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Discussion: ARWC 2018 - Réunion Island

in: Adventure Racing; General

Apr 24, 2018 3:48 AM # 
Bash:
Might as well get this started! :) Here's a press release from the organizers. The route will be "very autonomy and adventure-typed".
https://app.activetrail.com/S/dixi3tewjd.htm
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Apr 24, 2018 5:03 PM # 
silkychrome:
bonus points for getting the accent right!
Apr 24, 2018 7:24 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
The approximate outer loop is shorter than some recent ARWC bike legs! (No judgment, just got curious and checked).
Apr 25, 2018 5:38 PM # 
silkychrome:
Maybe there will be a paddle to Mauritius...and back.

https://www.google.com/search?q=distance+between+m...
Apr 25, 2018 8:41 PM # 
Bash:
I like the way you think!

For those who don't know, Réunion Island is the site of a well-known Ultra Trail World Tour event. The 100 mile race, La Diagonale des Fous, weaves through the mountains from the south coast to the north coast. A typical 100 mile trail race has a time limit of 30-34 hours but this race has a time cut-off around 64 hours, which gives you an idea of the trails. Supposedly, the terrain is "brutal" and organizers don't permit poles in spite of 9,500+ meters of climb and slippery mud.
http://www.grandraid-reunion.com/?lang=en
Apr 26, 2018 12:11 PM # 
Bash:
Team list so far - no Canadians and only one U.S. team: Bones.
http://www.raidinfrance.com/en/team-list/
Oct 8, 2018 3:51 AM # 
Bash:
We're less than a month away now and the list has grown to 65 teams. There are still no Canadian teams but each of the U.S. teams has adopted a Canadian so I will cheer for them both: Bones (featuring Liza Pye with Roy Malone, Charles Triponez and Jim Driscoll) and MRC MainNerve (featuring James Galipeau with Shane Hagerman, Peter Jolles and Rachel Furman). :)

The list includes many of the usual suspects: Avaya (aka Seagate), Columbia, Naturex, Estonians, Swedish Air Force, Sweco, Haglöfs Silva, Merrell, Cyanosis and more. Below the team list are brief written interviews with most of the teams.
http://www.raidinfrance.com/en/team-list/
Oct 8, 2018 1:12 PM # 
abiperk:
I've heard that Bones is no longer racing. Not 100 percent corroborated, but a pretty good source :)
Oct 8, 2018 8:43 PM # 
Bash:
Aww, too bad. And I saw on Facebook today that MRC MainNerve is looking for a navigator in case anyone here is interested!
Oct 8, 2018 8:48 PM # 
Bash:
And it sounds like Rachel isn't racing for MRC MainNerve either but they say they are talking with a few women.
Oct 9, 2018 7:41 PM # 
Bash:
From Raid in France Facebook:

The world championship 2018 will start in Hell-Bourg (see below) with a festive prologue dedicated to the reunionese culture. Each team will race in relay with a child of the island in a Kours la rou, a traditional local game. Once the race is finished, a traditional meal with music will be shared. This meal will be cooked by 4 local restaurants: Villa Marthe, P'ti Koin Kréol, Jardins d'Héva and Auberge du Passant.

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