CRISTALP 2001 4 GO MAD IN THE SWISS ALPS
Jack, Adi, Shalli and Rick CATS do the Grand Raid Cristalpsee the Terrain map unless youve seen it already, for more info.
6 valleys, total altitude gain of 4600 metres ( 15,200ft) and all 131 Km make the main challenge............just to finish.
The rain poured down the night before the event, meaning a damp 6.15 start to the first climb (in the dark). But with mild overnight temps and 45 mins of climbing to begin with this was not a big problem.( even for Shalli who was sleeping outside ooops)
An improved starting format now sees your race number, and ultra trick your name is written on it pro-style, pre-scanned, meaning a hectic mass start on time for all. Having ensured your finishing rucksack is in the lorry for the end we are underway. The course is slippery in the wooded sections but the suns soon up and its back to normal conditions for a Cristalp, ie Bloody hot.
All the following Brits managed to finish, with many others timed out at checkpoints on route. A fantastic time from Robert Jebb mixing it with the European specialist climbers.(Ben Bardsleys Transalp partner untill Ben got injured)
|class finishing position||rider||area||Finishing time HRS:MINS|
|60||Robbie Bryson||IRL- Belfast||09:18|
|146||Anthony White||GB- Warrington||09:59|
|165||Patrick Schalbetter||GB- CATS Market Harboro||10:14|
|115||Ian Mills||GB- Glos||10:20|
|10||Adrian Scott||Numplumz, Peterborough||10:26|
|127||Jack Peterson||Numplumz, Kettering||10:33|
|202||Neil Gard GB-||Sheffield||10:41|
|170||Nicholas Townsend||GB- Risca, S||11:54|
|186||Neil Cranston||GB- Cramling||12:19|
|188||Rick Newham||CATS Market Harboro||12:21|
|ladies 12||Lydia Gould||Winchester||10:47|
|ladies 14||Kathryn Newbery||GB- Sheffield||10:55|
|ladies 16||Heather Dawe||GB- Otley,||10:55|
|ladies 18||Sarah Autie||GB Yatton||11:06|