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Discussion: ARWC 2018 - Réunion Island

in: Adventure Racing; General

Apr 24, 2018 3:48 AM # 
Might as well get this started! :) Here's a press release from the organizers. The route will be "very autonomy and adventure-typed".
Apr 24, 2018 5:03 PM # 
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 # 
Maybe there will be a paddle to Mauritius...and back.
Apr 25, 2018 8:41 PM # 
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.
Apr 26, 2018 12:11 PM # 
Team list so far - no Canadians and only one U.S. team: Bones.
Oct 8, 2018 3:51 AM # 
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.
Oct 8, 2018 1:12 PM # 
I've heard that Bones is no longer racing. Not 100 percent corroborated, but a pretty good source :)
Oct 8, 2018 8:43 PM # 
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 # 
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 # 
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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