Tor is about places, Tor is about friends
I will give up everything but not my Tor. This is something Giuseppe Grange could have said: 2015 will be its sixth participation in the 330 km race up on the Aosta Valley, even if in 2012 and 2014 he could not finish because of physical issues.
“ You can train perfectly and analyze every possible details, but then the length of the race and the altitude range can come with unpredictable problems. There is nothing you can do, you just have to stop if you do not want to have issues that will last for months. In any case, this race will be there for ages, you can always try it again.”
A way of thinking that is suitable for everyone, but that, because of its job, it is particularly important for Grange. The athlete, who lives in Pré Saint Didier, is manager of the ski slopes for the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Cable car; he directs, organize and take care of people safety and, therefore, he spends most of his days on ski.
Grange has been part of the Grivel project for three years. Grivel is a well-known brand in the alpine world, an excellence of the craftsmen enterprise of the Aosta Valley: everyone who is interested in mountain well appreciate Grivel. Gioacchino Gobbi, “Mr. Grivel”, is also the president of the Courmayeur Mont Blanc Funivie “but this is not why he is sponsoring me” says Giuseppe laughing “ He is a supporter of all sport excellences, a huge supporter of Tor. He knows me since a long time and he appreciates my sport career. I did several sports, from ski to bicycle, from run to soccer, just to mention some. My first race up in the mountains was in 1997, when Alberto Motta told me: “Stop looking at these mountains, go run on them! Just join me in some races!” This is how I started. Then, I ended up doing races in Spain, France and Corsica thanks to the friends I made in every race I run. This is the part of racing I love the most: you meet a lot of people and it is easy to connect, to make friends.”
This kind of philosophy also goes beyond the Grivel Team, a group of athletes from different nations who get together to run; a group in which everyone invites the others to its nation races. This allows runners to improve and make new experiences and it also helped the “yellow” brand ( which is home based in Courmayeur, with its factory in Verrayes) to increase.
We asked Giuseppe Grange which is, in its opinion, the biggest risk connected to Tor and which is the thing he enjoyed the most during its 5 editions of the race
“The risks I would love to avoid are all connected to bad weather. I don’t mean some rain or a storm during the race but if I should ever find myself in an entire week of bad weather, particularly high in the mountain, I don’t know if I would continue. What is sure is that organizers always do all what they can to guarantee safety in every condition. The most surprising thing, instead, is not only to meet amazing and nice people always full of enthusiasm as the volunteers, but also to discover some part of my Valley that are incredibly beautiful and that I have never seen before. The race allows you to know the most remote part of the region, to discover its hidden treasure, its humanity and landscape.”