The 'Born to Ride' is a randonnée, a pioneer of the new wave of long distance and independent adventures. It is not a race. There are no lap times, no tracker. Instead it's based on the old principle of Audax rides, where checkpoints connect your route and validate your journey. The distance must also be covered within a timeframe. This year the route was about 1200km (745 miles) and had to be completed in no more than 120 hours.
Each year the theme changes, too. Having participated in all the Born to Ride editions since they were started in 2016, I was glad I could adjust my schedule, like many of us, to make this year's edition 'L’appel des forêts' [The call of the forests] which started in Rambouillet on the 7th August 2020 at 2:05pm.
I finished 4 days and less than a handful hours later at altitude, in the Pyrenean mountains, on the shores of Lake Oredon.
Despite a singular and unprofitable choice of a single track from the first few meters, we got off to a good start. With Simon, a comrade in life and a partner assumed on this hike, we adopted a sustained and fluid pace from the start to “orbit”. Basically, it comes down to leaving quickly, but not too much, to get …
The hilly courses of the Massif Central were a real pleasure. The opportune choice of routes took me from bivouacs to small passes, from new encounters with occasional road partners to joining CP3 in quite honorable times.Over the kilometers and despite a dying physical condition, morale returned and the adventure found its way, meaning, a goal.Jokes, sandwiches, a …
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"It's hot, very". This section was sucked in by time, weighed down by the sun, as if evaporated from my memories. It seems to me that I have gritted my teeth. Having had a stomach ache. Not having slept very well, a little on a bench, a little in a field, a little on a church square, nothing long, very brief. I remember not remembering, having only one desire, to see the Pyrenees. We call it the emotional elevator.
And everything takes its place, once again.
CP4 in my pocket, it's an impromptu Asian dinner with several riders crossed towards Villemur that will put me back on my feet.I don't feel like gardening on the back roads and had planned plans B, C, D and E to reach the finish.Very well equipped with front and rear lights, …
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