Posted in News on Thursday, August 1, 2019 by The Beachcomber Tours Correspondent
The 6th edition of the UTRB was marked by spectacular sceneries, a warm atmosphere and chills. All the ingredients were there to make this trail a huge success, and so, in spite of the bad weather. More than 1500 trailers and hikers from all categories had the time of their lives the weekend of July 27 and 28. Some 200 artisans of Beachcomber group were also among the participants as well as famous trailers including Maxime Cazajous, the French ambassador of the 2019 edition.
This year, the not to be missed “Trail des 7 couleurs by Raidlight & Beachcomber” (100 km) was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. Some tracks were impassable and dangerous. The trailers who enrolled for the 100 km race, were invited to participate in the 47 km race (Trail de la Perruche by Air France). The trailers were registered for the three different tracks offered by Beachcomber Events: the “Trail de la Perruche by Air France” (47 km), the “Trail du Nautile by Transcontinent” (25 km) and the “Trail du Souffleur” (10 km) which rounded off the competition.
Maxime Cazajous won the 47 km race on the men’s side with a time of 5.04.11. Mauritian Léa Cavalier shone on the women’s side with a time of 06.32.53. For the 25 km race, Fréderic Ducheman from Reunion Island crossed the finish line with a time of 01.50.53. Deanne Horn from South Africa won this race on the women’s side with a time of 2.08.53. Finally, Jean Marie Cadet from Reunion Island sealed with 10 km race with a time of 00.39.33 while Deanne Horn once again finished the race first with a time of 00.45.13.
The CEO of Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, Gilbert Espitalier-Noël, who was present at the prize giving ceremony, commented the great participation at the UTRB in spite of the bad weather. “Thank you for facing and overcoming the bad weather. Thank you to all our friends from abroad who flew in for the UTRB. I thank Shandrani Beachcomber for the welcome. Congratulations to Arianne Devienne Bellepeau, our Leisure & Events Manager, and the entire team for the organisation. I know it was not easy this year because of the weather,” he highlighted.
Arianne Devienne Bellepeau, for her part, is very satisfied with the outcome of the competition. “UTRB 2019 was filled with emotions. There were amazing tracks, exceptional food for refuelling, dedicated teams, and happy participants. I really want to congratulate all the participants and all the artisans who were there last weekend in spite of the bad weather. Congratulations to everyone and thank you so much for your support!”, she emphasises while thanking all the loyal sponsors and partners without whom, the Ultra Trail Raidlight Beachcomber would not exist.
See you for a new edition in 2020!
Click here to see UTRB 2019 Official video