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Orobie Ultra Trail®

27-Jul-2018 Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy

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140KM / 87Miles
3 Days - 1000 Runners

Alternate Distances: 70KM/43M 20KM/12M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Expert  

Entry From €135 EUR

From the Orobie Alps to the Città Alta of Bergamo:

three challenges, one big journey. 140, 70, 20km.

Orobie Ultra-Trail is waiting for you!

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Alberto Orlandi

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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.

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ultraventure

04:14 07-09-18

The Orobie Ultra Trail is made up of 3 races from the OUT itself to the 70km Grand Trail Orobie and the 20km Bergamo Urban Trail (BUT) around Bergamo.

All races finish in Bergamo’s Citta Alta (upper city) in the beautiful Piazza Vechio (Old Square) with buses for GTO and OUT provided for those races.

Bag check and registration is in the same place as the buses for GTO and OUT. Bag check persons were unsure about my jacket and didn’t have the technical knowledge to see that it was waterproof and met their requirements. Thankfully I had an email that proved it was to spec and then let me enter.

The OUT starts an hours bus journey from Bergamo in a small town called Clusone. Nice place, plenty of bars and curious people lining the streets. The start was delayed by 20min as they had to provide everyone with their specific GPS tracker (live tracking was excellent for supporters), but soon we were off and on a quick lap of the town before starting into the first proper hill climb to the cheers of curious locals, families and friends. As you climb up out of the town, the cooler it gets. Narrow single file sections in the first ~8km with a few passing places along the way making it a bit frustrating for the impatient and less lonely for the slow!

Checkpoints were graded from water only, light, medium and heavy which made it easy to plan for where you wanted a good stop or just a water top up. I felt that what was provided at each type of checkpoint wasn’t consistent throughout and this threw me a bit, including a stop with no full fat coke to be seen! Checkpoint staff were mostly volunteers so a mixed bag there with respect to support and advice that you could trust. There were English speakers available but mostly for basic issues (I speak Italian so I didn’t have any issues myself).

Way finding was excellent, however at two points along the way the route diverged from what was shown on their website (Rif. Albani and Curo) adding roughly 5k to the route and seriously impacted my race as I had no idea why I was so far behind my target times at later checkpoints.

With all the confusion over distances and times I ended up dropping out. I was advised that Calvi was the best place to drop out as they could transport runners to the nearby town and then to Bergamo. Nearly 3hrs later and after watching half the checkpoint staff leave in the Jeep that we were told would collect us in 20min 3hrs previously we were finally collected (but not all the runners - some may still be up there!). I could have continued, to the next checkpoint in that time and maybe got myself out of the fudge my brain was in or even if it was a DNF - at least get further in the race.

The route is tough, very technical terrain making it difficult to maintain a constant pace, especially around Brunone where you also have to contend with a 4km 1,000m climb followed by a 500m climb to 2,400m - this isn’t for Park Run people!

Given that these are new races they have issues and teething problems, and all can easily be resolved for next year. For me these are:
Route maps to be corrected
Checkpoints (food + have checkpoint manager clearly identified and a clear plan communicated for drop outs at each checkpoint and for staff to know this)
Technical experts at the registration instead of solely relying on volunteers (minor issue).

Overall I really enjoyed this race (except for the miserable bits!), and I am considering attempting it again.

Having spoken to the organisers they have taken the points above on board so hopefully they will sort these issues out for next year and then they will have a race that would be a strong contender against Laverado & UTMB – both I consider equals to this race.

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gioelepassoni

02:55 26-01-18

This is an incredible race. Despite being quite new (only 3 edition in 2017), it is incredibly well organised. The scenery is also amazing. The price is also pretty cheap if you consider the amazing service you get! I definitely suggest this race to everybody. I'll do it again next year. Only suggestion would be to allow racers to spread up a little bit more before entering the first uphill narrow path.

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pelo

09:21 04-12-17

I ran the GTO in 2017, amazing race with amazing views and excellent organisation! The only suggestion for the organisers would be to reduce the number of the entrants: too many especially for the first single-track ascent with no way to overpass.

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Drowsell

05:48 20-10-16

I ran the GTO (70km) this year and wondered why they allowed 24 hours for it. The first 25Km was one of the toughest 25Km's I have ever run, especially as it was over 30c. But what incredible scenery, really dramatic. Parts are very technical. The second half of the race is more downhill but difficult running narrow paths on steep inclines through woods in the dark - fun though. The challenge with this race is the logistics; you start 70Km away from the finish line, but if your support crew (family) have a car that's not a problem. This is worth a run.

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