Stage racing is a well known racing format in road cycling and mountain biking but not much in ski mountaineering world. I believe it is a great format for any endurance sport and especially a sport where we travel fast, over challenging terrain, with tons of views on high-traverse like routes.
Over the past weekend I paid attention to results from Tour du Rutor, a 3 day skimo stage race in Italy, and I want to share with you great videos the organizers put together from each stage this year.
Of course, Pierra Menta (4 days) in France is the biggest skimo stage race but it looks like Tour du Rutor is as beautiful.
I participated in Pierra Menta in 2010 with other Canadian Skimo Team members and learnt about Rutor that same year. Pierra Menta was hands down the best skimo racing experience I ever had but a year from the next edition I am thinking about the Rutor as well
All videos from Tour du Rutor and Pierra Menta, both 2012
This is a true skimo racing porn – 3 stages from TdR and 4 from PM. You need only 38min to watch all 7 videos in one shot.
Stage 1 – Tour du Rutor 2012
Stage 2 – Tour du Rutor 2012
Stage 3 – Tour du Rutor 2012
Stage 1 – Pierra Menta 2012
Stage 2 – Pierra Menta 2012
Stage 3 – Pierra Menta 2012 (over Grand Mont)
Stage 4 – Pierra Menta 2012