The Grande Odyssée, a race within a race
The Grande Odyssée is not one dog sled race but four but first a bit of history. In 2007, a winter without snow, especially in the Haute-Savoie, the organisers had to face facts.
Grande Odyssée stage 6, Pontier builds race winning margin
Stage 6 of the Grande Odyssée comprised two legs with an overnight stop at the Polar Base at the Col du Mont Cenis where dogs would sleep in the open and mushers in tents.
Grande Odyssee fifth stage sees Havrda gain valuable minutes
Change of scenery for the 5th stage of the Grande Odyssée which was held on the plateau du Grand Revard bringing the race out of its traditional home in the high mountains of the Savoie and close to t
Weather alert for Southern Alps
With 50 cm of fresh snow since Friday coupled with strong winds and another 50cm expected the Southern Alps departments of Alpes Maritimes and the Var have been put on an Orange Alert with other depar
All French podium for Grande Odyssee Stage 4
Radek Havrda was expected to make a counter attack on Wednesday's stage of the Grande Odyssée but instead it was Rémy Coste who led from the gate to the half way stage until being caught by leader
Pontier improves lead on tough 78km third stage
Over 30cm of fresh snow have really improved conditions on the G.O. with a marathon 78km stage on the Praz de Lys - Sommand plateau where Jean-Philippe Pontier improved his lead position.
French take the lead on the second leg of the Grand Odyssee
The mushers and their dogs set out under driving rain on another technical leg. A modified 46km course from Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval to Morillon.
Grande Odyssee - les Carroz, stage 1
Sunday's stage of the Grande Odysees was won by Radek Havdra's team. Havdra is from the Tcheque republic and had already won the Grande Odyssée twice.
Spring weather complicates prolog of Grande Odyssee
The prolog of the 10th edition of the Grande Odyssée dog sled race got under-way today at Samoens in the Haute-Savoie in front of 7000 spectators.
One boy and his dog: Belle and Sébastien
Like me, you may remember the black and white children's TV series from the 1960s about the adventures of a boy (Sébastien) and his Pyrenean sheep dog (Belle).
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