The BAT RACE 2022 is over ! Thanks to all participants who took the usual challenge to compete in a SUP Race… under the surface of the earth !
The Alpine Lakes Tour has struck a blow again at the start of the season with the return of the BAT Race: the only underground paddle race!
Saturday March 12, 2022, stand-up paddle enthusiasts from Switzerland, France, Italy and even the Czech Republic and Poland had an appointment for this reissue of a world first at Lac de St-Léonard, the largest underground lake in Europe, located in Valais (Switzerland).
The fact of being underground, almost in the dark, gives a very unique atmosphere to this race.
A very feminine race
It’s rare enough to point it out: there were more women than men yesterday at the BAT Race with a very high level!
A paddle tournament
Competitors competed in a tournament with a women’s board and a men’s board. All participants were able to run at least 3 times.
The equipment (paddle, vest, paddles) was provided by the Alpine Lakes Tour’s sporting partner: Red Paddle Co, inventor of the inflatable stand up paddle.
A race in disguise!
The theme was naturally that of superheroes! But not everyone had to be Batman or Batwoman… A special prize was awarded for the best costumes!
Finalists women tournament
Finalists men tournament
Finalists kids tournament
Jade Vienot Carteret
The underground lake of Saint Léonard
The underground lake of St-Léonard is located in Switzerland, between Sion and Sierre, in the heart of the Valais Alps. This lake nestles between 30 and 70 meters deep. With a length of almost 300 meters, it is the largest natural and navigable underground lake in Europe. Weakly influenced by seasonal changes, the temperature of the cave is constantly around 15 degrees, that of the water at 11 degrees.
Open to the public from March to October, the lake can be explored by taking part in guided tours on boats with a capacity of 40 people. Original events are regularly offered there, such as aperitifs or concerts on board the boats.
The official opening of the lake to the public for the 2022 season will take place next weekend.
Navigating the lake on a stand-up paddle is totally unique and reserved for this stage of the Alpine Lakes Tour.
Get ready for the BAT Race 2022 ! We start on saturday March 12th at 8 am
Préparez vous pour la BAT Race 2022 ! Nous démarrons demain samedi 12 mars à 8h
For the second time in the Alpine Lakes Tour history, we will have more women than men competing ! Pour la seconde fois dans l’histoire de l’Alpine Lakes Tour nous aurons plus de femmes que d’hommes à courir !
We will have 38 competitors from France, 23 from Switzerland, 4 from Italy and 1 from Poland, 1 from Czech Republic, and one from England.
How to get to the Lake / Information sur l’accès au site
You have a large parking lot on “rue du lac” / Vous avez un grand parking au bout de la rue du Lac.
Go to the end of the street and follow the signs ! climb up to the entrance of the lake / Allez au bout de la rue du lac et suivez les panneaux , montez à pied jusqu’à l’entrée du lac.
You will have to pay CHF 12 for the entrance to the lake (free for the kids) / Vous aurez à payer CHF 12- pour l’entrée au lac souterrain.
Schedule / Programme BAT RACE 2022
08:00 Welcome and confirmation of registration
08:30 – 09:30 1st round Men
09:30 – 10:30 1st round Women
10:30 – 11:15 2nd round Men
11:15 – 12:30 2nd round Women
12:30 – 13:30 Tandem races
13:30 – 14:00 Kids Race
14:00 – 14:30 3rd round Men
14:30 – 15:00 3rd round Women
15:00 – 15:45 consolation Men
15:45 – 16:30 consolation Women
16:30 – 17:00 1/2 finals Men & Women
17:00 – 17:15 finals Men & Women
17:15 – 17:45 free access to the lake
17:45 prize giving ceremony
Lunch / Food
For those who have booked the meals offered by the Frisé Gourmet, you will have to pay for them on site in Swiss Francs or Euros. Drinks will be offered in addition (2€/CHF2). For those who have not booked, we will have a few “hot Diots” with shallots to order (within the limit of stocks available on your arrival). The bar will be open for coffees and drinks.
Pour ceux qui ont réservé les repas proposés par le Frisé Gourmet, vous aurez à les régler sur place en Francs Suisses ou en Euros. Des boissons seront proposées en complément (2€/CHF2). Pour ceux qui n’ont pas réservé nous aurons quelques “hot Diots” aux échalotes à commander (dans la limite des stocks disponibles à votre arrivée). Le bar sera ouvert pour des cafés et boissons.
Sécurité et équipement / Safety & Required equipment
Les participants doivent être couvert par une assurance en responsabilité civile / Registered participants have to be insured with a liability insurance.
Les SUP sont fournis (Red Paddle Elite Race 26″ et 28″ en 12’6). Prévoyez de prendre votre pagaie. SUP are provided by the organizers. Take your paddle.
Wetsuits are recommended but not compulsory / Les combinaisons sont recommandées mais pas obligatoires.