Super Trophee du Muveran 2008

This was a race I’d been wanting to do for a while and it certainly lived up to expectations – with a great course and lovely weather.  The Super Trophee (ie long course) involves nearly 2800m of climb split into 2 big climbs, with some long sections on foot including the famous 500m high Pacheux Couloir.  Racing with Jon Bracey, things were never going to be anything but quick – but we were both quite surprised to find ourselves in the lead of the 6.30am start group after just a couple of minutes.

Jon was going strongly as ever, despite having worked on the hill every day since the Pierra Menta – whilst I on the other hand had picked up a stomach bug which came to a head on the second climb, with a desperate two minutes pulling a lycra catsuit off in the woods!  Nevertheless, we managed to hang in there and finished in just under 4 1/2 hours.  With other teams starting at different times, we couldn’t wait around for the prizegiving to see all the results – but looking at the online results it turned out we’d finished third, so a damn good result.

Climbing the 500m high Couloir du Pacheux on the Grand Muveran

Ever friendly Matheo Edalyne of Italy, winner of this years TSF Millet