On January 19th, 2019, the 6th edition of the GlaGla Race (understand the Brrrr Brrrr Race in French … as in freezing COLD!) is taking place in Talloires, Lake Annecy – France.
For the latest edition, 500 paddlers from all regions of France, Europe and even a few participants from Africa and Australia, took on the GlaGla Race challenge : paddling in the Alps in the middle of winter, on a lake at 6°c ! As the number of participants raise very quickly, we expect at least 600 paddlers in 2019.
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Appropriate clothing must be worn ! A drysuit or wetsuit with gloves and wetsuit boots are highly recommanded. The GlaGla Race is open to casual paddlers with a 6 km short distance. The long distance (14 km) is designed for well trained and pro paddlers. The GlaGlarace is also open to special boards such as big mamas, Red Paddle Dragons or surf bikes for instance.
Talloires & Lake Annecy
Lake Annecy is surrounded by the Bornes mountains range with, just over Talloires, the Tournette, 7732 feet high ! Talloires is a well preserved alpine village with a few luxurious hotels and famous restaurants, nested in a small and sheltered bay.
The event will be located on Talloires beach in the heart of the village. A big top will be installed to host the partners’ booths where participants and visitors will be able to discover 2019 SUP Gear.
The Talloires beach is facing south and even though the january sun is quite shy, it’s still very pleasant ! The view over the lake and the mountains is really beautiful.
GlaGla Race 2019 courses
There will be a short and long distance in the morning and a technical race in the afternoon.
The Long Distance is the main race of the GlaGla Race : 14,5 km
The Long Distance course goes around the lake from Talloires to Duingt, Saint Jorioz, Sevrier, Menthon and Talloires again.
The courses was designed to show Lake Annecy’s best parts : the beautiful Talloires village with the Tournette mountain above, the Duingt castle almost in the middle of the lake, the panoramic view on the mountain from Saint Jorioz and Sevrier, the middle age Menthon Saint Bernard castle and the Roc de Cher Cliff !
The Short Distance for casual paddlers
For those who want to play it safe, the 6 km race is a good choice ! The course follow a section of the 13 km course, with a short cut after the second buoy in Duingt. Participants will get the nice view over the mountains, the Talloires village and the Duingt Castel.
The Technical Race : a spectacular race in the Talloires Bay
The Technical Race will take place in the afternoon. During the 2015 edition the participants were hit by a strong snow storm !
The course is 1,7 km long and competitors have to do 3 turns with for each turn a short run on the beach.
The Dragon Race is very funny Race on Red Paddle Dragon Boards.
Planned GlaGla Race Schedule
Friday January, 18th
11 am + : training – board testing, clinics.
5-9 pm bib pick up
7.30 / 09.30 am : welcome coffee / tea + bib pick up
9.45 am : Skippers’ meeting
10 am : Warm up
10.30 am : start long & short distance races
12.30 am / 1.30 pm : Lunch
1-2 pm : Dragon World Series : Race on Red Paddle Dragon board, free / register on bib pick up
2.30 pm : Technical Race
4.30 pm : Prices ceremony
Reserve day in case of bad weather on saturday / Skiing day otherwise (schedule coming)
Accommodation In Talloires and around Lake Annecy
A dedicated website by Lac Annecy Tourisme for your accommodation (hotels & residences, furnished accommodation,bed & breakfast, holiday villages and campsites) and activities during your stay.
Recommended accommodation : holiday resort « Les Alerions ». Rate : 35€ per night /person (breakfast included) + 6€ for the first night (laundry). Half board starts at 37€. They have room to keep your board during the night in a safe place. Be careful : small resort : 26 rooms / 74 beds.
Information on their website is in French only.
You can send an e-mail to email@example.com
You can also book online with the GlaGla Race booking service (housing in Annecy and around the lake