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France: The Uzès endurance spring races - Full Article

May 6 2017
Text provided by : Suzanne Marion

Uzès, France. from the 28 to the 30th of April.

Three days of races in Uzès, in the South of France, with on Friday a race day for young horses, Saturday was the biggest event with a 120km race and on Sunday 20km to 80km races.

Let’s focus on the 120km race, with two different departures: one for the CEI2* and amateur riders and fifteen minutes later for young and junior riders. In total 85 participants started on Saturday morning, including 16 combinations in CEIYJ2*.

After the first loop, it was Pascale Piazzalunga, with Tooyou de Gargassan, who took the lead of the race, doing the first loop of 30kms at a speed of 19,1 km/h. A group of 13 riders was less than two minutes behind her and until the third loop the leading group was composed of a lot of riders.

The young riders went less fast than the seniors and it was Lilou Tomas Arnaud riding Samirha du Mas who took the lead at a speed of 17,89km/h. Two minutes later came Carla Tomas with Ainhoa Fertit, Geoffrey Boulay associated to Qatar de Messey and Flore Alonso with Darko...

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