les Bains - France
Emirates Endurance World Masters Ride - September 21st 2002
Néris les Bains
A Ride report by Ken Low
"Auvergne Equestre Endurance" organized their first CEI**
Masters Ride on the 21st. September in the delightful spa town of
Néris les Bains.
ride took place in favorable weather conditions, and although there
were certain muddy spots due to previous heavy rain overall the
going was generally good.
first 2 stages, respectively 38 and 32 kms. which were considered
to be the most technically difficult due to undulating terrain did
not take as big a toll as had been originally visualized. The 4th.
and final stage of 28 kms. was a very fast galloping stage, which
led to a very exciting finish.
winner, Virginie Atger riding Eleis d'Aurable, having averaged 16.58
km./hr. on the first 3 stages moved up from 6th. place to cross
the winning line at a speed of 22.44 km./hr. for an overall average
of 17.57 km./hr.
second place was Sonia Bourle riding Pilaf at a speed of 17.57 km./hr.
Third place being taken by Sandrine Blot riding Filants, at a speed
of 17.49 km./hr.
first Masters rider, Philippe Tomas riding Kandahar du Pech came
in at 5th. place.
Out of the 120 starters, which included competitors from the UK,
USA, Switzerland and Belgium, 70 qualified.
organizers have to be congratulated on the success of their first
international ride, and promise an even more exciting ride next
year, with an increased support from the regional and local authorities
who were delighted and surprised by the enthusiasm and sheer numbers
of the riders and their helpers.
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