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Tuscan 100k race challenge of a lifetime

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Tuscany Crossing Race

100k Race Travel Experience

Tuscany, Italy
2 days
€ 400 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Fixed date
Running Period
25 April 2015

The Combadi Insight:

Another great opportunity to discover the this spectacular region, the Tuscan countryside. A 100k & a 50k challenge for all of you wishing to test their limits & be one of the greats to have completed this legendary ultra race.

Holiday Code: AO1

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Discover Tuscany by pushing yourself to the limit. A race fit for serious runners set up in breathtaking Tuscany. Commitment & training are prerequisites, fun & satisfaction the byproduct. 
 Tuscany Crossing takes you through the World Heritage site of Valle d’ Orcia, one of the most photographed and timeless landscapes in the world. Space is limited due to permitting restrictions so don’t miss this opportunity.

The route will be a circuit starting and finishing at the medieval Castiglione d’Orcia, (Castle of Orcia). It will be on rolling hills, primarily on trail and dirt roads, trail and overland. It will cross the centers of Montalcino, Pienza and you’ll encounter row upon row of hills laced with cypress trees and a painterly display of shadow and light. More course details and route profile coming soon!

  • Distance - 100k
  • Additional race options - 10k/50k
  • Team options - 100k relay/50k relay/50k trek
  • Terrain - 80% trail, single track, rolling hills, footpaths, country roads, mountain forests, castle and villages.

2 ways to participate at Lost Worlds Racing:

1) Trail Series - Ultra 2) Trail Series – Trek (Fast-packing)

1) Trail Series - Ultra

Categories: Individuals - 100k Ultra/50k Ultra Teams of 2 – Relay (split either 100k or 50k route with teammate) Team of 4 - Relay (split 100k with team of 4) A series of non-stop 100k and 50k foot races taking you to the world’s most inspiring World Heritage sites. Endurance events at places of matchless and enduring beauty.

Each race is a qualifier for a final 100 mile race set in one of the most spectacular locations in the world. Only those entered in the full 100k or 50k distance categories as individuals or teams are eligible.

In order to participate in the 100 mile final race you must qualify by either completing three of our 50k or 100k races in the series or by placing in the top 25 percent of the field at any of the qualifying races and categories.

2) Trail Series – Trek (Fast-packing)

Categories: Trail Trek (teams of four) - 50k On the same route as the ultras, the trekking teams will start before the ultra and will have more generous time cut-offs for those attempting the 100k distance. They will however be expected to be more self-sufficient and carry water and food with them for the last 50k, in the spirit of fast packing adventure. These races will offer a variety of terrains, environments and adventure for individuals and teams that have come to run the route or fast pack it and take in the views

Tuscany Crossing takes you through the World Heritage site of Valle d’ Orcia, one of the most photographed and timeless landscapes in the world and a region in the heart of Tuscany, in central Italy. The farming community of the Val d’Orcia has never surrendered to progress and has always welcomed travellers and pilgrims and always made them welcome.

The route will be a figure 8 circuit starting and finishing at the medieval Castiglione d’Orcia, (Castle of Orcia). It will be on rolling hills, primarily on trail and dirt roads, trail and overland. It will cross the centers of Montalcino, Pienza and you’ll encounter row upon row of hills laced with cypress trees and a painterly display of shadow and light.

The route will be mostly on country roads and trails typical of the Val D’Orcia and Tuscany; the asphalt will be only for the crossing of the towns (Montalcino, Castelnuovo Abate, Pienza, etc..).

The path in the first part (forest, vineyards) will go to Montalcino (25° km) and then will return to Castiglione d’Orcia (50° km and 50 km race arrival) to go towards the more deserted areas cultivated with cereals and wheat (it’s very scenic), with a crossing to Pienza (70° Km) and passing in the dirt road of Cosona (Famous for the movie “The English Patient”) move to Bagno Vignoni (thermal area) and arrive in Castiglione D’Orcia.

There will be refreshments point every 8 Km, aid stations every 25 km and control staff will be along the path. In addition to the 100 km and 50k you can also participate in a team relays of 2 x 50 km and 4 x 25 km.

Race registration for ultra or trail trek includes: airport transfers to lodging area, 1 night’s lodging, breakfast, pre-race dinner, race shirt and other cool gear, finishers medal and awards.

*basic lodging in B@B or pensione will be single rooms to accommodate couples or shared rooms for groups/teams. Upgraded lodging is available upon request for an additional fee.

Getting to Tuscany

Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Amerigo Vespucci Airport, also known as Peretola, in Florence. Located only 80 km apart, the Pisa airport is the larger of the two airports…. Both airports handle flights to major European cities. Pisa handles the bulk of European scheduled flights so it might be easier to find flights into Pisa.

Direct flights from North America are generally more expensive than stopover routes somewhere else in Europe. More affordable fares can be had if one flies non-stop to a major European city such as London or Paris and then takes a Ryan Air (low-fare European airline) flight direct to Pisa. You’ll have to change airports in London and Paris, though, as Ryan Air generally uses secondary airports. Amerigo Vespucci Airport is a bit closer to Tuscany but will have less flight and route options.

We will have 2 pick ups on the day before the race from Galileo Galilei International Airport, one in the AM and one in mid-afternoon.

Otherwise participants are responsible for getting themselves to the host village/lodging area. We will provide contact info for local bus schedules or shuttle/airport taxi services.

Travel time to Sienna/Val d’Orcia from the airport is approximately 2 hours.

FAQs

Q) What is the route like for the 100k and 50k.

A) The route will be a circuit starting and finishing at the medieval Castiglione d’Orcia, (Castle of Orcia). It will be on rolling hills, primarily on trail and dirt roads. More course details and route profile coming soon.

Tuscany Crossing takes you through the World Heritage site of Valle d’ Orcia, one of the most photographed and timeless landscapes in the world. Space is limited due to permitting restrictions so don’t miss this opportunity.

_Q) Do you have any recommended kit for the event? _

A: Running shoes (trail runners or ordinary runners) / Walking Boots, Hydration pack or water bottle, Energy snacks, Windproof top, Hat or Buff ®

Q) Where is the event registration area?

A: Registration for all events will take place in/near Valle de Orcia There will be important welcome and safety briefings for all competitors that will cover safety, the latest weather forecast, logistical considerations and other important information.

_Q) What’s included in my entry fee? _

A: Professionally organised event, Public Liability insurance, Bus Transfer for participants, lodging, meals, Race number, Course marking, Manned check points, hydration and feed stations, Buff / Finishers Medal, Prizes for each category.

Q) Is there anything sent to me in the post before the event?

A: No, all information and items to include race numbers and other information associated with the event will be given to you upon registration on the day of the event.

Q) Are there any feed / hydration stations?

A: There will be hydration / aid stations at various locations along the route.

Q) Where is the best place for my family to see me taking part?

A: Family and friends are more than welcome to come along to this event to show support. Supporters also add an atmosphere and additional energy to the experience for all the other participants and the crew. They can also participate in the 10k. Otherwise the best place for your supporters to stay is near to the medieval Castiglione d’Orcia, (Castle of Orcia).

Please note:It is asked that spectators follow the recommendations of the organisers in order to prevent bottle necks and congestion.

Q) Can I raise money for Charity?

A: Yes, we welcome participants to raise money for charities and other worthwhile causes. We have a series of Charity partners and if you are yet undecided as to what charity you will raise money for please see our partners links or give back link on the homepage for some suggestions.

Q) Do you have ay Rules that I have to adhere to?

A:The event is open to runners, and walkers of 18 years of age and over. Participants must ensure they have appropriate footwear, clothing and have access to water and energy food whilst competing. All participants must refer to the recommended kit list. All participants must follow the prescribed course & adhere to the spirit of the event by showing courtesy to other trail users, dropping no litter – we operate a Leave No Trace Policy. If you drop your rubbish you WILL be disqualified. Leaving gates as found and offering fellow runners who are injured, exhausted or confused, help and support.

Q) Will I have to sign a Disclaimer?

A:Yes, by entering the event you will be bound by the event disclaimer.

Q) Can I get a refund if I have to pull out?

A: Lost Worlds Trail Series has a NO REFUND policy. However we do offer partial discount for cancellations during our cancellation periods.

If you cancel up to 60 days before an event a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee can be applied to the next Lost Worlds Race. It is valid for 12 months. We understand that injuries happen or that life sometimes gets in the way of a race so we recommend considering a reasonable travel insurance policy to protect your registration investment.

The Val d’Orcia, or Valdorcia, is a region of Tuscany, central Italy, which extends from the hills south of Siena to Monte Amiata. It is characterised by gentle, carefully cultivataed hills occasionally broken by gullies and by picturesque towns and villages such as Pienza (rebuilt as an “ideal town” in the 15th century under the patronage of Pope Pius II), Radicofani(home to the notorious brigand-hero Ghino di Tacco) and Montalcino (the Brunello di Montalcino is counted among the most prestigious of Italian wines). It is a landscape which has become familiar through its depiction in works of art from the Renaissance painting to the modern photograph. The provincial farming community of the Val d'Orcia has never surrendered to progress, it has always welcomed travellers and pilgrims and always made them welcome.

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