Raid in France - ADVENTURE RACING | WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP | NOVEMBER 5 – 16 2018| REUNION IS MAGIC

Come on girls

Only few sports enable men and women to race together as a same team, with the same goals, ambitions and passion. Adventure racing is based, at a national and international level, on this concept.
Therefore, girls are a rare pearl for their team partners. Every boys will add that they bring to the team a reliable serenity and a lot of maturity.
They barely never give out, and will often rekindle the pace. Whatever the objective is, girls are often a key of sucess.
Raid in France pay hommage to those girls and to do so nothing is better than hand over to them. Ladies, Thank you.

Carine Porret

(Teams YogiTea & VTOPO)
4 Raid in France completed

 « The feminine is pampered »

Why do you compete in Raid in France ?

It is, a special race compared to all the races taking place in France… we go through a real adventure as a team and in total autonomy. In every éditions I am constantly blowned away by the landscapes and I have this feeling of really pushing myself.

How do you deal with such an adventure ?

I real enjoy the concept of «expeditional race », we share with our team some very strong expériences, we stick together and keep on going, we have to practice all different types of activities.. we must be very skilful and I love it ! It’s a real challenge… sporting and human !

What will you remember ?

We learn a lot on our self, by constantly pushing our body to the limits. But I will always keep in mind the nice moments with my partners.. Most of the times, the toughest times remain as incredible memories !

What are the major difficulties that you have to face ?

The most difficult part is to deal with the lack of sleep on 5 to 7 days.. its long ! It is not easy to know when and for how long you need to sleep to then be the more efficient and cohérent as possible on tracks !

Is it hard task to be the feminine of the team ?

No, I dont think so, every one bring to the team what they can and on long races, more the days are flowing by more the différents of physical level between men and women are becoming lower. We know that we will have to be strong at the beginning when every one starts on quickly, but then we will have something to bring. And i have always felt like the féminine was pampered…

Maybe one last word ?

Thanks to Pascal and to all the volunteers to make this amazing adventure possible. We always like the gréât atmosphère with the volunteers, its a real pleasure that always give us the envy of coming back !

Sandrine Béranger

(Team Raidlight)
4 Raid in France completed

« Every one brings to the team their personality and own strenghs »

Why do you compete in Raid in France ?

It’s like a love story : it’s a 100% what I expect of an Adventure race. A race that push my limits, makes me thrill, and allows me to leave an amazing expérience on marvellous lands.

How do you deal with such an adventure ?

Very well. I quickly get the pace and forget everything else (except my daughter)

What will you remember ?

The moments that we share with our teams, the pains or happiness, the beautiful landscapes and for example :

– When we get lost or when we can’t find the right path to find the marker..

– When we go for the options « staright their in the vegatation » or « feet in the Stream »

– The battle against rocks in the middle of the night during a kayaking session, 10 times capsized and 10 times back on the kayak, just praying for the sunrise (Edition 2012).

– « The dell of death », 12h in the middle of the night trying to get out of a canyon and carrying our bikes ! (edition 2009)

– The 2 last hours before our arrival at Serres, when you realise you are going to win.

– La Brèche de Rolland, col de Morges, Freissinières, Rochebrune, le Pic de Bure, le col du Sélé et les Ecrins, le Queyras, la Vallée des Merveilles…

What are the major difficulties that you have to face ?

The hardest thing is to deal with the lack of sleep.

Is it hard task to be the feminine of the team ?

No, during the race I am a member of the team like the three others, and im an Adventure Racer before I’m a women. I dont look for any role or spécial attention. Every one brings to the team their personality and own strenghs.…

Maybe one last word ?

Long life to Raid in France…

 

Anne Simon

(Team Arverne Outdoor)
2 Raid in France completed

« It’s a real pleasure, a complete availability for you team, a human adventure extrordinary and freedom »

Why do you compete in Raid in France ?

have a real passion for outdoors sports. I like to honour a contract with a team and especially with Averne Outdoor on Raid in France with Stéphane Dumortier as a team captain. To race in France, on marvelous ladscapes is a real drive. Every regions or department have revealed enormous potential for Outdoor sports. I like this race in France because its beautiful and friendly and the organisation is beyond reproach.

How do you deal with such an adventure ?

As soon as i am enrolled, I am always highly comitting. However I am often stress during all the pre race préparation for the physical health, the material, my family, my Professional life and my associative life. When the start has been given its a real pleasure, a complete availability for you team, a human adventure extrordinary and freedom »

What will you remember ?

The team spirit, help between us 4, how our skills are additional, émotions we have during the race… The availibilty of the volunteers. How proud we feel like we think « I was there » and « I did everything i could to race the best as I could ». How well you feel after such a long physical effort.

What are the major difficulties that you have to face ?

To communicate more about my expérience to collectivities, medias, to my family or my students, in order to developp this activity that for me gives amazing values : pushing yourself, respect of nature, and team spirit. Or, more technically, how to orientate.

Is it hard task to be the feminine of the team ?

No, if they treat you as a rare pearl. Yes, if we are consider as « mandatory equipment » and they dont trust us. To be honest, i have never been in such a situation, and for that, thanks to my team partners.

Maybe one last word ?

I completly assume to be crazy about Outdoors sports and to enjoy sharing this pleasure. I like to meet people with the same values as I and to meet the same goals. To conclude, “I like to do my best”.

 

Sophie Hart

(Team Seagate, world champion 2012)
1 Raid in France completed

« RIF in 2012 is the best AR experience I have had »

 Why do you compete in Raid in France ?

France is a beautiful country, the scenery is stunning ! I love racing through the mountains. And the food is amazing…

How do you deal with such an adventure ?

I love adventure, and love a challenge. So for me, it is always fun to be out in the wilderness, exploring new places, even if I havn’t slept in days.

 What will you remember ?

The people, the support we had. It was as good as racing at home, and very humbling to have such wonderful support throughout the race.

 What are the major difficulties that you have to face ?

In RIF in 2012, our team mates had a lot of sickness, both from racing at high altitude for a prolonged period, and possibly from the water. 2 of our guys were very sick and only racing at half  their usual strength for a lot of the race. For me, the biggest difficulty is often staying awake !

 Is it a hard task to be the feminine of the team ?

No. I get well looked after by 3 of the best guys in the world.

 Maybe one last word ?

RIF in 2012 is the best AR experience I have had – the course, the scenery, the people. Hopefully one day, we will be back…

 


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