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Florian Gomet

Florian Gomet

I was born in 1984, in Le Creusot, France. Until majority, I devoted my time to mathematics, music and gymnastics. In 2002, after obtaining a bachelor degree in science, I registered in preparatory classes at the Lycée du Parc, in Lyon, aiming to eventually become an astronomer. Those were two difficult years, which had me lose my illusions. Nevertheless, I registered at the Institut supérieur de formation des actuaires (Superior Institute of Actuarial Training). Realizing that this had been an error, I quit that institution after a year and rather registered at the Université Claude-Bernard, wishing to become a maths teacher. Having recently discovered triathlon, I trained regularly, giving this new activity precedence over my studies. Two years later, in 2007, I simultaneously and successfully passed two different degrees in mathematics (« Master I », a 4th-cycle university degree, as well as « Capes », a certificate qualifying to teach in 2nd-degree institutions). I then moved to Bourges, where I taught maths in a college for two years. Again, two difficult years: I never-endingly clashed with the hierarchy, the students and their parents. Was I too idealist? Whatever the answer, I started to feel that I was not in the right place and that my mission as a teacher escaped me. Still while teaching, however, I spent a lot of my free time training for triathlon and doing sporting travels in the wilderness, each time pushing my limits further and further. Feeling definitely more comfortable in the forest or on the mountain than in a classroom, I took the hard decision to resign and looked for a place where I would be able to reconnect with myself and think about my future. I chose to settle in Lozère, the least densily populated French department, with the highest average livable altitude. There, I discovered a small paradise: the village of Saint-Denis-en-Margeride, located at an altitude of 1100 m (3600 feet). I grew my vegetables and the village elders taught me how to raise poultry. Once settled, I looked for a job. In October 2009, having found none, I undertook a 7-month training to become a lumberer, an excellent activity if you want to strenghten your body and make it able to face new challenges. Luckily, the training took place only 13 km (8 miles) away from my place. Every day, rain or snow, even with temperatures as low as -20 oC (-4 oF), I traveled the distance on my bike.

August 2010. My 5-year relationship with my life partner came to an end when she left me. This time, a very rough year awaited me, aggravated by the fact that I was unable to get from the authorities the license I needed to start a business of my own. I only worked on and off, seizing every opportunity. At the village ski station, I found a job for the 2010-2011 winter, but it almost never snowed. Starting to feel oppressed in the Lozère mountains, I left in March 2011 and went back in the Saône-et-Loire department, closer to my family.

I presently live in Montmelard, where I still raise poultry and grow vegetables, in addition to running my business (active since May 1, 2011). For lack of time, I abandoned triathlon. Running is now my exclusive sport activity, which I practice at the Roanne athletic club.


My sport achievements:

  • July 2008 Crossing the French and Italian Alps, on bike: 1400 km / 870 miles in 12 days.
  • July 2009 Tour of Roumania, on bike: 2400 km / 1490 miles in 27 days.
  • May 2010 Tour of Lozère, by foot: 310 km / 190 miles in 9 days.
  • August 2010 Tour of Lozère, on bike: 260 km / 162 miles) in 11 hours.
  • Sept. 2010 Tour of Lozère, by foot: 100 km / 62 miles in 24 hours.
  • August 2011 France – Austria (through Switzerland), by foot; 800 km /497 miles in 27 days.
  • Nov. 2011 34 min 58 sec at the Vénissieux 10 km running competition.
  • June 14 to August 14, 2012 1200 km / 746 miles on bike (Oslo – Polar Circle) plus 10 days and 1400 km / 870 miles by foot (through the European Arctic) in 45 days.
  • Dec. 31, 2012 – at night Montmelard – Lyon, running (through the Beaujolais mountains): 100 km / 62 miles in less than 13 hours.
  • Dec. 31, 2013 – at night Mâcon – Lyon, kayaking on the Saône River: 80 km / 50 miles in less than 10 hours.
  • July 2014 Le Puy-en-Velay – Nantes, Alpacka rafting on the Loire River: 900 km / 560 miles in 20 days.
  • Dec. 31, 2015 – at night Norman Wells (Canada) – Tulita, skiing on the ice road: 88 km / 54 miles in 15 hours.