Jan 1, 2014
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Diagonale des Fous
The La Réunion island key race, will draw the curtain for Vibram’s trail season.
And then, there were… 8! It’s going to be a rich Vibram parterre taking-on the field at La Réunion. Objective: Diagonale des Fous race, to close a goal-studded 2014. Starting from the Women of the Trailrunning Team Vibram® , Uxue Fraile Azpeitia , 5th place at last edition of UTMB® , and the Italian powerhouse Lisa Borzani , 2nd woman both at the TDS and the Tor Des Giants , will toe the line at La Reunion. For the Men, it will be up to Frenchmen Sebastian Nain and Ronan Moalic and Spaniard Javier Dominguez Ledo (3rd place at UTMB® 2013 edition, and 6th place at Transgrancanaria 2014) together with Italians Stefano Ruzza and Paolo Pajaro , to close an incredibly satisfying season. Not least, Jérôme Bernard , Director of Marketing and Team Manager of Vibram, is peaking-ready to face the terrains of La Réunion. Vibram HongKong 100 , Transvulcania , Restonica, UTMB® , Tor Des Giants are just some of the ultra races that enriched Vibram’s 2014 trailrunning season. "The Diagonale will be the highlight," said Jerome, "The team is super motivated, each athlete is well prepared, the group is now solid, and then everything is in place for an 'extraordinary' adventure!" . And all the athletes of the Trailrunning Team Vibram®, irrespective of their own individual ambitions, will give their best to achieve the best "performance". As race day approaches, equipment delivery continues to accompany the trailers' optimal preparation. In La Réunion the main challenges will be related to the rough terrain and highly unstable weather. And then it will actually be a matter of materials used; " There are Vibram soles under our feet ," emphasizes Ronan, "If it rains, the ground becomes very slippery, so it will make the difference having excellent footwear to go anywhere and feel safe everywhere ." Safety! For Vibram ... a no-compromises issue . "We will provide equipment for our athletes to enable them to compete at the Diagonal with extreme confidence. Our technical partners are all premium brands in their own field, such as Polartec, BV Sport, Ultraspire, Julbo, Petzl, Ultimum, Garmin," Jerome announces, "without forgetting the Vibram®-powered footwear brands we sole like: Hoka , Saucony , New Balance , Technique , Dynafit , The North Face ". The meeting point between the present and the future: this is the Diagonal race that anticipates a great 2015 calendar for the Trailrunning Team Vibram®, full of new arrivals, awesome racing, but above all a spirit that remains the same and that can be summed up in four words: "Ordinary people being extraordinary. " Good luck to ALL, athletes and non-athletes alike, for the Diago 2014! Go Go GO!