Raid Amazones, California, 2016 Climate crusaders

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Awena Beliard, Grace Seguret and Soizic Deveaux are preparing to embark on the greatest adventure of their lives. The three mums are friends, colleagues and now also teammates in the Raid Amazones – a one-of-a-kind outdoor competition open exclusively to women. Staged in some spectacular settings, the event pushes participants’ bodies to the limit. In 2016, the “Amazons” are competing in Palm Desert, California – one of the warmest places in the US. The consequences of climate change are particularly prevalent here. The women want to call attention to the threatened region.

The challenge at a glance

  • Four different types of sport
    Six days
    Dry heat

Since deciding to embark on their adventure, Awena, Grace and Soizic have put every spare minute into training. In California they are set to cross the desert, where they will have to overcome jet lag, block out aches and pains and prove themselves against 95 other teams.

None of them have been to the US before. All three women live in Nantes with their families and work for Vaillant. They spend a lot of time training together and are forming a great bond as a team. They go running before work and practice canoeing and archery at the weekend. Their biggest dream: to make it to the final day of the competition and cross the finish line as “Amazons”.

Ready for adventure

Awena, Grace and Soizic have been training for months. Their goal: to complete one of the most extraordinary and toughest competitions in the world.

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Photos: Mélanie Saumure (portraits) & Shutterstock (top)