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Mi Mil Kil

16-Jun-2019 Lignac, Indre, France

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500KM / 311Miles
5 Days - 30 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

Entry From €280 EUR

Approximately thirty runners and their equipment have responded to the call to run on the 18th June 2017 and will meet at Lignac (Indre) at the starting line of the Mi MiL’KiL, the younger sister of the 1.000 Kilomètres de France which runs along the second half of the longer race and crisscrosses 500km of the best of Gaul.

STAGES AND DESCRIPTION

Lignac / La Souterraine / Bourganeuf / Peyrelevade (135 km).
Barely 10 kilometers of flat run to warm up before attacking the Limousin, the land of trees and water, as green as it is hilly. Crossing Lac de Vassivière along the training routes of the legendary Raymond Poulidor. Absolute peace.

Peyrelevade / Mauriac / Salers (95 km).
Plateau de Millevaches (altitude 900 m, mostly uninhabited) and then north of Cantal to the valley of the Dordogne. Salers, a magnificent medieval village, is worth a thorough visit for those who take the time to pause.

Salers / Col de Legal / Aurillac (45 km).
South of Cantal, with its steep climb, four successive passes between 907 and 1231 meters at Col de Legal - for the Transe Gaule the equivalent of what the Tourmalet is for the Tour de France: marking the halfway point but also the climax of the route. Route des Crêtes tourist route, very popular with cyclists, over forty kilometers leading to Aurillac with its 360° panoramic views of the Volcanoes Park. The nights can be cold, pray you miss the bad weather.

Aurillac / Conques / Rodez (90 km).
Time to leave the Cantal prefecture, a few perilous kilometers on roads with heavy traffic during rush hour, then the bucolic Lot valley. Pass at the foot of Conques (worth the detour of 1km from the course but the climb is hard), an important and beautiful village along the Santiago de Compostela Way. After the Marcillac vineyard, a long climb followed by a pretty little forgotten place. BEWARE of drivers near Rodez, use the bike path that starts 4 km before the entrance to Rodez.

Rodez / Lodève (135 km).
From Flavin (Rodez + 10km), probably the most arduous section of the crossing (altitude between 330m and a little over 1000m). More very well deserved beautiful landscapes (Grands Causses Regional Park), extended view of the majestic Millau Viaduct for almost 10 km between the Col de Vernhette and Montjaux. Roquefort lovers will be able to organize a stop in its capital, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (sadly for passing tourists, few shops and no bistros in Roquefort where the thermometer hit 42°C during the 2009 MiL'KiL). Last sporadic bumps before leaving the Aveyron, the heroes enter Herault to finish their journey by a long descent of 11 km by freewheel to the sound of the cicadas to Lodève (in 2011, a block of 300 tons of the Cliff destroyed a good section of this road which was closed for two and a half years for work and consolidation). Arrive at Les Vals campsite *** where bar swimming pool will welcome you with open arms.

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Une trentaine de coureurs et leurs équipages devraient répondre à l’Appel du 18 Juin 2017 et sont attendus à Lignac (Indre) sur la ligne de départ de la Mi MiL’KiL, demi petite soeur des 1.000 Kilomètres de France dont elle empruntera la deuxième partie du tracé pour sillonner le meilleur de la Gaule sur 500 kilomètres.

DECOUPAGE & CARACTERISTIQUES

Lignac / La Souterraine / Bourganeuf / Peyrelevade (135 km). A peine 10 kilomètres de plat pour chauffer les pneus avant d’attaquer de plain-pied le Limousin, pays de l’arbre et de l’eau, aussi vert que vallonné à profusion. Passage au bord du Lac de Vassivière sur les parcours d’entraînement de la légende Raymond Poulidor. La paix absolue.

Peyrelevade / Mauriac / Salers (95 km). Plateau de Millevaches (altitude 900 m, peu habité) puis le nord du Cantal et la vallée de la Dordogne. Salers, village médiéval magnifique, vaut une visite approfondie pour ceux qui prendront le temps d’y faire une pause.

Salers / Col de Legal / Aurillac (45 km). Le sud du Cantal, gros dénivelé, quatre cols successifs entre 907 et 1231 mètres au col de Legal – qui est à la Transe Gaule ce que le Tourmalet est au Tour de France – marquant déjà la mi-parcours mais aussi l’apogée du tracé. Itinéraire touristique de la « Route des Crêtes », très prisé des cyclistes, sur une quarantaine de kilomètres menant à Aurillac avec ses panoramas à 360° sur le parc des Volcans. Les nuits peuvent y être froides, priez pour échapper au mauvais temps.

Aurillac / Conques / Rodez (90 km). Le temps de s’éloigner de la préfecture du Cantal, quelques kilomètres périlleux sur route départementale à grosse circulation aux heures de pointe puis vallée du Lot très bucolique. Passage au pied de Conques (vaut le détour de 1 petit km à l’écart du parcours mais ça grimpe dur), village-étape important et de toute beauté sur le Chemin de St-Jacques-de-Compostelle. A la sortie du vignoble de Marcillac, une longue montée suivie d’un joli petit causse oublié. VIGILANCE, chauffards aveyronnais en liberté, abords de Rodez potentiellement dangereux, empruntez la piste cyclable qui débute 4 km avant l’entrée dans Rodez.

Rodez / Lodève (135 km). A partir de Flavin (Rodez + 10 km), la section probablement la plus ardue de la traversée (altitude entre 330 m et un peu plus de 1000 m). Très beaux paysages aussi, qui se méritent (Parc Régional des Grands Causses), vue prolongée sur le majestueux Viaduc de Millau pendant près de 10 km entre le Col de Vernhette et Montjaux. Les amateurs de roquefort pourront s’organiser une halte dans sa capitale, Roquefort-sur-Soulzon (malgré les touristes de passage, peu de commerces et pas de bistrots à Roquefort où le thermomètre a affiché 42° lors de la MiL’KiL 2009). Dernières bosses sporadiques avant de quitter l’Aveyron, les héros entrent en Hérault pour terminer leur périple par une longue descente de 11 km en roue libre et au son des cigales jusqu’à Lodève (en 2011, un bloc de 300 tonnes décroché de la falaise a emporté un bon morceau de cette route qui restera ensuite fermée pendant deux ans et demi pour travaux et consolidation). Arrivée au camping Les Vals*** où le bar et sa piscine vous tendent les bras.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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