A Sports-Nature-Adventure Concept - Total immersion in a natural environment
The Raid Gauloises is a Sports-Adventure-Nature concept that calls upon nothing more than man, his resourcefulness, intelligence, experience and energy, excluding all outside intervention and use of motorized vehicles. This is absolute self-sufficiency, total immersion in a natural environment in search of others, of oneself, and of another kind of life far from the usual everyday existence in our highly mechanized societies.
Competition- A start and a finish. Between the two, a great experience
Competitors in the various Raid Gauloises move forward through orienteering, rafting, canoeing, horseback riding, camel riding, dugout canoeing, and sea kayaking. Depending on the terrain, they may do canyoning, hang gliding, caving, skydiving, rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking and more. The Raid Gauloises adapts to the areas being crossed and any non-mechanized means of moving forward can be proposed by the organizers. The Raid Gauloises lasts about ten days. The rules are quite simple. There is a start and a finish, with a few checkpoints usually located at difficult spots. It is non-stop forward motion, with the teams determining their own pace. Sometimes, there are several different courses to chose from. It is necessary to make the right choice...and speed isn't the only criterion.
Solidarity and Intelligence
The Raid Gauloises is an expedition-competition for mixed teams made up of five competitors assisted by two helpers. It is open to anyone, appealing to hardy amateurs fond of the outdoors, moving through virgin territory, struggling, bivouacking in the forests, mountains, beside lakes and streams, and in the jungle. More than great athletes, they are strong-willed men and women who have training and experience which enable them to use all possible means of moving forward and to face any situation head on. Excellent physical condition is not the only quality required for the teams to move forward. Solidarity, group understanding, and racing skills (adaptability, anticipation, knowing one's limits, pacing oneself) are also indispensable. Knowing how to handle these different elements of the race is always a decisive factor.
The winning team is the one that finishes the race in the shortest amount of time. But many participants aren't in the Raid Gauloises ''just to win''. Personal growth is far more important to them than the competitive side of it. Indeed, setting out on the Raid Gauloises adventure means creating a project, putting together a team, being physically ready, getting the equipment together, and going all the way to the finish line. Victory means succeeding in an amazing adventure and, paradoxically, living a fantastic personal experience in a group.
The Raid Gauloises is open to anyone - men and women - over 18 years of age. The five-person teams must have at least one woman and the support group is limited to two people.
The number of teams is limited to 45.
This is made up of three judges and two substitutes.
The general classification is determined by the times clocked by the racing officials and modified according to the bonus points or penalties assigned by the jury.
Only full teams are eligible to win. In the event of one or more team members dropping out during the race, the other teammates are allowed to continue the race but are no longer eligible to win.
Classifications according to event will also be part of the programme.
Equipment, Security and Assistance
Safety measures for the race
As excellent individual and group training is the best safety measure of all, the competitors are required to take aptitude tests. Teams which do not pass the tests will not be allowed to take part in the race.
As excellent individual and group training is the best safety measure of all, the competitors are required to take aptitude tests. Teams which do not pass the tests will not be allowed to take part in the race. Everything that is needed has been included in the required individual and group equipment - life jackets for rapids, riding and mountain biking helmets, etc.
Every team also has a basic first aid kit and emergency flares of the kind used on ships, in order to enable the organizers to locate them and provide help extremely quickly (helicopters, doctors, etc.) if the need should arise.
Each team has two helpers. Rather than follow the team, the helpers meet them at checkpoints determined by the organizers, which usually correspond to race changes. They are in charge of transporting food supplies for the duration of the event, as well as a complete first aid kit and other equipment required for the event.