Monthly Archives: September 2018

ENCOUNTER WITH A FANTASTIC ATHLETE

Just one month ago, Jordi Gamito achieved the biggest result of his career to date with a podium in, undoubtedly, one of the biggest races in Ultra Trail Running, UTMB Mont Blanc. He now looks ahead to conclude his season on the Grand Raid de la Reunion at the end of October 2018.

To learn more about Jordi, the athlete and his life when he is off the tracks we have put to him 10 questions. The answers almost sum up the personage.

What do you do for a living?

I am not yet a full-time athlete… I hope one day I will be. But for now I must still work, so I have a part-time job working in construction 5 hours a day.

Where do you live?

I am from Playa De Aro on Catalunya´s Costa Brava coastline. But I live in the mountains in Camprodon, close to Pyrenees.

 Where do you train?

All my training is done in the vicinity of Camprodon. The mountains at the entrance of the Pyrenees are perfect for various mountain-terrain training.

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What are your main hobbies?

During winter, I enjoy cross training with Ski Mountaineering. I live very close to some great skiing areas and I love to mix up my pre-season training with other activities. Also, I practise Muay Thai fighting, which is a great passion of mine.

What do you like to eat?

I like to eat everything, but sushi is my favourite.

What is your favourite place to travel to?

When I competed for Muay Thai, I spent a lot of time in Thailand. Since then it has become one of my favourite places in the world to travel to.

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What do you do when you’re not working or training?

Normally I work, train and rest so I don’t have time for other activities. But when I can, I like to go out to eat with my partner and enjoy time with friends and family.

What is your favourite trail running race?

For sure, UTMB® ! There is something about the mountains, the people and the atmosphere around the event, which makes it very special to me and gives me a great motivation to return there every year.

What is your favourite music?

My favourite group is AC-DC and their song ¨It’s a long way to the top¨.

What is your favourite movie?

Kick Boxer, starring Jean Claude Van Damme.


Jordi`s last trail programme for the rest of 2018 will be to run the Ultra Pirineu during the last weekend of September.  A performance over there will end up a tremendous sport year for our Spanish partner.

WHERE DO THE PRO-ATHLETES TRAIN OFF-TRACK?

To excel on the extreme tracks and to reach the objective of performance and success professional athletes need to be consistent in their workouts and stick to a training routine that suffers no side notes!

Each athlete has his/her favourite training routine and his/her own way of “recharging the batteries”. Dedication, hard work and motivation are 3 important keys professional athletes abide by to achieve the best performances, whatever be the sport they practice. Inner talent is important but not so much if not nourished with hard work and the ideal mind-set.

Mind-set is what it takes to be a champion… and to be in the right one, workouts play an important role. That`s why our professional athletes make it a point to be “where they feel at ease, at peace and in total concentration”.

Aurélien DUNAND-PALLAZ – never far from home!

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La Dent de cons (2064m) is Aurélien`s  favorite playground when he wants to workout before a race.

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Situated in the Massif des Bauges, France, la Dent de Cons overlooks my hometown (Marthod), behind my parents` home. My usual workout would be to climb by one side, reach the top with a view on Savoie and Haute Savoie, and go down on the other side to the forest (around 7km, 850d+). The track is mountainous and one should better not suffer from vertigo when reaching high!

Diego PAZOS – between the Swiss and the French Alps

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From Montreux next to the biggest lake in Europe (Leman lake), up to the top of the Dent de Jaman or the Rochers de Naye, our Swiss partner takes joy in  the incredible view on all the swiss and french alps while he works out before any race.

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I love to play on this technical playground with big uphills, downhills and amazing ridges. I am always surprised by the beauty of this mix of lakes and mountains. Pure happiness up there ?

Hillary GERARDI – strolling in the woods before plunging in the lake

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I love it when I can train leaving directly from home, and this loop goes right out my back door and into the woods. It combines so many of the elements of a trails running that I love: steep climbs, stunning landscapes, fast single track and technical sections—and when the season is right, a lake to jump in and lots of wild blueberries.

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When I have a short qualitative workout to do, I can do hill reps on the first climb, and when I have a longer session, I can do the whole loop with any number of different add-ons into the Aiguilles Rouges or the Fiz ranges. What more could a girl ask for?

Jordi GAMITO – mountain-alone for the best sensations

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Jordi would choose Tignes, a well-known training base for athletes.

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It is a magical place with endless mountains that I can at high altitude and practice my two passions: Trail Running and Road Cycling. There are not many places where I have the same training possibilities. I can live the solitude of the mountain and it´s this that makes me feel so good here.

Paul GIBLIN – amid the majestic Aosta Valley

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When Paul is out of his Scottish homeland, he flies to a lot of beautiful places, one of which is  Cogne, in Italy.

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It sits right on the Gran Paradiso National Park and has some spectacular trails that in summertime are quieter than the more popular resorts on the other side of the Mont Blanc tunnel. It has miles of varied trails, steep climbs, altitude and fun, technical descents. There really is so much in and around the Aosta valley to discover if you’re prepared to go beyond the main trekking routes. The views are spectacular too!