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roama57 - 27/07/2015 18:03:27
   
Tuscany Crossing, April 23, 2016
Are you dreaming to race an ultra-trail in the sweets Tuscany hills? You can do it
in some of the most extraordinary UNESCO SITES, one of this unique places is Val d’Orcia with its unbelievable landscapes.



The course remembers the journeys of pilgrims that for centuries have traveled in this land that in Roman age connected Rome with the rest of its empire thanks the Romea, Cassia and Francigena roads. Val d’Orcia is rich of castles, fortifications and medieval churches where travelers, pilgrims, warriors and important persons same as Sigerico bishop of Canterbury found refuge. To run the Tuscany Crossing 100 km is as to “DREAM” to be one of these ancients travelers.



The race “The dream long 100 km” starts the 26th April 2016 at 5 am. As the ancient travelers you will pass through woods, fords, vineyards treading and white roads. To reach Bagno Vignoni with its water plaza, Pienza the city of Pope Pio II, San Quirico d’Orcia, Montalcino the homeland of Brunello wine you’ll wade across the Orcia river, but it is still not over, now you will be only halfway,
Sant’Antimo Abbey, Castelnuovo Abate and the long uphill to the Vivo d’Orcia with its fresh springs and its magical wood will be waiting for you and also the arrival to Castiglione d’Orcia.
visite the site: www.tuscanycrossing.com

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Orange - 20/11/2015 21:13:08
   
RE:Tuscany Crossing, April 23, 2016
Looking forward to this next April - it will be my longest one day race so far.

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roama57 - 20/11/2015 21:31:23
   
RE:Tuscany Crossing, April 23, 2016
It will be a daydream

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Orange - 29/04/2016 07:23:05
   
RE:Tuscany Crossing, April 23, 2016
This race was all I expected and more. The course was beautiful even, or because of, the varied weather that included sunshine and thunderstorms. The race certainly churned up a good part of the first half of the course, leading to thick clinging clay tripling the weight of your shoes as it tried to suck them off your feet. Similar showers later in the race though were welcome and refreshing, though certainly cold.

The second half of the race is where the serious hills started. Do not expect a negative split! The reward at many of the hilltops was a run through a maze of tiny Tuscan streets; a tourist tour to the most inaccessible places, right past people's doors and through their courtyards. Back out in the countryside and the classic 'painterly' views continued uninterrupted.

Castiglione d'Orcia, the start and finish for the 103km race (53 and 15km also available) finally came into view amidst the mist of the final hilltop. A sub 14.5 hour finish for me placed me just in the top 25% and let me beat the dusk. My head torch remained in my pack where it had been since dawn broke an hour into the run. Other runners continued to come in up until the 24 hour cut-off.

Checkpoints with a variety of drinks, fruit, bread, meat, cheese and even beer and wine were every 15km or so and a block of cheese and bottle of Montalcino wine (branded Tuscany Crossing) were even part of the race-bag, along with a technical t-shirt and buff. Volunteers at each stop were friendly and helpful; locals were supportive and encouraging. The medal was a terracotta tile inscribed with the race distance. I must also praise the course marking. The was THE BEST marked ultra course I have ever been on. Marker ribbons were permanently in sight. Lengths of tape prevented any wrong turns. It was impossible to go wrong.

This race was a magnificent event. Don't expect a fast time but do expect a great challenge and a feast for the eyes (and stomach). Thank you Tuscany.

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roama - 17/05/2017 15:21:18
   
RE:Tuscany Crossing, April 23, 2016
New date:
April 21, 2018
6th edition

www.tuscanycrossing.com

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