The Rutor was our first international race in 2007. Lyndsay and I had great memories of this race: very technical and super long descents- just what we love. We finished in the top 10 in 2007 and were eager to take the start line again, especially since it was now a 3 day stage race, like the Pierra Menta and a World Cup.

The Rutor is held every two years in the valley of Aosta, Italy (not far from our home in Chamonix). Kudos to Marco Camondona and his Rutor team for their excellent organization on and off course. It was a pleasure racing in the region. As before the race was beautiful with technical ridges to cross and great descents!

These 2 races combined are part of the Trophy des Alpes.

Also important this year was that the Rutor was the final Team World Cup event of the 2009 season. We finished 7th for the Rutor World Cup. 6th place overall for the freeride competition which was a cumulative time for the last 2 days of descents.