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How to kill a dragon?

During the Dragon’s Back Race runners cross Wales over a five stage race. Every day a certain number of checkpoints needs to be visited, but between those checkpoints the route is free. Most of the time, the best route is … Continue reading

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How to kill a dragon? Day 5

Day 5 of the Dragon’s Back Race. The final day. This stage is a bit shorter to allow all those still in the race to finish somewhat comfortably. After a few first legs without obvious choices, the runners enter the … Continue reading

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How to kill a dragon? Day 4

Day 4 of the Dragon’s Back Race is for me the least interesting stage. It contains a rather big amount of road running, including a very long descent to reach the finish line. The entire stage The fastest time was … Continue reading

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How to kill a dragon? Day 3

Day 3 of the Dragon’s Back Race is less mountainous than the previous two stages. In distance, however, it is the longest stage of the entire race. The entire stage The fastest time was run by Jim Mann with 552.1 … Continue reading

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How to kill a dragon? Day 1

Day 1 of the Dragon’s Back Race started in Conwy Castle and finished south of Yr Wyddfa after a crossing of Snowdonia including the Welsh 3000ers. The entire stage The fastest time was run by Jim Mann with 470.0 minutes. … Continue reading

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Hardrock: how lucky do we really need to be?

So, now that the (or rather “a”) distribution of the number of tickets is available, we can try to find out what our chances are of getting in instead of guestimating with some handwaving. I will work based on the … Continue reading

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Hardrock: the hardest is getting in

Lottery for the Hardrock closed last weekend and the lottery is coming up next week, so we (=anyone in the hat I guess) start wondering what our odds of getting in are. Slim as always of course. The lottery is … Continue reading

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Tor des Géants: leg 7

The finish of the Tor is in Courmayeur, back where it all started. Runners have covered there 48 km with 2880 D+ since leaving Ollomont and 330km with 24000 D+ since leaving Courmayeur. And we have intermediate times in Saint … Continue reading

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Tor des Géants: leg 6

The sixth and last base vita of the Tor is in Ollomont. Runners have covered there 44 km with 2702 D+ since leaving Valtournenche. And we have intermediate times in Cuney and Oyace. Let’s see what we can learn from … Continue reading

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Tor des Géants: leg 5

The fifth base vita of the Tor is in Valtournenche. Runners have covered there 39 km with 2601 D+ since leaving Gressoney. And we have intermediate times in Crest and Saint Jacques. Let’s see what we can learn from this … Continue reading

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