The top ranked French team Naturex has one last chance to secure a spot to the AR World Championship in November when they compete at Raid in France next month, and their job wont be easy.
Naturex (racing as 400team within France) will be defending their consecutive 2014 and 2015 titles at Raid in France but they will be up against world ranked number 1 team Seagate from New Zealand.
Nicolas Moreau of the team discusses their recent races and their path to the 2016 AR World Championship.
Our team planned a big year for 2016 and we aimed to race four Qualifiers and the World Championship. We hoped to increase our ranking [currently 6th] and get a Qualification spot in the process.
The World Championship is our big goal for the year, but winning the RIF for a third time in a row against team Seagate would be a wonderful experience.
Our season plan was to take part in the Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge in Belize, Expedition Africa, Itera in Ireland, Raid in France and of course the world championship in Australia. At the start of the year though one of our team mates Sandrine Beranger was not able to race so we changed our plan to include Sonia Furtado and focus on Africa, France then Australia.
Two weeks before Expedition Africa Sonia broke her wrist so Stephanie Blockx joined our team at an ARWS race for the first time. We had a number of difficulties and finished in 6th position.
The 400 Team was created through the friendship of Sébastien Raichon and Rémi which over the years lead to the creation of the 400 Team Association who organise an annual trail run in Saint Heand and an adventure race in the Vaucluse.
For the AR World Championship our team will be Sébastien Raichon, Romuald Viale, Audrey Ehanno and myself. I raced the XPD Expedition Race last year and I thought Australia was a fantastic country for adventure racing. We learned to expect so many different conditions in a short time. Different weather, orienteering challenges, landscapes etc. We found the organisation and volunteers to be amazing and i think the world championship this year will be one of the greatest events in our sport.