660 Alpine skiers from 19 different countries, with a total of 428 teams pre-registered and 335 confirmed, including 32 women’s teams and 25 youth teams. These are the figures on the 2016 Millet Tour du Rutor Extrême, the third stage in the prestigious La Grande Course circuit. But let us take a closer look at the event scheduled for April 1 to 3 in Arvier – Valgrisenche with deus ex machina Marco Camandona: “To some extent we were expecting it,” the TdR competition director begins. “Over the last few seasons we have tried to do our job well, raising the standard every time. And we’ve been working hard to offer something new every time, to seek to treat every single athlete with respect and to stay “young” even though the event is now eighteen years old. I must admit, playing an active role in the circuit including the most prestigious events in the Alps has encouraged us to grow and improve.”
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN 2016?
“A successful format should not be changed, only perhaps subjected to a few improvements. In the sense that the event will take place over the classic three days of intense activity, with very spectacular high Alpine routes. We have a youth trial with a shorter route, also in TdR style, for I’m convinced that on these occasions cadets and juniors should also play a key role and experience all the thrills of a “grande course”. The technical skill required for the proposed itineraries and the physical limitations of the Alpine location we are working in have forced us to set a ceiling on the number of competitors, in view of the many requests we get, accepting only contestants with sufficient experience. It’s very hard for us to leave people who want to live such an intense adventure at home, but the need for safety and the desire to offer top quality service have forced us to limit the number. What I would like to say to those who didn’t get admitted is that it’s well worth coming to see the 2016 edition, as an initial approach to a route requiring such technical skill.”
AND FOR THE FANS, RUMOUR HAS IT THAT …
“The TdR is not a well-known event among people who don’t normally frequent the world of ski racing. We are working hard to promote the event among Alpine skiers. We want to conquer their hearts too, to show them the delights of the TdR, of our mountains and of the Valgrisenche. Under an important partnership with CAMP, we will be setting up supporter areas in each leg of the race, with special briefings and communications on the social networks and our web site. Anyone who comes to see us there will not only experience days of great sports but take home a technical gadget offered by an Italian company that believes in Alpine skiing and the values it conveys and has become a world leader with its quality products.”