FMR win the first ARWS European championship
After a closely fought and exciting race, where the leaders were separated by only a few minutes during 185kms of non-stop trail running, mountain biking and sea paddling, it was the FMR team, from France, who won the first ARWS European Championship title, in Spain.
The race was hosted by Raid Gallaecia, and the same organising team which delivered last year’s World Championship once again provided a challenging and beautiful course. The route took teams through the Mariñas Coruñesas and Terras do Mandeo territory, with the race based in the historic medieval town of Betanzos.
Lucie Croissant from FMR said: “We didn’t know the competition, so we started at a pace we could maintain and were surprised to be faster than the predicted times and in second place after the first 3 stages. A lot of teams were near us at the start, and we had to keep up our pace and not make mistakes, which is always harder in a group. The Brigantia team was strong on the bikes and it was hard to catch them. We were going as fast as we could!”.
The FMR team of Julien Moncomble, Clement Coulon, Benjamin Coutand and Lucie Croissant crossed the finish line to win the European title after 18 hours, 25 minutes and 36 seconds of sustained, fast racing. As well as the title they won a free entry to the World Championship in South Africa next year, plus free entries to two 2023 European Series races, and a Garmin Enduro 2 watch each.
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