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Le Touquet Enduropale - Day 2 - The Quad Race

4
February
2006
  Posted at 02:40:29 PM
  File under  Racing France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

The quad race started 15 minutes early, due to a faster than expected high tide !!!

The quad race has a running start, i.e., the riders must run to their quad:

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The drivers are patiently waiting, in the cold, for the signal. Many had brought jackets and rain coats, which they left on the ground when they ran to their quad.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The quads were lined up some 30 meters away.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

At the signal (a flare), all of the drivers ran to their quads.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

They had to start the quad, something that wasn't easy. In fact, the favorite driver spent a good minute extra trying to get the quad to start.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

And off they went, with a massive roar. 240 quads went past.... the ground shook !

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The "parade" took ages, since some slower quads had managed to start faster, but were holding up the other contestants.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The water and sand spray was so enormous, that it looked like a fine mist had descended on the beach.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The public was waiting patiently for the quads to return, after the beach run at top speed, the quads had to continue the race within the circuit.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The first ones came jumping over the whoops.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The first 50 odd riders were obviously pros. What came after were not...

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Rush hour in the dunes.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Some of the turns had massive ruts, so not easy for a quad.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Many quads were hindering others, not only with their own quad, but with the dirt spray.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

After the 3rd round, the first ones already were lapping some backmarkers.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

The speeds were high, specially if you consider the vehicle.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Many of the quads got airborne. Quite an interesting sight.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

They kept going around and around..

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Some had problems controlling their quad in the ruts.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

While others put on a good show, trying to wheelie their quads in front of the gathered journalists.

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Fast racers. Don't ask me who they are, I don't "do" quads....(there's probably a "Quads in the Fast Lane" magazine)

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Bottlenecks....

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Obviously a female contestant (I think).

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

Small accident...

Le Touquet Quad Enduro (Enduropale)

When you're stuck and dug-in, this is the way to get out.

So that's today's reporting. Tomorrow is motorcycle day, and will be quite busy since it's the main event. The interesting part of the racer list, is that Cyril Despres is racing on the new KTM 950 !!! I think he's the only one of such a big motorcycle...





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