By Clement Gousseau
Published on 8 Jul 22 at 10:16
Florian Moreau, runner from Domfront in Poiraie (adorns) took 2nd place in the Race Across France Friday, June 24, 2022.
News: You have simply participated in the troublesome Race Across France. What have been your motivations?
Florian Moreau: It’s a good race, with many landscapes. It’s fairly cool to cross France in a week. I needed to go on an journey. Initially, I needed to race with a good friend. We began coaching in February, however he injured his knee. He did not get better. At the finish of April, I requested myself the query of racing alone. In this case, the thought was to attempt to obtain a efficiency.
How did you put together?
I educated a lot, notably covering the 1,000 km round Brittany in two days. I additionally toured the Channel and the Cotentin. This allowed me to coach for 3 lengthy distances in addition to a few races in May.
A take a look at with out help
How was the race?
FM: I left Le Touquet on Saturday June 18 at 6:32 p.m. We have been 120 runners. We all left a minute aside. We skirted the Normandy coast reaching Saint-Malo earlier than heading in the direction of the Alps till the end close to Cannes. I had by no means taken half in this 2,575 km occasion. I selected to compete in the unassisted class. We needed to handle to search out the place to sleep, the place to eat, to restore our bike. Mine weighed between 15 and 18 kg.
You lastly completed on the second step of the podium, 4 hours behind the winner. Did you count on this end result?
FM: Not in any respect, I used to be aiming for the high 10, however not that top. I stayed in the lead till the 2,000th km. After, I had a blow of less properly. I believe I have not eaten sufficient. The winner, Steven Le Hyaric, slept just one hour. He had extra expertise than me.
A stage of the Tour de France
What recollections do you’ve got of this race?
FM: It was actually nice, we went by way of legendary passes in the Alps (Alpe d’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Iseran). Everyone round me obtained hooked and adopted the race.
Do you hope to take first place subsequent 12 months?
FM: I’m motivated to attempt to do one thing pretty much as good and see extra at a related race subsequent 12 months. I’ve additionally simply accomplished the circuit for the Tour de France stage on July 14. We left Briançon through Alpe d’Huez and the Col de la Croix de Fer. I do know I’m a higher runner in the lengthy runs than in the brief runs.
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