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Here are some important information for the Valmalenco UltraDistance Trail 2021.

Given the presence of snow on the route, for the 2021 edition of the VUT (90 KM) and the 100 MIGLIA DEL BERNINA (160 KM) it
is MANDATORY to have the CLAMP with you for the Torre S. Maria - Zoia section

Given the temperatures expected at high altitude, close to freezing at night, it is MANDATORY to also have a duvet.

For the 160 km they can be placed in the bag of Torre S. Maria and placed in the bag of Campo Moro - Zoia
For the 90 km they are mandatory for the individual and for the first two relays

There is no requirement for crampons for the third relay runner and for the 35 km

 

Covid anti-contagion protocol

The 2021 races will take place in compliance with the SARS-CoV2 anti-contagion regulations.
The provisions defined by the organizing committee are available in the "Covid" section of this site .
The athlete will have to print and fill in the anamnestic form ( downloadable here ) to be delivered to the bib collection.

Bib collection

Each athlete must collect their bib. It is not possible to delegate teammates or third parties.

Subscription of a sports card

Anyone without a sports card who needs to sign a CSEN card can do so at the bib collection.

Overnight in the gym and shower areas

Due to covid restrictions, there is no gym / dormitory, no showers and changing rooms.

VUT shuttles

For the athletes interested, on Friday 16 at 9 pm there will be shuttle buses from the car park of the race village in Caspoggio, towards the start in Chiesa in Valmalenco.
There are no return shuttles, so athletes staying in Chiesa in Valmalenco can leave their car in Caspoggio and use the shuttle.
No reservation needed.

Bernina 100-mile shuttles

For the athletes interested, on Thursday 15 at 9.30 there will be shuttle buses from the car park of the race village in Caspoggio, towards the start in Sondrio.
We advise athletes who want to leave their car in Caspoggio to collect their bib in Sondrio and take the car to Caspoggio to take the shuttle.
No reservation needed. There are no return shuttles.

VUT35 shuttles

There are no shuttles between Caspoggio and Lanzada. The departure can be reached on foot and is about 1.5km from the arrival, along the pedestrian path that takes you to Caspoggio in via Pizzo Scalino (behind the Fior di Monte hotel.

VUT changing bags

The bags can be delivered at the bib collection, or from 9 pm at the departure point in Chiesa in Valmalenco.
There are two transport bags: one for Chiareggio (km 33), and one for the arrival in Caspoggio.

Exchange bags for 100 miles of the Bernina

Bags can be delivered starting from 7 at the departure in Sondrio in Piazza Garibaldi.
There are four transport bags: one for the life base of Torre S. Maria (km 72), one for the life base of Chiareggio (km 99), one for the life base at the Zoia refuge (km 129) and one for the arrival in Caspoggio.

Withdrawals

The athlete who withdraws will have to communicate it to a control point or to the broom, obligatorily delivering the bib. The GPS, on the other hand, must be delivered to the Caspoggio race office (at the finish line).
Shuttles are provided for the retreat of the 90 KM at Chiareggio (km 33) and at Campo Moro, parking ref. Zoia (km 73). The Campo Moro shuttle can be reached in 30 minutes on foot from Musella (km 53).
In the event that the withdrawn athlete wishes to request transport for the return outside the pre-established points, if deemed possible, the organization can offer - at the athlete's expense, if the specific recovery represents a burden for the organization - the service through the means available (shuttles or helicopter).
However, the organization will evaluate the solutions to assist the athlete on a case by case basis, in coordination with the volunteers in the area.
In the event of an accident that requires a medical service, the transport cannot be carried out with the organisation's vehicles, not authorized to provide assistance, but the intervention of the official rescue will be required.

GPS

Each individual competitor and each team of the relay will be given a GPS device that will transmit the position in real time.
The position of the athletes will be visible on the race site , as well as on the screen at the race village.
The GPS must be turned on when entering the starting grid (the VUT staff will help you turn them on).
Relay athletes who have arrived at the changeover must pass the gps device to their partner.
Athletes must return the GPS at the end of the race, under penalty of a penalty of € 150.

The real-time monitoring link is: https://livegps.setetrack.it/Home/IndexMapset?mapset=VUT2021

Balise

The route has been entirely traced with balises, flags and yellow reflectors for the night sections.
Balise is frequent, in case you do not see balises for about 5 minutes, we recommend checking your position as a route error is likely.
In recent days in some sections of the route the strips have been removed by unknown persons.
New ones were promptly placed, however they may be different in colors compared to those present on the other sections of the route.

Obligatory material

All the material listed in the regulation is mandatory both for individual athletes and for all members of the relay races and the 35km (with the exception of the front panel for the 35k).
The organization will carry out random checks before the start, during the race, and at the end of the race.

Due to the presence of snow on the route it is mandatory to have crampons with you.
Given the forecast of a drop in temperatures and a drop in freezing temperature, it is recommended to have a duvet with you for the night stretches.

According to the regulations in force, it is mandatory to have a mask with you to wear inside the life bases and shelters.

Batteries

For the safety of the athletes, the front panels must have sufficient charge to illuminate during all hours of darkness (10 hours for the VUT and 16 hours for the Bernina 100 miles). In the case of faceplates with rechargeable batteries it is not necessary to have spare batteries, however they will have to last all night.
Course assistants are authorized to stop the athlete with the control panel off.
For safety, the athlete must bring his / her phone and keep the ringer activated. Also in this case the athlete must guarantee the functioning of the telephone from start to finish (if necessary, have a power bank).
In addition to being necessary to contact the emergency services in the event of an injury, it can be used by the organization to contact the athlete in case of imminent dangers.

Refreshments

The VUT is a competition that takes place in semi-self-sufficiency. In this regard, only salts, white pasta and biscuits will be guaranteed in the refreshment points. The shelters will be exceptionally open also during the night and it will be possible to buy other supplies.
In the 100 miles of Bernina there are 3 life bases: Torre S. Maria, Chiareggio, Rifugio Zoia where it will be possible to sleep. In case of need, the shelters will make beds available, the athletes must comply with all the provisions required by the shelters.
Any accompanying persons can assist athletes only outside the life bases and refreshments.

You can consult here the list of all the refreshment points of the three races with the indications for each one (liquids / solids / first courses).

There will be no plastic cups in the refreshment points. Everyone will need to use their own water bottle or cup for refilling liquids.

Path

Find the route on the site http://ultravalmalenco.com/percorso
(the altitude profile opens by clicking on the "Profile" button).
In case of bad weather the organization could decide to modify the route following variants already identified. This decision will be made by the route managers in agreement with the security personnel. The departure time may also be postponed.
In the event that the weather conditions are so negative as to endanger the safety of the athletes even on the alternative routes, the organization may decide not to carry out the competition.

The route of the 160 is made up of 60% dirt paths, 20% agro-forestry-pastoral road, 15% paths on stony ground and scree slopes, 5% asphalted roads.
 
The traits to pay attention to are:
 
160k Carnale - Val di Togno refuge
sometimes narrow path with very steep slopes. In case of rain it could be slippery.
160k Colina - Arcoglio lake
stretch of stony ground with large boulders. Pay attention especially in case of rain.
160k / 90k Pradaccio - alpe Ventina
remote area with poor telephone coverage. Path on stony ground and presence of large boulders.
160k / 90k Descent from Passo Ventina
steep stretch, there is a snowfield. In case of hard snow, put on the crampons. Proceed with caution, especially at night.
160k / 90k Descent from the Longoni refuge
slippery in rainy weather.
90k Valley of Scerscen
remote location, lack of telephone coverage, reduced assistance. Be careful when crossing the stream, the bridges could be slippery.
90k Marinelli - Bignami 160k Carate - Bignami
presence of snowfields. In case of hard snow we recommend wearing crampons.
Ascent to Fellaria on large boulders and snow-covered descent in the first section.
35k Last stretch towards Rif. Motta
stretch exposed with the presence of chains. Pay attention and follow the instructions of the safety personnel.
160k / 90k / 35k Ref. Cristina - Alpe Cavaglia
in case of rain, the bottom is slippery.

Map and GPX

Here you can download the printable map.
The altitudes with the refreshment points are printed on the bibs of the 90 km and 160 km.
Here are the gpx:

It has been reported to us that on some devices the distances or total differences in height calculated from the gpx tracks differ from those indicated by us.
This is due to the fact that each device or software uses its own distance calculation system with averages, filters and rounding, over long distances it can cause even important discrepancies, in excess or in defect.

Time delays and suspension from the race

The time gates are also indicated on the map and on the bibs.
The gates identified are a constraint that we have also imposed to ensure the safety of all, the volunteers on the path will have to stop all those who show up after the time gate.

90 km

  • Chiareggio (33 km) by 7:00 am on Saturday (8 hours of racing)
  • Alpe Musella (53 km) by 12 noon on Saturday (13 hours of racing)
  • Zoia Refuge (75 km) by 6:00 pm on Saturday (19 hours of the race)

160 km

  • Piastorba (52 km) by 7.00 on Friday (20 hours of racing)
  • Torre S. Maria (72 km) by 12.00 on Friday (25 hours of competition)
  • Chiareggio (98 km) by 7.00 on Saturday (44 hours of racing)
  • Musella (117 km) by 12.00 on Saturday (49 hours of racing)
  • Rif. Zoia (130 km) by 6.00 pm on Saturday (55 hours of competition)

35 km

  • Zoia Refuge by 6.00 pm on Saturday (11 hours of competition)

The doctors on the course may interrupt the race of an athlete deemed unsuitable for physical conditions to continue the race at any time.
These decisions will be made only in exceptional cases, and will have the purpose of guaranteeing the athlete's safety.

Bibs

The bib colors are:
90 km individual yellow
90 km relay blue
160 km red
35 km green

 
 

Safety

Please note that the competition takes place in a difficult alpine environment.
In some places, the rescue intervention could be difficult and time-consuming, especially at night, and in some points of the route there is no telephone coverage.
For this reason, each athlete must evaluate his / her psychophysical state at all times and consider the opportunity to stop and rest, to ask the health personnel present on the course for a consultation or to retire if necessary.

The number of our mixed base of operations for accidents and medical emergencies will be indicated on the bib.

The base is in constant contact with the rescue personnel and doctors on the way.

Thanks for your attention, and good race everyone!
The Valmalenco UltraDistance Trail staff