Day 1 of the Gaspésie International Raid was marked by the rain, but it did not seem to affect the state of mind of the athletes who passed the finish line with a huge smile. The athletes did many kilometers by canoe on the Restigouche River: “Too much canoe! » commented the Swiss Team, who had to paddle without double paddles all the way, but again with exceptional rope, trekking and mountain bike sections. The feminine team ABCs renamed the region as « Gaspépluie », being nonetheless thrilled by their day. The start was given at 9:30 in St-Alexis de Matapédia and it was dark since a while when the last team passed the finish line at the Park Adams, acclaimed by the other athletes already well set at the camp where they have been warmly welcomed by the Matapédia population with smoked salmon and maple taffy on snow!
The 3 first position for the overall cumulative results after 2 days of race for the 300K are occupied by canadian teams : Dynafit/Skimoeast in first position followed by Spin Sport et Plein air, and by Raid Bras du Nord. For the 150K race, the 3 leading teams are the gaspesian team GalopeuXtreme in first position, followed by the Italian team Pedini-Iret and by another gaspesian team, Les Beaux-Frères.
The start of Day 2 tomorrow will be given in Nouvelle: the presence of the local population on the race course to encourage the racers was extremely appreciated by this latter, so we hope that you will be there for the next adventure!
Carleton-sur-Mer, September 11, 2015. –
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