Interview GlaGla Race : John Mc Fadzaean, a lifetime quest to SUP

Hello John ! Happy to see you coming back to the GlaGla Race ! Can you tell us who you are for those who don’t know you yet ! How long have you been paddling ? 

I’m a 58-year-old stand-up paddleboarder, born in Glasgow, Scotland, and living in the northwest of England for the last 30 years. One Saturday morning in June 2014 I happened to look out of my window which overlooks Southport Marine Lake. I saw three people out on the lake, paddleboarding. I’d never seen such a thing before, and I was intrigued. I had my first lesson later that month. What began as a hobby evolved into a lifetime quest to SUP in every country in the world. I’m on 47 countries at the moment, so I still have a long way to go. 

What do you like about the GlaGla Race ? 

In my first few years of SUP, I was famous in my friend group for hibernating every winter. My board would go away at the end of October and not come back out until March or April. In 2017/18, I decided to be brave and paddle through the winter. Then I read about the Glagla Race and decided to be braver still. I took part in January 2018 and loved every minute of it, even though it was very cold on the day. It snowed not long after the race finished. I think the GlaGla Race is a unique event and I like to challenge myself. I just love the town of Annecy itself and the lake is absolutely spectacular. I’m very much looking forward to coming again in 2023. 


You are a big fan of the Red Paddle brand. What do you like most about their SUP boards ? 

I’ve owned Redpaddle boards for more than eight years now. Sometimes my quest to SUP the World takes me to unusual or isolated locations, and I often paddle alone. It’s important for me to have top-quality equipment that won’t let me down. I know I can rely on Redpaddle. They have a wide range of boards and provide excellent customer service. I’m looking forward to paddling my Redpaddle 13’2 Voyager on Lake Annecy in January 2023.

Outriggers at the GlaGlarace – les pirogues à la GlaGla Race

outriggers at the GlaGla Race 2022

Come back !

During the last edition we had a false start which penalized the outriggers, we are offering you registration for the GlaGla Race 2023 to compensate! Hop hop hop, register! There will be even more canoes in 2023!(*)

(*)This offer is reserved for participants registered in the “outrigger” category for the GlaGla Race 2022

Revenez !

Lors de la dernière édition nous avons eu un faux départ qui a pénalisé les pirogues, nous vous offrons l’inscription à la GlaGla Race 2023 pour compenser ! Hop hop hop, inscrivez-vous ! Il y aura encore plus de pirogues en 2023 !(*)

(*)Cette offre est réservée aux participants inscrits en catégorie “outrigger” à la GlaGla Race 2022

New ! Junior Race at the GlaGla Race ! Course junior à la GlaGla Race

GlaGla Race 2023 : Junior Race for kids between 14 and 17

We are pleased to announce a new 10 KM race, reserved for Juniors (14-17 years old) at the GlaGla Race! This Junior race is a race for young runners for whom the short distance (6.5 km) leaves them a little hungry and who don’t feel like a 15 km in the middle of winter!

Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer une nouvelle course de 10 KM, réservée aux Juniors (14-17 ans) à la GlaGla Race ! Cette course Junior est une course qui s’adresse aux jeunes coureurs pour qui la courte distance (6,5 km) laisse un peu sur leur faim et qui ne sentent pas pour une 15 km en plein hiver !

This race is reserved for them, it is forbidden to adults! It will start at the same time as the long, short and very short distance (10:30 a.m.). The participants will be grouped together on the left of the starting line (beach side of Talloires).

Cette course leur est réservée, elle est interdite aux adultes ! Elle partira en même temps que la longue, la courte et la très courte distance (10h30). Les participants seront regroupés sur la gauche de la ligne de départ (côté plage de Talloires).

Parcours de la Junior Race

parcours junior race GlaGla Race 2023

Descriptif du parcours du Junior Race 2023

Junior Race at the GlaGla Race - Depart - Start
The juniors start : on the left side of the 500m start line

Les concurrents de la course Junior seront regroupés sur la gauche de la ligne de départ direction (comme tous les concurrents) la 1ere bouée en face de l’embarcadère d’Angon. (KM 1.1)

Junior race GlaGla Race Talloires
After turning the Angon buoy, let’s go to the castle of Duingt (KM 2.3)

After turning the first buoy in Angon, junior competitors head towards the Duingt Castle, they turn around the peninsula until they see the second buoy at the bottom of Duingt Bay.

GlaGla Race : second buoy in Duingt
second buoy at the bottom of the bay of Duingt
second buoy in Duingt
Second buoy in Duingt (KM 3.5)

Junior competitors then turn around the buoy by 70° heading toward the Roc de Chère cliff on the other side of the lake. (this is where they cross the lake).

Crossing the lake from Duingt towards the Roc de Chère – KM 4.5
The 4 th buoy in the Junior course : in the bay of Talloires in front of the Abbaye Hotel (KM 5.5)
Second lap for the Junior competitors
Second round for junior heading towards the Angon buoy. (KM 7.4)

After turning the buoy in the bay of Talloires, junior competitors follow the shore until they can head towards the Angon’s buoy (the first buoy they already turned in the first lap)

junior race castle of Duingt
Again competitors head towards the castle of Duingt

Junior competitors turn around the buoy in front of the castle

For the second lap, competitor turn around the buoy in front of the castle of Duingt and head toward the bay of Talloires, a shortcut to reach the buoy in the bay of Talloires, in front of the Abbaye de Talloires.

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Finish Line in front of the beach of Talloires KM 10

Very Flat Race 2022 : la video !

La Very Flat Race a eu lieu le 2 octobre dernier sur le lac d’Aiguebelette. C’est une étape très appécie de l’Alpine Lakes Tour sur un lac très calme, d’où le nom de la course : la Very Flat Race. Une fois de plus, elle a bien porté son nom avec de très belles conditions ensoleillée, sans vent, même l’après-midi pour la beach race, la kids race et la Dragon Race.

The Very Flat Race took place on October 2 on Lake Aiguebelette. It is a very popular stage of the Alpine Lakes Tour on a very calm lake, hence the name of the race: the Very Flat Race. Once again, it lived up to its name with very nice sunny conditions, without wind, even in the afternoon for the beach race, the kids race and the Dragon Race.

Interview de Jean-Philippe Dargeou, vainqueur de la Very Flat Race sur Total SUP

Video Very Flat Race 2022

La video de la Very Flat Race 2022 sur le lac d’Aiguebelette par Aerostudio

Les inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2022 sont ouvertes ! / Registration for the Very Flat Race is now open !

GlaGla Race 2023 : appel à bénévoles ! We need more volunteers !

bénévoles glagla race team

La GlaGla Race 2023 aura lieu du 20 au 22 janvier prochain au départ de Talloires-Montmin. Cet événement va rassembler des centaines d’amateurs de paddle du monde entier ! C’est un événement sportif et festif ! On y fête le plaisir d’être sur le lac d’Annecy, dans un paysage magnifique avec ses montagnes enneigées et cette magnifique lumière d’hiver !

Pour bien accueillir les participants, partenaires et public, nous avons besoin d’une trentaine de bénévoles ! Venez rejoindre l’équipe d’organisation ! Toutes les bonnes volontés sont les bienvenues ! Pas besoin de savoir faire du paddle, ni d’avoir une expérience quelconque ! Bonne humeur et bonne volonté indispensables en revanche !

Si vous êtes interessé(e)s vous pouver nous contacter au 06 85 85 6006 ou par email : ou encore via notre page Facebook (Alpine Lakes Tour)

The GlaGla Race 2023 will take place from January 20 to 22, departing from Talloires-Montmin. This event will bring together hundreds of paddle enthusiasts from all over the world! It’s a sporting and festive event! We celebrate the pleasure of being on Lake Annecy, in a magnificent landscape with its snow-capped mountains and this magnificent winter light!

To welcome participants, partners and the public, we need about thirty volunteers! Come join the organizing team! All the goodwill are welcome ! No need to know how to paddle, nor to have any experience! Good mood and good will essential on the other hand!

If you are interested you can contact us on 06 85 85 6006 or by email: or via our Facebook page (Alpine Lakes Tour)

GlaGla Race 2023 : strong start ! ça démarre fort !

100 registered participants for the registration opening : new record !

Registration for the GlaGla Race 2023 opened yesterday evening and 100 participants registered alreday ! That’s the strongest start ever with competitors from France, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Israël, the USA, Germany, Italy !

Les inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2023 ont ouvert hier soir et 100 participants se sont déjà inscrits ! C’est le meilleur départ de tous les temps avec des compétiteurs de France, Suisse, Autriche, Suède, Pays-Bas, Israël, USA, Allemagne, Italie !

GlaGla Race video

GlaGla Race 2023 Registration Opening – ouverture des inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2023

Registration for the GlaGla Race 2023 opens Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. (French time)

Registration is easy ! Just fill in the form below and pay online. If you have any question send an e-mail :

Les inscriptions pour la GlaGla Race 2023 ouvrent mercredi 12 octobre à 18h (heure française)

Une difficulté pour vous inscrire ? une question ? Contactez nous par e-mail :

Very Flat Race : results – resultats

Very Flat Race Aiguebelette 2022

Très belle édition de la Very Flat Race sur le lac d’Aiguebelette hier, dimanche 2 octobre. Limité à 100 participants en raison de son classement en réserve naturelle, l’événement a fait le plein ! Un résumé complet de la journée très vite !

Merci à nos partenaires : Red Paddle Co, SUP Passion la CCLA, à notre équipe de choc : Christian Pellissier, Jérôme Llado, Jean-Philippe Dargeou, Philippe Millet, Philippe Baudelin, vous avez fait des merveilles !

Very nice edition of the Very Flat Race on Lake Aiguebelette yesterday, Sunday October 2. Limited to 100 participants due to its classification as a nature reserve, the event was full! A complete summary of the day very quickly!

Thank you to our partners: Red Paddle Co, SUP Passion la CCLA, to our amazing team: Christian Pellissier, Jérôme Llado, Jean-Philippe Dargeou, Philippe Millet, Philippe Baudelin, you have done wonders!

Résultats courte distance / Short Distance Results

RankBIBNAMEFirst NCivilitéTIMERACEType de SUP / SUP Type or outriggerSUP Size / Taille du SUP
1430LEMAIREvincentM.00:37:10Short DistanceHardboard14′
2436PORCHERNicolasM.00:38:35Short DistanceHardboard12’6
3117NARDINIPaoloM.00:38:52Short DistanceHardboard14′
4412BAHRAOUINouri StephaneM.00:39:35Short DistanceInflatable14′
5280DAYEJeremyM.00:41:12Short DistanceInflatable12’6
6359LE RESTEGregoireM.00:43:28Short DistanceHardboard14′
7255DELGOVEAnneMme00:46:01Short DistanceHardboard14′
866MARTINStéphaneM.00:46:20Short DistanceHardboard14′
9243CHOLLETEricM.00:46:48Short DistanceHardboard14′
10294LAFORETMathiasM.00:47:58Short DistanceInflatable12’6
11204HUGUESElenaMme00:48:30Short DistanceHardboard12’6
1247LAFORÊTClémentineMme00:48:45Short DistanceHardboard14′
13866FEVREpascalM.00:51:39Short DistanceInflatable12’6
14291FRUCHARDAnne-KarineMme00:55:08Short DistanceProne12’6
15137DREVETHélèneMme00:57:50Short DistanceInflatable12’6
16186BLANCLohanM.01:00:24Short DistanceInflatable14’
17185BLANCNicolasM.01:00:25Short DistanceInflatable14′
18339FRISON-ROCHEEmmanuelleMme01:03:10Short DistanceInflatable12’6
Very Flat Race Aiguebelette

Résultats Longue distance / Long distance results

1404DARGEOUJeanPhiM.01:19:48Long DistanceHardboard14′
2230AMIGOHerveM.01:20:42Long DistanceHardboard14′
386CROSLoïcM.01:23:24Long DistanceHardboard14′
438FERNETBenoitM.01:24:37Long DistanceHardboard14′
5106RATABOURXavierM.01:24:43Long DistanceHardboard14′
6198ROPIOTPHILIPPEM.01:25:18Long DistanceHardboard14′
7129GICOTMichelM.01:25:37Long DistanceHardboard14′
8190MARTIVINCENTM.01:26:26Long DistanceHardboard14′
9908DELABIEDAMIENM.01:26:30Long DistanceHardboard14′
10166ODDERAsaraMme01:26:55Long DistanceHardboard14′
11802MOULINchristopheM.01:27:44Long DistanceHardboard14′
12244NIZANyannickM.01:28:39Long DistanceInflatable14′
13327CHOLLETMartineMme01:28:54Long DistanceHardboard14′
14323DEVENDEVILLENicolasM.01:29:10Long DistanceHardboard14′
15388BOUGAINLIONELM.01:29:30Long DistanceHardboard14′
16231THEODETPascalM.01:29:51Long DistanceInflatable14′
1757COULONRenaudM.01:30:06Long DistanceHardboard14′
18217MARCHANDNicolasM.01:30:45Long DistanceInflatable14′
19372GLOORSvenM.01:30:45Long DistanceInflatable14’
20397SERVIERMikaelM.01:31:35Long DistanceInflatable14′
21360RONZEAUDanielM.01:32:04Long DistanceInflatable14′
22441KHATIRFrehM.01:32:30Long DistanceHardboard14′
23277CANALIWilliamM.01:32:37Long DistanceProne Paddle12’6
24223LAPALUDOlivierM.01:33:17Long DistanceHardboard14′
25213MugnierSylvainM.01:35:35Long DistanceInflatable14’
26999LAVORELJulieMme01:36:56Long DistanceHardboard14′
27298JOHNSTONAlexandreM.01:37:20Long DistanceInflatable14′
28154BARALONFREDERICM.01:37:33Long DistanceHardboard14′
29309KHOROCHILOVAndreiM.01:40:36Long DistanceHardboard14’
30155DINTENJocelyneMme01:40:58Long DistanceHardboard14′
31224MORAZZONIAlainM.01:42:24Long DistanceHardboard14′
32378MOREILLONNicolasM.01:43:29Long DistanceHardboard14′
33262SCHAPELYNCKChristopheM.01:45:31Long DistanceInflatable14′
34270SIMONDjean-françoisM.01:46:15Long DistanceHardboard14′
35271MEYNET GAUTHIERFabienneMme01:46:45Long DistanceHardboard14′
36163MARXGrégoireM.01:47:56Long DistanceInflatable14′
37821MOULINPatriciaMme01:48:12Long DistanceHardboard14′
3849MARTINGautierM.01:48:40Long DistanceInflatable14′
39130REMYEmmanuelleMme01:48:40Long DistanceInflatable12’6
40402BONNARDELFABIENM.01:49:01Long DistanceProne Paddle14′
41178PEREZfredericM.01:50:30Long DistanceInflatable14′
42261DENISHERVÉM.01:51:30Long DistanceInflatable14′
43364FRAYSSEAdelineMme01:53:50Long DistanceInflatable12’6
44199SHEVLINCalinaMme01:54:05Long DistanceInflatable14’
45998BROUARDMarie-LaureMme01:55:36Long DistanceInflatable12’6
46347JACOBJean-ChristopheM.01:59:58Long DistanceHardboard12’6
47422FIEVETFrédéricM.02:01:29Long DistanceInflatable12’6
48411TUAZ-TORCHONEstelleMme02:01:29Long DistanceInflatable14′
49413BROCHIER-CENDREAmeliaMme02:03:12Long DistanceInflatable12’6
50432ESNAULTMagaliMme02:10:13Long DistanceInflatable12’6
51258MOYAUXAmandineMme02:11:03Long DistanceInflatable12’6
52425BRUNNERColineMme02:12:55Long DistanceInflatable12’6
53414DEPINFannyMme02:32:30Long DistanceInflatable12’6
54357CROS-MAYREVIEILLEPaulineMme02:32:44Long DistanceInflatable12’6
Very Flat Race Aiguebelette

Résultats / results Beach Race

BONNARDELFABIENM.40200:16:37Prone Paddle
Very Flat Race Aiguebelette

Resultats / Results KIDS RACE

Coming soon / ils arrivent

Résultats / Resultats Dragon RACE

Coming Soon Ils arrivent

Very Flat Race : informations / updated info : good weather conditions in sight !


La température de l’eau est de 18°c, la température de l’air devrait être de 13 degrés au petit matin pour monter à 20°c l’après-midi. Des nuages devraient être encore présents le matin pour faire place ensuite au soleil 🙂 Pas de vent a priori le matin et vent 10 km/h d’ouest l’après midi.

The water temperature is 18°c, the air temperature should be 13°c in the early morning to rise to 20°c in the afternoon. Clouds should still be present in the morning to then make way for the sun 🙂 No wind a priori in the morning and wind 10 km/h from the west in the afternoon.

De belles conditions demain pour la Very Flat Race

Very Flat Race : plus que 2 jours ! 2 days to go !

Very Flat Race Aiguebelette 2022

Plus que 2 jours avant la Very Flat Race dernière étape de l’Alpine Lakes Tour 2022 qui avait commencé le 22 janvier dernier avec la GlaGla Race ! Après une magnifique BAT Race, puis l’étape du lac du Bourget et du Canal de Savières et enfin la Tropical Race, c’est sur une grande classique que nous terminons la saison ! Il sera dès la semaine temps de préparer la GlaGla Race 2023 ! Ouverture des inscriptions la semaine du 10 octobre.

Only 2 days left before the Very Flat Race, the last stage of the Alpine Lakes Tour 2022 which started on January 22 with the GlaGla Race! After a magnificent BAT Race, then the Lac du Bourget and Canal de Savières stage and finally the Tropical Race, we are ending the season with a great classic! It will be time to prepare for the GlaGla Race 2023 this week! Registration opens the week of October 10.

Prévisions météo / Weather forecast

Après les pluies abondantes de ces derniers jours, du soleil et de la douceur (21°c l’après-midi) sont annoncés dimanche sur les rives du lac d’Aiguebelette.

Programme Very Flat Race 2022

  • 8h30 : accueil des participants et retrait des dossards / Welcome & bib pick up
  • 10h15 : Briefing
  • 10h30 : départ courses 4,5 et 11,5 km / Long & short distance start
  • 12h30 : dejeuner convivial autour de nos Hot Diots / convivial lunch (our Hot Diots : local sausages !)
  • 13h30 Course des enfants monotype Red Paddle 10’6 max / One Design Kids Race
  • 15h00 : Technical Race
  • 16h15 : Dragon Race
  • 17h15 : Remise des prix / Award Ceremony

Parcours Very Flat Race 2022

Longue Distance / long distance : 12 km autour du lac / 12 km around the lake

Short distance / Courte distance : 4,5 km autour des iles / around the islands

Pour la Technical Race, la kids Race et la Dragon Race, les parcours seront adaptés en fonction des conditions météo (et notamment le vent)

For the Technical Race, the Kids Race and the Dragon Race, the courses will be adapted according to the weather conditions (and in particular the wind)

Inscription / Registration Very Flat Race 2022


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