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INFOS BOLIVIA
         
 

TELEVISION

TF1 lunch time News with Claire CHAZAL on January 4, 2002 with a report of 40 seconds.
Télématin on France 2, repeated on TV5, in 2001, 2002, and 2003 and the 2 december 2004.
Tout le sport on France 3 with a report of 35 seconds by Marie Christelle MAURY in 2003.
Glissn' Co on TMC 2001, 2002, et 2003.
Coup de coeur of Sport 6 on M6 in 2002, 2003, 2003 and the 28 november 2004.
LCI news in 2003 and 2004.
Sujet dans l'émission MON KANAR sur France 3 le mercredi 15 décembre 2004
France 3 - Cote d'Azur, Marseille and North.
 
 

RADIO

France Bleu Azur, NRJ, Nostalgie, Europe 2, and Nice Radio.
 
 

PRESS

Since the very first edition, many magazines and newspapers reported on La Boliviana. Including:
- L'EQUIPE MAGAZINE: 6 pages in 2002,
- LM SPORT,
- 220 MAG,
- TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE,
- VIVRE L'AVENTURE,
- ATMOSPHERES,
- ENDURANCE...
And of many articles in various local newspapers.

In 2004, we will be able to count on many reports:

- 220 MAG 4 to 6 pages of editorial in the December 2004 edition.

- TRIATHLETE MAGAZINE 4 pages of editorial in the January 2005 edition.

- VIVRE L'AVENTURE 6 pages of editorial in the January/February 2005 edition.

Various reports on the race in mountain bike magazines such as VELO VERT, O2 Bikers, VELO TOUT TERRAIN.
 
 

FOREIGN PRESS

Bolivian: Razon, Marcas, Bolivian Business, La Prensa, Escape.
Canadian: Spaces, La Derniere Heure
US: Adventure Sport Magazine
Belgian: O2 Bikers
 
THE COMPETITORS

Benny VANSTEELLANT: 2 participations in 2003 and 2004.

3 times world duathlon champion - elite CD
2 times world duathlon champion - elite LD
4 times European duathlon champion - elite

What is your strongest memory?

Going over the 5000 metre pass in the first marathon stage. We arrived there just before nightfall and my team-members stopped to sing happy birthday to me!

The altitude is an important factor, how much were your physical abilities affected?

Yes, it is a very important factor! I am a professional athlete and I train at altitude in Europe (1800 m), but I was very limited by the extreme altitude, especially because we did not have much time to acclimatize. In spite of that the French teams did very well with France Location in 2nd place overall.

Can La Boliviana be part of ones training plan?

Yes, me I am a professional athlete and November is a free month for me. I do not like passive holidays, therefore I thought of resuming my training with La Boliviana, but it was harder than I thought ...
 

Cyrille NEVEU : 2 participations in La Boliviana

World long distance triathlon champion - 2002
French long distance triathlon champion -2002
Winner of the Embrun triathlon "EMBRUNMAN" - 2003

What was your principal motivation for taking part in La Boliviana?

To continue the adventure of 2002, to discover new landscapes, my curiosity in the country and its population. To discover a little more about this new adventure, the race and the atmosphere that surrounds it.

What did you think of including a humanitarian project within a sporting event?

That is one of La Boliviana's particularities in addition to the fact that it is the highest race in the world. Bolivia hss marvellous landscapes, it enables us to take part has a sporting event in astonishing places, and there is a warm welcome, so it is natural for us to take them something.
Bolivia needs assistance, the happiness of the children and of the organizations which receive the material that we take are the best example.
Combining sports and humanitarian aid is one of the great points of this race.

What is your stongest memory?

Seeing the children leave with their school stationery, last the stage and the arrival in the streets of La Paz, the welcome in the villages, the beauty of the landscape, and finding yoursef at over 5000 metres...
 

Vanessa TAMBURRINI : Journalist at 220 magazine

What were your main reasons for taking part in La Boliviana?

Initially professional reasons, then the desire to discover a completely different world with disorientation assured, and in addition the humanitarian side, meeting the indigineous people.

In general, what are qualities of a woman for this kind of race?

It is true that we are limited by our physical size but on the other hand mentally, I think that a woman is stronger especially when it starts to become hard.

What is your strngest memory?

Each day really touched me. As far as the sports is concerned, it was on the last day in the guided abseil descent where I took my time to look at the magnificent landscape and to said to myself: "appreciates what you are experiencing, it is extrordinary". On the human level, it was meeting the local inhabitants and especially in the village on the fourth day wher the teams changed from running to cycling. I was in the taem assistant that day and I saw the inhabitants prepare everything before the arrival of the runners.
It gave them great pleasure and what amazement to see us prepare the bicycles. I was immediately surrounded by five little girls who watched me closely. I did not feel ill at ease because their look was so friendly and sincere. The only thing that I regretted was not being able to communicate with them. I promise that I will learn Spanish for the fourth edition!

The altitude is an important factor, how much were your physical abilities affected?

A lot, especially on the first day when I had to climb small summits, the heart beat faster and breath was short. Altitude gives me nausea, so I could not eat over the 11 hours of effort... seriously compromising my chances for the other days. On the other hand, as of the fifth day, I had full possession of my means and I felt the altitude much less.

Can you summarize a day which you will not forget?

The whole experience remains unforgettable, from the first day at the airport until the last day taking the plane again with a certain sadness in the heart because it is already finished. Upon returning to France, I was still at 5000 metres and I had great difficuly returning to earth. Moreover, it changed certain things in my life such as my idea of life.
What I saw it over there, the people that I met... I will never forget it.
 
 
PRESS OF CANADA

PRESSE ECRITE

L'oeil régional: http://www.hebdos.net/orb/archives/articles.asp?article_id=57770&chaine=boliviana
Journal de Chambly: http://www.hebdos.net/jdc/archives/articles.asp?article_id=61515&chaine=boliviana
Le journal de St-Bruno: http://www.hebdos.net/jsb/edition432004/articles.asp?article_id=68676
Les Versants du Mont St-Bruno: http://boliviana2004.qc.ca/pageprincipale2.htm
Journal Métro (distribué gratuitement dans le métro, lectorat de 300 000 lecteurs)
édition du mardi 9 novembre: http://www.journalmetro.ca/

RADIO :

Trois entrevues (avant, pendant et après) pour Radio-Canada dans le cadre de l'émission Désaultels : http://www.radio-canada.ca/radio/desautels/
Deux entrevues à CKAC avec Jean Chartrand dans le cadre de l'émission Accès Plein Air (avant et après) http://www.ckac.com/emissions.asp?text=acces_pleinair/text.html
Trois entrevues en espagnol (avant, pendant et après) pour Radio-Canada International dans le cadre de l'émission Canadá en las Américas: http://www.rcinet.ca/rci/es/emissions/1420.shtml

TELEVISION:

RTP Radio Televisión Popular avec Guillermo Mendoza dans le cadre de l'émission La Tribuna Popular (mercredi 10 novembre)
Televisión Católica programme d'une heure (jeudi 11 novembre)
Une entrevue après l'événement à Salut Bonjour à TVA: http://tva.canoe.com/emissions/salutbonjour/
 
         
 

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