Category: Ultra-Trail

Salon Ultra Trail de Chamonix 2017

Tech4Race at the Ultra-Trail Exhibition in Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Stand Tech4Race - Salon Ultra-trail 2017
Tech4Race booth

From August 28 to September 1, 2017, Tech4Race left Brittany for Haute-Savoie (France). Head to the Chamonix Ultra-Trail exhibition. After the Running in April and the Triathlon in June, the Ultra-Trail completed our trilogy of the shows of the year.

The Ultra-Trail Show, organized as part of the Ultra-Trail of Mont Blanc (UTMB), is dedicated to nature and outdoor races.This open-air market welcomes more than 50,000 visitors from all over the world every year (we quickly realized that we had to forget French for English!). Located in the heart of Chamonix, the show takes place a few hundred meters from the start of the UTMB and the arrival of all the races of the event (PTL, TDS, OCC, CCC, UTMB).

On the brink of the commercialization of our solution, being present at this show was essential. On the one hand, we would meet some sixty trail organizers present. On the other hand, we would evangelize our solution to the important players in this sport. And the result is positive: many contacts in France and internationally and a strong interest for a real-time tracking solution.

This show was also an opportunity to meet both amateur and experienced athletes. What a pleasure to put faces on names and to be able to exchange with runners that we read and followed on social media. Thanks Bruno, Eric, Florent and Hervé for coming to see us.

We took advantage of our presence in Chamonix to enjoy the atmosphere of one of the biggest events in Trail running. Although we were not able to get to the start of the races, we were there for in the finish of the winner of the TDS in Chamonix, I named Mr. Michel Lanne – winner of the CCC last year. Unfortunately, our time constraints did not allow us to attend the start and finish of the UTMB … on the spot at least. Thanks to the live video broadcast offered by the organization, we did not miss a thing! Can’t wait for real-time tracking of all runners to get an overview of the race!

We would like to greet again the backers of our crowdfunding campaign. Your donations allowed us to participate at this important event. Thank you !

Stéphane Brogniart

Focus on a ambassador: Stéphane Brogniart, french ultra-trailer

On the weekend of 20-21 May, Stéphane Brogniart crossed the Jura massif by running non-stop, through the marked and recognized route of the GTJ  to establish a reference time. Start from Pontarlier to Saint-Germain-de-Joux. Result: 190 km in 26h30.

Stéphane wore one of our GPS trackers during this adventure.Friends, family, and fans were able to follow him in real time.

Interview of Stéphane Brogniart, french ultra-trailer.

Stephane brogniart
© Rémi Blomme
Where does this passion for trail come from? Since when do you practice it?

Even as a child, I spent a lot of time doing all kind of sports. I am from the countryside and after triathlon I turned to hiking and trail running at the age of 28. My first bib trailwas in 2004 on “les crêtes visgiennes”.

You are mental trainer when you are not running. How does this influence your practice (and vice versa)?

Mental preparation ables me to focus only on why I’m here. Identify the parasitic thoughts that take my mind elsewhere to bring it back there. Because to express 100% of our potential, we need 100% of our attention to what we do.

HOW DID YOU GET PREPARED FOR THIS 190 KM ”TRAVERSEE DU JURA” ?

Like for another race. At the end of winter, I went running for 4 weeks between 20 and 30 kilometers until 2 weeks of the ”Traversée du Jura”. I need this large volume at low intensity to know the gestures perfectly adapted to the terrain, the good resonance, using the least energy possible for maximum results.

Your family and supporters have been able to follow you in real time during this adventure. According to you, what is the interest of a live tracking solution during this type of challenge?

This is for my family and friends a good way to know where I am in real time. They can manage the crew points and inform the public who is waiting to come and run with me. But it is especially a good communication tool for all the people who follow the adventure at a distance behind their screen. It’s fun and gives a nice added value.