Mezzalama Trophy

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The Mezzalama Trophy (Italian: Trofeo Mezzalama, French: Trophée Mezzalama, a.k.a. white marathon[1]) is an Italian high altitude ski mountaineering competition in upper Valtournenche and Ayas valleys, in Aosta Valley.

Mezzalama Trophy
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DateApril
LocationItaly Aosta Valley
Event typeSki mountaineering
Established1933
Official siteTrofeo Mezzalama

The Mezzalama Trophy, which belongs to the "big three of ski mountaineering" (French: les grandes trois de ski de montagne) besides the two other best-known and classical ski mountaineering events, the Patrouille des Glaciers and the Pierra Menta, is the highest alpine ski mountaineering competition of the world. The event in the Monte Rosa's massif was named in honor of the mountain guide Ottorino Mezzalama.[2]

The Mezzalama Trophy is a stage of La Grande Course that includes the most important ski mountaineering competitions of the season.

HistoryEdit

The Mezzalama Trophy Foundation was founded by friends of Ottorino Mezzalama in 1933 in his memory,[3] one of them was Mario Corti. The race was held every year from 1933 and to 1938. Entry was open only to men; the first female participant is presumed to be Paula Wiesinger, who had been invited to view the race in 1935. When Giusto Gervasutti withdrew due to injury, she put on his military uniform and cap and, wearing sunglasses, ran instead of him, but was discovered at a checkpoint.[4] The 1935 Trofeo Mezzalama was filmed by Mario Craveri in his film "Maratona Bianca".[5]

After 1938 the race was discontinued (except that in 1940 a platonic race was carried out under the name marcia nazionale Ottorino Mezzalama by the Ski Club Torino).[1] Further races were held in 1971, 1973, 1975, and in 1978,[6] and the Mezzalama Trophy was revived as a regular biennial race with the eleventh race in 1997.[7]

 
Breuil-Cervinia (starting point)

In 1975, the Mezzalama Trophy was held as World Championship of Skimountaineering. 33 civilian teams, 12 mountain guide teams and 11 military teams participated in this event.[8] In that year, the first female team competed officially.[9] Together with the Pierra Menta and the Tour du Rutor event, the Mezzalama Trophy is part of the Trophée des Alpes (French for Alps' Trophy) series.

Editions and winnersEdit

The list shows the winning teams for each edition of the Trofeo Mezzalama.

In 1934, all competing teams were overtaken by the German reserve racer Anderl Heckmair, who started as a single racer one and a half hours after the teams left.[10]

Edition Date Ranking Male teams Female teams
1st May 28, 1933[11]     Luigi Carrel   Antonio Gaspard   Piero Maquignaz
2nd May 19, 1934[12]     Alberto Chenoz   Francesco Chenoz   Bartolomeo Carrel
3rd May 26, 1935[13]     Cap. Enrico Silvestri   Serg. Carlo Ronc   Alp. Attilio Chenoz
4th June 13, 1936[13]     Ten. Francesco Vida   Serg. Carlo Ronc   Serg. Luigi Perenni
5th June 19, 1937[13]     Ten. Giuseppe Fabre   Serg. Luigi Perenni   Alp. Anselmo Viviani
6th June 11, 1938[14]     Aristide Compagnoni   Severino Confortola   Silvio Confortola
7th September 11, 1971[15]     Gianfranco Stella   Aldo Stella   Roberto Stella
8th June 1, 1973[16]     Gianfranco Stella   Aldo Stella   Palmiro Serafini
1st World Championship
9th edition on May 10, 1975[17][18]
Category: "civilian teams"
    Renzo Meynet   Osvaldo Ronc   Mirko Stangalino
Category: "military teams"
    Angelo Genuin   Bruno Bonaldi   Luigi "Gigi" Weiss
Category: "mountain guide teams"
    Oreste Squinobal   Arturo Squinobal   Lorenzo Squinobal
10th April 29, 1978[17] Category: "civilian teams"
    Rudolf Kapeller   Karl Sinzinger   Josef Hones
Category: "military teams"
    Mario Varesco   Fabio Cavagnet   Elvio Venturini
Category: "mountain guide teams"
    Arturo Squinobal   Lorenzo Squinobal   Danilo Barell
11th 1997[19][20]     Fabio Meraldi   Enrico Pedrini   Omar Oprandi   Bice Bones   Brunella Parolini   Fabiana Battel
12th 1999[20][21]     Fulvio Mazzocchi   Leonardo Follis   Luciano Fontana   Gloriana Pellissier   Danielle Hacquard   Véronique Lathuraz
13th 2001[20][22]     Graziano Boscacci   Ivan Murada   Heinz Blatter   Gloriana Pellissier   Arianna Follis   Alexia Zuberer
14th 2003[20][23]     Damien Farquet   Rico Elmer   Rolf Zurbrügg   Cristina Favre-Moretti   Arianna Follis   Chiara Raso
15th 2005[20][24]     Stéphane Brosse   Patrick Blanc   Guido Giacomelli   Gloriana Pellissier   Christiane Nex   Natascia Leonardi Cortesi
16th 2007[20][25]     Guido Giacomelli   Jean Pellissier   Florent Troillet   Gloriana Pellissier   Roberta Pedranzini   Francesca Martinelli
17th 2009[26]     Manfred Reichegger   Matteo Eydallin   Denis Trento   Francesca Martinelli   Roberta Pedranzini   Laëtitia Roux
18th 2011[27][28]     Kilian Jornet Burgada   William Bon Mardion   Didier Blanc   Francesca Martinelli   Roberta Pedranzini   Gloriana Pellissier
19th 2013[29][30]     Manfred Reichegger   Damiano Lenzi   Matteo Eydallin   Laura Besseghini   Raffaella Rossi   Elena Nicolini
20th 2015[31]     Matteo Eydallin   Michele Boscacci   Damiano Lenzi   Emelie Forsberg   Axelle Mollaret   Jennifer Fiechter
21st 2017[32][33]     Matteo Eydallin   Michele Boscacci   Damiano Lenzi   Emelie Forsberg   Laetitia Roux   Jennifer Fiechter

LiteratureEdit

  • Umberto Pelazza, Antonio Vizzi: Il Trofeo Mezzalama 1933-1997 : Storia e leggenda della sci-alpinistica piu alta del mondo (Italian) (Aosta) - ed. La Vallee, 1999
  • Rolf Majcen: Bergauf - Abenteuer Ausdauersport (German) ISBN 978-3-900533-39-7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Le tappe dealla leggendaria "maratona bianca" Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine (Italian)
  2. ^ Trofeo Mezzalama 2007: 16. Auflage des Klassikers am 29. April[permanent dead link] (German), M2b, April 26, 2007.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-04-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Paula Wiesinger (German), FemBio.
  5. ^ Trofeo Mezzalama, il fascino di una leggenda che si rinnova (Italian), La Stampa, April 15, 2009.
  6. ^ La rinascita degli anni Settanta Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine (Italian), p. 4.
  7. ^ "Trofeo Mezzalama (Mezzalama Trophy)". NEWSPOWER Trento. Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  8. ^ Le tappe della leggendaria “maratona bianca” (Italian).
  9. ^ Giuseppe Martelli: altre notizie degli alpini bolognesi romagnoli (Italian), November 15, 2005.
  10. ^ Trofeo Mezzalama - Ein Hochgebirgswettlauf der Sonderklasse Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine (German), p. 44.
  11. ^ Rielaborazione storia libro Camisasca Archived 2012-02-19 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ The winners of the 1934 edition, planetmountain.com.
  13. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2012-03-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Compagnoni Aristide, Severino e Ottavio Archived 2010-06-21 at the Wayback Machine (Italian).
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Gianfranco Stella Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ a b Albo d'oro
  18. ^ Genuin Angelo Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Cavalcata da leggenda Trionfo da Skyrunners, May 4, 1997.
  20. ^ a b c d e f Men's best three and best women since 1997 Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ La Forestale da record trionfa nel Mezzalama (Italian), April 25, 1999.
  22. ^ "2001 Trofeo Mezzalama" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  23. ^ "2003 Trofeo Mezzalama" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-04-09. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  24. ^ 2005 Trofeo Mezzalama
  25. ^ 2007 Trofeo Mezzalama
  26. ^ 2009 Trofeo Mezzalama
  27. ^ 2011 Trofeo Mezzalama - men results Archived 2012-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ 2011 Trofeo Mezzalama - women results
  29. ^ 2013 Trofeo Mezzalama - men results
  30. ^ 2013 Trofeo Mezzalama - women results
  31. ^ "Classifica Trofeo Mezzalama 2015 Femminile - Women". La Grande Course. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  32. ^ "Classifica XXI Trofeo Mezzalama 2017 Maschile - Men". La Grande Course. 2017-04-22. Archived from the original on 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  33. ^ "Classifica XXI Trofeo Mezzalama 2017 Femminile - Women". La Grande Course. 2017-04-22. Archived from the original on 2017-06-11. Retrieved 2017-06-11.

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