Big blue sky and calm sea this Saturday in Cagnes-sur-Mer. Ideal conditions to jump into the water and start the triathlon season. After months of frustration, waiting for a lull on the epidemic front, triathletes and long-distance race enthusiasts can finally get back to competition. First mass sporting event in France for this race organized by the US Cagnes Triathlon. “We are really delighted to finally be able to meet on the Côte d’Azur for this great triathlon celebration., “smiles Emmanuel Gastaud, its president. He knows he is being watched this weekend, as this triathlon opens the season.
We hope that we will be cited as an example
“We have very strict sanitary conditions. All athletes should be vaccinated twice or PCR negative. They must keep the mask until they enter the water. On the bike, we do not ride in a group. We want to be exemplary to show that we can organize sporting events of this type and we hope that we will be cited as an example“. 200 volunteers are also mobilized all weekend to enforce these binding rules, but well accepted by all athletes.
A leap into the unknown for athletes
“I have the mask, I am vaccinated, I am ready!“Marc smiles, bib 371.”It’s a good number to repeat! I just want to take the plunge there and have as much pleasure as possible. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like.“Just behind him, Sébastien and Anne are also waiting to collect their bibs. Coming from Lorraine, they fear this return to the track.”We don’t really know where we are. _Training will never replace the race and it’s been over a year that we have no visibility on the races_.“
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It is an extraordinary setting to resume
This Sunday, the 1,100 courageous registrants will set off in groups of 50 on one of the two proposed courses. The most difficult (1.9 km of swimming, 92 km of cycling and 20 km of running) counts for the French championships. Third last fall on the 2020 edition Julie Iemmolo hopes this time to win the title. “Yes I am aiming for victory but the idea is above all to find sensations. The health protocol spoils the party a bit for everything that surrounds the competition but on the race we forget everything and we take advantage of this magnificent course! It is an extraordinary setting to resume.” Departure at 7am this Sunday for the first entries!