Winter Adventure: Dog Sledding in France

The adventure: La Grande Odyssée is an arduous 470-mile dog-sled race up and over the snowy slopes of the Savoie Mont-Blanc region between France and Switzerland. The 11-day event attracts an international mix of more than 20 dog sledders, know as “mushers”, who compete for a prize purse of $100,000 (£62,000). Organised along the same lines as the Tour de France, the competition features day races with mass starts, individual time trials and even random drug testing – for dogs as well as drivers. It’s a dramatic journey that tests the dog teams as they climb a total altitude of 28,000m (92,000ft) at temperatures as low as -22C.Read more here:


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