challenge Vichy

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28/08/2012 at 07:52

Well, we should have returned from France with an IM distance race under our belts but were scuppered by the weather.

We found out at bike racking on the Saturday that we had a 'level 2 heatwave' on our hands and that they could stop the race at any point during the event.  They made the decision late on Saturday night to turn the full into a half - we found out an hour and a half before race start.

It was 22 degrees at 5.30am.  I'm not sure how high it went.  Funnily enough, neither of us felt the heat until we stopped racing.

We're disappointed that we didn't get to race the full distance but they've offered a discount for entry to Barcelona or Henley next month or Vichy in 2013.  All options are currently under discussion.

The Challenge Vichy course is a scenic, fast course however there are a number of things they promised which they didn't deliver on:

  • text message race updates to a specified mobile
  • backpack (apparently they're going to post these out to everyone!!!)
  • visor cap
  • bike covers at racking
  • Formula 1 style swim start with bi-colour lights - no lights in sight, we got the blast of a horn like every other swim start.  Meldy knows how much I was looking forward to this

They also missed important points in their race pack and at briefing (eg lap bands on the run).

I know these are minor points and that it's only Vichy's 2nd year but the Challenge company has been established for 10 years and feel that they should be delivering on their promises.

28/08/2012 at 09:56

Sounds like you're a little underwhelmed, 'dillo. Sorry that it didn't live up to expectations. Must be gutting to set yourself up for a full distance race and have it shortened at the last minute. But hopefully you can make good use of the discounted entry for another one . Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll swerve this one after all.

04/09/2012 at 10:29

for anyone interested in this for 2013, they put the date back to 1st September to try to avoid the worst of the summer heat

M...eldy    pirate
04/09/2012 at 10:37

Lots happening on the 1st then 


Dillo ...pop down to Marlow again and i'll play with the traffic lights and beep my horn for you if you like   !!

04/09/2012 at 10:51

looks like it Moulds - so for those wanting a French day out on 1st Sep it's Chtriman or Vichy.   some might like to try Ironbask on Sep 7th  - www.ironbask.fr - we're doing the standard there this Saturday but there's a long, 1/2 and sprint on as well on the same day.   so between those 3  we have the North, Middle and SW France covered....

allez les pirates....

04/09/2012 at 10:52

Will be popping to Henley.  Took Challenge up on their offer of 20% discount - didn't want to waste all the training i've put in.  Must admit it's proving difficult to motivate myself for Henley having 'peaked' for Vichy.

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
04/09/2012 at 11:32

1 September sounds like a better date for Vichy, starting to think about it again now.

10/03/2013 at 06:34

Hi Pirates,

Here is our new video presentation of Challenge Vichy 2013

On Sept. 1, 1600 triathletes are expected on the banks of the river Allier to compete in the ETU European Championships Long Distance Triathlon and Vichy Half triathlon, 750 athletes have already registered, + 33% compared to the same period in 2012.
Challenge Vichy presents you a teaser of 3' about their 5 days triathlon fest : http://vimeo.com/61004742

Have a nice week-end


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