BUT Formazza, the big day is approaching!12 July 2018
Official Rankings18 July 2018
Twenty-five-year-old Riccardo Montani and forty-six-year-old Francesca Canepa are the winners of the 2018 edition of BUT Formazza, the evocative high-altitude race that took place this morning in Val Formazza (VB) in the Piedmontese Alps.
Originally from Lake Orta (NO), Montani conquered the 52 km of the BUT – Bettelmatt Trail in 5 hours 51 minutes and 8 seconds, along an adrenaline-pumping route that exceeded 3000 meters and, for the first time, touched the Toce waterfall, with its 143-metre drop, the highest in Europe.
7 hours 48 minutes and 15 seconds, however, for the first classified among women: Francesca Canepa from the Aosta Valley.
In all, over a thousand participants, who came from 13 countries (Sweden, France, Germany, Finland, Ecuador, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Venezuela, Holland, Poland, Denmark) in the characteristic Walser village of Riale, for this spectacular competition which takes name from Bettelmatt, the rare and prized mountain cheese that grows among the Piedmontese mountain pastures, on the border with Switzerland.
Alongside Montani, winner of the 52 km, the 34-year-old Cristian Minoggio from Cannobio (VB) won the 35 km Sky Race with a difference in altitude of 1,940 meters for the third consecutive year, with a time of 3 hours 17 minutes and 49 seconds.
Gabriele Bacchion, aged 23, instead crossed the finish line of the Bettelmatt Race in 1 hour 55 minutes and 39 seconds, 22 km and 750 meters in altitude.
Among the women, next to Canepa who won the 52 km, the twenty-five year old from Lecco Martina Brambilla won the 35 km in 4 hours 12 minutes and 55 seconds, while the thirty-six year old Daniela Bergamaschi, arriving from Lake Maggiore (VB), the finish line of the 22 km in 2 hours 37 minutes and 38 seconds.
Three breathtaking itineraries for experienced ultra-trailers, accompanied by an 8 km mini-run in which numerous families also took part and the proceeds of which will be donated to the family of Marco Bacher, a boy from Formazza who, following a serious accident, needs 24-hour assistance and continuous care.
BUT Formazza is organized by Formazza Event and is part of the VCO Top Race Circuit.