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Le Touquet Enduropale - Day 2 - Getting ready

4
February
2006
  Posted at 01:32:00 PM
  File under  Racing France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

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Saturday started early, since everyone woke up with the thundering noise of  hundreds of quads. The day is gray, with bits of drizzle, but at least it's not cold.

The quads were allowed to practice the circuit before actually racing.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The circuit is not as long as the motorcycle one (7.8 kilometers versus 15.5 for the motorcycles). However, the quads are to ride more or less the same circuit as the motorcycles, so quite technical for quads.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Half way through the circuit is the "pit lane". This is where the quads come in to change driver (for the team entries), get gas and repair whatever damage.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Arriving in the pit lane village, the contestants are slowed down. No speeding allowed.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

All over people are working on their quads.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

There are literally rows and rows of quad tents.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Each quad is allowed a 3 meters by 3 meters space, and no more than 2 mechanics are allowed per quad.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Afterwards, they hightail it out of the tent park, back to the circuit.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Some were practicing the driver change.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

As usual some riders were wearing funny helmets.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Some of the contestants looked better and more able than others.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Back at the ranch, the main street alongside the beach is jam-packed.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The usual sponsor trucks are omnipresent.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

There were quite a few Quad stands as well.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

You could buy almost anything you wanted on the street, from visor, to helmets, to complete motorcycles.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

There was even a motorcycle simulator present, something you would not want to do if you had just eaten.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

More quad sales...

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Every dirt motorcycle on the market was represented here.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Even BMW 650GS, but the stand looked the least professional (just look at the BMW sign).

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Yamaha had the biggest display, including one of their Dakar 2006 motorcycles than ran under the Euromaster brand.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

These guys represent the CodeVer, the association that tries to protect our rights to ride our motorcycle on the greenlanes in France (and Belgium). You can read more about them on this site.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The street is very long, with massive amounts of bikers and motorcycle stands.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Anything goes...

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

As you could expect in a French organized motorcycle event, food could be found anywhere, from hamburgers to full gourmet meals.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The fire brigade mobile command post.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Orange's mobile GSM antenna, for all those 1,000's of people who want to make mobile phone calls.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

30 minutes before the start of the quad race, the first quads arrive on the scene.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The slowest ones had to arrive the first.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

Some had to wait too long....

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The mobile hospital, the first entry point for someone who gets hurt.

Le Touquet Quad Motorcycle (Enduropale)

The spectators are ready for the race to start. (more to follow as new article).





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