For the uninitiated, this is the annual Big Daddy of ski mountaineering races – involving 10000m of climbÂ over lots of very technical terrain during 4 days of competition in the Beaufortain region of the French Alps, just north of Albertville.
Racing with Jon Bracey this year, this was my second Pierra Menta – but for Jon it was his first ever proper ski mountaineering race, so a bold step into the unknown awaited on the first morning at dawn in the village of Areches…
We didn’t worry too much though -Â as Jon had been training very hard with all the right kit, so we were both well prepared.Â With perfect conditions throughout, the race went very smoothlyÂ for us over the whole 4 daysÂ & we finished in the top 1/3 in 59th position.
A great result all round,Â as the Pierra Menta isÂ considerably harder and certainly much more competitive in the middle of the field than the world championships (ie you’ve got all the bestÂ teams in the Alpine nationsÂ to beat, rather than just theÂ rest of the world!)ÂŠ