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85. Julie Travadon Coutelier (27)    

Race:   F400 2018 (Rookie)

Country: Switzerland

E-mail: julietravadon@gmail.com

Profession: Management Consultant

Sleddogclub: Annen / Other

Nr of years with mushing: 20

Kennel name: Blau Fontein

Breed: Husky

Number of dogs in kennel: 30

Family members:
Raphael Coutelier (husband)
Isabelle Travadon (mother): I am running the Femund 400 with her
Philippe Travadon (father): he is a vet and will be our handler on the race
David Dragesco (brother)

Hobbies:
Mushing, Ski touring, Hiking with my husband and dogs, enduro motorcycling, Muay Thaï

Local newspapers:
Le Temps (Geneva, Switzerland), La Tribune de Genève (Geneva, Switzerland)

Sponsors: Royal Canin, Hyper U Saint-Maximin

Experiences with long distance sleddog racing:
Race/ year/ results - inclusive nr of times finished Femundløpet:

La Grande Odyssée 2017 MID (4th place)
La Grande Odyssée 2016 Trophée (3rd place)
Lekkarod 2016 Trophée (1st place)
La Grande Odyssée 2014 Trophée HMV (2nd place)

Why long distance/ Femundløpet:
I’ve started mushing doing sprint races when I was a child, more recently participated in the key mid-distance stage races in France and Switzerland, well-known to be technical, and now I want to take the strong relationship between my dogs and I a step further. Passionate about dogs and nature, and loving to test myself with new challenges, long-distance races bring it all and Femundlopet is one of the most renown in Europe, making it an obvious choice.Last but definitely not least, I’ve watched my mum, over the past many years, challenge herself and her team with the toughest long distance races in the world (The Iditarod, The Femundlopet 400 and 600, The Finnamarkslopet 500 and 1000) with all the admiration and emotions that it brings and I’ve always dreamt I could be part of it!

Special dogs in Femundløpet-team:
I would say our TEAM, is special. Each and every one of our dogs are special, in their own way. We have all skills required in the team, including many very good to exceptional leaders, and this year we will have around 10 rookies in the two teams running the Femundlopet 400!