Four races and 5-star service
Ultra Trail Raidlight Beachcomber (UTRB) is back, with its unique mix of challenging and enticing races for all categories of trailers, paired with a 5-star service and organisation. The fourth edition is scheduled for 08 and 09 July 2017 and will again take participants along spectacular tracks for a unique experience of Mauritius in the wild.
The competition gets a major revamp in 2017 with a new route for the flagship 120kms Trail des 7 Couleurs, as well as a totally new 25kms race in the southern part of the island – one that will delight short-to-medium distance runners. The courses for the now well-established 47kms and 10kms races will remain unchanged.
Similarly unchanged is the 5-star label of UTRB, which makes it even more unique and attractive to local and international runners and accompanying guests alike. The participants’ welcome and support, the track marking, supplies and race assistance, all adhere to the highest standards for service that contribute to Beachcomber hotels’ reputation. Don’t be mistaken to think that you are dreaming wide-awake on being served by a chef on the buffet-like supply stations…
All the trails of UTRB are an invitation to discover the most breathtaking parts of Mauritius, across fields and forests and along mountainous paths, atop cliffs or on pristine beaches. Expert technicians have devised all tracks. An efficient and experienced team – the one that has made of the first three editions of UTRB a success – will similarly perform race management, monitoring and assistance.
Qualifying Race for:
Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels
Beachcomber has been a pioneer and is a leader in the hospitality industry in Mauritius since 1952. The group holds and manages eleven luxury resorts (4+-Star to 6-Star); eight in Mauritius itself, one on Sainte Anne island in Seychelles as well as the Royal Palm Marrakech high luxury hotel in Morocco and Beachcomber French Riviera. UTRB benefits from the highest standards of service and management, at par with Beachcomber’s.
Raidlight is a pioneering and leading brand in trail running equipment from France. It was founded in 1999 by Benoit Laval, a passionate sportsman, member of the French Trail running team in 2010 and having over 100 trail races across the world under his belt. Raidlight is renowned for the quality of its light, practical and unique products that provide all that serious trail runners need, from shoes to clothes, backpacks and accessories. Raidlight was the first brand to launch a team that is open to all trail running enthusiasts and it has set up the Réseau des Stations de Trail (trail running resorts network).
2017 edition with ultra-champions
Sange Sherpa – Nepal comes to Mauritius in 2017
Nepalese Sange Sherpa will bring a special flavour to UTRB 2017. This international champion is one of the rare non-Western runners to have had accomplishments at the highest level in European trail running on “ultra” distances. He was born in a remote village of Kanchenjunga (Nepal) and was first a luggage carrier and mountain guide. That work helped him to pay his courses and led him to further his skills in French language at the Alliance Française of Kathmandu so as to have an edge on his colleagues for tapping the French-speaking clientele of trekkers coming to his region of Nepal. His aptitudes were rewarded with a grant for an internship in France. He finally worked, stayed and married there and started a successful trail running career.
Since 2012, Sange Sherpa has ranked first, second or third in many short to medium distance races, as well as on some of the “ultra” races in Europe. In 2013, he has won the Ultra Trail du Jura (110km) and was third at the Echappée Belle, a demanding 140km race in the Alps. His fourth place at the 2015 Eiger Ultra Tour was a great reward for his first participation to an Ultra-Trail World Tour race.
2016 edition with ultra-champions
Ladies: Nathalie Mauclair
French competitor Nathalie Mauclair, aged 45, a member of Team Raid RAIDLIGHT, has an impressive record of achievements after only 7 years of trail running. Building on her mountain bike background, she developed her fell running skills and technique and now has two World Champion titles (2013 and 2014), wins at the world-famous Grand Raid in Reunion island (2013 and 2014) and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (2015) – adding the UTRB 2016 to that list. Thanks to her achievements she also ranked third at the Ultra-Trail World Tour in 2014 and 2015.
Men: Romain Bayol
Frenchman Romain Bayol has been living in Mauritius for many years. Aged 34, he was a regular long distance runner, with some rugby and skiing background, before joining the trail running crowd in Mauritius for a first race in 2006. However, he only became a regular competitor in trail in 2012, mostly in Mauritius as well as in Reunion island, and has been obtaining good rankings since then, including on UTRB before his win last year. Romain Bayol should be at the start on 08 July to defend his title.