Press Release: Raid in France – 24 April 2018
For the second time in the history of the AR World Championship, Raid in France will organize the 2018 edition, taking place on the magnificent Reunion Island. From 4th to 16th of November, the top worldwide racing teams will plunge into this unique sporting and human adventure.
• 25 nations, 75 teams of 4 athletes (including at least 1 woman)
• Between 5 and 8 days of non-stop race, day and night
• In total autonomy, immersed in the wilderness
• A succession of activities: trek, mountain biking, kayak, rafting, caving, canyon…
A message from Pascal Bahuaud, race director
“We are preparing a physically, mentally and technically engaged event. Racers will discover an island which is extremely in its topography where it will be difficult for them to progress. Overall, the first teams will finish during 4.5 to 5 days and the last ones for 8 days. All that, without any assistance, but with the obligation to manage their sleep as well as possible. The quintessence of the raid spirit”
A challenging route
Adventure races are a succession of non-stop sports disciplines: mountain biking, trek, kayak, packraft, canyoning or caving. Each one has specificities but also difficulties. Treks are announced as extremely hard in orienteering. Sometimes, teams will have to use technical rope skills because impressive cliffs will be crossed. To guarantee a continual progress, many parts of rope and abseiling will be necessary. Mountain biking portions will see the racers conquering some of the highest peaks of Reunion Island (we count 5 ones at more than 2 500 meters of altitude on the island). They will also go through the many sugar cane plantations. Racers will be in total immersion in what constitutes the island’s identity. The route will bring them to its heart. The diversity of the landscapes as the one of the ground will mark this high level adventure.
Packraft or the autonomous adventure
Practiced on the adventure races for some years, packrafting allows teams to navigate through rivers on inflatable crafts. Packrafts are known for their ability to adapt to any situation. In fact, racers can deflate and reinflate their boat as many times as they want and take it on their back during the trek sections because its weight is only about 4 kg.
The opportunity to discover the history of Reunion Island
“The brown paths” will be included in the race. They date back to the slavery period (17th century) and were made under the feet of slaves who escaped and climbed to the heights to live free. They take its name from the sentence “doing maronnage” said by the slaves who had fled.
created in 2001, the Adventure Racing World Series federates the international “long-distance” adventure races. The series unites in competition the worlds best endurance athletes at premiere Qualifier events around the globe. The top team from each of these races gains a coveted position on the start line of the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship.
Press contact: Vincent Feuillet / +33 4 72 98 07 90 – +33 6 62 39 86 91 firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding the journalists willing to join us and follow the race on the field, please send us back the press accreditation downloadable in the media heading of the website www.raidinfrance.fr.