24H XTREME Informations

 

Location

The 24H Xtreme takes place in and around the fort of Barchon. The Fort de Barchon, built in 1888, is one of the twelve works of the fortified belt of Liège, Belgium. Works of General Brialmont, the fortress played an important part both during the First and during the Second World War. The fort overlooks the right bank of the river Meuse, and is about 6.5 km northeast of the center of the city of Liège. Its mission was to prohibit the crossing of the Meuse and to control the nearby Aachen road. Its equipment and architecture were comparable to those of Fort Loncin.

The Fort of Barchon was besieged from the first days of the First World War by German troops. It was the first fort of the Fortified Position of Liège to surrender, August 8, 1914.

The fort was considerably improved and strengthened in the inter-war period. The most noticeable change was an 18-meter-high tower (visible from the E40), which was used to aspirate fresh air at a respectable distance from the fort. The tower is located a few hundred meters to the west of the fort, to which it is connected by a subway.

Distance

It is complicated to calculate exactly the distance of the route, the underground passages of the fort being difficult to estimate.

With the aid of a pedometer, we have drawn a 5 km path. You will pass through the 3 levels of the fort :

  • the level -1 the most dangerous of the course because very narrow and low (wearing the helmet will be mandatory).
  • The level 0 corresponding to the ramparts of the fort, a triangular enclosure of 400m.
  • Finally, the upper level of the fort with the meadow parts being on the same level as the road.

Number of obstacles

Fort Barchon already brings to itself a whole series of natural obstacles :

  • the 400m long underground tunnel
  • the vertical scale of 12m
  • obscure and flooded corridors
  • the net suspended at 5m height

In addition to all these natural obstacles, we will install a series of diverse tests.
Power and strength will be your allies but not only ... you will also have to show precision, balance, agility and cold blood in order to succeed in all 20 obstacles of the 3h Xtreme.

Hardware Required

The list of equipment is mandatory for each member of the team.

This material will be checked before you give your bib number. We will refuse to give you your bib number for any breach.

  • helmet type mtb, caving. Some passages in the fort are very narrow and low in height. For your safety, the wearing of the helmet will be obligatory in these passages.

  • headlamp + battery reserve. Some passages in the underground of the fort are seen little illuminated, the frontal will allow you to see more clearly. This will also be mandatory during the whole night.

  • blanket : The Belgian weather is what it is and in March, do not expect a nice blue sky and temperatures of 30 °. You will alternate, mud zone, dry zone, wet area for long hours. A survival blanket can help you keep your body warm.

  • whistle : We will ask you to wear a whistle throughout the race. The whistle will only be used in an emergency. This will be a way for us to locate you in case you are not on an obstacle area and to involve the medical service as quickly as possible.

Shower

To make sure we had hot showers for all participants, we decided to ban showers during the race.

Showers will only be accessible after the race. 

Bathroom

Toilets will be at your disposal on the camping area. Participants will be forbidden to use the toilets of the fort, which are reserved for the staff. 

Camp

A meadow is at your disposal to install your camp.

We ask you to use a reasonable area for your team to leave room for everyone.

It will be forbidden to access the campsite with the vehicles, these will have to remain parked on the street.

Are allowed :

  • The tents and arbours, attention these must be anchored. You will be held responsible if your facility flies and damages the equipment of another team or injures a participant.
  • Do not hesitate to bring warm things to dry your clothes, to heat your food or simply to keep warm. The experience of 2016 and the apocalyptic conditions make us tell you to think carefully about your comfort of life during these 24 hours.
  • Gas system type stove, butagaz will be allowed in order to prepare you food or hot drink. It is clear that the gas is dangerous, you are totally responsible for the installations that you will put in place. Ensure the safety of all.

The following are prohibited under penalty of exclusion :

  • Alcohol, which combined with effort, fatigue and cold can put you in dangerous physical states. We will be uncompromising this year, so is the security of the event.
  • Drugs
  • No generator, simply for a question of noise nuisance on the site. The few hours of rest that you will give yourself must be restful.
  • No outside help, if one of your friends participates in the 3h Xtreme, in no case will he be able to help you logistically for the 24h Xtreme..
  • No car, mobile home, camping car in the camping area, these will have to park on the street. It will of course be prohibited to spend the night in your vehicle. We will ask you to experience this experience thoroughly in accordance with the rules in place.

Refueling

A basic refueling will be set up during the whole event with hot, cold, sweet and salty.

We insist that you really have to meet your own nutritional needs, our supply will not be enough for you to resist during the 24 hours.

Prepare a maximum your coming to the fort... it will not be a part of pleasure. Only participants in the race will have access to refueling. It shall be forbidden for crew members who are at rest to come and use.

Cleanliness

The 24h Xtreme takes place in and around a place touched by history, the fort of Barchon. This historical site is available to you during the event. To avoid as much waste as possible, we will place garbage cans in the camping and refreshment area.

We thank you in advance to keep the area clean by using the garbage cans available.

Importantly also, we will ask you to leave your camping site clean. It is not necessary to leave your tent, tins or other packaging as a gift.

Public

Access to the fort and the race set up will be forbidden to the public, only medias and our staff will have access.

The 24h Xtreme is a unique race of its kind, only the participants daring to face this challenge will know the strong.

Medical service

A medical team will be based in one of the halls of the fort, near the refueling.

We will not neglect safety throughout the event. If the medical service notices that a participant is no longer fit to continue the race, he / she will be the sole judge and the participant must submit to the decision of the medical service. Do not hesitate during the race to consult them.

A team of certified divers will also be present on the pond area in order to secure it and ensure the smooth running of this aquatic passage.

Parking

The fort is located in an outlying area of the city center of Blegny and surrounded by agricultural crops.

Few parking spaces are available. We advise you to co-operate a maximum in order to avoid a congestion of vehicles.

The Blegny fort street set in one direction to allow lateral parking. 

Access

Follow E40-E42 towards Aachen, take exit 36 Blegny
At the first roundabout, turn right at the 1st exit
Cross the second roundabout
At the thirdroundabout, turnleft 3rd exit to go to the street of the fort.
GPS address: rue du fort 4671 Blegny (Belgium)