from 20 to 22 March 2020


Tribute to Andreas

Bessans, 1,750 m, renowned for its exceptional Nordic area, is also well known in the world of “mushing” as a venue for internationally renowned competitions: Lekkarod, Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc, World Snowboard Championships (IFSS)…
The grandiose landscapes surrounding the Bessans plateau and the village of Bonneval sur Arc add a unique and unforgettable backdrop to these races. Add to this teams of passionate volunteers and you will witness magnificent shows!

Registration, stages, results, gallery … Find all the news of the event on the official website:




In the sumptuous setting of the Alps, mushers from all over Europe meet for a competition under the sign of respect. Respect for men, dogs and nature. An adventure led by a team of passionate volunteers.

Registration, stages, results, gallery … Find all the news of the event on the official website:

International dog sled race


Bessans - Bonneval sur Arc

Lekkarod #5

See you in Bessans, Espace Carreley for the starts and finishes of the last stages of the 5th edition of the Lekkarod. This international dog sled race, will be again in Haute Maurienne Vanoise with stages between Bessans and Bonneval sur Arc, on 20, 21 and 22 March 2020.

  • Stage 7 – Friday 20 March at 2pm
  • Stage 8 – Saturday 21 March at 11am
  • Stage 9 – Sunday 22 March at 11am

Since its first edition, the splendid landscapes of Bessans and Bonneval sur Arc have welcomed mushers and their dogs on magnificent tracks, in a sporting and friendly atmosphere.

Flash back on the 2019 edition


Combining performance and respect

In a spirit of international sporting competition at the highest level, the organizers, with many years of experience, have decided to return to the true values of the sport of dog sledding:

  • Respect for the dog: adaptation of the routes and the length of the stages, resting times and the existence of a rule which allows the rotation of the dogs in the race within a predefined group (a team made up only of substitutes!).
  • Respect for the competitors (mushers) and their helpers (handlers) who either share with their
    dogs the same effort on the track, or give everything so that these dogs are prepared and cared for during rest periods.
  • Respect for nature, through simple civic gestures (cleaning strawed or soiled areas) but also through respect for the tracks used with the collaboration of the winter sports resorts..

Beyond sport: the Lekkarod, an educational aid

The Lekkarod is intended to be a fun tool for schoolchildren, through various educational materials made available to them and a follow-up of the event.
It is also a great study support for veterinary schools. Thus a strong partnership exists between Lekkarod and the National Veterinary School of Alfort. Every year many students come to follow the event and their teachers use data or images collected during the race.
ENVA is a public and administrative institution of higher education and research under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. It maintains
strong links with the University of Paris-Est, ANSES, INRA, INSERM.

To reach Bessans