Canal Aventure builds its history at the rate of the events it organizes since 2010. From one continent to another, we are not satisfied with the affordable but always try to go further in order to satisfy the participants and our partners while respecting our values. Rigor, adaptability and surpassing oneself are our watchwords. Discover the highlights of Canal Aventure’s history below.
2010, The beginning of the adventure... The big leap
- May 2010 – First inspection trip in Northern Territory to discover the Australian outback.
- October 2010 – Meeting with Aboriginal communities to introduce our project and get permissions to organize THE TRACK.
2011, First event: THE TRACK
- May 2011 – Canal Aventure organized the first edition of THE TRACK in Australia.
2012, Bound for Asia and Africa with two news events
- January 2012 – Canal Aventure organized the first edition of the Ultra INDIA Race in Kerala region (South India).
- November 2012 – We organized the first edition of the Ultra AFRICA Race in Northern Cameroon.
2014, Birth of the Roadsign Continental Challenge
- For the first year, the 5 events of the Continental Challenge are scheduled.
- Roadsign, partner of Canal Aventure, gives its name to the Continental Challenge which becomes the Roadsign Continental Challenge.
- June 2014 – First edition of the Ultra BOLIVIA Race.
- In the fifth stage of the Ultra BOLIVIA Race, the participants were the first to run a marathon entirely on the Salar de Uyuni.
- November 2014 – Cancellation of the Ultra AFRICA Race in Burkina Faso due to insecurity in the country following the presidential election.
2015, Tommy Chen, first runner to win the Roadsign Continental Challenge
- Tommy Chen (Taiwan) became the first runner winner of the Roadsign Continental Challenge.
- The Argentinian runner Juan Ricardo Ferrero finished second in the Continental Challenge but became the first runner to successfully complete all the Challenge events.
2016, From India to Vietnam
- The Ultra INDIA Race becomes the Ultra ASIA Race. The Asian series of the Continental Challenge settles in Vietnam.
- Pedro Vera Jimenez, Venezuelan runner, wins the 2016 Roadsign Continental Challenge.
2017, Year of the Woman
- The fourth edition of the Ultra AFRICA Race takes place for the first time in Mozambique.
- Italian Ita Marzotto becomes the first woman to win the Roadsign Continental Challenge.
2018 - 2019, The recognition of the Roadsign Continental Challenge
- Canal Aventure has adopted a different and unique positioning: preferring sharing to competition and travel to performance. After a decade, Canal Aventure events are recognized and appreciated.
- The Roadsign Continental Challenge is enjoying growing success. The participants are increasingly engaging with the ambition to do the 5 events to discover the 5 continents through different and demanding challenges.
- Gurkan Açiköz, Turkish diabetic Type 1 rider, won the Roadsign Continental Challenge 2018 & 2019. He becomes the first rider to win the Continental Challenge twice.