Ticino June 2018–Day 1–Flims Klettersteig

We left Lindau on Friday morning and headed towards Locarno in Ticino, Switzerland. We stopped in Flims on the way and did the Flims klettersteig.

We were Sebas, Sam, Brendan and I. It was a sunny day and the ferrata although not hard was quite fun. I did it before in 2009 with a bunch of kiwis.

After returning to the car we drove to Locarno and camped near the river. We were a little dismayed to find that Herr Rehm who joined us in the evening had forgotten the tent pegs. However, with some cunning  we managed to get the tent setup using my canyoning rope and a bit of magic.

On the flims klettersteig (Flims, Switzerland)

Above: We drove to Flims and did the klettersteig there. It was mostly a fun little walk with some interesting steel ladders.

Looking down (Flims, Switzerland)

Above: Funky ladders on the klettersteig.

Historic (Flims, Switzerland)Brendan being Brendan (Flims, Switzerland)

Above left: It’s historic don’t you know. Above right: Brendan striding out ahead.

Walking in the hills (Flims klettersteig)

Above: Nice view on the way back down.

Constructing the tent (Flims, Switzerland)

Above: Herr Rehm forgot the tent poles so we had to use ropes and magic to pitch the tent.

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017

Leonie and I ran the Transruinaulta Marathon in Switzerland in the weekend. It’s a trail run near-ish Chur. The course runs through a interesting ravine and then up into the hills. Oh yes, lots of hills. 1800 m of climbing in fact.

Instead of a mass start we started by number every 5 seconds which was quite good for not causing a traffic jam on the small trails. Leonie started 10 seconds in front of me and was gone. I didn’t try and keep up with her as I wasn’t sure that my legs would survive a marathon having not run one since the Jungfrau Marathon in 2014. Instead I trotted along at my own pace taking photos and generally not pushing too hard. It all went ok until about the 23 km mark. My legs started to feel pretty sore by that point.

Still I continued hobbling along and only really started suffering horribly around 36 km. Or maybe a bit before.

Leonie finished in just under 5 hours and I finished around 5 hours 18 minutes. I’ll find the exact time when I’m not so lazy. Which isn’t now. I was generally happy that I finished despite the slow time as I haven’t done much in the way of running this year.

Ok, now I’ve found it.

Transruinaulta Marathon 2017 Time: 5:19.45,5 Dst: 42.2 km Height gain: 1800 m Place 202/320 Men overall, 72/95 Men category.

 

If you don’t believe me ask Strava.

Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide 2017

Leonie and I headed to Switzerland on Saturday for the Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide on Sunday. The weather was pretty nice on Saturday. We attempted to go rock climbing but completely failed to find the climbing area so gave up and lazed instead.

Sunday was much less friendly. The race started at 6 am under overcast sky. We rolled the few km down from our campsite to the start line. The race started neutralised and we descended for perhaps 15 km at a crawl. Often the neutralised sections are much too quick but this was definitely the opposite.

It wasn’t really clear when the race started but at some point we started climbing towards the Albula Pass. Around the same time it started to rain which was to be the theme for most of the rest of the race.  I dragged my slow fat body up the hill. Instead of starting at the back of the race like in the Arlberg Giro I had started in the A group this time.

The guys in front of me rode away and I edged away from the guys behind me until I was riding alone in the mist and drizzle. Every now and then I would hear a clap of thunder. I reached the pass and pulled on my jacket before ascending. Strangely as I looked behind me I saw that it had briefly cleared and there was blue sky above the pass.

The blue sky hung around for a bit in the valley. I had a good group and worked near the front with a few others to keep the speed up. We headed back towards dark clouds and starting climbing the Julier Pass. My legs started to die a bit and I lost some of the front of the group.

The weather descending from Julier Pass was awful. Heavy rain, cold, water coming from all directions. I descended mostly with one other guy taking turns at pulling. The other guys in the group had been riding more slowly and we were cranking.

The rain cleared a little later on and the descent finished and we were climbing again. The guy I had been riding with had better legs and rode off and I ascended by myself. Another final descent and then a reasonably long ascent up to the finish line.

Leonie finished not so long after me and after pasta we rode back to our camp site in the rain.

 

Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide 2017 – Classic Damen Hauptklasse

 Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide 2017 – Classic Herren Hauptklasse

Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide 2017 – Overall Damen Classic 116.1k

Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide 2017 – Overall Herren Classic 116.1k

 

Alpenchallenge Lenzerheide 2017 Time: 4:57:26.2 Dst: 116km/2800m Place Category: 50/206 Overall Men: 94/539