Frenchman wins the GDO’s prologue
Mushers preparing for the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc typically run up to 4000 kilometers in the months prior to the race. The training often begins in the summer and December is critical for mushers and dogs. The training programme usually includes a mix of distance, speed, and weight. The choice of dogs is important as their speed and endurance may vary. Even the choice of food will affect the strength of towing.
Each leg of the GDO is preceded by a strict veterinary control where the identity of the dogs and their vaccinations are controlled.
The Prologue took place on January 12, covering a distance of 12km, and was won by the French Jean-Philippe Pontier, who caused a surprise last year by winning the last two legs (also the longest) of the 2012 edition.
Pistehors wishes good luck to all participants.
Monday’s stage is a loop around Morillon - Sixt Fer à Cheval - Morillon