This 8th edition of Raid in France, French stage of the Adventure Racing World Series, will stretch from the top of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean sea. From 4 to 10 September, the teams, among which the reigning world champions, will face 430 km of wild landscapes in the Occitanie region.
From Font-Romeu to Saint-Pierre-la-Mer, 430 km of non-stop race
The start of Raid in France 2016 will be on Sunday, September 4, at midnight in Font-Romeu, a town located in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees. Its panoramic views, mountain lakes and dominating peaks are the perfect playing field for the teams.
After 4 to 6 days of non-stop racing, teams will complete their 430km journey and 16 000m of vertical gain on the beach in Saint-Pierre-la-Mer, a coastal resort of Fleury d’Aude.
New Zealand team Seagate will take part in this 8th edition. Currently leaders of the AR world ranking, and reigning world champion, the team will return four years after their first participation in Raid in France.
Nathan Fa’avae said “Raid in France is one of the best races we have done, we loved spending time discovering France”
More than 30 teams are ready to face these adventure racing giants. Among them, several foreign countries and the best French teams: 400 Team Naturex will be led by Sébastion Raichon, 3 times winner of Raid in France and current title-holder. “Amazing and untouched routes, a well-developed organisation, volunteers each one more welcoming than the other. The more we run outside France, the more we appreciate all facets of Raid in France!”, underlines the French champion.
Raid in France was created in 2007 by Pascal Bahuaud, a rowing finalist in Seoul’s Olympic Games, 13 times French Champion and 6 out of 10 times on the podium of the Raid Gauloise.