3rd Manche - Sunday 26 Febryary 2012

Middle and long distance 2012 GRYON (CH)
LTO: Eric MARTINEZ (France)
LT2: Wolfgang SPEER (Germany)
LT1: Muriel DUFROS (France)
SKJ 2 Dogs: Zdenka DUSKOVA (Czech Republic)
SKJ 1Dog: Roman REISTETTER (Slovakia)
MD O: Jean COMBAZARD (France)
MD A : Donato EGLI (Switzerland)
MD B1: Elodie DARRAS (France)
MD B2 : Alain DIFFORT (France)
MD C1 : Christophe SUDAN (Switzerland)
MD C2: Anthony COFFRE (junior) (France)
MD D1: Jason FOURNIER (junior) (France)
MD D2: Jean-Michel HOOG (France)

Many thanks for the pictures to Nathalie Racheter

Sunday we have had the third and final heat of this really splendid FISTC European Championship Middle Distance and Long Trail.
In the morning the weather was cloudy and really foggy on the stake-out and at the start and finish line. From time to time the visibility did not exceed 30m and it was also snowing, but it was excellent for dogs and mushers.
All trails had been prepared once again in a perfect way and as they were a little bit icy, they were much faster than the first two days.
Yesterday evening the musher dinner was very well organised and all mushers and their friends enjoyed it.
All longtrailers left from the normal starting place at 10:00 every two minutes. Once again all longtrailers were so happy with this beautifull race that has been an excellent publicity also for the other race the "TRANSALP VAUDOISE", a six days race organised by the FISTC Swiss club every year in early February that also finishes here in Gryon.
The leader in LTO, Eric Martinez (F) has won the title of European Champion, while Beate Jaehnig (D) is second and vice-European Champion with a total time difference of 12'. Third and Bronze medal is the Swiss Eric Chateau.
Another German musher, Wolfgang Speer, is the winner in LT2.
The European Champion in LT1 class is Muriel Dufros (F) and vice Champion is Frantisek Sadilek (CZ).

In Middle distance we have had once again a spectacular race.
In SJ2, Zdenka Duskova (CZ) gets the title of European Champion and the vice-champion is Walter Geringer (A).
Roman Reistetter in SkJ 1dog class is European Champion (I cannot remember how many titles he has wonduring all these years in the FISTC with his beautiful Siberian Husky female) and Gerald Buet (F) is the vice-champion.
In O class Jean Combazard (F), European Champion did not leave any chance to win to Baltasar Gallardo from Spain who is the vice Champion.
The Swiss Donato Egli, one of the really best mushers I have met in recent years is European Champion in A class followed by Andrea Marcenaro (I), vice-European Champion.
In B1 class the French musher, Elodie Darras, wins the title, and the vice champion is the Italian Claudio De Ferrari. In B2 Alain Diffort (F) is the European Champion and Florian Thevoz (CH) who was also one of the organisers of the race is vice-champion.
In C1 class, Christophe Sudan (CH), wins the title as Filippo Piccinini (I), second and vice champion who was faster on the third day could not recover all the time lost on the first day.
In C2, Three French mushers got the three medals with Anthony Coffre (Junior) becoming European Champion with his three Greenland dogs (the ones that fighted between themselves in Travisio) and Laurent Blot is vice Champion (4 Greenland dogs) while Sebastien Parent gets the Bronze medal.
Another French junior, Jason Fournier wins the title of European Champion in D1 class but the Italian Rinaldo Marioli gets the silver medal and title of vice champion, while the French Marc Joguet finished at the third place with the bronze medal.
In D2 Jean Michel Hoog is European Champion with a difference of only 31 seconds on the second and vice Champion Lionel Eich (F), both with 2 Malamutes. What a race, 31 seconds difference after three days and 4 hours and 45 minutes of race !!!

What a beautiful championship ! All mushers were happy and they all expresed their thanks to the organisers and also to the excellent FISTC Vet on this race, an Italian young vet Alessandro Martini who will be on the next FISTC Championships Cart and sprint.
And once again many thanks to the Swiss club CSCPT and the city and community of Gryon for such a perfect organisation and the FISTC and many mushers said while leaving, see you soon again in Gryon!

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