Tor Des Géants 2015 – part 1 of 3 by Roger Hanney

Sydney runner Roger, who I have bumped into a number of times, makes it real for us as he recounts the first part of his epic journey in the recent Tor Des Geants (330kms, single stage, 24,000m ascent)

run, eat, sleep, run.

Tor Des Géants is a single-stage mountain run easily reduced to numbers – 330km, 24,000m D+, 200 miles, 80,000 feet, 850 starters, 6 life bases, time – but that is not the story of the Tor at all. It is a beautiful adventure, composed of a number of steep climbs, high passes, and sharp descents that will all quite happily break you if you’re not in The Zone.

With a field that at some points must have been spread across 150km, everyone’s experience must be sharply different, however much there may also be in common. With finishers being spread from 200km right to the finish line when this year’s race was ultimately shut down on the morning of the 4th day because of weather hazards, a 2015 ‘finish’ will mean different things for different people. For me, the 205km mark was not deep enough in at all, and I hope…

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