The GlaGla Race 2020 is over ! Congratulations Sonni Hönscheid, Titouan Puyo and every single one of the record 637 paddlers who completed a memorable bucket list race around Lake Annecy here in the freezing cold but very sunny French Alps.
Before publishing the photos of the champions, the magnificent views of the lake and the 650 paddlers, .. thanks our great team! Probably the best team of volunteers in the world! There were 35 of them working like crazy for a week to prepare everything, manage everything on race day and put everything away afterwards!
A special thank you to Sarah who spends a lot of time and energy making the GlaGla Race and all stages of the Alpine Lakes Tour a success!
Avant de publier les photos des champions, les magnifiques vues sur le lac et les 650 paddleurs,.. Merci à notre super équipe ! Probablement la meilleure équipe de bénévoles au monde ! Ils étaient 35 à bosser comme des malades pendant une semaine pour tout préparer, tout gérer le jour de la course et tout ranger après !
Un merci tout spécial à Sarah qui consacre énormément de temps et d’énergie à faire de la GlaGla Race et de toutes les étapes de l’Alpine Lakes Tour des succès !
Fiona Wylde arrived in France one week before the GlaGla Race and was on the lake last sunday for a training session with Alain Teurquetil and Annecy Stand Up Paddle Club.
We asked her a few questions while she was on her way to go skiing in Chamonix !
Question 1 : A SUP race in the middle of winter in the Alps… on lake, what a strange idea don’t you think?
When I told my friends and family that I was coming to France for a race in the mountains in January, I got some pretty strange looks. Sure, it’s a different type of race and a bit unusual, but those are the best experiences!! I’m really excited to race, whatever the weather may be!
Question 2 : You arrived a week ago and came to a training session last sunday in Talloires. What was your first impression of the place, the lake ?
It’s been really nice to arrive early. I got here a week and a half before the race so I can enjoy the mountains skiing and get a few good paddles in before the race. Paddling with the Sunday crew was spectacular!! The local group here in Annecy is really strong and very passionate! It was fun to get on the water with everybody, especially with Alain leading us in Interval Training! 😜
Question 3 : Are you ready 😉 ?
3) I’m really looking forward to it!
Thanks Fiona enjoy you stay in Annecy and good luck for the races !
Hello Titouan, on est super content que tu viennes à la GlaGla Race ! On a 3 questions pour toi en attendant ton avion…
Une course en plein hiver dans les Alpes… drôle de concept non ?
Pas du tout , les Alpes c’est la neige et le froid pour un étranger haha !
Oui c’est sur que c’est une drôle d’idée de faire du sup à cette période. Il y a des amis en Calédonie qui ont eu du mal a me croire ! Mais le concept a fait ses preuves, vu le nombre de participants.
Le lac d’Annecy est tout proche des montagnes tu as prévu d’aller en profiter pour aller skier ?
C’est une excuse la course haha. L’idée c’est carrément d’y allier un trip ski. On va faire un essai de stage ski de fond tout le tralala avec Ty Judson, Vincent Verhoeven , Alain Teurquetil et notre entraîneur Vincent Guillaume.
Au programme : ski rigolade et fondue !
Petite question matos : tu as prévu comme planche pour la GlaGla Race ?
Alors j’ai prévu deux planches. Ma ninja si les conditions sont totalement flat et ma carolina si le lac remue un peu.
Une dernière pour la route : tu t’es blessé parait-il ? Que s’est il passé ? Ça va mieux ?
J’ai mis la main sur une espèce de étoile de mer vénéneuse ! Ça fait trois semaines et c’était a la fin de ma pause donc j’ai pas trop rame depuis Paris. Ça va être une belle reprise haha
Merci Titouan ! Rendez vous samedi matin sur la plage de Talloires ! N’oublie pas ton bonnet !
Hi Ty! We are super excited to welcome you at the GlaGla Race! What does it represent for a waterman such as yourself who is used to warm conditions, waves and saltwater, to race in the Alps in the middle of winter?
I find that racing in potentially sub zero temperatures is a novelty, but with the higher level of athletes attending it turns into a challenge. Having the likes of Titouan Puyo, Ludovic Teulade and Martin Vitry you always know that when you get on the start line it’s going to be as competitive of a race as any.
There are more and more NSP riders attending the GlaGla Race, can you tell us more about the team?
The NSP team is a very tight knit family that I’ve grown to know and love. No matter where we are in the world, we always find the time to come together, have some fun and put on a show. I feel honoured to have been adopted into this amazing team. Having someone like Titouan Puyo to help guide the way as a mentor, fellow competitor, brother and friend has been something of an invaluable experience to me. I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for me and the team.
What board are you intending to use for the GlaGla Race?
For the GlaGla Race 2020, I’ll be using the NSP Carolina. It definitely gives me the advantage for any condition Annecy has to throw at me.
You’re coming for the GlaGla Race, but the ski resorts aren’t that far away, are you planning on skiing during your stay?
That’s about all I’ll be doing during my stay here in France. I’ll be with the NSP Team (my second family) in Valmorel snowboarding, cross country skiing, mountaineering etc. – most of which are brand new to me, which I’m super excited to experience!
Yu-hwan Ray In is the first Korean to participate in the GlaGla Race. We asked him a few questions…
Hello Ray ! You are the first Korean participating in the GlaGla Race ! Could tell us who you are, how long have you been practicing stand up paddling, where do you usually paddle ?
I am a SUP enthusiast. I have been practicing paddling since 2016. I paddle in Han river in Seoul normally and east coast of Korea. Normally I go paddling early in the morning before my work. In 2019, I joined Asian SUP Tour held in South Korea and HK.
Second question : Are you coming to France especially for the GlaGla Race ? Why did you choose to register ? What are you expecting ?
GlaGla Race is the only reason for me to go to France. I expect to see lots of paddlers who don’t really care about cold. I would like to feel the atmosphere there and love to see the beautiful scenery of the Alps. Just enjoying~~, that’s the lifestyle I would like to have in my mid 40s.