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The vertical kilometer workshop is located in Freissinières, starting in front of the Town Hall / Maison de la Vallée.
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The definition of the "Vertical Kilometre" is simple: 1000 meters of vertical drop over a short distance, the steeper the slope the more difficult the KV is!
This KV offers you 1012m of vertical drop for 5.5km of distance. The average slope is 20%. It is thus a Vertical Kilometer accessible within the Trail Station of the Pays des Ecrins. The itinerary uses a monotrack trail which is very practicable all along the route with a regular slope, 2 short passages on forest track with a lesser slope will allow you to blow or boost!
The summit of this KV is at the Clot Saret hut where you have a superb view of the valley. From there, it is also possible to continue off-trail and therefore not marked on the surrounding peaks (Tête de la Lauzière, Tête des Raisins...) under the condition of respecting the work of the shepherd and his sheep !
Marks are positioned every 200m of difference in altitude on the course, they serve as landmarks during your ascent or to carry out your training by splitting the climb.
The descent is on the same route as the ascent. In the second part of the descent, follow the markers 15 & 7.
Ascent Speed (VA) : if you do a KmV in 1 hour, your VA will be 1000 m / hour. This VA will be higher if you are in better shape and if the slope is steep.
The objectives of this type of training is to increase your ability to make long efforts on slopes and to increase your ascent speed by doing training in long and very long intervals. This will allow you to go faster during the long climbs of classic Trails and KV competitions which are becoming increasingly popular.
To prevent herds from escaping, close all fences tightly.
Bring back all your garbage,
Don't cut routes through the meadows.