They weren’t quite a few, however brave, on the rendezvous of the Forges Royales in Guérigny

The coast at Bouillot beneath development, the EA 58, the same old organizer of the occasion, had the great thought to fall again on the citadel of La Chaussade a number of months in the past. That is how the primary cross-country of the Forges Royales was born, the primary version of which occurred on Sunday 20 November.

First cross-country of the Forges Royales

Even when within the small classes, the younger individuals performed the sport effectively, in these extra standard, usually, we didn’t jostle one another. A single instance and it’s placing: within the final race, reserved for hopefuls, seniors and masters males, there have been solely 13 entered. A distress. “Sure, it is a disgrace, actually,” complained Patrice Monferran, president of the membership, but additionally of the Nièvre athletics committee.

The most effective weren’t there

Nonetheless, the positioning is enticing, midway between nature and the town. “For me, however I am not goal, this course is good for organizing a regional and even interregional championship. As well as, when it comes to visibility, it is excellent, as a result of the riders in entrance can decide those that are behind”.

Patrice Montferran regretted the absence of the perfect rivals from Nièvre. “I can perceive that they need to go and rub shoulders with rivals from different areas, however nonetheless. An effort for the native organizers wouldn’t have been superfluous.”

This course may be very technical. For the raises, we nonetheless needed to go there, it was not simple in any respect.

We nonetheless wanted many winners within the two foremost races. On the ladies’s aspect, it was Sophie Lavaut (AO Nivernaise), who was within the lead nearly on a regular basis. “Sure, it is good for somebody who hasn’t raced for years and began once more in 2018,” she explains. “It is unlucky that there are solely so few individuals. This course may be very technical. For the restarts, we nonetheless needed to go there, it was not simple in any respect”.

Comparable statement on the lads’s aspect and the winner Andy Martin (Varennes-Vauzelles Operating). “I got here as a result of I wished to find this new observe. After which, for the organizers who transfer to, exactly, manage races, I discover it regular. I do not remorse it. It was wonderful coaching as effectively for the subsequent deadlines”.

It stays to be hoped that the ranks will likely be much less sparse for the 2023 version. However that is one other story.

The podiums of the totally different races

Benjamins-minimes : 1. Simon Larue (MO Ufolep); 2. Mayeul Coutin (Athletics Renewal Affiliation); 3. Kyllian Pannier (EA 58).

Mini-cadets : 1. Noa Francois; 2. Baptiste Tréchot (Affiliation Renouveaux Athlétisme); 3. Remy Pautot (AO Nivernaise).

Cadets, junior women, non-licensed seniors : 1. Antoine Drotz; 2. Christophe Cahuet (XCTR); 3. Albin Le Guernigou (Cosnoise Sports activities Union).

chicks : 1. Paul Hubert (EA 58); 2. Gonzague Pautrat (EA 58); 3. Hugo Menuel-Viallon (Affiliation Renouveau Athletics).

Junior males, senior ladies : 1. Sophie Lavaut (AON); 2. Frédéric Peron (Hope Saint-Léger-des-Vignes); 3. Virginie Blanchet (AON).

Hopes, seniors and masters males : 1. Andy Martin (Varennes-Vauzelles Operating); 2. Bastien Bonnet (AON); 3. Maxime Grégoire (Sporting Cosnoise Union).

Pierre Brerard

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