The Trail Cro (LIMONE-BREIL-MENTONE), is an Alpine ultra-trail, of about 115 km and a total positive altitude change of + 7000m and a negative one of 7900m, starting from Limone, passing through Breil sur Roya and finishing in Menton on the Côte d’Azur.
The course connects the twin towns of Limone Piemonte (Italy) and Menton on the Côte d’Azur (France) crossing the Southern Alps, , mostly on alpine trails, and finishing next to the Mediterranean on the beach near the port, which runs mainly on mountain paths.
The course consists of a number of passages at altitude, up to 2400m, and the conditions can be difficult (extreme cold, wind, fog, rain and even snow!!). Certain weather conditions can become “extreme”. The route presents different difficulties and techniques. An adequate training, a knowledge of the mountains and mental strength and self sufficiency are indispensible to succeed in this endeavour.
The start will be at 17.00 on the 7th July, from Limone Piemonte.
At the same time, on the same course two other trail races will be run. The first from Limone to Breil (80km, 5400m of positive altitude change, 5900m of negative altitude change) crossing the Parco del Marguareis, and called the “Trail du Marguareis” and there will be another trail called “Trail della Riviera Francese” which goes from Breil to Menton (35 km, 1700mD+, 2000mD-, start at 14,30, July 8th , Breil sur Roya)
These ultra-trails open out together at the same time and impose a certain degree of organization and self-sufficiency on participating competitors. They must always carry with them the obligatory equipment as per the list at Art. 16. In particular in the first section,, the Alpine one, a very important aspect is clothing temperatures can drop below 0°C and snowfalls may occur.
The Trail du CRO starts at Limone Piemonte, up on the ridge that marks the Italian-French border, through the Park Marguareis, follows the ridge south for tens of kilometers, crosses the Alpes Maritimes and drops to Breil sur Roya. Beyond that the route passes through Sospel, and generally following the GR trail ends at the beach at Menton, near Monaco. This is a very demanding course.
The maximum time allowed for completion of each of the events is: 30 hours for the Cro; 21 hours for the Trail du Marguareis, and 9 hours for the Trail of the French Riviera. The time barriers include all breaks. Intermediate time limits (hour barriers) have been set for each specific checkpoint, and can be found in the road-book and on the event’s web site. These hour barriers are calculated to enable participants to reach the Finish line within the maximum allowed time, including eventual breaks.
To be authorized to continue the event, competitors must set off again from the control post before the fixed hour barrier, otherwise the competitors will be disqualified and their bib will be withdrawn.
ATTENTION! The “BALAI” (Sweeper) when he passes will remove all marks from the course (balises, signposts, etc). It may be risky and dangerous to continue on the course without a bib / despite his or her disqualification: the Organizers decline any responsibility for any incident and/or accident that may occur to the disqualified competitor if he insists on going on.