Sella Nevea (Italy), Monday 15 August 2011

Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Cows on the Montasio mountain pastures (Copyright © 2011


Due to a heavy shower, the start of the "Tour of the Montasio Mountain Pastures" in the far north-eastern corner of Italy had to be delayed by 15 minutes, but then participants enjoyed fine weather and stunning views of the Julian Alps.

Held annually on Assumption Day (15 August), a public holiday in many countries worldwide, the event gives athletes the opportunity to run around beautiful pastures where excellent Montasio cheeses are produced.

The start and the finish are in the Sella Nevea ski resort, which is situated at an elevation of about 1100 metres, very close to the border with Slovenia. The route is an immensely scenic 12-kilometre up-and-down loop which includes more than 500 metres of climbing.

The uphill part of the course is on trails, the downhill section on asphalt roads. Because of unstable weather conditions, the course was slightly shortened this year.

Luca Della Mea (36) from the Friuli area led the field home in a time of 51 minutes 24 seconds, just two seconds ahead of Jusuf Galled (26), a novice runner from Somalia who competed in his first ever running event!

Chiara Trevisan (34), also from Friuli, led the women home in a strong time of 1 hour 38 seconds.


Results Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011

Men: 62 finishers

1. Luca Della Mea ITA 0:51:24
2. Jusuf Galled SOM 0:51:26
3. Mauro Polano ITA 0:53:52
4. Claudio Cabbai ITA 0:54:00
5. Spartaco Brizzi ITA 0:54:04


Women: 19 finishers

1. Chiara Trevisan ITA 1:00:38
2. Elena Cinca ITA 1:00:52
3. Marta Feltre ITA 1:03:11
4. Maria Festa ITA 1:04:01
5. Simonetta Di Lenardo ITA 1:06:19


Full results:

Map of the venue:


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Start on Sella Nevea (Copyright © 2011

Luca Della Mea took the lead right after the start in the ski resort of Sella Nevea.


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Daniele Pizzamiglio (Copyright © 2011

The first part of the race was uphill on steep trails.


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Views of the Julian Alps (Copyright © 2011

Then, the route levelled out and amazing views opened up.


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Marta Feltre (Copyright © 2011

Marta Feltre led the women's chasing group.


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Sebastiano Grizon and Davide Simonetti (Copyright © 2011

The Montasio pastures are surrounded by mountains which are over 2500 metres high.


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Davide Simonetti (Copyright © 2011

Thanks to these cows ...


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Francesca Moersut (Copyright © 2011

...fine Montasio cheeses are produced.


Giro delle Malghe del Montasio 2011, Alessia Epis (Copyright © 2011

The downhill run was mostly on asphalt roads.


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