The 23and edition of this sled dog race – which is one of the rounds of the national championship of the French Federation of pulka and dog sledding – takes place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 January in Méaudre and Autrans. Some 70 teams (500 dogs: Siberian Huskys, Alaskan Malamutes, Greenland Eskimos and Samoyeds) will compete over these two days, on courses of 25 to 45 km. Departures will take the form of individual time trials (every minute, from 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday), at the Méaudre cross-country ski center, where the finishes will also be judged. Also note a special race for children (who already have their own dogs and sleds, in short the children of mushers), on Sunday January 23 at 2 p.m., one hour before the prize giving for the adult race (at 3 p.m.) .
Many activities are planned throughout the weekend to discover this universe. Don’t miss, on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the start/finish area, the presentation of the different breeds of sled dogs. You can also have something to eat (refreshment bar with ravioli, mulled wine, hot dog, fries, pancakes, etc.), attend driving demonstrations, or even do your first dog sledding. These baptisms take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday (with a lunch break depending on attendance) and last approximately 10 minutes, with passengers seated in sleds that can accommodate up to two adults and two children or four children (this is not an introduction to driving a team). Price: €10 per child and €20 per adult, priority being given to children.
Photos: © Pascal Conche