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 !
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!
What a GlaGla Race ! Sunny and cold, 650 registered participants from 20 countries ! Thanks everybody for coming ! Thanks also for your fairplay and good mood ! Thanks to the organisation team and the volunteers : Anaïs, Angélique, Arnaud, Benjamin, Caroline, Elie, Elodie, Florian & Florian, François, Guillaume, Jean-Luc, Jenny, Jérôme, Lionel & Lionel, Marc, Mathilde, Mathis, Elodie, Muriel, Nathalie, Olivier, Phil & Phil, Sarah, Sébastien, Sophie, Stéphanie & Yannick ! Thanks to Talloires-Montmin & the SAMETT : Julien & Marie-Paule, Monsieur Jean Favrot, Mayor of Talloires-Montmin. Thanks Christopher Parker and the Paddle League team, thanks Yoann & Sarah (Aerostudio) for their incredible video and Alexis for the pictures !Thanks also Links and the lake Annecy Tourist office ! Many thanks to the Diving Club of Annecy le Vieux, Yoann Conte, the Rowing club of Sevrier and the rowing club of Talloires who helped us with their boats.
Quelle GlaGla Race ! Ensoleillée et froide, 650 inscrits de 20 pays ! Merci à tous d’être venus ! Merci à tous pour votre fairplay et votre bonne humeur ! Merci à notre belle équipe d’organisation et de bénévoles : Anaïs, Angélique, Arnaud, Benjamin, Caroline, Elie, Elodie, Florian & Florian, François, Guillaume, Jean-Luc, Jenny, Jérôme, Lionel & Lionel, Marc, Mathilde, Mathis, Elodie, Muriel, Nathalie, Olivier, Phil & Phil, Sarah, Sébastien, Sophie, Stéphanie & Yannick ! Merci à la commune de Talloires-Montmin et à la SAMETT : Julien et Marie-Paule, Monsieur Jean Favrot maire de Talloires-Montmin. Merci à Christopher Parker et à l’équipe de de The Paddle League, merci à Yoann et Sarah (Aerostudio) pour leur video incroyable et à Alexis pour les photos ! Merci aussi à Links et à l’office de Tourisme du lac d’Annecy. Un grand merci au club de plongée d’Annecy le Vieux, à Yoann Conte, aux clubs d’aviron de Sevrier et Talloires qui nous ont été avec leurs bateaux !
We are getting close to GlaGla Race last edition record number of registrants (495 to be precise) / On se rapproche du record de participation de la dernière édition de la GlaGla Race (495 inscrits pour être précis).
First I want to thank you all for coming ! We had people from South Africa, Australia, Algeria, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, UK and from all regions of France : from Corsica, the South west, the french riviera, Brittany, normandy, the North…
Que de bons souvenirs cette GlaGla Race 2016 ! Merci à Alain et et Alim pour cette superbe vidéo ! Les images de drône sont magnifiques ! Pour ceux qui n’ont pas pu venir, on peut d’ore et déjà vous dire que la 4eme édition de la GlaGla Race aura lieu le samedi 21 janvier 2017 à Talloires ! A noter dès aujourd’hui dans l’agenda de votre smartphone ! Une version anglaise de la video arrive.
GlaGla Race 2016 à Talloires (Version Française) from widiwici video channel on Vimeo.