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BENOIT LAVAL, FOUNDER RAIDLIGHT CEO RAIDLIGHT-VERTICAL, IS:

• Sportsman-level enthusiast Trail and mountain since the age of 10

• Entrepreneur, founder Raidlight (1999) and takes over the company Vertical (2010)

• Network designer Resorts © Trail (2011), and the network of spaces ski de rando © (2012).

 


  

KEY FIGURES (IN 2017):

• More than 200 Trail races in 26 countries and 50 victories 

• Raidlight-Vertical: 7M€ turnover, 55 employees

• INO-Fab: création de 12 emplois

Stations de Trail /Espace ski-de-rando : 4 salariés, 30 sites implantés

 


  


WHO IS BENOIT LAVAL?

1972: Benoit LAVAL, born May 14th1972, from the Paris region (but Corrèze and peasant roots), launched in 1982 at the age of ten years in pursuit of his father marathoner and that of his friends with whom he ran Wednesday afternoon. On track. 1,000 m, 1,500 m, 3,000 m steeplechase distances were his first choice. He swallowed kilometers as others raise pounds of cast iron. For fun. passion of the mountain was already there for every holiday, and for a month in August 1993 Original passed only through the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean in three weeks running with a bag Backpack.


After five years of studying engineering at the Graduate School of Industrial and Textile (ESTIT-HEI, valedictorian) in Lille techniques, he began his military service in the school of Saint-Cyr in Coëtquidan he fate also valedictorian, choose to become an officer alpine hunter in Bourg-Saint-Maurice: the opportunity to run in the mountains, to discover (finally) mountaineering and ski touring in high doses. Staying close his new golf course, he decided to anchor in the Rhone-Alpes and find an exciting job for him at Saint-Etienne: Charge d'Affaires in stéphanoise company which designed and manufactured backpacks, tents, bags Sleeping for major brands.


In 1999: in parallel with his job, Benoit LAVAL creates Raidlight brand of Trail and Raids, born from the association of textile engineering skills (used at the time in a subcontractor brands sport), and his passion for the mountains and running that practice in all its forms since the age of 10 years. Design tools and manufacturing in one hand, and practice the sport experience in the other, the desire to make their own prototypes proved obvious, and so Raidlight started in a garage with 10 products, small website, and two trestles to finish races.

At that time, his record had two lines and Raidlight had ten product catalog. Both increased in tandem in the same direction. Sport advances and needs Raidlight Raidlight do participate in races around the world, such as the Marathon des Sables.


2008: Raidlight develops expertise "open innovation" (collaborative innovation with users) through its websites, and develops its social communication around a large community of users , Team Raidlight open to all (more than 6,000 runners in 2013 ).

En parallèle de l’entreprise, Benoit LAVAL enrichit son palmarès sportif en Trail Running de multiples victoires sur des courses prestigieuses, d’une 2ème place au Grand Raid de la Réunion, d’une 9ème place au Marathon des Sables, et devient vice-champion de France de Trail en 2009 et est sélectionné en Equipe de France de Trail en 2010. Touche à tout, il a aussi été Champion de France de Raquette à neige, vainqueur catégorie mixte de la Pierra-Menta en ski-alpinisme, vainqueur du Trophée mondial des Raids-d’Orientation, couru plus de 200 Trails dans plus de 20 pays, et de façon plus ludique participé aux courses d’ascension par les Escaliers de l’Empire State Building ou de la Tour Eiffel…


2010: Benedict LAVAL supports the future of both companies, since Vertical (trademark mountain, formerly Francital) became a subsidiary of Raidlight. Also, Benedict LAVAL strenna the jersey of the team of France Trail, in Davos, Switzerland.


2011: the two companies merged and moved to Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse in an eco-friendly building custom built to accommodate the thirty employees in the Raidlight-Vertical Outdoor LAB center for interactive tests with customers.


2015: En 2015, le groupe Raidlight-Vertical crée « Outdoor INO-Fab », un ambitieux projet de produire en France des vêtements, sacs à dos, et chaussures pour le Trail et l’outdoor en général. Alors que 99% de ces articles textiles sont produits en dehors de nos frontières, Raidlight-Vertical continue ainsi la trace de l’expérience d’une gamme Made in France qu’il a lancé dès 2009. L’incubation de ce projet a été retenu par le Ministère du Redressement Productif pour un co-financement en 2013, et « Outdoor INOFAB » crée 7 emplois dès 2015, avec pour ambition de créer 25 emplois d’ici 2019.


2016: En 2016, après une croissance à deux chiffres toujours ininterrompue depuis 1999, et afin de poursuivre la croissance internationale de Raidlight et de Vertical, Raidlight-Vertical rejoint le Groupe Rossignol. Dirigeant de l’entité Raidlight-Vertical, Benoit LAVAL intègre également le Board du Groupe Rossignol (environ 400M€ de CA et 1.500 collaborateurs dans le monde).


In 2017: Raidlight-Vertical commercialise plus de 500.000 produits par an, en France mais aussi 20% à l’export (Europe, Japon, Chine), réalise un chiffre d’affaire de 7 millions d’euros, et emploie environ 55 collaborateurs. L’objectif au sein du Groupe Rossignol est de multiplier par 3 ces chiffres en 2023. Et Benoit LAVAL continue d’associer ces activités à sa passion de la course à pied, en promotionnant l’entreprise à travers la participation à de multiples Trails en France et à l’étranger, par exemple avec une 5ème place en septembre 2015 à l’Ultra Trail Gobi Race, une course de 400km non-stop dans le désert de Gobi en Chine, et deux tours à la fameuse Barkley en avril 2016, « la course la plus dure du monde »…


  

 

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SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS

 


  

TRAIL: 

• 1 cap for France trail

• Vice-Champion of France de Trail (2009)

• Winner of 3 races of the Championship of France

• 2°, 4° and 5° at the Grand Raid Reunion

• 5° at the Gobi Ultra Trail (400km)

• 9° MARATHON DES SABLES

• 11 wins CHALLENGE OF Oisans 

• Participation at the Barkley (2 rounds)


CLIMBING & HIKING:

• Solo expedition to Aconcagua (6.985m)

• Solo crossing of the Pyrenees (520km) (520km)

• Bivouac at the top of Mont Blanc 

• Multiple outputs in different ranges.


SNOWSHOE:

• France champion snowshoe (x2) 

• 6th to the EUROPEAN CUP of Snowshoe 

ROAD RACE / ATHLETICS:

• Fifth in the Championship of France 100km

• 13th 100km Millau 

RAIDS GUIDANCE:

• World Champion IOF Raids

• Vice-Champion of France of Raids Guidance (x3) 



  
  


  

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