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Raid Gauloises

The Raid Gauloises or The Raid is considered by manyweasel words to be the first modern adventure race and was first held in 1989 Its creator, Gérard Fusil, took the existing concept of long distance endurance races, and focused on the team aspects, requiring each competitor to be part of a five-person co-ed team The Raid had no set course, with competitors being required to rely on their wits and judgment to reach the specified checkpoints The Raid was named after its original sponsor, the Gauloises Cigarette Company

In 1996, Fusil left the Raid to begin a new adventure race series, the Elf Authentic Adventure Patrick Brignoli and Alain Gaimard continued to organize the Raid with their company RGO and Saga d'Aventures The 1997 Raid in Ecuador was the first raid organized without Fusil 2003 was the last year for the Raid Gauloises In 2004 the Raid Gauloises was retooled into the Raid World Championship


  • 1 Raid World Cup
  • 2 Original Raid Gauloises events
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Raid World Cupedit

The current format since 2004 is that of a series of events called The Raid World Cup culminating in a world championship event called The Raid World Championship This final championship event is supposed to be similar to the original events and were held in the following locations:

  • 2004 -  Argentina
  • 2005 -  France /  Italy /   Switzerland Annecy / Mont Blanc / Gstaad
  • 2006 -  Canada
  • 2007 - Not held

Original Raid Gauloises eventsedit

  • 1989 –  New Zealand
  • 1990 –  Costa Rica
  • 1991 –  New Caledonia
  • 1992 –  Oman
  • 1993 –  Madagascar
  • 1994 –  Malaysia
  • 1995 –  Argentina
  • 1996 – not held
  • 1997 –  South Africa1
  • 1998 –  Ecuador
  • 1999 – not held
  • 2000 – Tibet/   Nepal
  • 2001 – not held
  • 2002 – Bac Ha,  Vietnam
  • 2003 –  Kyrgyzstan2


  1. ^ Roussel, Marc 30 January 1997 "Au coin de la piste, l'aventure" Libération in French Retrieved 31 January 2017 
  2. ^ Molga, Paul 12 June 2003 "La résistance hors normes des coureurs du Raid Gauloises intrigue les scientifiques" Les Échos in French Retrieved 31 January 2017 

External linksedit

  • The Raid World Championship

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