The Centaure Raid 2021, organized under the aegis of the FITE, took place from 26 to 28 November 2021, in Sommant in Bourgogne (71, France). For the 50 years of this test, the organizer wanted an outstanding event: mission accomplished!
" All ingredients were brought together to ensure that this Centaure took place in the best possible conditions. Riders from Belgium, England and Spain were present to compete with French riders whose where present in force ", explains Jean de Châtillon, organizer of this test.
64 riders, representing 38 starting groups (individuals, groups of 2 and 3) faced temperatures between -4 and 3°and heavy snowfall on the Morvan, bringing joy around the riders.
"The first stage with starts staggered between 11:30 p.m. and 2:38 a.m. covered a distance of 76 km, the heights of snow on the plateaus having slowed down the competitors, the organization neutralized the course at 62th kilometer. […] The event was announced as serious, it was, the riders lacking in skill and experience therefore logically paid the price…
The two short breaks allowing the riders to eat, drink and warm up were welcome. For the record, 350 eggs and as many slices of bacon were consumed between 4 and 9 a.m.!”
Over 38 starting groups, only 26 took the departure for the second phase, with a distance of 31 km, because of the tiredness of riders or the wish to preserve horses tired after the first 17 hours of ride.
- Lyse Mougel
- Nicolas Dauptain
- Marie Hennebert
Group of 2 ranking:
- Julia Nael and Vincent Combes
- Solene Babeau and Eric Soeuvre
- Salomé Stanghellini and Pierre Altimir
Vainqueur classement équipe de 3 : Morvan Python Galloping Circus – Caroline Brammer, Kirsty Adams et Kate Gilliam
Jean de Châtillon congratulates all the participants and specifies that " a Centaure is an event to not miss for the lovers of orienteering on horseback and challenging oneself. All horses finished the event in healthy conditions.”
See you next year, probably in Loire-Atlantique!
Learn more about :
— Go to the organizer's website
— Go to the Raid du Centaure website
Pictures @A Hue et A Dia