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Thu 13 Aug 2020 - Sun 16 Aug 2020

Challenge du Montcalm

Montcalm
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  • mountain-marathon
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Following preventive actions against COVID-19 (better known under the name of coronavirus), the Challenge du Montcalm had to cancel the event for this edition.

Are you a trail runner? Are you attracted by fresh air races and panoramic landscapes? The Montcalm Challenge is the event for you! The 31st edition of the Montcalm Challenge races will take place in August 2021, in Auziat, in the Ariège department. Different racing formats will be offered:

  • PICaPICA, a 109 km trail
  • A new 73 km race in Andorra
  • The Montcalm Marathon, a mountain marathon
  • The Trail des Novis, a 25 km trail
  • The Trail des Mineurs, a 13 km trail
  • KV
  • 22 km hike

Join more than 1,500 runners of 17 different nationalities on the starting line and take up the challenge of these races made by mountaineers, for mountaineers.

Travel

Pica pica

An impressive test that will take place on August 16. With a route of no less than 109 kilometers and 11,500 meters of accumulated altitude, the Pic a Pica is the most demanding test of the Challenge du Montcalm with:

  • 100 kilometers and 11,000 meters of positive elevation gain
  • 4 peaks above 3,000 meters
  • 5 shelters
  • 20 lakes
  • 400 volunteers and 10 aid stations

This test has been designed for mountaineers and adventurers who want to find out their limits. The route is demanding and will require specific training in the high mountains. Among the best times, the estimate by the organization to complete this tour will not drop below 24 hours.

Admission requirements: Have participated in a test with more than 8,000 meters of elevation gain and demonstrate knowledge of the terrain.

Mandatory material:

  • Bib number and control system provided by the organization
  • A bag of sufficient capacity to transport the mandatory equipment:
    • 2 front and spare batteries
    • 1 reserve of 1.5 liter water
    • Potabilizing water tablets
    • 1 whistle
    • Anorca or jacket
    • Waterproof
    • Warm "second skin" clothing with long sleeves and technical fabrics adapted to the inclement weather.
    • Thermal Tights
    • Gloves
    • 2 elastic adhesive bands that allow sales with a minimum length of 2.5 meters and 6 to 8 centimeters wide.
    • Head protection that covers the ears (hats or others)
    • 1 food reserve sufficient to reach supply points
    • 1 reusable cup (Not in the refreshments)
    • 1 mobile phone to contact the organization (Include organization phone)
    • 1 identifier (Passport, DNI, ...)


Marathon du Montcalm

This fantastic test will celebrate your 30th birthday. Synonymous with effort, camaraderie between the participants and unique views of the Pyrenees. This marathon will confront you with a route of 42.5 kilometers and nothing more and nothing less than 2,580 meters of positive elevation gain.

In this test you will have to face 2 peaks with an altitude of more than 3,000 meters. A challenge even for specialized Ultra Trail runners.


If you decide to participate in this unique test, we will be waiting for you at the Auzat gym on Friday, August 16, between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. Don't think about it too much, only 500 bib numbers will be put into circulation.


Trail des Novis

With 25 kilometers and 1,250 meters of positive slope, the Trail des Nuvis will take you to discover the beautiful villages of the Vicdessos Valley. With a magnificent tour, this test offers you a journey through a wild and preserved nature next to some fantastic villages with a unique charm. With more than 90% of single track trails.

If you decide to participate in this unique test, we will be waiting for you at the Auzat gym on Friday, August 16, between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. Do not think about it too much, the outstanding numbers will be limited.


Trail des Mineurs

An old single track trail on the steps of the old Rancié miners is the inspiration for this test. The Trail des Mineurs, crosses the towns of Olbier, Goulier and sem, which at the beginning of the century housed the homes of the miners.

Don't think twice and get your bib to enjoy a 13-kilometer race and more than 650 meters of positive elevation gain.

If you decide to participate in this unique test, we will be waiting for you at the Auzat gym on Friday, August 16, between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. Do not think about it too much, the outstanding numbers will be limited.

Services

  • Drink
  • Food
  • T shirt
  • Children's area
  • Shower
  • Exposition

Program

Thursday August 13, 2020:

  • 8h: Collection of KV bibs
  • 10 a.m .: Departure of the KM
  • 10 a.m .: Pick up of PICaPICA bibs
  • 1 p.m .: KV awards ceremony
  • 6 p.m .: PICaPICA Briefing

Friday August 14, 2020:

  • 7 a.m .: Departure of PICaPICA
  • 9h: Start of the 73 km
  • 1 p.m. - 8 p.m .: Animation village
  • 2 p.m. - 8 p.m .: Collection of bibs for the Marathon, the Trail des Novis, the Trail des Mineurs and the Randonnée
  • 5 p.m .: Children's race
  • 8:30 p.m .: Pasta Party meal

Saturday August 15, 2020:

  • 6h: Start of the 2020 Hike
  • 7 a.m .: Start of the Montcalm Marathon
  • 8:30 am: Departure of the Trail des Novis
  • 9 a.m .: Departure of the Trail des Mineurs
  • 2 p.m .: Prize-giving ceremony for the Trails of Novis and Minors
  • 3.30 p.m .: Prize-giving for the Marathon, 73 km and PICaPICA

Sunday August 16, 2020:

  • 11 a.m .: Arrival of the last PICaPICA finishers
  • 12 noon: Volunteer closing meal