Race Across France : deux québécois participent à l'édition 2023

Race Across France: two Quebecers will be part of the 2023 edition

Two daring Decathlon Quebecers have embarked on an incredible challenge: the Race Across France. What exactly is this grueling event? What are the objectives that these brave souls are pursuing? Fear not, for we are here to provide you with all the answers you seek!

With their good looks and youthful energy, David and Jesse might seem to have it all. But they also possess a daring spirit that has led them to undertake an incredible challenge: completing the Race Across France. This grueling 2,500 km bicycle race traverses some of the most iconic and legendary roads in France, featuring a daunting elevation gain of 35,000+. Their objective is to cross the finish line in under 10 days, relying solely on the high-quality gear provided by Decathlon Canada. It's a bold and audacious bet, but David and Jesse are ready to take it on.

Race Across France : deux québécois participent à l'édition 2023

The Race Across France (RAF), what is it?

The Race Across France is a daunting ultra-endurance cycling competition that takes riders on an epic journey from the northern town of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to the southern city of Mandelieu-la-Napoule, covering an astounding distance of 2,500 km. The race demands that participants complete the entire route in less than 10 days, while managing their own sleep and nutrition. This is a true test of endurance that attracts cyclists from all corners of the globe, including our two Quebec-based riders, David and Jesse, who are passionate and skilled enthusiasts of the sport.

Race Across France : deux québécois participent à l'édition 2023

The RAF 2023: Routes, Course, and Details - 300, 500, 1,000, and 2,500 km

The Race Across France offers four different courses:

- 300 km: From Mandelieu-la-Napoule to Mandelieu-la-Napoule // 5,000 meters elevation gain // 24 hours maximum
- 500 km: From St Jean en Royans to Mandelieu-la-Napoule // 10,000 meters elevation gain // 40 hours maximum
- 1,000 km: From Megève to Mandelieu-la-Napoule // 23,000 meters elevation gain // 5 days maximum
- 2,500 km: From Le Touquet-Paris-Plage to Mandelieu-la-Napoule // 35,000 meters elevation gain // 10 days maximum

Our two Decathlon riders have chosen to take on the longest and most challenging course. They will cross 21 departments and climb 65 official mountain passes.

David and Jesse: Who are they?

David Roy Proulx - 34 years old - Store Manager

I've been cycling for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until four years ago that I started taking it more seriously. I currently ride an average of 14,000 to 15,000 km each year, even while working full-time. Rain or shine, hot or cold, I ride year-round. I'm a cyclist who values both performance and utility, and I enjoy keeping things simple whether I'm traveling or pushing my limits. While I started competing in 2022, my true passion lies in ultra-distance/endurance cycling. In my spare time, I find great satisfaction in maintaining and tinkering with my bikes.

Jesse Cabon - 36 years old - Bike Sales Director

I've been an avid competitive cyclist since I was just seven years old. As a former nationally-ranked mountain and road cyclist in France, I've had the opportunity to experience high-level competition first-hand. Throughout my career, I've managed to achieve multiple podiums and victories in mountain biking, road cycling, and cyclocross races. I would describe myself as an explosive and versatile cyclist who is comfortable riding on any type of terrain.

Race Across France : deux québécois participent à l'édition 2023
Race Across France : deux québécois participent à l'édition 2023

Training for an ultra-endurance cycling race: Several months of preparation

Training for an ultra-endurance cycling race is a rigorous process that requires a combination of physical and mental efforts. Participants must accumulate countless hours of cycling practice to improve their endurance and ability to maintain a steady pace for long periods of time. Specific training sessions to improve power and speed are also important to be competitive in sprints and climbs.

Cyclists must also focus on their nutrition and sleep to maximize their performance over the entire distance of the race. Ultimately, the training must prepare riders to cope with discomfort and mental fatigue associated with an ultra-endurance race. Our two participants started their training six months in advance, at the beginning of 2023. Due to the Quebec winter, they have to train indoors during this time before hitting the road again in the spring.

Our advice blog covers a wide range of topics related to cycling, including training, nutrition, time management, and equipment. Whether you're a beginner looking to get started or an experienced cyclist aiming to improve your skills, we have tips and advice to help you achieve your goals. And if you're feeling particularly ambitious, we encourage you to take on a challenge this year, whether it's a long-distance ride or a competitive race. So follow our blog and let us help you take your cycling to the next level!


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