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World’s first underground SUP race to be held in the Swiss Alps!

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underground sup race swiss alps 1Next March French Alpine Lakes Tour SUP tournament launches the world’s first underground stand up paddling competition on Europe’s largest underground lake in St-Léonard, Valais, Switzerland on 14th March 2015.

Riders will compete in sprint races in a double elimination tournament. Time for strolling on the lake and fun activities are also on the day’s schedule.

The event is baptised Bat Race in reference to the mammals that populate the cave where the event will take place.

Registration, limited to 40 riders, opens on 24th February 2015 at 20:00 CET.

Annecy (France), 25th January 2015

Recently named a candidate for “the world’s most beautiful SUP race series” shortlist on supracer.com, the Alpine Lakes Tour features races on the Alps’ most breathtaking lakes. No waves or coconut trees – here it’s crystal turquoise water, wild nature and snowy peaks that build the stage on which the tour’s competitors race year-round since 2013. Initially held in France and Switzerland, in 2015 the tournament will extend its reach to Italy with a race in the city of Turin. The tour launches its third edition with this world premiere organised with Swiss partner Alps SUP.

Lake St-Léonard is Europe’s largest underground lake. The about 300 m long pool is housed in a cave hidden in mountainside in the beautiful region of Valais, known for its vineyards, apricot orchards and world-class ski resorts. Mostly unaffected by the seasons change, the lake’s water is at a constant 11°C year-round and the air temperature in the cave averages 15°C. The lake is open to the public from March to October and can be visited through guided tours, which bring visitors on a rowing boat tour through the lake’s several bays.
Stand up paddling on the lake is forbidden and has been granted exclusively to the Alpine Lakes Tour for this unique event!

Access to the event will be granted upon prior registration only.
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Event description
In order to avoid overcrowding and guarantee the lake’s magic stillness to all participants, registration is limited to 40 entrants. 25 further non-competitors can register as spectators. They will have the chance to paddle on the lake and take part to the SUP game scheduled at mid-event. One-design 12’6 inflatable race boards will be provided by the organiser. Competitors will be free to use their own paddles.

The tournament includes 3 rounds of which all competitors will race at least the first two. A different course and distance is planned for each round:

[table width=”100%”] Round,Approx. distance,Buoy turns,Competitors per heat
Round 1,1 km,3,4
Round 2,550 m,4,4
Round 3,550 m,1,5
Final,1 km,3,6
[/table]

It’s a tradition of the Alpine Lakes Tour to organise a SUP game (a SUP-related innovative and fun activity) at each event. Such a game will take place at one end of the lake at mid-event and will be open to all competitors, spectators and volunteers. Extra boards will be provided for free strolling on the remainder of the lake.

Schedule
08:45 Check-in and bib pick-up
09:15 – 11:15 Round 1
11:30 – 12:20 Round 2
12:00 Lunch buffet with regional specialities
12:20-13:30 SUP game and free access to the lake
13:30 – 14:20 Round 2 – losers
14:35 – 14:55 Round 3 – winners
14:55 – 15:15 Round 3 – losers
15:30 Final
15:55 Award ceremony
16:00 – 16:30 free access to the lake

Organisers
Widiwici is a French social platform born with the mission of bringing people together trough sporting activities. widiwici is the head and heart of the Alpine Lakes Tour and the initiator of the mid-winter Gla Gla Race, whose 2nd edition took place last 24th January on Lake Annecy and was attended by over 100 SUP riders.

Alps SUP is a local SUP association from Western Switzerland. It provides SUP lessons, organises trainings and activities for its members and sets up public SUP events. In 2014 it launched the first SUP night race of Switzerland. A a regional tournament with 4 thematic races, the SUP Sunset Trophy, is scheduled for the coming summer.

Event website www.alpinelakestour.com

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