Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Patrouille des Glaciers 2016 Cancelled


The decision was taken this morning to cancel the last race of this year’s Patrouille des Glaciers, the iconic Swiss ski race between Zermatt and Verbier that takes place every two years.
The ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss Army, in which military and civilian teams compete, consists of four races. This year, the first two races, one short version starting in Arolla and ending in Verbier, and one long one from Zermatt to Verbier took place as planned, without any hitches.
Pippa Middleton, sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was among those who made the journey from Zermatt to Verbier in the first full-length race on 20 April 2016. According to 20 Minuten, her team took just under 15 hours to reach the finish line in Verbier. The record time for an all women’s team is 7 hours and 27 minutes.
Unfortunately, those competing in the second full-length event due to start on Friday but shifted to Saturday, were told this morning that there would be no race this year, due to bad weather. A similar decision was taken in 2012, but this is the first time since 1984 the race has been stopped before starting.

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