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Podium places at the 30th edition of the Grand Raid

Florence Darbellay, winner of the compeition over the full distance of the Grand Raid-BCVS in 2017, won this year another first place in the half-distance event. Except for the short distance Evolène-Grimetz she now has won the races of every distance. She may participate in this race next year just to make the score complete.

Chris Wegelin has also aligned himself over different distances in the past but never with an objective or chance to obtain a top place ranking. First participation was after buying his first mountain bike at age of sixty, second time at age of seventy and this time having passed the age of three-quarter of a century. Without any intention or dreaming if winning anything, thanks to a solid performance he came in second in the category e-mountain bikes. This vereran athlete thinks that, like for ski mountaineering races, being also fast on downhill is the key for getting good results.
He was the oldest racer of the total of the usually 3000 particiants. As a board member, he had posted CHIROSPORT  on his bike ;-)

Congratulations to both for their achievement !

The Grand Raid BCVS has staged this year the 30th edition. While the full distance remained the same, three shorter distances using the same track, were introduced over the years. While dandem bikes have their own category already for quite some years, a e-mountain bike category was introduced only two years ago. The Grand Raid is a race in the category of CCM (Cross Country Marathon) which is part of the UCI and Swiss Cycling.

The racing day was blessed with the best conditions that could be hoped for. The sun was out, temperatures were just perfect, the tracks were dry ... this 30th edition went down into history as the perfect racing day.

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