According to Cyril Bottollier-Lemallaz
It is undoubtedly one of the toughest ultra trail events in the world. UTMB, the organizing group of the ultratrail du Mont-Blanc, is packing its bags in Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) and throughout the metropolis from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 September 2022, despite the forecasted weather.
Watch live four events from 20 to 165 km
The very first edition of the Nice Côte d’Azur ultra trail by UTMB will therefore see more than 4,000 participants treading the Maralpine soil on four routes: 17 km, 59 km, 111 km and 165 km.
Details of the four routes
Each of them has different starts. For 165 km (so-called 100 miles), the runners set off from Auron this Friday at 1 p.m. They have 48 hours to overcome 8,700 meters of altitude, including Rabuon at 2,650 meters above sea level.
The “100 k” will allow runners to discover the metropolis this Saturday at 6 a.m. from Roubion. For them, the menu features a course with an elevation gain of 5,000 meters, which they can complete in less than 29 hours.
The “50k” (which is actually 60) leaves the metropolis of Nice with the start at Les Sablettes beach in Menton this Saturday at 8am. Runners will cross the “riviera balconies” and will have to overcome 3,300 meters of elevation gain in less than 17 hours.
Finally, the shortest route, reduced to 17 km instead of 25 km at the base (“20 k”), is very concentrated in the heights of Nice, leaving Villefranche-sur-Mer on Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. With an elevation gain of 750 meters, participants will have less than 5 hours to complete the race.
The same finale for everyone at the Prom’
All four routes take the same finale through Mont Vinaigrier, Fort du Mont-Alban and Château Hill to end in beauty and grandeur on the Promenade des Anglais.
“We stay on the tracks almost to the finish line,” Isabelle Viseux-Poletti, director of the UTMB, and Niçois Raphaël Montoya, world triathlon champion, who will take part in the 20k, explain in chorus.
1200 foreign runners
Among the 4,000 participants, 30% come from abroad and there are 80 different nationalities (including two Italian and Belgian battalions with more than 160 runners). 80% of French runners do not come from Provence. More than 660 volunteers will supervise them throughout the race.
Something to please Mayor Christian Estrosi. “Our brand is excellence and high standards.” In particular, to promote the image of Nice internationally through this kind of major sporting event.
Plan your trips to prom’
So be careful if you want to drive in the city center, the Quai des Etats-Unis and Nice East (Mont-Vinaigrier, Port, Castle Hill) are likely to be particularly blocked all weekend.
The first arrivals of the flagship of the race are estimated for this Saturday morning, around 10:30. Those from 50k should present themselves on line around 1:45pm and those from 100k around 6pm.
The 20k should be run in under 1 hour 20 minutes on Sunday with an arrival scheduled for 9.20am. The last participants are expected on Sunday at 1 p.m., when the closing ceremony of the event will take place.
Was this article helpful to you? Note that you can watch Acta Nice in the My Actu area. With one click, after registration, you will find all the news of your favorite cities and brands.