|5 minutes before 5AM in Cervinia ! Everything is ready.|
|What a view. Sunrise at Cervino/Matterhorn.|
After arriving in Valtournenche the day before, getting to meet everyone form Ferrino and going trough the technical briefing a awesome dinner and no sleep I was eager to see and document the race.
|Supportcrews oversaw the
As for the results, first of I have to say that sadly this year there were no Slovenian competitors at the race. I did some research and saw that in the last trophy two years prior a Slovenian competitor named Nejc Kuhar, in combination with two Italian teammates almost made the podium. They were 4th back then.
Surprisingly the winners this year where the Italian Army Sports Centers team with Manfred Reichegger (IT) ,Damiano Lenzi (IT), Matteo Eydallin (IT) with a time of 04:16:37. IT was close as the franco Italian LaSportiva team with William Bon Mardion (FR), Mathèo Jacquemoud (FR) and Kilian Jornet Burgada (ES) was only one minute behind, finishing with exactly 04:17:37. at third the CAMP/SKITRAB team of Michele Boscacci (IT), Pietro Lanfranchi (IT) and Lorenzo Holzknecht (IT) made it in 04:28:27.
|The most seasoned veteran of the race
receives a reward and has some good
wisdom to share 🙂
Another surprise came in the womans teams as the favorites Gloriana Pellissier, Mireia Mirò and Laetitia Roux had some dificulties at the Monte Rossa plateau. Laura Besseghini, Raffaella Rossi and Elena Nicolini from LaSportiva took advantage of the situation and build a strong lead until the finish. They managed it in 06:04:14. The differences between the female teams were a little bigger. Second the Locatelli/Richard/Cazzanelli Team came in with a time of 7:27:25 and third was the Bandavej KRATOS team. Time 07:44:04.
|Conditions were complicated|
All in all we all hailed the organizers for a perfectly executed race and Adriano Favre’s staff of alpine guides for the great security management in these really difficult conditions. The inconsistent weather and the amount of snowfall made it really hard to secure the competitors form harm. Avalanches and covered crevasses at the glacier were a constant danger that had to be counted on.
|Nasty ! Competitors had to pass avalanche fields.|
|With Rossana from Ferrino
at the finish line
|Having fun with Luca and Sara 🙂|
With a almost 50 % foreign participation the Mezzalama is gaining more and more international appeal and is defiantly a thing one should go see as it is a really unique experience. At this point I would really like to thank everyone from Ferrino(Anna, Rossana, Luca, Sara, Marco…) and the Mezzalama organization (Andre, Reccardo) for making me feel welcome and giving me the opportunity to make my first ever heli to heli shots 🙂 and specially the girl from the Cervino Lift company who was so nice to close the windows of my car that I left open by mistake so I could continue to photograph the race 🙂 Also my Italian improved 10-fold when I was there 🙂 Un spectaculo perfeto !!!