Alpine Paradise Race : registration is now open

Alpine Paradise Race Aosta valley

Registration for the 4th stage of the Alpine Lakes Tour 2020 is now open This very special Alpine Lakes Tour stage at 2000 m altitude in the Aosta Valley (the valley on the Italian side of Mont Blanc) is taking place for the second time. It represents the pinnacle of the concept of stand up paddle racing in an alpine environment.

Everything is there: the turquoise waters, the 4000 glacier-covered peaks, the mountain refuge and its very special atmosphere with, in the case of Refuge Prarayer, a unique welcome, abundant and excellent food, showers and even a jacuzzi !!

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The Alpine Paradise Race programme

The Alpine Paradise Race takes place in the high mountains, the final programme will be revealed on Friday 11 September depending on weather conditions.

If the weather conditions are good, the program will be as follows:

Friday September 11: course reconnaissance

Saturday September 12: Short (5 km) and long distance (10 km) departure 10 a.m. / Saturday afternoon: Dragon Race and Kids Race

Sunday September 13: Technical Race: 10 a.m.

La vue du refuge juste au dessus du lac
The view from the refuge just above the lake

Meals by reservation at the Prarayer refuge for lunch and dinner.

Recommended accommodation at the Prarayer refuge just above the starting beach.

Alpine Paradise Race

Long distance course

Alpine Paradise Race longue distance

The long distance is 10 km from the beach at the bottom of the refuge and towards the dam. The lake is 4km long with a prohibited area near the dam, the course includes an additional loop before returning to the refuge.

Lake Place Moulin

Place Moulin lake is the largest lake in Valle d’Aosta. It is located at an altitude of 2000 on the border between Italy and Switzerland. The Aosta Valley is a French-speaking autonomous region of Italy on the eastern slope of Mont Blanc and along the border with Switzerland and the Canton of Valais. The Aosta Valley is accessible from the Mont Blanc tunnel, the Petit and Grand Saint Bernard passes and via the Po plain.

From the city of Aosta we go north towards Bionaz and the Vappelline valley.

Acces val aoste course place moulin

The Prarayer refuge

The Refuge Prarayer is run by the Bionaz family. The reception last year was just fantastic. Ask anyone who has slept there: an unforgettable experience at an altitude of 2000m at the foot of the glaciers and above the Place Moulin lake.

Call quickly to reserve your bed! The entire refuge is reserved for competitors until September 1. 76 places in all.

phone: +39 0165 730922

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GlaGla Race : 16 days to go : interview Leonard Nika and Paddle League presentation

Leonard Nika
Leonard Nika (GlaGla Race 2018)

We continue with our daily interviews about GlaGla Race participants. Today Leonard Nika, one of the top paddlers in the world.

Leo, it’s your third GlaGla Race, what do you like about this event ?

I like the GlaGla Race because it’s in a beautiful location, paddling with 400 people in a lake surrounded with beautiful mountains full of snow is something that you can’t do every day and always well organized. I like also the challenge of this race, because there is always good competitors to test my strength in off season.

This year I will try to improve my 2nd place in a photo finish and bring home the victory!

Leonard nika vs Tom Auber

Do you have a special training programme or preparation for winter conditions ?

I don’t have a special training for winter conditions, the only thing I do when is winter is to make sure that my feet and my body are always well protected with thicker neoprene so they stays always warm.

2019 is just starting ! Your resolutions and/or projects for this new year ?

My plans for this year are a bit different from last year, instead of doing every weekend a race I will focus more in my training for a big event to maximize the possibility of a victory!! I also will work on my sup training camps in Portugal that I started last year and it was a great success. This year we have available one week per month for all 2019 sup training camps for everyone that want to train hard having fun with a supervision of my self and my brother Claudio Nika. If someone is interested you have to send an e-mail to to get more info.

Thank you for this interview and I’m very looking forward to compete at the GlaGla Race in few weeks,


The Paddle League

The Paddle League

The Paddle  League was created in 2018. The GlaGla Race will be the first Paddle League event of 2019.

“Welcome to The Paddle League, where we aim to help build a better, brighter and more sustainable future for stand up paddling that benefits everyone who’s part of this amazing community.

We’re aiming to help unify, elevate and grow the great standalone events around the world while providing the elite athletes, weekend warriors, brands, fans and media a wider platform to stand on.

We also firmly believe in reconnecting SUP with its “grassroots” foundation, which means a stronger emphasis on amateurs, juniors and simply getting more people out there on the water for the first time. Because that’s the heart of our sport.

The Paddle League, which I’ve helped to co-found over the past six months with my good mates Kelly Margetts and Brian Meyer (along with the support of many other selfless paddlers), aims to achieve this by creating a unified, inclusive world tour (an evolution of the SUP Racer World Rankings) that connects everything from the awesome international events to the amazing regional races.”

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