Many of you are asking if there will be a 2nd adventure , the answer is Yes, and you have already answered « present » at this second edition .
it was a so magical trip … and it took time to all of us it took us to « go down » … but you had to be there to understand …
Understand what ? Magic and hard, « grand et terrible » , even if it was to wait almost the km 400 … to finds its soul.
YES we had warned and we warn again that it will be hard very hard, 900 km is long and rustic could be said, because we will keep the spirit of the first time …
No we will not go back, to make you the « ultra classic, » because it’s simply impossible …during 900 km
and then it’s not the spirit of competition we’re looking for …
Yes 2016 was a beautiful edition, not perfect certainly, a real first edition , a new dimension … with 79 Finishers on the Transpyrenea and 2 on the Pastourale,
This edition has taken its dimension beyond the 400 km, I would have liked that all, but all are deserving!
But it will be for 2018, (every 2 years) August 1st certainly +400 h, it is very complicated and very expensive race to prepare so it will be for 2018
(I have a job and a family lol and it takes a long time to organize)
Be careful to think carefully about the second because you have to know:
YES We’ll keep her character « Wild » Roots « Rustic and Wild.
YES We will keep the same time barriers (+ 95% have passed) and if we have to adapt them, we will do whatever the forums …security first
Knowing that these are organizational barriers and not sanctions.
It will still not be UT … (the calendars are full of very nice races elsewhere some triple, Transpy, UTMB, TOR …)
Yes there will always be a mandatory material minimum 8kg dry minimum. A true poncho for all.
Yes we will ask you to have 6000 Kcal in the bag. This is what you swallowed by day !!!!
Yes you will always be hungry, we will give you only one meal per CP … 20 for 20 CP and you will always be hungry.
Yes same way with , Gavarnie, we mount a special team to be able to do( Gavarnie circle ) if weather conditions allow
Yes there will be podiatrists (+), nurses (+), and civil protection … but if you do not treat between 2 CPs (more than 12h), or do not dry your feet yourself,
uur teams will only see the damage … too late and a podo armada can do nothing.
NO there is no bed or mattress on the CPs or in the gites, if you want a mattress, you bring your own.
NO there will be no plastic bottles – No COCA …. only tap water or river or fountain.
Yes we will strengthen the security again and again, more by human device and we will propose optional trackers even though I think this is not a major safety factor.
YES there will always be unhappy, we listened to all the critics to do better, it takes 4 editions to make the perfect race so yes there will still be wrecks on 900 km … obliged …
Autonomy is the key word, I mean that it is not necessary to count on others, nor even on your assistance if you have one(The accesses are often on the CP or you do not cross it at the right time)
Food: and yes, the biggest lack, we were self-sufficient but all stomacs forgot it … so much that the effort was intense, there were 20 CP with hot meals
(Instead of the 6 planned, bravo the team for his reaction), but that you will always be hungry … lol
We will go to 20 menus / 20 CPs or about I think 30% to 40% of your needs in Kcal
So thank you to those who tried to start, thank you to all the RSO team that managed to lead « the flock » to the Atlantic, thanks to those who return Finishers or not,
to the newcomers
Our (great) volunteers from the organization or even your support are there ONLY to help you and create your own adventure.
We will capitalize on the experience of this first, for even more beautiful, the working groups are already in action … but we will keep him the same spirit
I repeat because many have not believed … but it is and will remain the philosophy,
You’ve done a huge thing …. all together, a great crossing, a great adventure, an Everest in France
See you soon and warmly 2018