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Intégrale de Riquet le 7 juillet 2015

Impressions of the
Intégrale de Riquet

* 3 days where time stands still, slowly advancing along the banks of the "Canal du Midi". The canal is a sign from a bygone age, when one took one's time. The time to glide the barges from the Mediterranean sea up to Toulouse, via Capestang and Castelnaudary.

* 3 days during which 25 runners endevoured beneath the roasting sun, with plane trees as their parasols and cicadas as their muses, to reach Toulouse, the "rose-coloured town".

* 3 days of happiness to be on the route, or 3 days on the route to a certain happiness. Each competitor came to find answers to their questions, or to find new ones, but all had the same driving necessity: to go ever forwards.

* 3 days of racing, with, of course, a winner; such is the nature of racing. A winner with the humility of great men : Jean Jacques Moros.

* 3 days on the Intégrale de Riquet, 3 days since I arrived back home, 3 days later but I'm still out there...

Thanks again

François Fouques

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"Oh Riquet, si tu savais
Tout le mal que tu nous as fait
Et là haut ou tu étais
Bien rigoler tu devais"

"Oh Riquet, tu nous fais mal
Sous ce cagnard infernal
Heureusement y a les platanes
Et le cigales en récital"

Antoine Pierson