Rules for the 2014 PTL
The Petite Trotte à Léon itinerary uses passages which are more technically difficult than those met during the majority of trail races (notably the UTMB®). It requires a good knowledge and understanding of the mountain environment.
Some passages may present objective dangers: steep slopes, risk of falling stones, very narrow paths, the crossing of scree slopes or névés and the absence at intervals of a path or clearly defined track...
The route is « NOT WAY-MARKED » and very often « FAR FROM INHABITED ZONES ». It is to be realised in « COMPLETE AUTONOMY ». All assistance is forbidden except in « rest bases » set up by the organistion where the competitors may find a resting place and blankets as well as their spares’ sacks.
So as to progress in security the competitors must be able to operate navigational techniques with a GPS and have the necessary knowledge of map reading and be able to use a compass and altimeter. They must also be capable of confronting bad weather, lack of sleep, fatigue, the cold, the heat, hunger and thirst...
THE KEYS TO SUCCESS: a preliminary study of the route on the map, compilation of available information (organisation, locals, guides, web….), the putting into place of tactics for the race and train appropriately.
The Petite Trotte à Léon (PTL™) is organised by the Trailers du Mont Blanc (association of the ‘loi 1901’ as announced in the official paper of 29/11/ 2003 under n° 1627, Club FFA n° 074060), within the framework of The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®.
The participants of this event have to know and accept the current regulations and agree to adhere to, without reservation, the ethical charter which covers the entirety of the event, available for consultation on www.ultratrailmb.com
The 2014 PTL™ will start from Chamonix taking the form of a circuit in the middle and high mountains with a distance of about 300 kilometres and 28 000 metres of positive height gain.
The start is fixed for Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 17:30 from the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié in Chamonix, the finish will be judged in the same place until Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 14:30, that is a maximum time granted of 141 hours to realise the complete route.
III. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE EVENT
- The PTL™ offers the goal of realising the given route without going beyond the time limit. It must not be considered as a competition and as such has no official ranking.
- It is open to teams of 2 or 3 persons of whom at least one must have finished, in the past, the UTMB® or the TOR DES GEANTS or one of the previous PTL™s. Dispensation may be granted by the race directors by the presentation of proof of performance over the last three years; this measure applies to state or federal qualifications (mountain guides, walking guides, federal teachers or instructors….).
- The initial composition of the teams can be modified, before the August 15th deadline, by conforming to the conditions of paragraph 2.
- Teams are principally inseparable, nevertheless the abandonment of one team member doesn’t stop the others continuing on the condition that there is no security risk.
- Following an abandonment, a competitor who finds themselves alone, may, exceptionally continue with another team upon the race directors’ decision, they must keep possession of their team’s tag, GPS and the documents relevant to the event (maps, guide).
- The route is to be realised in complete autonomy, the teams manage their refreshments and rest times as they wish. Except at the “rest bases” set up by the organisation, they may rely (if they so wish) upon the infrastructure of mountain huts. There is a comprehensive list of partner mountain huts which are in agreement to give a 24/24 hour service. The partner establishments will be posted on the web-site www.ultratrailmb.com
- The organisation will supply the teams with all the necessary information about the route (maps and detailed guide) as well as a GPS/GSM tag which will allow them to be located via the GSM network.
IV. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION
- The PTL™ is open to anybody born in or before 1994 (categories ‘espoirs’ (promising) to veteran), licensed or not.
- A medical certificate dating from less than a year or a sports licence (FFA or Triathlon) is necessary in order to definitively validate a registration. A copy, of which, must be sent by post, or posted on each team member’s runners’ page on the website www.ultratrailmb.com, before May 31st 2014.
- Each competitor must, before the start of the race, be in possession of an insurance policy which will cover any eventual costs of search or rescue in France, Italy and Switzerland.
V. SUPPLIED BY THE ORGANISTION
- Race bib (one for each team member).
- GPS tag (one for each team, 500 Euros payable if lost).
- Set of detailed maps 1:25 000 (a team game)
- A descriptive guide of the itinerary uniquely in French, English or Italian (one per team).
- A file of tracks and way-points to download onto personal GPS devices from each competitor’s “Personal page” a fortnight before the beginning of the event (provisional files will be available from the same "personal page" once the teams have registered.
- Round the clock telephonic support from the race head-quarters, follow « live » on the web-site www.ultratrailmb.com
- Energising meals and the possibility of sleep at the following rest areas: Champex km 55, Bourg Saint Pierre km 100, Morgex km 170, Col du Petit Saint Bernard km 236 and the Col du Joly km 270.
- The rest areas are equipped with medical kits which only allow for the treatment of minor injuries (blisters, small wounds…).
- Rest area, medical assistance, meal in Chamonix at the end of the race.
- Ultra-Trail® t-shirt for all the participants.
- Souvenir present for all the finishers.
- Personalised certificate for those who finish having completed the complete route.
All registration cancellations must be made by e-mail or registered mail. No cancellation may be made by fax or telephone. Reimbursement for registration deposits will only be made as follow:
|Date sent||Amount reimbursed, in % of the amount of the registration fee, without costs|
|Before 15 March||60%|
|From 16 March to 15 May||50%|
|From 16 May to 31 July||40%|
After 31st July no reimbursement is possible...
In the case of a team member withdrawing from the event it will not be possible to recuperate their part of the registration fee.
VII. OBLIGATORY EQUIPMENT
For the obvious reasons of security each participant must agree to keep with them at all times the obligatory material listed below...
Individual obligatory equipment
- Water reservoir, minimum 1 litre.
- 2 torches in good working order with spare batteries.
- Survival blanket minimum (140x210cm).
- Mobile/cell phone with international roaming (without the number on withhold)
- 1 t-shirt, breathable fabric.
- 2 warm long sleeved tops in breathable fabric.
- 1 thick fleece jacket with long sleeves.
- breathable and 100% waterproof jacket & trousers.
- 1 pair full length sports trousers or leggings.
- 1 pair of sun glasses.
- 1 pair of gloves.
- 1 hat.
- Compass and altimeter.
Obligatory equipment for each team
- GPS with the route provided by the organization
- The log-book and route maps supplied by the organisation
- A bivouac tent or a survival shelter (100% resistant to rain and wind and sufficiently large to shelter three people in the case of very bad weather conditions)
- A first-aid kit which allows the treatment of small injuries and minor infections (non-exhaustive list attached)
Required by customs officers
- ID, i.e. passport
Other recommended material (non-exhaustive)
- Stove and saucepan
- walking poles
- other spare clothing
- String, wire, sun-cream, Vaseline or anti chaffing cream…
VIII. RACE BIBS
Each race-bib is distributed individually to each competitor upon the presentation of a piece of photographic identification, having signed a commitment of honour agreeing to keep the obligatory equipment with them for the entirety of the race.
The race bib must be worn on the chest or stomach from the start to the finish of the race.
It must be presented at any organised control en route.
In Chamonix the race bib is the "pass" required for using the shuttle buses, buses, refreshment areas, treatment rooms, rest areas, showers, areas of drop-off and collection of left bags
IX. TRACKING AND CONTROL
A GPS /GSM tag is supplied to each team. This tag emits a signal every 20 minutes indicating the team’s position (within the limits of the available GSM coverage). This information will be made available to the race HQ who continually follow the progression of the teams, ensuring that they follow the route. This information will be available on the internet.
X. SECURITY AND THE PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT OR INCIDENT
The race HQ (PC Course) based in Chamonix and the controllers along the route will be the runner’s only interlocutors to whom they may turn concerning any problems they encounter. If necessary, they will be responsible for alerting and co-ordinating the public rescue services.
In the event of an accident:
- the runners should initially use their first aid kit,
- should they need to consult a doctor face to face they should go to the nearest village
- In emergency or when it is impossible move, alert the race HQ and the rescue services by any way possible
In the case of abandonment, there is no specific transport designated for the PTL™, runners must organise it for themselves.
In the event of bad weather conditions, and for the reasons of security, the organisation reserves the right to modify the route, to stop the event or to modify the time barriers.
All competitors eliminated by the organisation and who wish to follow the route do so at their own risk.
XI. TIME BARRIERS
The time barriers are fixed to permit the teams to arrive in Chamonix on time. Teams who exceed these barriers are eliminated from the race. If they wish to continue the route it is under their own responsibility.
The organisation pays public liability insurance for the duration of the event. This third-party insurance guarantees the pecuniary consequences of its responsibility, that of its employees and participants.
Individual accident :
Each competitor must be in the possession of individual accident insurance covering all eventual costs of search and rescue in France, Italy and Switzerland. Such an insurance can be taken out with any company the competitor wishes, in particular with the French Federation of Athletics via a subscription for a license or even the French Federation of Mountain and Climbing or the French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs (Air Glacier map for Switzerland).
NB: Evacuation transported by helicopter in Switzerland and in Italy are always at your expense, in France if it is a private operator then it is also at your expense.
XIII. PHOTOGRAPHIC RIGHTS
All competitors expressly renounce their rights to photographs taken during the event, just as they renounce all recourse in opposition to the organiser and its agreed partners in the use of their image...
Ultra-Trail®, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®, UTMB®, CCC®, TDS™ and PTL™ are registered trade marks. All communication about the event or the use of photographs from the event must be made with respect to the name of the event, the registered trade marks and with the official agreement of the organisation.
XIV. APPENDICE: First aid kit
By consulting your GP before leaving home you can obtain prescribed medicines that are best adapted to the situation and also verify that they will not give any side affects or allergies...
We suggest that you have the following (the list is not exhaustive and does not take account of any habitual treatments):
Dressings, bandages, creams : (all brand names given are available in France)
- Self-adhesive elasticised bandage (6 cm)
Eg : elastoplast with out dressing strip…
For ankle strapping or to hold a dressing in place
- Support bandage (8 cm)
Eg : Cohéban
- Sterile dressings
- Small capsules of antiseptic
Eg : Chlorhexidine
- Sterile compresses
- Butterfly strips
Eg : Steristrip
To close small wounds that don’t need stitching
- Gel dressings
Eg : Urgomed
To protect damaged skin(blisters, abrasions) after having disinfected them
- Anti-inflammatory cream
Eg : Voltarène Emulgel
To use in the event of tendonitis, strains...
- Nok cream (Akiléine)
To prevent blisters, don’t hesitate to re-apply cream during the race
In case of nose bleeds
To treat irritation of the buttocks or between the thighs
- Antiseptic eye-wash
To treat blisters if one of the runners in the team is able to do the following : éosine + 5cc syringe + subcutaneous needle
- Draw the éosine into the syringe then pierce right through the blister
- Draw the serous fluid into the syringe
- Re-inject the mix of serous fluid/ éosine back in to the blister
- Re-draw the mixture and remove the syringe
- Remove the remaining fluid with some cotton wool and then use a protective plaster or apply some Nok d’Akiléine.
- If there is blood present in the blister then there is tissue damage so disinfect the area carefully.
Eg : straight paracetamol (example : Doliprane, Dafalgan…) or mix (example : Di-Antalvic…)
For muscle aches, articulation …
Avoid using aspirin or anti-inflammatories, they are toxic for the kidneys or the stomach which are already in heavy demand from due to the exigency of the race
Respect intense pain which may be a sign of a serious problem which could necessitate stopping the race and seeking medical advice.
Example : Vogalène lyoc
In the event of nausea or vomiting
- Ant diarrhoeic
Example : Lopéramide
In the event of diarrhoea
Do not forgot the advice of hydrating your food in the event of a digestive problem
Example : Spasfon
In the event of stomach ache
Example : Ranitidine
In the event of heartburn
Always ensure that you have on you some type of glucose or energising bars in the event of hypoglycaemia.