Representing France Age 57 Home Pau at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains Occupation Lecturer at Toulouse University at the Tarbes Bastillac Campus where I work with newly recruited young teachers and with the training of students in industrial computing for the Mechanical and Production Engineering Diploma.
Amateur racing cyclist for many years with some participation in tour circuits. After that, I have run numerous marathons and a few triathlons. Since a few years, I’m riding on a low racer recumbent bike with an annual mileage of more than 10.000 km and approximately 100.000 m D+ and I ski a lot during the winter.
Tell us a bit about your background
Weathered traveller, a tad Giro Gearloose, I enjoy tinkering and creating Human Powered Vehicle or electro-solar car . I regret that today, the excess standardization hinders our ability to invent new things.
Why did you sign up for IncaDivide ?
“The IncaDivide” : the complementarity between many aptitudes. Like a ocean racing, Ultra Cycling Race requires human qualities, sporting abilities and technological capabilities. I have always been attracted to endurance. It is a way to find myself, to recharge my batteries. The IncaDivide across the beautiful cultural landscapes from Andes Mountains is the ideal trip for that.
What bike/equipment are you planning to use ?
Regarding the specific contexts of the Incadivide itinerary, I believe that lightweight and high performance High racer recumbent bike is the right choice. I figured out the « Schlitter Encore » would be the most appropriate recumbent bike for the IncaDivide Race. The « Bacchetta Giro » could be an alternative choice .
You won the SunTrip in 2015 (7000km in 25 days). Can you tell us more about this experience?
The Suntrip is the world’s biggest solarbicycle race.
The 2015’s route was a loop from Milan (Italia) to Turkey ranging roughly 7000 km, with the possibility to ride in one direction or another, and two checkpoints : Cappadocia and Antalya.
To ride 7000 km in 25 days, it means a lot of time spent on my bike, waking up at 4:30 AM, on my recumbent bike from 5 AM until 8:30 PM. Especially on the first 15 days in particular until Cappadocia where the race was perpetual with Raf as we alternatively took the first position.
My best memory, the day of the arrival in Antalya : Luckily I didn’t know the elevation profil for that stage before making it : on that morning I decided to go as far Antalya. I arrived at 8:30 PM in Antalya… an extraordinary moment after 385 km and 4000 D+. On this particular day, I thought a part of the SunTrip has been played.
The roughest part : When it started raining, especially on the last part coming up Balkans with the bad roads in Bulgaria, I was producing almost no energy and I knew that to win I had to ride 200 km per day minimally. To ride 200 km per day on bad roads, I could not ride faster than 15 km/h, so I pedaled under the rain with headwind 15-16 hours a day. It was the case in Bulgaria, in Serbia and at the beginning in Croatia.
The greatest reward : The win in Milan on 2 July 2015 after 7000 km in 25 days with 2 days over the second one. It’s the vitory of a team after an intensive year and a half of preparation, projects and work. The dream came true !
Where can people follow you?
I have little need for using Cycling Tracking applications. I prefer listen to my body, to my physical sensations. I have created Stava account especially for IncaDivide !
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My goal is to be able to run in 20 days to complete the 3500 km of this exploration race self supported.