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Bib's number of the PICaPICA 2019:

 

Nom Prenom N° Dossard Pays
       
KENICHI YAMAMOTO 9 001 JAPAN
BECKER FLORIAN 9 002 FRANCE
JAUSSAUD GLADYS 9 003 FRANCE
REYNAUD VIVIEN 9 004 FRANCE
MARTí  PAU 9 005 CATALUNYA
KIRSCHENMANN ANNE 9 006 PAYS-BAS
VAN DUIJL SUSAN 9 007 NETHERLANDS
MORNET YOANN 9 008 FRANCE
BARBAS JOSE 9 009 FRANCE
ISOMURA SHINSUKE 9 010 JAPAN
TRIGUEROS GARROTE SILVIA AINHOA 9 011 ESPAñA
BESNARD VINCENT 9 012 FRANCE
ALLEAUD VIRGINIE 9 013 FRANCE
ALVAREZ XIRIL 9 014 FRANCE
ANA BERNARDO 9 015 PORTUGAL
ARMENGOL RAMON 9 016 REP. CATALUNYA
MICHIELAN CéCILE 9 017 FRANCE
BARE FRéDéRIC 9 018 FRANCE
MAURIES BENJAMIN 9 019 FRANCE
BOUQUET SOPHIE 9 020 FRANCE
FLAMBEAUX CHARLOTTE 9 021 FRANCE
BERTEMES LOIC 9 022 BELGIQUE
BETZLER  ALEXANDRE  9 023 FRANCE 
BIGARD ALAIN 9 024 FRANCE
ALBEZA JACQUES 9 025 FRANCE
BOILLOT NICOLAS 9 026 FRANCE
BORDOT  JOHNNY  9 027 FRANCE
BORRAS CUEVAS KIKE 9 028 ESPAñA
BOUCHET GILLES 9 029 FRANCE
BOUCHY SIMON 9 030 FRANCE
BOURGET MICKAEL 9 031 FRANCE
BOUTTE MICHEL 9 032 FRANCE
BRAZEAU JEAN-FRANCOIS 9 033 FRANCE
BARTHES DAVID 9 034 FRANCE
BRUGNEROTTO  SEBASTIEN 9 035 FRANCE
CAMPRUBI EUDALD 9 036 CATALUNYA
CARLE BASILE 9 037 FRANCE
CAZALS FRANCK 9 038 FRANCE
CHANEZ NICOLAS 9 039 FRANCE
CHARRIER NICOLAS 9 040 FRANCE
BODET MAXIME 9 041 FRANCE
BOGDEL ALEXANDRE 9 042 FRANCE
CONTRé FABIEN 9 043 FRANCE
BOURNONVILLE STEPHANE 9 044 FRANCE
FRUCHART NICOLAS 9 045 FRANCE
DAUTA DAVID 9 046 FRANCE
DAVID JACQUES 9 047 FRANCE
BRICARD MATTHIEU 9 048 FRANCE
DRIVON SEBASTIEN 9 049 FRANCE
BRUNATO SYLVAIN 9 050 FRANCE
BUYSSE FRANCOIS 9 051 FRANCE
CANDEBAT SEBASTIEN 9 052 FRANCE
BERTOMEU CARRASCOSA RAFAEL 9 053 CATALUNYA
DU PLESSIS ARMAND 9 054 SOUTH AFRICA
EL HAMADI BAREK 9 055 FRANCE
DUPUY GWENNAEL 9 056 FRANCE
DUPUY JULIEN 9 057 FRANCE
EUBELEN FRANCIS 9 058 BELGIQUE
CHAUVIN GUILLAUME 9 059 FRANCE
FABRE GREGORY 9 060 FRANCE
FABRY NICOLAS 9 061 FRANCE
FAURé FREDERIC 9 062 FRANCE
COMAS JORDI 9 063 CATALUNYA
COUZINET NICOLAS 9 064 FRANCE
ORTIZ JEAN 9 065 FRANCE
VILLA MARC 9 066 FRANCE
DAUZATS DAVID 9 067 FRANCE
FERNàNDEZ RECIO FRANCESC 9 068 CATALUNYA
DE GIUSTI YVES 9 069 FRANCE
FOUDRINIER  EMMANUEL  9 070 FRANCE 
GAILLARD  PASCAL 9 071 FRANCE
GARNIER ALAIN 9 072 FRANCE
GARNIER JéRôME 9 073 FRANCE
GASSIAN ALEXANDRE 9 074 FRANCE
TEKNETZIS APOSTOLOS 9 075 FRANCE
DOS REIS OLIVIER 9 076 FRANCE
GAY FRéDéRIC 9 077 FRANCE
DUPRAT OLIVIER 9 078 FRANCE
DURAND BORIS 9 079 FRANCE
ETCHEGARAY ERIC 9 080 FRANCE
GILLY YOAN 9 081 FRANCE
FAGOT OLIVIER 9 082 FRANCE
FALGAYRAT FRANCOIS 9 083 FRANCE
GINOUVES AMANDINE 9 084 FRANCE
GOUZY PIERRE 9 085 FRANCE
GRET DAMIEN 9 086 FRANCE
GUICHARD PASCAL 9 087 FRANCE
FOLGUERA ROBERT JAUME  9 088 REP.DE CATALUNYA
GUY GILLES 9 089 FRANCE
LACUBE PHILIPPE 9 090 FRANCE
HERMABESSIERE JEAN MARC 9 091 FRANCE
GAROS VINCENT 9 092 FRANCE
HEYNS CHRISTOPHE 9 093 BELGIUM
HUC CYRILLE 9 094 FRANCE
GAYET PHILIPPE 9 095 FRANCIA
JOB THOMAS 9 096 FRANCE
JOINEL ALEXANDRA 9 097 FRANCE
KAIKINGER SÉBASTIEN 9 098 FRANCE
KERR JOSHUA 9 099 USA
KIYKO PAVEL 9 100 RUSSIA
KOJI  BEPPU 9 101 JAPAN
HAGNERE BAPTISTE 9 102 FRANCE
KOTLYAR NICOLAS 9 103 FRANCE
LAFFITTE DE PETIT DAMIEN 9 104 FRANCE
LAMBERT JEAN 9 105 FRANCE
LANRIVAIN RODOLPHE 9 106 FRANCE
LAPERCHE MARC 9 107 FRANCE
LE CAMUS QUENTIN 9 108 FRANCE
JEGOU VINCENT 9 109 FRANCE
LECOMTE FABRICE 9 110 FRANCE
LELOUCHE BERNARD 9 111 FRANCE
LAGARDE JEAN-PAUL 9 112 FRANCE
LAGREE FREDERICK 9 113 FRANCE
LANCELOT ALEXANDRE 9 114 FRANCE
EL HAMADI M HAMED 9 115 FRANCE
SALVATORE LETIZIA 9 116 FRANCE
LE BERRE  MAXIME 9 117 FRANCE
LOUHAIDIA ELMOUATASSIM 9 118 ESPAGNE
MARCHAUD TONY 9 119 FRANCE
MARTIN THOMAS 9 120 FRANCE
MARTINOLI RENE MICHEL 9 121 FRANCE
LEMAIRE  GWENNAEL 9 122 FRANCE 
MARTOS BEATRIU 9 123 ESPANYA
MELIN JEAN-BAPTISTE 9 124 FRANCE
MILLON DAMIEN 9 125 FRANCE
LUCAS ALEXANDRE 9 126 FRANCE
MORINEAU FABRICE 9 127 BELGIQUE
NENCI STEVE 9 128 FRANCE
NIERADKA PIERRE 9 129 FRANCE
NUñEZ VERA JORDI 9 130 ESPAñA
OULIé CHRISTOPHE 9 131 FRANCE
PALLEJà ELIAS JOAN 9132 CATALUNYA
PAUZIE NICOLAS 9 133 FRANCE
MARTY ERIC 9 134 FRANCE
PEILLE STEPHANE 9 135 FRANCE
PERRUCHOT NICOLAS 9 136 FRANCE
PETITFILS PIERRE 9 137 FRANCE
PIGEAU VINCENT 9 138 FRANCE
MIQUEL JEAN-PIERRE 9 139 FRANCE
POSER ARNAUD OLIVIER 9 140 FRANCE
MONNEREAU FLORIAN 9 141 FRANCE
PROSDOCIMI ERIC 9 142 FRANCE
MOREAU MATTHIEU 9 143 FRANCE
MORIN MAXIME 9 144 FRANCE
PUISSOCHET THIERRY 9 145 FRANCE
REDONDO JOSE 9 146 CATALUNYA
RESCANIERES LILIAN 9 147 FRANCE
NALET PATRICE 9 148 FRANCE
NATIVEL JOSEPH 9 149 FRANCE
RIVIERE DAVID 9 150 FRANCE
ROEHRL GERHARD 9 151 SUISSE
ROUSSEAU NICOLAS 9 152 FRANCE
ABBAL NICOLAS 9 153 FRANCE
ROUZAU OLIVIER 9 154 FRANCE
SAINT-MARTIN BRICE 9 155 FRANCE
SAINT-SUPERY CHRISTOPHE 9 156 FRANCE
SAMIR NADRI 9 157 FRANCE
PAYEN CHARLES 9 158 FRANCE
PENINON BRICE 9 159 FRANCE
SANCHEZ ROBERT 9 160 FRANCE
PILUDU LOUIS-PIERRE 9 161 FRANCE
SEGUIN THIERRY 9 162 FRANCE
PIOL DAVID 9 163 FRANCE
SOKEN NISHIA 9 164 JAPAN
SOULOUMIAC ARNAUD 9 165 FRANCE
STOECKLE PHILIPPE 9 166 FRANCE
PUJOL CARVENTUS MARIANO 9 167 ESPAñA
THIERRY CHRISTOPHE 9 168 FRANCE
TOULEMONT CHRISTIAN 9 169 FRANCE
RENOU ANTOINE 9 170 FRANCE
RESCANIERES JULIEN 9 171 FRANCE
VAN DEN EELAART ADRIAAN 9 172 NETHERLANDS
VERDAGUER CéLINE 9 173 FRANCE
VERGNES DAVID 9 174 FRANCE
VIVET ANTHONY 9 175 FRANCE
ROLLAND FRéDéRIC 9 176 FRANCE
ROUGIER CHRISTOPHE 9 177 FRANCE
ROULAND JULIEN 9 178 FRANCE
WADABAYASHI KAZUKI 9 179 JAPAN
WATANABE SHINGO  9 180 JAPAN
RUIZ SANTIAGO LUCAS 9 181 CATALUNYA
RUSCASSIE LOIC 9 182 FRANCE
WEBB CHRIS 9 183 UNITED KINGDOM
WILLOCQ JEAN 9 184 FRANCE
FIGUERAS XAVIER 9 185 ESPANYA
SCHNEIDER WILFRIED 9 186 FRANCE
PLASIN ABADIAS OSCAR 9 187 ESPAGNE
CROISET TERIK 9 188 FRANCE
SEIN JEAN BERNARD 9 189 FRANCE
SENIE BRUNO 9 190 FRANCE
JACQUIER THIBAUT 9 191 ESPAGNE
PETRIC STELLA 9 192 NETHERLANDS
RODRIGUEZ CHRISTOPHE 9 193 FRANCE
SIGAUD PHILIPPE 9 194 FRANCE
SOULET MATHIEU  9 195 FRANCE 
OSSATTE EMERIC 9 196 FRANCE
HERNANDEZ TARRIUS CELINE 9 197 FRANCE
TERON NICOLAS 9 198 FRANCE
THéNOZ BERTRAND 9 199 FRANCE
TOTMA JEAN CYRILLE 9 200 FRANCE
GUILERA SALA MONICA 9 201 CATALUNYA
marquis micha 9 202 France
BERGER ROMAIN 9 203 France
VENNEUGUES ALBAN 9 204 FRANCE
MINARD CAMILLE 9 209

FRANCE

ZBIGNIEW PRZYBY 9 205 POLOGNE
LAURENT PASCAL 9 206 France


Very sad time for the Montcalm Challenge.

After the recent death of "Barbe", our Mr. Radio, Alain LEPLUS has just left us.

Alain was one of the creators of the Montcalm Challenge, present throughout the adventure alongside Bernard PIQUEMAL.

He was the soul of the Montcalm Challenge, its director for more than 20 years. For several years, he had taken over the position of the Montcalm lake with his faithful friend Gilbert CUMINETTI. Again, last year, despite illness, he really wanted to be present and has once again shown exceptional strength. In terrible weather conditions, he played his role perfectly, with great simplicity, great professionalism and strong values ​​of friendship despite an illness that was slowly winning the fight even if Alain was an exceptional fighter.

 Alain LEPLUS

Always on our side to provide us with valuable advice, Alain strongly contributed to the survival of the Montcalm Challenge in 2015.

But beyond his involvement in the Montcalm Challenge and the cycling race l’Ariégeoise, Alain was above all the backbone of all development projects in the Auzat and Vicdessos Valley since 1989.

Director of the Community of Communes (former District), director of the Tourist Office, this great humanist was able to federate all the tourism stakeholders.

He was a visionary who strongly contributed to foster a closer relationship between the Tourist Offices of Tarascon and Auzat-Vicdessos. His professional skills and knowledge concerning tourism led him to assume responsibilities at national level at the federation of the Tourist Offices.

Then, he took the direction of the departmental tourism agency, an assignment that he could have occupied long before, but he had preferred to continue to get involved in his territory of the Vicdessos. Respected by his peers, listened to by the elected officials, his word was that of a wise man.

Alain was a good man, loyal, honest, visionary, deeply intelligent, attached to great values.

He has dedicated his whole life to his family, his friends and his work.

Alain was the kind of guy to drive with his car to Toulouse to get chemo in the morning and to be back at the office in the afternoon.

Alain had an incredible will. He fought the disease the same way he struggled all his life to defend his beliefs and the projects that were close to his heart.

Alain, we will miss you.

A big thought to all his family and more particularly to Nicole, Charlotte, Loren.

A very sad period for our association.

In his memory, Nahuel PASSERAT ran the PICaPICA race in its entirety. He will give us his impressions in the next newsletter.

 


Barbe, the Montcalm is crying since you have gone!

For more than 20 years you have worked backstage for the safety of the runners!

Here are the words you wrote to talk about your involvement in the Montcalm Challenge in the section “The hidden sides of the organization”.

 

  

Yves & Barbe photos

 

 

Bassiès lakes:

Very nice promotion campaign for the tourism in Ariège Pyrénées putting the spotlight on the Bassiès lakes. The PICaPICA runners will have the chance to discover the beauty of these lakes after 99 km running and 11055 m of positive altitude difference.

The refuge is already open so do not hesitate to enjoy it!

 

Bassies

 

 

 

 


The official T-Shirt 2019 By TUGA Active Wear  :

 

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Women's day:

On the occasion of Women's Day, we highlight all the women who participate in the Montcalm races whether they are runners or volunteers. In 2018 we are very proud to have 20% of the 1500 participants who were women with a breakdown that varies according to the races:

PICaPICA 7%, Marathon 11%, Novis trail 30%, Miners trail 41%, VK (Vertical Kilometer) 27%.

 

We did not do the math but the percentage is even higher among the 450 volunteers who make the success of our event.

 

 

Discover our history through the testimonials and anecdotes of some of the women who for many years have made the success of our races in the section "The hidden sides of the organization".

 

Status of registrations :

 

Registrations are going well for the 2019 edition. Indeed, we are approaching the 300 registrations.

More than half of the bibs available for PICaPICA have already found takers and the marathon enjoys a record craze with already more than 135 registered runners.

From a geographical point of view, 55 French departments and 9 different countries are already represented. Special mention to Russia (7 registrations) and Japan (4 registrations).

 


 

Flashback on the first 6 months of preparation :

 

Since September 2018, the Montcalm organizing team has actively been preparing the 30th anniversary of the Montcalm Challenge, which will take place from August 15 to 18, 2019.

 

Brief report on the hidden sides of the organization of such an event:

 

February 2019: Meeting with security actors.

 

Meetings with various rescue services are on the agenda to work on security.

 

January 2019: Confirmation of the financing of the event.

In January, the meetings continued with the confirmation of the funding from the State, the region, the department and the community of municipalities of the Haute Ariège.

A first newsletter was sent to all runners, volunteers, partners to tell them the story of the Montcalm.

 

December 2018: Connection with Andorra.

During December, a delegation went to Andorra to meet the representatives of the commune of Ordino. Indeed, the PICaPICA takes the Andorran roads on 13 kilometers. The municipality of Ordino, closely linked to  Auzat for decades, will give a part of La Coma Arcalis  restaurant, in Vallnord ski resort to create a very comfortable food supply point for the runners.

 

 ORDINO

The organization team with Gemma Riba, Consol menor of the city of Ordino.

On this occasion, the organization gave an award to Gemma Riba, Consol menor of the City of Ordino, to thank the city for its support. Another trophy was awarded to the municipality of La Massana and its natural park Comapedrosa which is the other commune crossed by the PICaPICA race.

 

rencontre AUTV

 

A working meal was also on the agenda with the organizers of the Andorra Ultra trail who have been organizing for 11 years one of the most beautiful trail events in the Pyrenees. On the agenda, many very constructive exchanges on both events and, perhaps, the establishment of a common project. To be continued!

 

November 2018: The ramp up.

November was dedicated to creating tools to manage the volunteers, to centralize files, to update data and to define the 2019 Organizational Chart.

 

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The setting up of a partnership with the “Cyclosportive L'Ariégeoise” has also allowed the creation of a shared job and the launch of a reflection on the various communication media within the framework of a local support system. This action was very rewarding and allowed the organizers of Montcalm to better program and target their communication actions.

 

October 2018: Contact making.

In October, we contacted the sponsors and updated our Website.

The Raidlight company, a French specialist in trail equipment, will be Montcalm's new partner.

 

Raidlight will offer a quality fleece jacket “finisher” for PICaPICA competitors who will overcome this mountain ultra-trail.

For the record, Benoit LAVAL, the creator of Raidlight, participated in the Montcalm race when the start was still in Marc's chapel. He has kept an excellent memory of this race and of the quality of the organization. It is therefore quite natural that he has agreed to support us for the 30th anniversary of this event in Ariège.

 

September 2018: Launch of the organization.

The first preparations began in September 2018 with the definition of dates and different races. It was at this point that the decision to redo PICaPICA was made. 

 

 


 

The wishes of the president Mr Gilles DENJEAN :


I take the opportunity of this new year to simply wish you a happy new year 2019. Health, happiness, success, sport and a lot of fun will hopefully be in the program in 2019 as well as

a good training for 30th edition of Montcalm races from August 15 to 18, 2019.

 Gilles DENJEAN au sommet du Montcalm


The safety, the friendliness, the respect and the welcome of the runners and of their families, the quality of the race, of the supply points, of the marking are at the heart of our concerns to ensure the success of this event. It is "the spirit Montcalm "carried by more than 400 volunteers. But we also give a social dimension to our event by integrating people with disabilities into our organization. Our involvement in respecting the environment through our membership in “Trail Runner Foundation” is another of our priorities.

 

This event is very important for our valley with significant economic impact for a small village of 500 inhabitants which welcomes three times more runners. This is a great showcase and we are proud to introduce you to our mountains, even if they do not belong to us.

 

Throughout the year, through the Newsletter, we will tell you about this fabulous adventure initiated by Bernard Piquemal, Alain Leplus, Claude Pauly and Jacques Soulié in 1990 when trail running was almost non-existent.

 

Since 2015, I took the presidency of the association CAP Montcalm so that this event continues. It will be my 25th consecutive edition of Montcalm and with my great "army" of volunteers, I will make every effort to give you good time and provide you memorable moments.

 

Montcalm is particularly close to my heart because it represents values ​​of solidarity, a state of mind and a big family that lives great moments throughout the year.

 Gilles DENJEAN au  Montcalm

I have climbed this summit many times, but I keep special memories of the first ascent with my dad. It was a real adventure, we had to leave very early in the morning, the refuge of the Pinet did not exist yet, we went up by Pla Subra, by the “canalette” and then the descent by the Pinet. The path was not marked as it is today, it was more difficult. The equipment was also quite different. It was heavier, the leather mountain shoes might weigh nearly 2 kg, gaiters, a spare shirt, jackets, a soft flask, cooked pork meats, some cheese, a camping stove for the coffee, some Ricard and a booze at the bottom of the bag. It was another way to climb this summit but the passion was the same. Anyway, he knew how to transmit me his passion of the mountain and especially he taught me to always show humility towards the mountain and to respect it. In the same way, each first ascent to the summit with Mathilde, Hugo and Théo are imperishable memories.

 

My best memories of the Montcalm races are essentially moments spent with the volunteers before the event and especially the first very boozy evenings during the mountain festival. On the sporting side, I will mainly remember the victories of Michel Rabat and Stéphanie Jimenez for the Skyrunning French Championship, Michel Lannes' record in the very special edition of 2015 and the Skyrunning World Cup Round. But the strongest are all the friendly meetings with mountain enthusiasts, top athletes, Montcalm faithful runners, volunteers that I meet once a year and people of very different horizons whom I ask for support in my various and varied organizational tasks. Without these supports, these friends, this knowledge, we would not have been able to offer you a new type of event: a Mountain Ultra Trail, the PICaPICA and its unique rate of positive altitude increase per kilometer. We hope in 2019 a milder weather than in 2018 in order to see trail runners finish the race.

 A very big THANK YOU to my family, to all the volunteers and all our partners from the smallest to the biggest who are making great efforts to support us. Without them, these races could not exist. You will find them throughout the year in the history of Montcalm.

 Sportingly 

 

G. DENJEAN, President.