Sylvaine Cussot and Manon Bohard received hand in hand, this Wednesday in Cape Verde, the Treg Cabo Trail, a self-orienting race of 115 km and 7,000 m of vertical drop bringing collectively solely 27 individuals. Anecdotal? The two younger girls received in entrance of the greatest ultra-traileur in the world, François D’haene, sufferer of a warmth stroke.
The sporting consequence of this confidential occasion, which consists of a crossing of the island of Sao Antão in Cape Verde, might have gone unnoticed if it had not been the scene of François D’haene’s return to path competitors, after extra one yr with out a bib. Faced with 26 different opponents, all amateurs besides for 2 girls, Sylvaine Cussot and Manon Bohard, the three-time winner of the UTMB was off to an excellent first solo expertise with the intention to check himself this season, underneath the oppressive warmth of the archipelago off Africa.
D’haene’s violent heatstroke
With virtually two hours ahead at the midway level, he was heading in direction of a sure victory when the first indicators of weak spot compelled him to decelerate. Victim of a violent heatstroke, cramps, François D’haene was compelled to cease at the 62nd kilometer to get well. A break which lastly lasted almost 10 hours and which allowed its first pursuers, Sylvaine Cussot and Manon Bohard, to take it over and widen the hole to complete hand in hand at the end after 25:38 of effort.
François D’haene. (C. Angot / Linka Production)
Decided to complete, François D’haene managed to succeed in the end line after 28h48 of racing. Eleven runners managed to complete the course.
The occasions stamped “Treg” are identified to specialists to supply demanding programs in relatively unique locations for path races (Ethiopia, Chad, Cuba …). If they solely carry collectively just a few dozen individuals in every occasion, they stand out for his or her aesthetic and wild dimension: the programs go off the overwhelmed observe and identified massifs for the apply of path operating.