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The Alpine Lakes Tour in France has once again delivered on the double: a great event and a great recap video.
The Tour, which begins each year with the almighty GlaGla Race and includes the epic “BAT Race,” continued on the weekend with the aptly-named Very Flat Race, which takes place on placid Lake Aiguebelette in the French Alps.
This year’s event was dominated by the Teulade Brothers, while the day also featured the epic Red Dragon showdown (we’ll be at the Dragon World Championship at the end of August).
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Highlights from last week’s epic “BAT Race” aka paddling on an underground lake in Switzerland. Bucket list.
Every stage of the amazing Alpine Lakes Tour is unique, and Saturday’s race in Switzerland was absolutely no exception. After the massive GlaGla Race was held on Lake Annecy in the snowy depths of winter, the second event took place on another alpine lake. But this one was a little more protected from the elements…
Sitting about 50 metres below the surface, Saint-Leonard is the largest underground lake in Europe, which creates a very special setting for the very special BAT Race. Competitors on Red Paddle Co inflatables race through near-darkness around a cave that’s 250 metres long but only about 10-20 metres wide. → READ MORE
Another weekend, another round of interesting races around the world. And this week’s clear theme is the word under, with the SUPs Downunder race in Australia and the underground (literally) BAT Race in Switzerland set to dominate the news cycle.
First up will be the “SUPs Downunder” race in Oz, which has morphed into a double downwinder after stormy seas shut down the original course. While this is the inaugural Downunder race, the simple fact it’s held on Queensland’s Gold Coast – home of last week’s epic 12 Towers and a paddling mecca in general – means it should be a pretty solid showing. → READ MORE
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Last month, we traveled to France for one of the biggest races in the world: the epic “GlaGla” race on the very beautiful (and absolutely freezing cold) Lake Annecy. Joining us in the French Alps was Travis Grant, the 3x Molokai champion and all-round legend of the sport (who’s used to the much warmer waters of Hawaii).
We stayed at the NSP house in the mountains where we went snowboarding, ate far too much cheese, and enjoyed an awesome side-trip around an awesome race. In the first of our Paddle Vlogs, here’s how it looked behind the scenes…
Tom Auber and Melanie Lafenetre have won the 2018 GlaGla Race, as hundreds of paddlers braved the freezing cold French Alps to produce one of the largest races our sport has ever seen.
Tom claimed victory for the home nation after a frantic finish with Leo Nika — it was a literal photo finish, which is heartbreaking for Leo as it repeats the exact same scenario from 12 months ago. Italian Martino Rogai was just behind in third after pushing hard over the final kilometres, while Molokai hero Travis Grant had to settle for fourth place following a high-paced sprint to the line. The lead quartet stuck together for almost the entire 14km race, with Federico Esposito and Yanis Maire the only ones who could stay within shouting distance.
In the women’s it was all Melanie, with the 17-year-old from St. Maxime opening a commanding lead early and never looking back.
But the real story from this year’s GlaGla adventure was just how many paddlers stood on the start line. With just under 500 paddlers signed up for this crazy, cold water classic, the GlaGla is officially one of the biggest (by one measure it’s the #2 race in the world right now).
Full results from the short distance and long distance over on the official timing site.
You can also watch a full replay of our GlaGla Race Facebook Live stream.
A massive “merci beaucoup” to Benoit and the crew from the Alpine Lakes Tour, as well as title sponsor Red Paddle Co, for helping make this amazing event happen. See you back in the French Alps in January 2019!
We’re just under two weeks away from the first big race of the seasons, the GlaGla Race in the freezing cold French Alps, and what a showdown it’s shaping up to be. Over 430 paddlers have signed up to brave the chilly waters of Lake Annecy on January 20th, and SUP Racer will be there with special guest Travis Grant to live stream the whole show on Facebook.
The GlaGla Race is also the first “points race” of season 2018, something you’ll be hearing a lot more about next week. But until then, enjoy this awesome aerial look back at last year’s event (and head over to glaglarace.com if you want to register and join the adventure).
2018 is only hours old, but we’re already gearing up for the first big race of the season. And by big, I mean BIG.
One of my funnest adventures of 2017 was a last-minute trip to the French Alps to experience a truly unique stand up paddling event: The GlaGla Race. Held on the near-freezing waters of beautiful Lake Annecy and surrounded by tall, snow-capped peaks, the GlaGla Race is part-race/part-adventure, and this year it’s expected to attract more than 400 brave competitors to this chilly corner of France. → READ MORE
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Here’s a great view of the Alpine Lakes Tour race in Lake Bourget on the weekend, which was the final stop of the 2017 series. Add the first stop of next year’s Tour to your calendar right now: the famous “GlaGla Race” on Lake Annecy is set for Saturday January 20th, 2018.
Following the massive success of the GlaGla race back in January, the second stage of the 2017 Alpine Lakes Tour took place on the weekend at Lake Aiguebelette (no, I can’t pronounce it either) in the French Alps.
Aiguebelette is a famously quiet lake in a nature reserve where the wind hardly blows and motorboats are forbidden, which makes for dead flat water conditions. It’s actually famous for its rowing events with the world championships taking place here a couple of years ago. → READ MORE
The New Year brings with it fresh new excitement and anticipation, so today I’m starting a new feature called ‘Next stop…’ that’ll focus on the races I’m really excited about traveling to and being part of in 2017.
Over the coming weeks and months, I’m going to highlight some of the awesome international events that offer paddlers incredible experiences. And my first stop in the new year is Lake Annecy, France for the GlaGla Race on Jan 21. → READ MORE
While the crew in Carolina were freezing their butts off and the Californians were enjoying a crisp morning at the Hanohano on Saturday, over in France there was yet another cold water race taking place.
The ‘GlaGla’ race, now in its third year, celebrates both the extremes of French winter and the beautiful scenery of the alpine lakes. → READ MORE
Well so much for the off season. Just like that, the SUP racing calendar has fired back up, with this weekend playing host to three great races across three different time zones.
From San Diego to North Carolina to the Caribbean to France, Saturday is going to be a busy one.
Here’s a quick preview of each race… → READ MORE
Yesterday I wrote an article about the beloved SUP 11 City Tour, where I labeled the famous Dutch stage race the “world’s most unique” stand up paddling event. Yet within just 24 hours I think we have a challenger to that title, because I’ve just gotten word of a new race in Europe that sounds beyond unique.
On March 14, Switzerland will play host to the world’s first underground SUP race. Yes, underground. As in, under the ground… → READ MORE
Check out this cool edit from the recent GlaGla SUP Race in the Alps. The cold water event attracted over 100 paddlers to Lake Annecy, which is in the freezing cold but incredibly beautiful mountains of eastern France.
The term “GlaGla” is apparently derived from the sound your teeth make when they’re chattering in the cold. And the race certainly lived up to it’s name: Winners had to stand on a podium covered in snow & ice while pretty much everyone was wearing either a wetsuit or even a drysuit. Yes, it was bloody cold. → READ MORE