Esprit Montagne Invitational

Since 2015, we have held the Esprit Montagne Invitational in the first week of July of each year. For one week, the best runners in the mountains from the Netherlands and Belgium stay at the hotel to share their mutual passion: running in the mountains. And the Portes du Soleil are very well suited for that. You can’t volunteer or register for this week – it’s by invitational based solely on your performance in the mountains.

 

Invitational

The main race is, of course, the Invitational on Thursday: an 80 kilometer course with 9,000 meters D+. The route is not marked and the participants must make their way based on the route on the map that they are given. The route has a minimum of emergency stations, but are staffed by friends and family that always treat the runners to a real party. And they need it! The route is often steep, not always over a path and at times participants must climb on their hands and knees. But once they reach the top, there are gorgeous views out over the beautiful surrounding areas of the Chablais and far beyond: Jungfrau, Mönch, Eiger, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche, Grand Combin, Dents du Midi and of course the Mont Blanc massif.

 

Results from the EMI 2015

  1. Kaj Derks
  2. Thomas Dunkerbeck
  3. Jasper van de Reep
  4. Roman Packbier
  5. Susan van Duijl
  6. Mark Groeneweg

Results from the EMI 2016

  1. Thomas Dunkerbeck – 20:20:00
  2. Lander Debrabandere – 21:17:00
  3. Tim Pleijte – 24:05:00
  4. Susan van Duijl – 24:09:00
  5. Roman Packbier – 24:29:00
  6. Anne Kirschenmann – 25:55:00
  7. Siebrig Scheeres – 26:53:00
  8. Jeroen Krosse – 28:08:00
  9. Timo de Boer – 28:08:00

Results from the EMI 2017

  1. Thomas Dunkerbeck – 18:56:00
  2. Michel van Dijk – 19:46:00
  3. Dominique Pankov – 21:24:00
  4. Peter van der Zon – 21:24:00
  5. Roman Packbier – 21:24:00
  6. Tom de Beukelaer – 21:24:00
  7. Vincent Siringo – 21:24:00
  8. Lander Debrabandere – 21:42:00
  9. Susan van Duijl – 23:06:00
  10. Janne Geurts – 25:38:00
  11. Jeroen Krosse  – 25:38:00
  12. Marjolein Bil – 27:52:00
  13. Anne Kirschenmann – 28:36:00
  14. Kaj Derks – 28:36:00
  15. Willemijn Jongens – 32:08:00

Results from the EMI 2018

  1. Thomas Dunkerbeck – 16:51:00
  2. Roman Packbier – 19:07:00
  3. Michel van Dijk – 20:02:00
  4. Kaj Derks – 22:56:00
  5. Florian Descamps – 22:56:00
  6. Gideon Zadoks – 25:54:00
  7. Neequaye Dsane – 25:54:00
  8. Tom de Beuakelaere – 26:12:00
  9. Eric Michels – 26:12:00
  10. Anne Kirschenmann – 26:28:00

Fred Campion Memorial

But before that, they will have had a few days to scout the route and develop their plan of attack.During this time, on Monday, we have the first race: an incredibly beautiful Vertical KM to the top of the Cornettes de Bise called the Fred Campion Memorial. The race is named in memory of Fred Campion, who felt right at home here and who tragically died in December 2014 in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. The route is 4 kilometers long and ascends nearly 1,200 meters to the peak at an elevation of 2,432 meters. After running the starting stage through the woods and across the alpine meadows, the course continues with a steep path up through a wide couloir. Aching legs and wheezing lungs, but also lovely views are guaranteed. After traversing a short section with a few slight climbs where falling is not an option, the racers arrive at the final section for a vertical climb to the peak. The fastest racers are already at the top in just 55 minutes.

 

Results from the Vertical KM 2015

Women:

  1. Susan van Duijl – 1:25:28
  2. Linda Valent – 1:26:55
  3. Marjolein Bil – 1:30:28
  4. Martine Hofstede – 1:38:15
  5. Siebrig Scheeres 1:39:55
  6. Charissa Koetsier – 1:46:07
  7. Anne Kirschenmann – 1:55:18

Men:

  1. Pere Aurell – 55:28
  2. Huub van Noorden – 59:06
  3. Tim Pleijte – 1:00:57
  4. Jerôme Hubschwerlin – 1:02:00
  5. Roman Packbier – 1:09:06
  6. Timo de Boer – 1:10:18
  7. Bas de Bruin – 1:12:41
  8. Alke Staal – 1:12:45
  9. Kaj Derks – 1:13:09
  10. Jasper van de Reep – 1:14:47
  11. Mark Groeneweg – 1:24:40
  12. Edward Geertse – 1:24:54
  13. Menno Heijstek – 1:25:05
  14. Jan albert Veenema – 1:30:15
  15. Jason Nede – 1:30:44

Results from the Vertical KM 2016

Women:

  1. Heleen Plaatzer – 1:19:39
  2. Susan van Duijl – 1:24:44
  3. Kim Beerhorst – 1:27:04
  4. Martine Hofstede – 1:29:32
  5. Siebrig Scheeres – 1:32:45
  6. Anne Kirschenmann – 1:37:14
  7. Mirjam Steunebrink – 1:45:40
  8. Renate de Reus – 1:46:49

Men:

  1. Steven Pauwels – 57:58
  2. Tim Pleijte – 58:01
  3. Huub van Noorden – 59:38
  4. Vincent Siringo – 1:00:39
  5. Rogier Wouters – 1:02:44
  6. Alke Staal – 1:03:57
  7. Kaj Derks – 1:05:40
  8. Jan Petralia – 1:06:57
  9. Timo de Boer – 1:08:48
  10. Mark Groeneweg – 1:12:08
  11. Lander Debrabandere – 1:12:26
  12. Gerrit Koops – 1:13:48
  13. Wouter Hamelinck – 1:14:46
  14. Henri Simoen – 1:15:52
  15. Daan de Wilt – 1:20:30
  16. Jan Bot – 1:22:58

Results from the Vertical KM 2017

Women:

  1. Ragna Debats – 1:03:20
  2. Kirsten Bliekendaal – 1:08:15
  3. Linda Valent – 1:13:15
  4. Jorien Delhez – 1:14:15
  5. Janne Geurts – 1:16:00
  6. Susan van Duijl – 1:16:50
  7. Kim Beerhorst – 1:23:05
  8. Marjolein Bil – 1:28:02
  9. Renate de Reus – 1:30:03
  10. Willemijn Jongens – 1:33:15
  11. Clara Balust – 1:44:45

Men:

  1. Pere Aurell – 54:30
  2. Thomas Dunkerbeck – 56:00
  3. Vincent Siringo – 59:55
  4. Rogier Wouters – 1:01:20
  5. Kaj Derks – 1:04:00
  6. Domique Pankov – 1:04:00
  7. Michel van Dijk – 1:05:15
  8. Peter van der Zon – 1:07:20
  9. Lander de Brabandere – 1:07:50
  10. Alke Staal – 1:09:00
  11. Erwin Adan – 1:09:40
  12. Roman Packbier – 1:10:12
  13. Mark Groeneweg – 1:11:20
  14. Tom de Beukelaer – 1:16:15
  15. Jeroen Krosse – 1:26:55

Results from the Vertical KM 2018

Women:

  1. Ragna Debats – 59:15
  2. Jorien Delhez – 1:16:44
  3. Linda Valent – 1:17:30
  4. Anouk Claessens – 1:20:23
  5. Heleen Plaatzer – 1:23:33
  6. Renate de Reus – 1:35:36
  7. Petra Kinnegim – 1:44:30

Men:

  1. Pere Aurell – 51:45
  2. Tom van der Plassche – 54:20
  3. Florian Descamps – 57:30
  4. Tim Pleijte – 58:10
  5. Vincent Siringo – 58:20
  6. Diederick Calkoen – 58:39
  7. Peter van der Zon – 58:50
  8. Jurgen Mesman – 1:00:15
  9. Maarten Hendriks – 1:07:07
  10. Roman Packbier – 1:07:41
  11. Johan van der Dennen – 1:07:53
  12. Michel van Dijk – 1:08:50
  13. Tom de Beukelaer – 1:10:35
  14. Bas de Bruin – 1:12:58
  15. Ronnie Duinkerken – 1:13:38
  16. Alke Staal – 1:15:40
  17. Neequaye Dsane – 1:19:06
  18. Stefan van Dijk – 1:20:18
  19. Mark Groeneweg – 1:23:34
  20. Erik Michels – 1:27:06
  21. Jan Bot – 1:33:44