Amendments for 2017 :
Return between Gavarnie and Luz Saint Sauveur via Gèdre
Return to Merlans via the shelter of Glère, then the lakes of Aubert, Aumar and Orédon
Return on Vielle Aure modified, with a descent by the Cap de Pède
Attention: the course has many parts on a mountain trail where it is not easy to run
Thursday 24 August
14:00 – 18:00: Removing bibs and checking bags from the Tour des Cirques (Marquee of the race) – Partner Village
17:00 – 20:00: Disposition of the assistance bags of the Tour des Cirques (Préau Ecole)
18:00: Circuit Tour Briefing
18:30 – 20:30: Pasta Party
Friday, August 25
8:30: shuttles for the departure of the Circus Circus from Vielle-Aure
10:00: departure of the Circus Tour from the center of Piau Engaly
Saturday, August 26
02:00: arrivals of the first Circus Tour in the center of Vielle Aure
16:00: Return of the bags base life Tour des Cirques
All day and all night: arrivals of the Tour des Cirques runners in the center of Vielle Aure
Sunday, August 27
06:00: Arrival of the last Finishers Circus Tour
10:00: End of recovery of the base-life bags
10:00 – 12:00: Presentation of the awards (Place de Vielle-Aure)
12:15: Buffet closing of the Grand Raid of the Pyrenees in the presence of all partners and volunteers (Marquee of the race)
Composition of refueling
In Piau, Gèdre (to and fro), Barèges, Orédon parking, Merlans restaurant: oranges, bananas, bread, cheese, ham, sausage, dried fruit, salt cakes, cakes, , Coca, tea, coffee and soup
In Gavarnie and Luz Saint Sauveur: previous idem, pasta more
At the refuge d’Espuguettes, and la Glère: sausage, dried fruit, savory cakes, cakes, plain water, soup
The departure will be given on Friday August 10 at Piau-Engaly ski station. We begin with a small loop at the top of the station to admire the Cirque de Barroude and to spread out the pack. Then the crossing of the Port of Campbiel allows to see the Vignemale and to join Gèdre. A dry climb leads to the Cirque de Troumouse and then enters the wild Cirque d’Estaubé. La Hourquette d’Alans allows you to switch to the Cirque de Gavarnie where you can reach the bottom of the Grande Cascade.
From the village of Gavarnie, a section alternating climbs and descents in forests and forests leads us to rejoin Gèdre again then Saint Sauveur where we find the course of the Ultra then the base life of Luz. We climb then quietly above Barèges then the shelter of Glere to pass the Hourquette Mounicot and the Col d’Estoudou and join the Col de Portet which brings back to Vielle Aure.
The best ones could take less than 16 hours while the time barrier is set so that the last ones end in 44 hours.
The file of kilometers and unevenness is HERE.
The course is viewable HERE. The GPX or Google Earth version of the course can be downloaded at the same location.