François D’haene’s Western States Recce

Photo: DROZ PHOTO

WS RECCE — DAY 1.

Prior to his upcoming Western States 100 premier on June 27th, François D’haene spent a week on the trail and in California’s Bay Area getting to know the course, competition, history and traditions. Joining him at the wheel was fellow Salomon Athlete Rickey Gates and born-and-raised-Auburn-local, Connor Curley.

François and Rickey get some Western States history from Auburn local, Connor Curley. Photo: DROZ PHOTO

WS RECCE – DAY 2.

Snow greeted François D’haene and Rickey Gates as they made their way into the Sierra Nevadas and towards the start line of the Western States 100 just outside Lake Tahoe.

Photo: DROZ PHOTO

Whether it be an overabundance of snow, extreme heat or forrest fires, Mother Nature’s elements have long been a factor for the running of Western States