La Petite Trotte à Léon (PTL)
A team ultra endurance event
La Petite Trotte à Léon is an "enlarged Tour du Mont Blanc", allowing the route to cross, far from beaten tracks, the massifs surrounding the highest summit of the Alps. This Tour du Mont Blanc takes place on paths sometimes difficult, even non-existent; it includes the crossing of numerous cols (passes) and summits of between 2500 and 3000 metres altitude.
This event is without classification, it is to be realised in complete autonomy by inseparable teams of 2 or 3 participants.
To try the adventure: it is necessary to have experience in endurance sports, a good knowledge of the mountain environment and the topography, a sense of the solidarity and a team spirit.
The route: it is different from one year to the next; it is not way-marked but it is mapped (GPS tracks and maps supplied).
The programme: 300 kilometres with about 24 000 metres of positive height gain.
Maximum authorised time: 136 hours
Start: Chamonix Monday August 26th at 22:00.
Finish: Chamonix before 14:00 Sunday September 1st 2013.
Maximum number of teams: 80
Team composition: teams of 2 or 3 persons of whom at least one must have finished, in the past, the UTMB® or the TOR DES GEANTS, one of the previous PTL™ or even the 2012 TDS™. Dispensations may be granted upon the decision of the race direction upon presentation of a prize list for the last three years, as well as for holders of certificates for state or federal diplomas (high mountain guides, walking guides, instructors…)
Race tactics: teams manage their own progression, refreshments and rest time as they wish. To do this they must use the local infrastructure of refuges and villages (no back-up vehicles or assistance allowed).