MAR 19, 2018
The Pierra Menta race is part of the high-Alpine and prestigious “La Grande Course” skimountaineering cup in the Western Alps. At the four-day classic, the Atomic Backland athletes celebrated remarkable success.
The team race with four different day’s stages involves 10.000 meters in altitude over a distance of 100 kilometers in the French Rhone-Alps and ranks among the most important events for competitive skimountaineers. All international Atomic Backland athletes landed in the top-10.
Mireia Miro (ESP)
The Spanish athlete Mireia Miro provided Atomic with a bronze medal. With a race time of 13:21:39 hours in sum, she was ranked 3rd together with her team partner. She was more than happy to be able to finish the race successfully: ‘It was a good race for us. The two leading teams were not reachable, the pursuers were much closer. We could control the distance well all the time, though, and I am happy about ending the race in such a good condition.’
Samuel Equy (FRA)
The young French athlete ran with his team colleague in the famous race to an overall rank 5. After continuous improvement over the four race days, the placement was higher than he had expected: ‘It’s something very special to be able to list myself so close to my idols. It’s nice to develop, and I have learned a lot over the past four days.’
Iwan Arnold (SUI)
The overall rank 6 was taken by the Swiss athlete Iwan Arnold and his team partner, with a constant and good performance during the whole race.
‘We are satisfied with our race, and on the final stage, we were even close to the podium. It was a great feeling, and we have positively finished the highlight Pierra Menta 2018.’
John Gaston (USA)
The American athlete had to find common speed with his new team partner in the ascents and downhills of the first day’s stage. After a mediocre performance with a 16th rank on the first day, the adjustment became better the following days, and a final rank 10 is a an outstanding result: ‘I think there would have been more in it, but I am satisfied. It was motivating to feel that my physical shape is good and that I always recovered well despite the exhaustion.’
The four days in the Beaufortain-Massive were characterized by continually changing weather and snow conditions. A hard test also for the material. The new Backland 65 UL ski was reliable at all times, and especially in difficult downhills, the athletes made up many seconds and minutes.
The next station for the skimountaineers is the Tour du Rutor next weekend, from the 23rd to the 25th of March, in the Italian Aosta-valley. After that, from the 6th to the 7th of April, the ISMF World Cup Skimountaineering will come to an end in the Dolomites.