What a day for Team Envol ! 17 teams on the starting line.
We will remember a lots of great moments from this edition. First of all, like usual, our two elite women teams performed at the highest level. We are so lucky to have such inspirational athletes in our team. Fanny and Desirée are World Champions. During 9h05, they swam and ran in the lead of the women field, chased by Susie and Anna. They never slowed down . Their dream of going under 9h will come in 2020 hopefully. Since 5 years, Fanny tried to win this race. The dream came true with her close friend Desirée, who always perform on D-day with a massive smile on her face. Susie and Anna fought hard during the full day, always believing that they will close the gap. With Anna fixing the pace and Susie pulling all the swim, they reached Utö 22 minutes after Fanny and Desirée in 2nd place.
Others women teams:
Åsa and Casja (Sweden), 13th in 12h08
Sabine and Birgit (Ger), 17th in 12h54
In the men category, the day was a bit more complicated for Nicolas and Julian. They passed the finish line in 8h25, exhausted but happy with their team effort. It was a tough a day with a couple of bad crashes for Nicolas that restricted him on the running. They spent the full day alone, chasing the front pack and making sure that no one will take their 5th place.
Pierre-Julien, Team Envol Occitanie ambassador had a huge opportunity from our main sponsor Vivobarefoot, to finally realised his dream. After the bad luck from 2018, when he could not join at the last minute, he found an excellent partner in experienced Pavel, to do the race in 55th in 11h04
The other mens team were also performing well and they all reached their objectives:
André and Wolfgang (Germany) 15th in 9h02,
Calle (Sw) and Rich (UK) 35th in 10h21,
Ben and Dave (Australia) 40th in 10h36,
Thomas and Martin (Sw) 48th in 10h45
Kawika and Blake (USA), new Team Envol California ambassadors 100th in 11h19
Patric and Fredrik (Sw) 139th in 13h17
In the mixed category, Alexis and Sabina represented Team Envol/Ticino. After a season already really packed with races, they did their best performance during the World Championships. Finishing strong, they passed the finish line in 4th place in 9h23. 2019 is an experimental year, testing different set ups and learning about the sport. Keep an eye on them, we will see them higher up in the future. For the other teams, it was also full of success. Claudia (Ger) met Sebastien (Fr) the day before. Our team Envol Provence ambassador came at the last minute all the way from South of France to replace Arnd. They finished at the 13th place in 10h09.
Team Envol Occitanie, Eric and Valerie (Fr) ended up 28th in 11h15. But what a finish when Eric took a ring out of his pocket and propose Valerie. Lots of emotions on the finish line. Congratulations to you two.
Carsten (Ger) and Maria Albertsson (Sw) 27th in 11h11
Nina and Jonas (Sw) DNF due to injury