This somewhat eccentric Parisian 30-year-old inspires newbies with his career and his achievements. On the ultra-trail, we rally with the white panache of the “Green Cap”.
Party animal and former heavy smoker, Alexandre Boucheix became an unlikely phenomenon in the ultra-trail world under the nickname “Green Cap”. This slightly off-the-wall 30-year-old Parisian inspires newbies with his career and his achievements.
Saturday night in Grenoble, Boucheix added a new line to his list of winners by winning the extreme endurance race of the Ultra Tour des Quatre Massifs (Ut4M), a 173 km course with 11,500 meters of elevation. gain through the Alps. Vercors, Taillefer, Belledonne and Chartreuse, which he completed in 28 hours 28 minutes! A month later, he won the Ultra 01 (in Ain), 172 km run in 20 h 35 min.
“Basically I just want to do a half-marathon”, said Boucheix, evoking his beginnings as a runner, a green hat placed on top of his head, a legacy of his student years that he had become different signs on the trails. … social networks. Its story begins with a multinational’s coffee machine.
“Breasts, rolls” of an athlete’s body
The young dynamic executive, Boucheix was challenged by a colleague who was preparing to run an 80 km event. This is in 2015. The Parisian, a very athletic high school student, gained 25 kg during his business studies, “breasts, rolls” that did not bother him, but his curiosity was piqued.
He struggled at first but improved very quickly. A 10 km, then the marathon, the trail and the ultra distance. Today, he has forty races including six victories in the last twelve months with the 43rd place in the world reference, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB), before finishing the 18th on the famous Diagonale des fous.
A good beer
I discovered a world where you can have hallucinations like when I was on drugs but it’s legal
“I discovered a world where you can have hallucinations like when I do drugs, but it’s legal, in the mountains, in a natural environment, doing sports that are appreciated by others and for yourself ,” he explained. touch of humor. The boy with an impressive pace and a baby face now juggles every day between his “excel files” and his life in sneakers where he pushes his body to the limit.
A beer in one gulp after every race
This did not stop him from gulping down a beer in one go once he crossed the finish line, a ritual now expected by the community that increasingly follows him on the networks. “It’s strange, it’s crazy! There is a microcosm in the path, when you stand, it can easily do the trick”.
He made the way for people like me. This is a modern image of the path
Mehdi Mainguené, a 44-year-old Breton, is one of those who discovered trail running thanks to “Capsquette Verte”. “He is a person who shows that it is possible, an atypical profile. He paves the way for people like me. It is a modern image of trail running”, this Rennais, who started running there two years ago.
I am the Petit-Quevilly of the path!
Boucheix explains his popularity by the fact that he is “a man like the others”. “We don’t know Kilian Mbappé but an amateur player who goes to the final of the Coupe de France and who is a butcher next door. I don’t want to say that I am the magic of the Coupe de France, that I am the Petit- Quevilly in the way! But there is little of that”. But he denied being an example to follow, he who devours 5,000 calories a day
“If I don’t eat three times what a normal person eats, I can’t stand it”, who smokes like a firefighter until the promise of his 30th birthday in November, who will run 30 km in one days and who never miss an opportunity to celebrate.
“Green Cap” is known as the white wolf on the trail running. In Ut4M, everyone just talks about him. But the man from Saint-Mandé (Val-de-Marne) knows that all this only takes time. “In my work, it lacks deep meaning, I want to move to a charitable world where there is a real background”, he projects