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A Successful French Raids Championships 2020 - From Drôme to Ardèche

Press Release / 21.10.2020
On the podium at the French National Championships 2020
On the podium at the French National Championships 2020

From Drôme to Ardèche, by mountain bike, running, kayaking, orienteering, nearly 200 km over 2 days, emblematic places, exceptional territories crossed, the Association Outdoor07 made a special effort to go big for the 2020 Raid Multisports Championships ...

It all started with a prologue which was a fast and fun relay at the base of Pignedoré, with the 4 team-mates alternating: swimming, swim & run, rollerblading and orienteering. Their  ranking determined the starting order on Saturday morning.

Saturday, 6 am Saint Paul Trois Châteaux: The start of the French Championship begins with the gaps of the day before.  Seven sections await the 44 teams who run this Saturday in 3 + 1, one of the raiders changing out on the authorized sections. The organizers took care to place some checkpoints in cellars with an underground passage and a passage in a quarry with a musical fanfare, guaranteed atmosphere!  It was a busy day for all the teams with a neck-and-neck race lead promising a good fight for the next day as 39 seconds separated the leaders: Lozère Team2Raid and Team FMR CSO.

Sunday, 5 am Bourg Saint Andéol: Teams started against the clock in the order of their classification every 10 seconds. They had 3 sections to do to reach the finish and there was a twist of fate as TeamFMR CSO made an orientation error and had a mechanical breakage.

Lozère Team2Raid took off, galvanized by the advantage they’d gained they lead to the finish.  Among the mixed teams the 2 leading teams are still close and we have to wait for the queen section of this day, the descent of the Ardèche by kayak, 26 km from the superb Pont d'Arc to Saint Martin d'Ardèche.

The arrival in Saint Martin d'Ardèche saw its share of emotions, laughter, tears and disappointments, but everyone is happy to have been able to run the French Championship and the open race to end this difficult year thanks to the efforts of the association Outdoor07.

Podiums

Women 
1 - Absolu Raid les Belettes (Aurélie Darmaillacq, Sabrina Maurette, Marie Tombelaine and Axelle Vallet)
2 - Ligé Raid (Anne-Lise Michaud, Nathalie Poméon, Sandra Billet and Marie-Line Mar)
3 - DSN74 (Valérie Bramas, Marion Joubert ), Floriane Dufourmantelle and Marine Favaro)

Mixed 
1 - Team FMR CSO (Vincent Faillard, Sandrine Fléchet, Gautier Tavel and Julien Moncomble)
2 - Lozère Team2 Mixed Raid (Benoit Peyvel, Paul Galodé, Rudy Gouy and Camille Defer)
3 - 400Team Naturex (Sébastien Raichon, Thomas Gaudion, Nicolas Seguin, Sandrine Béranger)

Men
1 - Lozère Team2Raid: Benoit Gilly, Nicolas Rambier, Maxime Brajon, Benjamin Fayet
2 - Team FMR CSO: Benjamin Coutand, Clément Valla, Louis Smets, Clément Coulon
3 - Raidsaventure.fr: Gaëtan Janssens, Benoit Pavée, Alexandre Dimitriou, Adrien Corneloup

Masters Men:

Champions of France: Absolu Raid Raid Nature 46: Eric Maire, François Lalanne, Philippe Le Corre, Peter James

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