The adventure started when I met the ITIWIT team on the camping site in Argentat on the day before the race.
6.00am, and it was still dark. But a multitude of boats were already waiting on the water. I joined the queue to launch. I started chatting with my neighbour. He was intrigued by my boat, the brand new fully-inflatable X500 touring kayak from Itiwit. He joked, “If there is a sprint finish, I’ll win by puncturing your kayak”. No problem. I will leave him standing in the last few metres thanks to the performance of my mount. He laughs at my response. It’s a cool event, and that’s a good thing. The tone is set!
I climb aboard and make my way to the starting line. I am in the 4th or 5th line, and I know that this kind of mass start can be very tricky. And we’re off! The first incident happened after just a few metres. In the mayhem at the start, someone fell into the water. A few more unlucky competitors took a dip in the first 30 km, which were technically difficult, featuring a succession of rapids.~