Registrations opening on January 17th at 8:00AM

Born in 2013, the ultra-crossing of Belledonne will blow out its 10 candles next year. A great opportunity to offer an even more beautiful, even tougher, and always more festive edition ! We will find again the 3 routes that are now classic, the Intégrale, 149kms and 11,400m uphill, the Traversée nord, 83.5kms and 6,140m uphill, the Parcours des Crêtes, 62km et 4700m uphill, and a Skyrace, 21kms and 2,000m uphill.
A new alpine race will be added to the Echappee Belle race list for this anniversary edition : the Du’ô des cîmes, between 110 et 120kms / about 11,000m uphill. Such unique crossing, combining autonomy, adventure and technicity will be reserved to 50 pairs (including at least one finisher of the Intégrale), to be selected on application file. The race will go through all key points of the 4 other races. It will not be revealed in its entirety until 10 days before the race.
The party promises to be great with many activities during and around the race. A great opportunity to come and discover the Belledonne massif with families !

Les parcours

  • The Echappee Belle Integrale, 149kms and 11,400m D+, solo, from Vizille to Aiguebelle, for an integral crossing of Belledonne’s
    Massif. With more than 40kms above 2,000m and a minimum of descent in the valley, this very technical and demanding ultra trail
    running offers a unique experience. This race is real fun for experienced trailers who love stunning and challenging grounds!
    DRAW
    > More information
  • The North Crossing, 83.5k and 6,140m D+ solo, from Fond-de-France (Haut-Breda) to Aiguebelle, for run-wild-ground lovers.
    Starting line at Fond-de-France, with an ascent to the beautiful Combe Valloire, near the White Lake, Black Lake and Frozen Lake,
    then a series of 3 passes with Valloire (2,751m), Comberousse (2,669m) and Moretan (2,503m).
    > More information
  • The Ridge Track, 62k and 4,700m D+, solo, from Allevard to Aiguebelle. A very challenging route throughout the wild trails of Maurienne side of Belledonne. This race is more accessible than the 2 other races, but keeps the technical spirit of Belledonne with the Pointe Rognier Peak (2,341m). This Belledonne’s summit offers a unique panorama on the Alps and the Mont-Blanc
    > More information
  • The White Rock Skyrace, 21k and 2,000m D+, starting line at Fond-de-France (Haut-Breda) with a loop itinerary. A technical route with Belledonne’s DNA: a wild route, some stones, a beautiful view on the 7-Laux and Belledonne’s Peak, the ascent of Rocher Blanc (2,928m), some rocks and even more rocks.
    Registration through application file
    > More information
  • Le Du’ô des cîmes, between 110 and 120kms / about 11,000mD+ starting line at South Belledonne, finish line at North Belledonne. Embark on a duo adventure, in almost full autonomy, for a magnificent trip to the heights of Belledonne !  No itinerary marking. Mandatory equipment : helmet, harness, rope, cleats.
    REGISTRATION THROUGH APPLICATION FILE ONLY
    > More information 

Registration information

Registrations will open on January 17th at 8:00 AM for all races.
There will be a draw only for the Intégrale.
Registrations will close on Sunday, January 23rd at 11.59 PM. Results will be published on Wednesday, January 26th at noon.
A waiting list will be there for the unselected runners.
Group registrations are possible (maximum 10 runners per group). The groups will enable a joint participation to the draw for the Intégrale and to start all together within the same wave for the other races.

Once again, L’Echappée Belle kept all its promises and provided the 1718 starters and 600 volunteers a great celebration in the heart of Belledonne.

Departure from L’Echappée Belle Intégrale du Domaine de Vizille – Photo: Bruno Lavit

531 runners set off on Friday August 20 from the Domaine de Vizille by the light of their headlamps, ready to do battle with the 149km and 11400m elevation gain of this full crossing of the Belledonne massif. They were joined on Saturday by the competitors of the Traversée Nord (84km / 6140m vertical gain) and the Parcours des Crêtes (62km / 4700m vertical gain). Only half of them managed to reach the finish line at Aiguebelle and were able to ring the now legendary bell. Like every year, the Echappée Belle, a difficult and extraordinary race, has not failed in its reputation. Very tough but also very beautiful, the course described as spectacular by the participants offered them incredible panoramas over the magnificent landscapes of Belledonne during this particularly sunny 9th edition. The race took place in a warm and friendly atmosphere with volunteers competing in energy and creativity to welcome and support the runners at the refreshments and mountain stations.

This Echappée Belle 2021 was also marked by a new event: the Skyrace du Rocher Blanc, 21km and 2000m Vertical gain, which knew how to find and conquer its participants on the first edition. “It’s a great course, you really have to do it, this race!” said winner Lucas Dupuy on the finish line in Fond-de-France.

Thibault Marquet winner of the Échappée Belle Integral 2021 in 25h12’03

Thibault Marquet, Echappée Belle Intégrale winner – Photo: Pierre Jayet

It is with visible emotion that Thibault Marquet crossed the finish line at Aiguebelle on Saturday morning after 25:12:03 of racing. He thus posted the second fastest time in the history of L’Echappée Belle, just behind François d’Haene (23:55:11 in 2019). From the start, Thibault Marquet took the lead of the race with Sangé Sherpa and never let go, widening the gap with his pursuers. Unfortunately, his traveling companion was forced to give up at Val Palouse “I managed the race from start to finish without much slack. It went really well ”he admitted on arrival. More than 2 hours behind him, Edouard Laudier, winner of the Parcours des crêtes in 2019 (57km) and the Traversée Nord in 2020 (87km), took second place in 27:31:17. A great performance for his first ultra experience. Although he was dreaming of a victory, his goal was to finish first, so finishing 2nd is a great victory for him. The Portuguese Guilherme Lourenço completes this beautiful podium, happy with his race and his performance on an unprecedented course for him: “I did not expect to finish on the podium because it was difficult to prepare for L’Echappée Belle, we don’t have this type of mountains in Portugal. ”

It was a very good field for the women too with the Spaniard Silvia Ainhoa ​​Trigueros Garrote, double winner of the Tor des Géants who flew over the race and completed this Escape in 32h33’07 ”(16th overall). Sandrine Beranger, double winner of L’Echappée Belle (2013 and 2018) is this time on the second step of the podium, very happy with her race given the high level of this edition. She crossed the finish line in 33:12:33 followed by Irina Malejonock (36:43:05) satisfied to have get to the end herself to  ring the bell in Aiguebelle.

An emotional finish for the first duo to complete the 149km in 32h39’15. Florian Passaquay and “his ultra big brother” Jean-Marc Billet cross the line with their children, happy to have shared this adventure together.

 

Nicolas Gourdon wins on the new route of the Traversée Nord

The new route of the Traversée Nord dazzled the 511 participants who started from Fond-de-France. An even more beautiful course with the succession of lakes, white, black and icy, and even harder with the series of passes of Valloire (2751m), Comberousse (2669m) and Morétan (2503m).

After leading the race, Nicolas Gourdon climbed to the top step of the podium followed by Ludovic Chevallier and Arnaud Lesprillier. In the female category, it was Charlotte Taquet who won in 17:11:40 just ahead of Caroline Holveck (17:14:53) and Caroline Paulus (17:56:15).

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Col de la Valloire – Photo: Matthieu Rieux

The Parcours des crêtes, a very demanding course

The smaller format of L’Échappée Belle once again surprised its participants with its technicality and commitment. Lots of scree on this 62km, but a reward worthy of the effort with the ascent of Pointe Rognier and its breathtaking panorama.
The runners set off from the heart of the village of Allevard to the sound of the Mister New Orleans marching band in the early morning. 8:30 a.m., that’s how long it took for Robin Guillermou to rally Aiguebelle ahead of Maxime Mlynarski (9:24:33) and Ludovic Collomb (9:31:39).

On the women’s side, Esther Eustache crossed the line after 10:17:12 in the race in first position (9th overall) ahead of Anaïs Macian (10:32:43). 30th at Pointe Rognier Mathilde Talou-Derible turned back the race to finish on the 3rd step of the podium in 10:53:51.

Pointe Rognier – Photo : Matthieu Rieux

Great success for this first edition of the Skyrace du Rocher Blanc

Great novelty for this 2021 edition, the Skyrace du Rocher Blanc has found its audience and won over its participants. Very strong, a concentrate of Belledonne, for this race which remains in the DNA of the Echappée Belle events.
135 runners including 35 women, selected on file for their mountain experience and their motivation, set off on Friday August 20 at 9 a.m. from Fond-de-France for the ascent of the Rocher Blanc: 21 km with 2000 meters of elevation gain, a summit at over 2900m and pebbles! For the men, the battle was close between Lucas Dupuy and Nicolas Martin, who finished respectively first (2h38’00) and second (2h38’06) with barely 6 seconds! Paul Burette completed the podium with a time of 2:44:57.
Among the women, it is Manon Benoît who adds to her fine track record a victory in this first edition of the Skyrace and crosses the finish line in 3:07:06, ahead of Léna Bonnel (3:14:03) of the Dynafit team and Anne -Cécile Thévenot (3h21’57).

The large Echappée Belle family once again delighted the runners

“L’Echappée Belle”, a concentrate of pebbles, lakes, breathtaking landscapes but also happiness. The secret that makes this race unique: the volunteers! “I loved the night, it was party everywhere.” explains Irina (3rd 149km). A mirror ball at the Gleyzin, songs at the Col Morétan, a welcome by the alphorn at the Col de la Valloire, encouragement and little attentions … in the heart of Belledonne for the most great pleasure for runners!
For 9 years now, the Belledonne massif has lived to the rhythm of L’Echappée Belle for a weekend. See you next year to celebrate this first decade!

The alphorn at the Valloire pass – Photo: Matthieu Rieux

 
/Result Échappée Belle 2021/
ECHAPPÉE BELLE INTÉGRALE
Homme
1- Thibault MARQUET 25:12:03
2- Edouard LAUDIER 27:31:17
3- Guilherme LOURENÇO 27:51:17
Femme
1- Silvia Ainhoa TRIGUEROS GARROTE 32:33:07
2- Sandrine BERANGER 33:12:33
3- Irina MALEJONOCK 36:43:05
 
TRAVERSÉE NORD
Homme
1- Nicolas GOURDON 12:03:33
2- Ludovic CHEVALLIER 13:10:50
3- Arnaud LESPRILLIER 13:12:52
1- Charlotte TAQUET 17:11:40
2- Caroline HOLVECK 17:14:53
3- Caroline PAULUS 17:56:15
 
PARCOURS DES CRÊTES
Homme
1- Robin GUILLERMOU 08:58:30
2- Maxime MLYNARSKI 09:24:33
3- Ludovic COLOMB 09:31:39
1- Esther Eustache 10:17:12
2- Anais Macian 10:32:43
3- Mathilde Talou-Derible 10:53:51
 
INTÉGRALE DUO
 
1- Jean Marc BILLET et Florian PASSAQUAY 32:39:15
2- Adrien LEBRETON et Antoine MIEL 35:20:49
3- Antoine et Jean-Philippe STRECK 42:49:34
 
SKYRACE DU ROCHER BLANC Homme 1- Lucas DUPUY 02:38:00
2- Nicolas MARTIN 02:38:06
3- Paul BURETTE 02:44:57
Femme1- Manon BENOIT 03:07:06
2- Léna BONNEL 03:14:03
3- Anne Cécile THÉVENOT 03:21:57
> Résultats complets : https://echappeebelle.livetrail.run/

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Key numbers

2050 inscrits 1718 partants : – 531 Intégrale – 41 duos – 511 Traversée Nord – 500 Parcours des crêtes – 135 Skyrace

Finishers :

– Intégrale 51%
– Traversée Nord 64%
– Parcours des Crêtes 72%

To follow the race live:www.lechappeebelledonne.com/live/

The start of L’Echappée Belle will be this coming Friday, August 20th, at 5:00 a.m. at Domaine de Vizille in Isère for the runners of the Intégrale race who will set off for 149kms and 11,400mD+ all the way to Aiguebelle in Savoie. They will be joined on Saturday 21st by the trail runners of the 2 other events : 84kms starting from Fond-de-France at 5:00 a.m. and 62kms from Allevard at 9:00 a.m.
New in 2021 : the White Rock Skyrace, a wild trail of 21kms and 2,000mD+ opened to 150 selected runners.
The Echappée Belle is showing full, with over 2,000 runners coming from all over the world (27 nationalities represented) who will be running through the Belledonne mountain next week-end.

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Cédric Chavet, winner Echappée Belle Intégrale 2020

The Echappée Belle: an extraordinary adventure in an exceptional landscape !

The Echappée Belle offers a complete crossing of the Belledonne mountains with more than 40 kms continuously above 2,000 m and few descents in the valley. It seduces by its beauty, fascinates by its technicality, worries by its difficulty … and attracts more and more runners from all over the world. After 8 editions, it has become one of the essential races in the trail world.

The full crossing will leave from Domaine de Vizille on August 20th, 2021 at 5 a.m. The first runners are expected in Aiguebelle on Saturday morning around 9 a.m. The other 2 races, 84kms and 62kms, will start on August 21st from Fond-de-France and Allevard, to reach Aiguebelle. The Skyrace will take place in Fond-de-France on Friday August 20th (start at 9:00 a.m.).

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Skyrace du Rocher Blanc – New 2021

2021 novelties

  • A start from Fond-de-France for the Traversée Nord, followed by a climb in the magnificent valley of the Grande Valloire, a trail near the 3 lakes, Blanc, Noir and Glacé, followed by a beautiful series of passes of Valloire (2,751m) and Comberousse (2,669m) before reaching the Moretan (2,503m) and the Integral race course.
  • The White Rock Skyrace, 21kms and 2,000mD+, starting from Fond-de-France (Haut-Bréda). A 100% Belledonne typical technical itinerary with an agenda of: a wild course, rocks, a breathtaking view of the 7 Laux lakes and the Belledonne summits, the ascent of the White Rock (2,928m), rocks, rocks … With a beautiful race battle ahead on it’s first edition.

Exceptional elite level participation on this 9th edition with in particular 15 runners above 800 ITRA points!

 High level for this 1st edition of the Skyrace ! The world runner-up and trail France champion, Nicolas Martin will be at the start line together with the Swiss ski-mountaineering and long distance runner expert in skyrunning Egli Pascal, his compatriot Julien Ancay, the Belgian Jerome VanderschaegheLucas Dupuy from the Team TrailHero Dynafit, Paul BuretteJoris Botton, used to Echappée Belle and Benjamin David, winner of the 2015 Intégrale race. The battle should also be great on the women side with the participation of Manon Benoît, of the former elite orienteering race runner Carole Klein, of Anne-Cécile Thevenot and of Lena Bonnelmember of the French Dynafit ski-mountaineering team.

On the 149kms, lots of competition, a very homogeneous elite plateau for men and women Edouard Laudier, winner of the 2019 Parcours des Crêtes, the Portuguese Guilherme Lourenço and David Quelhas, the winner of the 2014 Echappée Belle Intégrale Sangé Sherpa, the Canadian Jean-François Cauchon, Thibault Marquet and Mikael Pasero. 
As for women, Sandrine Béranger, 1st woman at the 2013 and 2018 Echappée Belle, comes to put her title on the line and should find competition from the Spanish Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros GarroteIrina Malejonock and the former foil champion Claire Bannwarth.

On the 84kms, pay attention to : Arnaud LesprillierEmilien Schiavo and Benoît Amiot.

On the 62kms, we will in particular see again : Ludovic CollombGaëlle Decorse, 1st woman on this race in 2018 and Esther Eustache.

> To learn more on the race favorites : www.lechappeebelledonne.com/favoris-2021/

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An adventure to experience with family or friends !

All public and those accompanying the runners can go and watch the runners pass by at different points of the course and take part in the many activities, especially at the Pleynet, Super Collet, Pontet and Aiguebelle aid stations. Shuttles to access the sites are organized between Allevard and Super Collet, Bourget-en-Huile and Pontet (mandatory), Pinsot and Gleyzin (mandatory). Concerts, introductions to climbing and orienteering, electric mountain biking, pony rides, wooden games, children’s races … the activities are numerous, free and open to all. It is possible to eat at most of the sites and thus wait for the runners in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

> Full program : www.lechappeebelledonne.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/ProgrammeEB2021.pdf

Sanitary pass mandatory at most of event sites.

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Follow the race live

2 live TV events with Alpes Ishere :

  • Friday August 20th from 18:30 till 20:30 from the Pleynet (halfway through the race)
  • Saturday August 21st from 18:30 till 20:30 on the finish line site in Aiguebelle

Broadcast on Facebook and on TNT canal of Télégrenoble (Canal TNT 38, Orange (30/348), Bbox (30/316), SFR (477), Free (30/903))

To follow the runners and get informed over the 3 days www.lechappeebelledonne.com/live/

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Key figures :

  • 2,139 runners for all races
  • 11% foreigners / 27 nationalities (with a strong representation from Belgium : 47% from all foreigners)
  • 91 French departments represented
  • 600 volunteers.
– Results on the Integral solo
– All registrations for the Integral duo, the North crossing and the Ridge track are accepted.
You have until February 15 8:00PM to validate your registration.
There are still a few places left on the 2 other courses which will be accessible from February 15.
Registration of pacers from February 15 (100 places available).
Good preparation and see you soon in Belledonne!

The 9th edition of Echappee Belle, Ultra Crossing of Belledonne, will take place on August 2021, 20th, 21st and 22nd

The 8th edition of the Echappée Belle featured an exceptional field of runners. Best trail runners offered us an exciting battle of the titans. Cédric Chavet wins the race in 27h23, followed by Renaud Rouanet (27:35:26) and Stéphane Evêque-Mourroux (27:52:26) . Among female athletes, Juliette Blanchet was the first to pass the finish-line after 35:05:01 of the race. This year, face masks could not hide smiles of finishers when they were crossing the finish-line. Very special context gave a flavour of uncertainty about the maintenance of the race till the very last moment before the start. But it did not spoil the joy at the end of the event. Quite the contrary !

Cédric Chavet crossed the finish-line arch full of emotions at 7.26 am on the 22nd August. “I do barely believe it. I feel so proud. It is an extreme pleasure to win the race such as the Echappée Belle. Winning the race after “François the Great” seems just unbelievable!”, he declared just after he rang the much expected finisher bell. In the “top five” as of the beginning, the winner of this Echappée Belle edition nailed the race, keeping calm in front of competitors who started too fast. Familiar with this kind of challenging landscape, resistant to the heat, he finally won the Echappée Belle after the second-place finish in 2016. Few minutes after him, his friend Renaud Rouanet, arrived 2nd after he took advantage during the final part of the race. In the “top ten” till Gleyzin, Renaud kept his own pace, keeping away from the euphoria of race leaders. “I knew that there is no need to get mad before Pleynet”. One step away from giving up midway, Stéphane Eveque-Mourroux finally climbed to the 3rd step of the podium. “Unbelievable!” he says while crossing the line. “Sunsets… Lakes… It is as gorgeous, as difficult and technical”. The difficulty he talks about is the reason for the high number of withdrawals: 53% of runners finished the race. Leading the race from the beginning till Val Pelous, Jean-Marie Thevenard gave up a few kilometers after. Regardless of a very nice start, the patron of the 2020 edition, Sébastien Chaigneau, was hit by a pain at the level of the solar plexus. Medical care provided at Pleynet helped Sébastien to restart, but he eventually gave up the race shortly after Pleynet.

The women’s race witnessed the victory of Juliette Blanchet who won the Intégrale race with a time of 35:05:01. Following her own pace from the beginning, she catched up leaders and did not give up her position anymore, regardless blister. With a big smile, Céline Finas takes second place (35:36:59), followed by Daphné Alglave Guibert (36:18:57).

Duo of Camille Minard and Florian Becker took first place in the Intégrale in 32:33:13 in their category.

As for the North Crossing 87km race, Edouard Laudier is the first to cross the finish-line with a time of 13:16:09. He already won the Ridge Track 62 km in 2019. Sébastien Gérard (13:46:48), winner of the Intégrale in 2016, and Jean-Adrien Michel (13:59:08), finished in second and third place accordingly. American runner  Hilary Allen wins the women’s North Crossing race after a 26h15 effort. She is followed by Estelle Patou (16:25:23) and Pauline Gaidet (17:33:46). Mimmi Kotka (Sweden), after leading the women’s race, and at the 10th position from
scratch, gave up at Pontet.

The youngers runner, Benjamin Roubiol and Louison Coiffet (21 years old) took the 1st and the 2 nd place scratch on the Ridge Track with a time of respectively 06:49:51 and 07:11:41. Sylvain Court, winnerof the Integrale in 2017 finshed 3rd.
Julie won the women’s race with the new route of 57k and 3900m of elevation with a time of 08:09:34. Anna Comet Dynafit’s runner finished 2 nd (08:20:53) and Marine Quintard was 3rd (08:30:32).

An amazing edition due to the context, the weather and elite runners

“That’s trail running!” The 1017 finishers were unanimous when crossing the finishline: the route is beautiful but it’s probably one of the most difficult that they ran. Everything was in place to make this 8th edition so great: more elite runners than usual, a beautiful weather and volunteers ready even with the sanitory situation. All the imposed process have been respected, without spoiling the pleasure of the runners, who have appreciated the organization and the commitment of the volunteers.
The latter competed for creativity to welcome runners on the different pit stop: musique, nice messages written for runners, fun decoration of the pit stop…and still with a strictness to follow the sanitory rules. Many thanks to the volunteers who are the DNA of the Echappee Belle: friendship, empathy, availability…they give of their time during 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year to help make this race an authentic and warm event.

Interview of the first of 149k: https://youtu.be/fXp7iDM6BkM
Finish line of the last finisher in Aiguebelle: https://youtu.be/spPqNfAbrA0
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RESULTS

Échappée Belle intégrale
Men
1.      Cédric Chavet 27:23:39
2.      Renaud Rouanet 27:35:26
3.      Stéphane Eveque-Mourroux 27:52:26
Women
1.      Juliette Blanchet 35:05:01
2.      Céline Finas 35:36:59
3.      Daphné Alglave Guibert 36:18:57
North Crossing
Men
1.      Edouard Laudier 13:16:09
2.      Sébastien Gérard 13:46:48
3.      Jean-Adrien Michel 13:59:08
Women
1.      Hilary Allen 15:39:09
2.      Estelle Patou 16:25:23
3.      Pauline Gaidet 17:33:46
Ridge Track
Men
1.      Benjamin Roubiol 06:49:51
2.      Louison Coiffet 07:11:41
3.      Sylvain Court 07:22:31
Women
1.      Julie Roux 08:09:34
2.      Anna Comet 08:20:53
3.      Marine Quintard 08:30:32
Intégrale duo
1.      Camille Minard et Florian Becker 32:33:13
2.      Antoine Biard et Florian Monnereau 35:02:38
3.      Stéphane Baumhauer et Xavier Heitz 39:43:32

Résults full: https://echappeebelle.livetrail.run/classement.php

Photos podiums: www.facebook.com/lechapeebelledonne/posts/3427521827287411
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STATISTICS edition 2020

1489 runners included 40 duo and 180 women
Intégrale
– 53% of finisher
– 520 runners included 29 women
– 40 duos, 42% of finisher
North Crossing
– 67% of finishers
– 455 partants included 63 women
Ridde Track
– 88% of finishers
– 474 runners included 86 women

Rémi BERCHET, 2ème Intégrale 2019
Dear runners, our next communication to you is planned for August 8th. We will then provide you with further details on schedules for shuttle buses, race starts by waves, as well as information on withdrawal of bibs. However, we can’t resist sharing good news : on Monday we received receipts of declaration from both prefectures of Isere and Savoie departments. This means that as of today we have all the required keys we need to organize L’Echappée Belle. It remains for us all runners, volunteers and organization staff to show that we deserve such moment by respecting, all together, the health and organizational instructions that we will have each of you validate soon via a convention document. Thank you, and we will see you in a few days from now !
As a reminder : registration of pacers is possible until August 8th.

Hello to our dear trail runners,

While we of course can’t predict the final decision the competent local authorities will make this summer regarding l’Echappée Belle, all lights are green concerning the items we have control on : masses of volunteers, great support from city councils and territorial organizations, partners by our side whatever happens, and authorization request files under evaluation by prefectures of Isere and Savoie departments.

So we made the decision to continue preparing for the 2020 edition.

What are the next steps ?

– If you are France residents you have until June 30 to freely and unconditionally cancel your participation at reduced cost (20% withholding on registration fees). If you are unsure about feeling able to manage the still pending uncertainty, it is possible then to cancel without having to provide any justification. Therefore, just write your request to contact.belledonne@gmail.com by June 30. Beyond that date the usual cancellation terms will apply.

– As for runners coming from abroad, given the additional uncertainty occurred by some of the border regulations, you are entitled to cancel your participation under these same terms until August 8.

On Wednesday July 1st everyone will receive practical details on new processes for retrieving your bib, available accommodations, and reception conditions for the public and accompanying persons.

Can you tell me more about the trail course ?

  • The 149Km (solo and duo) and 87km routes are almost identical. The show is guaranteed;)
  • The pacers are still allowed.
  • The start of the 62km ‘Route des crêtes’ will happen from the Collet station, and not from the Allevard village.
  • Please note the 62km trail will require significant personal autonomy (1st aid station at km 30).

In the event of weather forecast uncertainty, we reserve the right as usual to modify the course.

What happens in the event the authorities actually don’t give their go ahead for the race to happen ?

If we don’t get the required authorizations 15 days before the race starts, i.e. by August 8, we will have no other choice than to cancel. You would then get refund for 80% of your registration (excluding donations), and all optional items will be totally refunded.

Why keep 20% of your registration ?

The Echappée Belle requires 10 tons of equipment, storage areas to be rented, one salaried employee since January, plus some related costs (registration platform, communication, amongst others). So we computed the relevant rate to enable the Echappée Belle organization to survive until the next edition. Such rate is only possible thanks to the unfailing support from our partners who we are thankful to.

What does an ‘adapted’ event mean ?

It is an event organized as respectful as possible of the current health rules. Here is a short summary :

For runners :

Increase your personal food autonomy. Some aid stations won’t be supplied as much as usually ; that will make the adventure even more intense. Don’t worry though, there will be everywhere enough to drink and something to eat ! Spare bags for the 87 and the 149km are still possible.

> Hands disinfection (as usual now since 3 years) will be mandatory at the entrance of each aid station and a few other sites (start and finish lines).

> Access to an aid station will follow a strict but simple distanciation protocole. We will tell you more about it this summer.

> Start for each race will happen over several waves and according to ITRA rankings. Highest-ranking ITRA bibs first, and so on. The start for the last wave will happen at the usual times from previous Echappée Belle editions. Such protocol should ensure no bottleneck at aid stations and facilitate physical distanciation. 

> Wearing a mask will be mandatory in each significant gathering area and/or where physical distanciation is not possible. And when running, you obviously don’t need to wear a mask …

> Podiums will be held along with runners arrival. There will be no closing ceremonies.

> Rest area, dormitories and camp beds will be maintained. The maximum rest times are identical to previous years (see regulations) except that for once they must be respected!

> A shuttle service to take you to the start lines will still be provided. However as of today we don’t yet know the shuttle access conditions.

> The pasta and arrival meal options are maintained

For the runner assistance/accompanying persons and the public :

> Each runner is entitled to only one accompanying person. A bracelet will therefore be provided with each bib. The accompanying persons won’t be authorized to get access to all aid stations and will be required to wear masks. 

> Other family members will be welcome to stay nearby but not to enter the runners areas. 

> The public will only be allowed in areas where physical distanciation can be enforced (i.e. at major aid stations and at the finish line site).

> Animation activities aimed to the public and children will be significantly reduced. There will still be animation activities aimed to volunteers and runners.

> A new live-tracking system is being evaluated to enable families and public to follow the event and races remotely.

I am Belgian and I worry :

– There will be beer « Echappee Belle » ! Still for moderate consumption of course …

And for myself as a runner, how do I make it all work ?

  • I respect the instructions and rules.
  • I ask questions if anything is not clear enough.
  • I keep smiling. The volunteers and the whole staff did an extra-ordinary job to enable you to come and have a chance to recharge and empty your batteries in Belledonne.
  • I train and adapt my pace and goal to my training level and capacity even more so than usual.
  • I plan on a larger food reserve.
  • I plan to bring a mask, decorated and beautiful if possible.
  • I plan to carry a small bottle of hydroalcoholic gel with me just in case.
  • I plan on bringing my own trash bag with straps as spare bag (149km duo and solo and 87km), where I will store my belongings, to bring to the start line.
  • If I give up ob the race, I signal myself to one of the event organization representatives, and then try to organize my return with my loved ones. A return service will be provided, but your active participation will be very welcome.

Please be aware that we will do our best to adapt to any potential new directives and that our priority remains everyone’s safety.

Let’s not be afraid, let’s be careful and smile !

Enjoy your preparation !

We trust that you managed to find your way back to the tracks after the lock-out, while still applying the protection rules of course. For our part, we have been working since mid-march on adapting l’Echappée Belle to the current and moving health situation. We have actually decided to take a little more time in order to optimize our chances to maintain l’Echappée Belle, and we will announce a final decision on Saturday, June 20. We will definitely keep in touch and share any new and decisive information until that date.
We look forward to meeting you in Belledonne !
Meanwhile please take care of yourself.

Hello trailer friends

First of all we hope you and your beloved ones are in great shape. We are counting on your legendary ultra trailer mindset to apply confinement rules, although we are well aware how painful it can be for you going through such times. L’Échappée Belle is a demanding race and we hope, just like you, that you will soon be able to get back to training !

Many runners are currently worrying about whether or not our event will be held this year. To date we have no certainty but be aware we will do everything possible to welcome you in Belledonne, although that will only be as long as we can guarantee safety, for you, the volunteers, and the local population. The whole team is currently working on different scenarios in order to adapt as quickly as possible to the situation and to soon-expected government rules related to such events.

We remain very focused on the evolution of the situation and will get back to you very soon with more information.

Please trust we are doing our very best to meet up all together in Belledonne late August, in the best possible conditions.

Thank you for your understanding, let’s stand together.

The whole organization team