By Thibaud Delafosse
Published on 29 Mar 22 at 13:05
Julien Lafargue has had fabulous leads to worldwide sled canine occasions. After his sixth place obtained in January 2022 on the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc, the most demanding race inEuropethe musher residing in Vast (Handle) positioned fifth general in the Lekkarod.
A household race, targeted on the well-being of mushers and canine.
Organized from March 12 to twenty, 2022 in the Alpsthat worldwide check introduced collectively round thirty groups from throughout Europe. Existing since 2015, the Lekkarod is a step in the World Cup. “We left the station of Chamrousseto end in Haute Maurienne passing through the Haute-Savoie. There were nine stages, from about 30 to 45 kilometers each”, sums up Julien Lafargue, satisfied with his performance.
However, everything did not go as planned. Some of his eight Alaskans (he was entered in the six-dog sled class) experienced leg problems at the beginning of the adventure while he “hugged the podium”.
“As we evolved on spring snow, the latter was inserted between the pads, causing inflammation. Fortunately, there was a huge veterinary staff, who managed to treat them quickly. But for a few stages, I couldn’t compete with my main team, which made me lose a bit of time,” says the 29-year-old.
Thanks to “two last very nice stages”when all the canine have been operational once more, the musher lastly managed to keep up himself in the prime 5 of the normal classification and its class.
He completed virtually an hour behind the winner, with nice satisfaction. “The goal was to do higher than on the Grande Odyssée. The truth that each one the canine have been capable of resort at the finish is already a terrific victory. The Lekkarod is a protracted competitors, you may’t management all the components”, puts Julien Lafargue into perspective, surrounded in his adventure by two handlerspresent to help and care for the dogs between races.
A proud musher
dog behavior, 2 to 10 years oldis also a source of contentment for those who propose baptisms and rides on a sleigh. “They ramped up, it was pretty easy for them. We could almost have continued on a new race! They were in good shape. Special mention to Bonny, the oldest animal in the team.
It was his final aggressive season. Despite all the pieces, she held on for 3 consecutive levels. And she is still so quick!
Julien and his canine will now take pleasure in the small wooded paths of the Cotentin, to coach, and to relaxation. Before returning to the snow in the month of January 2023in Sweden. “We will now not be racing over medium distances, however relatively over lengthy distances which cowl between 80 and 130 km per stage. It might be simpler for us. On medium distances, we discover it troublesome to compete in opposition to sooner specialised groups. Next winter guarantees to be prolific for Julien Lafargue.
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