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Robert Diez Noguera makes it two in row in Florac

Ispagnac, Florac, France. Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 September 2017.

Ispagnac, Florac a little town situated in the south of France,  is the oldest 160km endurance ride in Europe.
It was event organiser, Jean-Paul Boudon’s vision to invite the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nayhan’s BI (Boudheib Initiative) protocol.

On Thursday, there were two races with CEI2* 120km and CEI1* 80km.
Ludovic Saroul – FRA (Noam Jednostka) claimed victory in the CEI2* 120km ahead of Elisabeth Hardy – BEL (Helwa) and Joan Rovira Viñeta – ESP (Omnium de Vinyoles).

Endurance World Florac. Riding together.Podium places in the CEI1* 80km were for winner is Marine Saigne – FRA (Sheitan De Beaubeck) with Gurvan Millin – FRA (Zephyr d’Ispagnac) in second place whilst third place was for Barbara Chavardes – FRA (Avatar du Golo).

Main event of the Florac week-end was the mythical “160kms de Florac”. Even more fabulous than the previous’ years due to some modifications on the track, set up by the organizer association “Lozère Endurance Equestre”.

We could notice the annulment of two vet-gates on La Bessède and La Citerne, resulting the second and the third loop being two big loops of 40km each. But the most important novelty was to reinstate the climb of the Montmirat col on the last loop.

Considered by everyone as the final judge, this loop consisted of a 10km climb and a 13km downhill, a highlight that was not in place since 2009.

The other novelty was the creation of the Best Endurance Challenge Award (BECA), already used in Camprieu (2016).

It was an early start in Florac at 04:30am before sunrise for 54 combinations riding the first loop of 33km with the vet gate at Barre des Cévennes.
Three Omani riders Faisal Al Farsi (Khara El Nedj), Ali Al Farsi (Khandjar Du Boulve) and Sami Al Bulushi (Penchab Sully) took the lead followed by three other riders less than two minutes behind.

Endurance World Florac. A lone rider.The second loop of 40km took the riders from Barre des Cévennes to Camprieu, which included the Mont Aigoual. The loop started at an altitude of 920 meters and Mont Aigoual has an altitude of 1,567 meters. On the climb some riders decided to run next to their horse, like Joel Marescassier – FRA (Radia). At the summit under a cover of fog and rain with temperature of 7°C it was Robert Diez Noguera – ESP (Sunnit du Colombier) who arrived the first in a group with eight other combinations.
Gaps started to show and it took four minutes before the second group arrived with Marion Wasilewski – FRA (Taiga d’Argane), Emilie Kuntz – FRA (Rafale d’Aurabelle), Joel Marescassier and Evelyne Bouye – FRA (Quadix Charriere).

After the second loop, Daniel Ollivier – FRA (Pot Made) was leading, followed by Caroline Denayer – FRA (Papillon du Parc) and Ali Al Farsi. The faster riders did this loop at a speed below 15km/h. Nine combinations stayed on Camprieu with their horses being lame or having metabolic problems.

For the third loop, they had to descend towards Meyrueis, with another climb on the Causse Méjan. At the Chanet vet gate it was again Daniel Ollivier who took the first place with a recovery time of 2min40, followed by four other combinations in less than 5 minutes. After this vet gate another five horses retired.

Endurance World Florac. Omani rider.Before the start of the last loop it was still Daniel Ollivier in the lead thanks to the good recovery times he had the whole day. His closest pursuers were Ali Al Farsi on 1min29, Caroline Denayer at 3min57 and Robert Diez Noguera at 5min31.

The big decider of this Florac rce was expected to be at the top of the Montmirat col and it was Robert Diez Noguera who reached the summit three minutes in front of Daniel Ollivier and six on Ali Al Farsi.

Robert Diez Noguera kept the lead doing the last loop at the speed of 19,59km/h. Impressive result as this a back to back victory with the same horse.

Daniel Ollivier, who rode and finished for the first time this race at age of 66,  dominated most of the race and could hold on to his second place.  He won the Best Endurance Challenge Award. Ali Al Farsi completed the podium and was awarded with best condition.

Text provided by: Suzanne Marion
Photo credit: Suzanne photos and Leigh Young


Florac results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Florac 2017-09-07. CEI1* 80km
1stMarine SaigneFRASheitan De Beaubeck
2ndGurvan MillinFRAZephyr d'Ispagnac
3rdBarbara ChavardesFRAAvatar du Golo
Florac 2017-09-07. CEI2* 120km
1stLudovic SaroulFRANoam Jednostka
2ndElisabeth HardyBELHelwa
3rdJoan Rovira ViñetaESPOmnium de Vinyoles
Florac 2017-09-09. CEI3* 160km
1stRobert Diez Noguera ESPSunnit du Colombier
2ndDaniel OllivierFRAPot Made
3rdAli Al Farsi OMAKhandjar Du Boulve
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Robert Diez Noguera makes it two in row in Florac

Ispagnac, Florac, France. Thursday 7 and Saturday 9 September 2017.

Ispagnac, Florac a little town situated in the south of France,  is the oldest 160km endurance ride in Europe.
It was event organiser, Jean-Paul Boudon’s vision to invite the Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nayhan’s BI (Boudheib Initiative) protocol.

On Thursday, there were two races with CEI2* 120km and CEI1* 80km.
Ludovic Saroul – FRA (Noam Jednostka) claimed victory in the CEI2* 120km ahead of Elisabeth Hardy – BEL (Helwa) and Joan Rovira Viñeta – ESP (Omnium de Vinyoles).

Endurance World Florac. Riding together.Podium places in the CEI1* 80km were for winner is Marine Saigne – FRA (Sheitan De Beaubeck) with Gurvan Millin – FRA (Zephyr d’Ispagnac) in second place whilst third place was for Barbara Chavardes – FRA (Avatar du Golo).

Main event of the Florac week-end was the mythical “160kms de Florac”. Even more fabulous than the previous’ years due to some modifications on the track, set up by the organizer association “Lozère Endurance Equestre”.

We could notice the annulment of two vet-gates on La Bessède and La Citerne, resulting the second and the third loop being two big loops of 40km each. But the most important novelty was to reinstate the climb of the Montmirat col on the last loop.

Considered by everyone as the final judge, this loop consisted of a 10km climb and a 13km downhill, a highlight that was not in place since 2009.

The other novelty was the creation of the Best Endurance Challenge Award (BECA), already used in Camprieu (2016).

It was an early start in Florac at 04:30am before sunrise for 54 combinations riding the first loop of 33km with the vet gate at Barre des Cévennes.
Three Omani riders Faisal Al Farsi (Khara El Nedj), Ali Al Farsi (Khandjar Du Boulve) and Sami Al Bulushi (Penchab Sully) took the lead followed by three other riders less than two minutes behind.

Endurance World Florac. A lone rider.The second loop of 40km took the riders from Barre des Cévennes to Camprieu, which included the Mont Aigoual. The loop started at an altitude of 920 meters and Mont Aigoual has an altitude of 1,567 meters. On the climb some riders decided to run next to their horse, like Joel Marescassier – FRA (Radia). At the summit under a cover of fog and rain with temperature of 7°C it was Robert Diez Noguera – ESP (Sunnit du Colombier) who arrived the first in a group with eight other combinations.
Gaps started to show and it took four minutes before the second group arrived with Marion Wasilewski – FRA (Taiga d’Argane), Emilie Kuntz – FRA (Rafale d’Aurabelle), Joel Marescassier and Evelyne Bouye – FRA (Quadix Charriere).

After the second loop, Daniel Ollivier – FRA (Pot Made) was leading, followed by Caroline Denayer – FRA (Papillon du Parc) and Ali Al Farsi. The faster riders did this loop at a speed below 15km/h. Nine combinations stayed on Camprieu with their horses being lame or having metabolic problems.

For the third loop, they had to descend towards Meyrueis, with another climb on the Causse Méjan. At the Chanet vet gate it was again Daniel Ollivier who took the first place with a recovery time of 2min40, followed by four other combinations in less than 5 minutes. After this vet gate another five horses retired.

Endurance World Florac. Omani rider.Before the start of the last loop it was still Daniel Ollivier in the lead thanks to the good recovery times he had the whole day. His closest pursuers were Ali Al Farsi on 1min29, Caroline Denayer at 3min57 and Robert Diez Noguera at 5min31.

The big decider of this Florac rce was expected to be at the top of the Montmirat col and it was Robert Diez Noguera who reached the summit three minutes in front of Daniel Ollivier and six on Ali Al Farsi.

Robert Diez Noguera kept the lead doing the last loop at the speed of 19,59km/h. Impressive result as this a back to back victory with the same horse.

Daniel Ollivier, who rode and finished for the first time this race at age of 66,  dominated most of the race and could hold on to his second place.  He won the Best Endurance Challenge Award. Ali Al Farsi completed the podium and was awarded with best condition.

Text provided by: Suzanne Marion
Photo credit: Suzanne photos and Leigh Young


Florac results

PositionRiderNationalityHorse
Florac 2017-09-07. CEI1* 80km
1stMarine SaigneFRASheitan De Beaubeck
2ndGurvan MillinFRAZephyr d'Ispagnac
3rdBarbara ChavardesFRAAvatar du Golo
Florac 2017-09-07. CEI2* 120km
1stLudovic SaroulFRANoam Jednostka
2ndElisabeth HardyBELHelwa
3rdJoan Rovira ViñetaESPOmnium de Vinyoles
Florac 2017-09-09. CEI3* 160km
1stRobert Diez Noguera ESPSunnit du Colombier
2ndDaniel OllivierFRAPot Made
3rdAli Al Farsi OMAKhandjar Du Boulve
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