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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!

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