UTMB CCC Travelogue

UTMB CCC Travelogue


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.

Long ass queue at the airport.

Long ass queue at the airport.

You know, trying to figure out where my flight is on the board.

You know, trying to figure out where my flight is on the board.

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.

Mountains!

Mountains!

What a view eh?

What a view eh?

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.

Chilling out in the van with the Venom V6's.

Chilling out in the van with the Venom V6’s.

We were pretty famished, so we dropped our bags and headed straight out to town, which was just down the road.

View from down stairs!

View from down stairs!

View from the balcony.

View from the balcony.

Our apartment was tucked away near a cable car station, but just 5 minutes away from town.

Our apartment was tucked away near a cable car station, but just 5 minutes away from town.

And another view from the balcony.

And another view from the balcony.

And we finally met Ian after his move to Switzerland.

The four horsemen back together again.

The four horsemen back together again.

Which also was the same day as the meet and greet with The North Face athletes!

The North Face store in Chamonix.

The North Face store in Chamonix.

Having a chat with Rory Bosio.

Having a chat with Rory Bosio.

Group photo with Rory!

Group photo with Rory!

Finally got a chance to meet Seb! Super chilled guy.

Finally got a chance to meet Seb! Super chilled guy.

With Lizzy Hawker!

With Lizzy Hawker!

And finally we had dinner as a group before heading back to the apartment.

Dinner time, finally.

Dinner time, finally.

Tuesday, 23rd August

Starting the second day with a run exploring the trails just behind our apartment.

View from the climbs.

View from the climbs.

Just before the final few hundred metres back to the apartment.

Just before the last few hundred metres back to the apartment.

After lunch, we headed out to the Salon to check out whats on offer.

Walking down to town.

Walking down to town.

At the entrance of the Salon.

At the entrance of the Salon.

Strava was here too, displaying the course segments of the race.

Strava was here too, displaying the course segments of the race.

Wei Chong with the list of race categories.

Wei Chong with the list of race categories.

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!

With Ashok and Anna-Marie.

With Ashok and Anna-Marie.

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.

At the photo booth for the customary bib-photo.

At the photo booth for the customary bib-photo.

Long queue outside just as we left!

Long queue outside just as we left!

Contents of the race bag.

Contents of the race bag.

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.

Having a quick breakfast before meeting up with William.

Having a quick breakfast before meeting up with William.

The UTMB Supermen.

The UTMB Supermen.

The Singaporean Team! Photo by William.

The Singaporean Team! Photo by William.

Our cable car passes... this ticket is very important! Don't ever lose it!

Our cable car passes… this ticket is very important! Don’t ever lose it!

The view from the climb up the first cable car.

The view from the climb up the first cable car.

Approaching the top soon...

Approaching the top soon…

While waiting...

While waiting…

Just as the cable car doors were about to close! Photo by William.

Just as the cable car doors were about to close! Photo by William.

Inside the cable car... twas pretty warm!

Inside the cable car… it was pretty warm inside!

The view from the cable car as we're setting off.

The view from the cable car as we’re setting off.

The cable cars moving in a group.

The cable cars moving in a group.

The majestic view...

The majestic view…

Selfie with Louis and Wei Chong.

Selfie with Louis and Wei Chong.

Taking photos of a superstar.

Taking photos of a superstar.

One for the taking.

One for the taking.

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After coming back down, I rushed back to change before meeting up the WAA Team for a quick photo-shoot and meet up session.

Everyone from all over the world.

Everyone from all over the world.

Ian wondering how he can join the team.

Ian wondering how he can join the team.

With Ashok and team captain Cyril Cointre!

With Ashok and team captain Cyril Cointre!

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!

With my man!

With my man!

Didn't really need this, but I got it, so.

Didn’t really need this, but I got it, so.

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.

Battered shoes.

Battered shoes.

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.

 

Cheering for runners at the finish line!

Cheering for runners at the finish line!

One of the turn finishers will see before the end.

One of the turn finishers will see before the end.

And… I did a little shopping before leaving Chamonix.

New shoe!

New shoe!

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.

Yummy!

Yummy!

Everyone was a bit jaded at this point.

Everyone was a bit jaded at this point.

Final dinner in Chamonix with this great bunch.

Final dinner in Chamonix with this great bunch.

And had a chance to listen to stories of the PTL from Yong Wei, who courageously took part in the race despite not finishing. Bravo!

And had a chance to listen to stories of the PTL from Yong Wei, who courageously took part in the race despite not finishing. Bravo!

My customary photo with Louis. I've ran races with this guy numerous times since 2014!

My customary photo with Louis. I’ve ran races with this guy numerous times since 2014!

Monday, 28th August

We packed most of our things and dropped them off with the caretaker, before heading to town for our last breakfast.

View of the room before we leave.

View of the room before we leave.

View of the room before we leave.

View of the room before we leave.

Last view from the balcony...

Last view from the balcony…

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!

Meeting Kenneth (and William) on the way to breakfast.

Meeting Kenneth (and William) on the way to breakfast.

Last breakfast in Chamonix.

Last breakfast in Chamonix.

The adventure somehow didn’t end there tho, as we realized that Emilie Forsberg (yes, Killians girlfriend) was on the same flight as us!

Emelie! What the hell was I looking at!

Emelie! What the hell was I looking at!

And so, I eventually made my way home.

Sigh.

Sigh.

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