Race website http://www.tpav.ch/parcours
Distance 33 km 19 km
Elevation 2450 m 1220 m
Starting at the church in the ancient town of Saxon near Martigny in the Canton of Valais, Pierre a voir is one of the earliest mountain races of the season that includes a significant vertical challenge, climbing high into the mountains above the Rhône valley, to the peak (2420 m) for which the run was named. The race is well-supported, with four aid stations. The route often includes some running over spring snow, and features stunning views of the famous valley and adjacent peaks of the Valais. Many Swiss runners view Pierre Avoi as their first serious race of the season.
The race can be run alone or in a team of two. The view of Verbier, the Val de Bagnes and the Valais and Bernese Alps is impregnable. The return to Saxon is by trails and passes by the village of La Tzoumaz.
You can combine this race on Saturday with the Tête du Guercet (8.2 km) on Friday night and Trophée Scex Carro on Sunday to make a three-challenge event! The Trail de la Bisse (19 km) is the same day.