakfast. Wei Chong rested in the apartment to let his body rest, especially his swollen ankle. Along the way, we cheered fellow runners on.
And… I did a little shopping before leaving Chamonix.
After Wei Chong felt a little better, we set off to meet the rest of the Singaporeans for dinner, and had a bit of ice cream along the way.
Monday, 28th August
We packed most of our things and dropped them off with the caretaker, before heading to town for our last breakfast.
Just as we reached town, we were fortunate to have bumped into Kenneth, who finished the UTMB in an incredible 42 hours despite not starting well. Kudos to him!
The adventure somehow didn’t end there tho, as we realized that Emilie Forsberg (yes, Killians girlfriend) was on the same flight as us!
And so, I eventually made my way home.