We have had some cold weather
in Toulouse since my last race in the snow at the beginning of January. However,
weather conditions were much better for today's 18km Trail Gascon but it was a
tough course with lots of mud and a total of 1400feet of ascent in the hilly
Department of Gers. I finished 53rd in 1h 40m 28s, one place behind the winner
of my V3 category.
again there is more to report about the recovery phase than about the race
itself. The (free) food and drink was as good and abundant as ever. Somewhat
unusually the organisers actively promoted the local culture and I particularly
enjoyed this.Old (V4) couples in regional dress gave a traditional dancing
display as the runners finished. Before the prize ceremony (using a few straw
bales for a podium) local actors performed (very well) a couple of sketches in
local dialect and a dignitary explained that
the course had been based on a unique geological feature. It must have been a
unique sort of mud!
Race Results :