Laurianne Plaçais, champion of bicycle races over 1000 km
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Laurianne Plaçais, champion of bicycle races over 1000 km

PORTRAIT – The French woman, who won the 2023 Mixed Ultra Cycling World Championship, is preparing for a new year of extreme challenges.

Don’t be surprised to come across, at dawn, at the foot of a volcano in the Auvergne or in the most beautiful passes of the Alpes-Maritimes, a woman wrapped in a blanket, under a bus shelter, with a bicycle placed next to it. . Maybe it’s Laurianne Plaçais. Sometimes you have to stop on the side of the road. Even at 5 in the morning people stop to ask me if I’m okay »tells, amusingly, he who won BikingMan 2023, presented by the creator Axel Carion (in 2017) as the first World Cup » ultra cycling race.

On the programme, around ten races during the year, sometimes with more than 1000 kilometers to cover, unaided. It is from point A to the same point A, we have a GPS track provided, you have to follow it to the letter », explains Laurianne Plaçais. Not made for Sunday cyclists, whether the race is held in Corsica, the Basque Country, Portugal, Morocco or even Brazil, the host nation this week at the start of the 2024 season. Four months…

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