Just a few days earlier than taking the beginning of the Ultra-Tour des 4 Massifs (UT4M), Aurélien Collet shared a jog with Distances +, the time of 1 interview. He has been one of many easiest path runners in Ile-de-France, and even in France, for a number of years. He can be the organizer of two races together with the famend MaxiCross de Bouffémont (41 km, 1750 m D +). It is due to this fact fairly pure that we took the paths of this occasion which takes place in the center of the Montmorency forest, in the Val d’Oise.
It is below threatening clouds and on nonetheless very moist trails that this jogging begins. “I have already done 21 km and 1500 m of vertical drop this morning”, warns Aurélien Collet right away. However, to see him run, contemporary, one would possibly suppose that he’s setting off on his first meters of the day.
The path runner additionally finds that his legs are a lot better than in latest days, after having recovered from his participation in early June in the Tenerife Bluetrail (105 km, 6,180 m D +), his first competitors of the season. He discovered the ambiance fairly particular at this occasion, due to the sanitary protocol. “During the race, put gel on the entrance to the ravito, placed on the masks, I discover that it breaks the ambiance, he confides. . When you might be a path runner, you arrive on the ravito filled with sweat and snot and you place your palms in the peanuts ”, he illustrates jokingly.
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Aurélien Collet hadn’t missed the competitors that a lot, who had misplaced his habits a bit. “I actually appreciated the Covid interval on the sporting stage, as a result of I may very well be actually common and the extent of type was all the time good, says the runner. I used to be nice till Tenerife. Just earlier than, I rested and I put myself the distress on the race. It took me three weeks to recuperate. “He also had to regain his habits for logistics with” the preparations for the journey and the journey price a blind “, he says.
The Frenchman completed eighth in the Tenerife Bluetrail after having nonetheless led throughout the first 45 kilometers of the race. In addition to a few errors on the route, it was the altitude and particularly the ascent to Teide, the very best level at 3600 m, which made it lose its means. In a detailed account on his Strava account, he says he spent “2 hours 50 minutes in agony on the 9 km climb”.
Difficulty at excessive altitude for Ile-de-France residents
The altitude has usually been the worst enemy of the Ile-de-France runner. With a excessive level at an altitude of 210 m in the forest of Carnelles, the place “there is a lack of oxygen and where there is eternal snow”, quipped Aurélien, the runners of Ile-de-France will not be ready for working at excessive altitude.
“When we arrive in the mountains, which is still the cult place of trail running, we slap each other,” explains the runner of the Hoka One One workforce. Physically, we aren’t prepared for that! ”
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It is very the descents which pose essentially the most issues based on the path runner. Because if it’s not doable to work the distinction in stage on a single climb, a number of terrains in Île-de-France, together with the Montmorency forest, however enable it to be accrued by chaining many climbs.
Moreover, we depart a very easy path to take a small path overgrown with vegetation to succeed in “the roof” of the forest. From there, in good climate, it’s doable to see the Parisis massif the place the Trail des Châtaignes takes place (24 km, 970 m D +), the second race organized by Aurélien Collet, in addition to the Eiffel Tower and the district of La Defense, a stone’s throw from the path runner’s office.
Optimize your time
Father of two daughters, aged 7 years and seven months, Aurélien Collet says he’s always “in search of time”. As a consequence, he usually goes to his administrative center, in Suresnes, working or biking, “basket taf” or “VTTaf”, as he calls these outings on Strava.
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“If I am not motivated, my course is 22 markers and if I am motivated, I lengthen by zigzagging a little in the forest, he indicates. Sometimes, I cycle in the morning and I run home like that the next day, I go running and I come back by bike. Sometimes it also bugs because it’s raining, so I go on a motorbike and I find myself a bit like an idiot with my bike and my motorbike there, ”he provides jokingly.
We proceed our manner on the MaxiCross course, in the other way to the race, and go in entrance of a level recognized to the forest of Montmorency based on Aurélien: the Black Virgin, positioned on the slope of Montlignon.
Organization of Maxicross in ” off “
With the pandemic, Aurélien Collet couldn’t set up his race this winter, so to compensate, he arrange the 25 km course (1000 m D +) in ” off “From February 6 to June 6, 2021.” The city corridor had made the choice to not set up it and I didn’t discover that affordable, particularly since there was demand, particulars Aurélien. I mentioned to myself “I’m doing it, we’ll see”. A successful guess since 400 runners took half.
A participant even got here from Nantes particularly to do that off. “Every yr, he involves do the MaxiCross and this yr he could not, so he got here to do the off, tells the organizer. He took the prepare, we made an appointment, he made his off and he left. “
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Because in addition to organizing the race in this specific format, Aurélien Collet ran a lot with the members. “We would meet at the starting point at the castle (at the Château de la Chasse de Montlignon, editor’s note), they would tell me a tempo and I would take them at this pace, he recalls. I like showing off the massif, ”he provides as we method one of many uncommon asphalt sections of the course in the village of Montlignon.
It was Aurélien Collet who set the perfect time, 1 h 56 min and 38 s, taking part in hares for an additional runner.
This group may also have made it doable to introduce the race “in dry version” since, often, it takes place initially of February in situations, not less than, muddy, if not wet and even snowy. Despite every little thing, even in June, some elements are nonetheless very moist and slippery and we should stay vigilant to not fall.
In addition, a part of the registration charges have been donated to the Élise Princesse Courageuse affiliation, which fights towards pediatric cancers.
Strava moderately than Facebook
During a descent and a dialogue on the involvement of Aurélien Collet on social networks, it’s Strava who has his desire, moderately than Facebook et cie. “I prefer a Strava where there is 100% athlete on it and where there is a passion to share compared to networks like Facebook where you can have clampins who come to comment,” he says.
On his account of the social community for sportsmen, we clearly discover his actions, but additionally race experiences, opinions on Hoka One One merchandise (his sponsor) and different publications of every kind.
The hills and descents, brief, however moderately dry, observe each other and lead us in the direction of the Tour du Plumet, one other well-known level in the forest. If Aurélien doesn’t wish to have too many competitions, he’s ending his preparation for the 160 Challenge of UT4M (172 km, 11,330 m D +), a stage race that he has already gained twice (2016 and 2017).
“We leave less juice there than on an ultra and we keep more speed,” mentioned Aurélien Collet. It’s good when issues change! I admit that racing in a classic format amused me less than earlier than. “
According to him, this format corresponds extra to his capacities with comparatively brief distances (49 km for the longest stage) which favor his pace capacities and particularly these of revivals.
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His schedule just isn’t decided, however he must also take part in the Trail des Rois Maudits (59 km, 2640 m D +) alongside the cliffs on the banks of the Seine in Normandy, in September, the place he has already gained 4 instances in 4 participations. (from 2017 to 2020) and the Capadoccia Ultra-Trail (119 km, 3730 m D +) in Turkey in October. Two races at low altitude and which due to this fact fits him higher.
“I actually just like the course of the Cursed Kings! It’s a path to the relaunch with all the tip which may be very technical in order that fits me effectively, he describes. The Capadoccia is rolling so it’s going to correspond effectively to the profile of the Ile-de-France runner. It’s a very dry panorama with limestone cliffs, it is magical and unique. “
The jogging ends concurrently the solar comes again, evaluation of the 13 km outing for 436 m D +… and three ticks for Aurélien Collet. A great scrub after his morning exit and a good sequence for UT4M, which he’ll begin this Thursday July 15 till Sunday 18.