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Tour de France - Motorcycle Version

  Posted at 12:29:18 PM
  File under  Racing Travel France
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Paris, France

Moto-Tour 2003 Logo
Most people in the world have heard of the "Tour de France", but few have heard of the Tour de France for Motorcycles. And still, it exists, it's true and it's legal !! The race/rally is called Moto-Tour, and is open to anyone on a motorcycle.

The race was started in 1973 with 114 participants (including 3 girls) running the 3200 kilometers. The 2003 version starts on the last day (5 Oct) of the Paris International Motorcycle Exhibition (Mondial du Deux Roux) and for a week takes the participants through France to their goal; Toulon (in the South of France).

Anyone can join

The race is open to all, and many are pure amateurs, but professional riders are there as well. So it's a chance to rub shoulders with top French bikers such as Dominique Sarron or even foreign celebrities such as Phil Read (8 times world champion). In total,
337 bikers joined the race with a large variety of motorcycles. The majority run in the race bike category, but there's even scooter, sidecar, and single cylinder categories..
Cost: 990 Euros!<

The Race

No, it's not what you think. You don't get to ride your race bike in Paris traffic, or on the
auto route doing 300 kph. There are several roads that have been closed to traffic, and you do get to go fast
there, but the idea is that you go from circuit to circuit as a navigation and speed control test, and at the race circuits, you have timed races. In other words, in between the circuits you need to pay attention to your speed and position, while on the circuits, you can go flat out.

The race (=rally) is an all-weather race. So if it rains, the race still goes on. There's also one night
event, where the riders need to ride in the dark.

The Schedule

5 octobre Paris-Tours &nbsp;
Paris Porte de Versailles Porte de Versailles 10h00-13h00
Tours Stade d'honneur 15h30-18h00
6 octobre Tours-Montluçon &nbsp;
Tours Stade d'honneur 6h30
Circuit Bugatti Parc Technopole 8h00
Special Neuvy-Le-Roi Neuville-Pont-Pierre, D2, towards Rouziers 11h00
Special Bauzy Chambord, D60, between Bracieux and Vernou-en-Sologne 13h30
Montluçon Parc Athanor 16h30
7 octobre Montluçon/Issoire &nbsp;
Montluçon Parc Athanor 9h00
Special Teillet-Argenty D151, towards Sainte-Thérence 9h35
Special Eygerolles D79, towards Eugurande 11h00
Special Confolent-Port-Dieu D159, towards Confolent 12h15
Issoire Place du Foirail 14h00
Night Stage &nbsp; &nbsp;
Issoire Place du Foirail 20h30
Special Saint-Quentin/Sauxillanges D49/D 707 towards Vernet-la-Varenne 20h45
Special Saint-Jean-en-Val D89, towards Saint-Etienne-sur-Usson 22h00
Issoire Place du Foirail 22h30
8 octobre Issoire/Villefranche sur
Circuit Issoire CEERTA 9h00
Special Saint Jean-en-Val D89, towards Saint-Etienne-sur-Usson 10h30
Col des Supeyres D106, towards Saint-Antheme 12h30
Special Thurins D 628, towards&nbsp; Croix-Perriière 14h15
Villefranche sur Saône Parc des expositions 15h15
9 octobre Villefranche sur Saône / Alès &nbsp;
Villefranche sur Saône Parc des expositions 7h00
Special Dornas Towards Col de Joux 11h30
Special Burzet D289, towards SAinte Eulalie 12h15
Special La Bastide Puylaurent Start at Pont de Nicoulaud, D 151, towards La Bastide 14h00
Alès Place du Champ de Foire 15h30
10 octobre Alès / Toulon &nbsp;
Alès Place du Champ de Foire 9h00
Special Saint Estève Mon Ventoux On the 974, towards Bedoin-Ventoux, start at Saint-Estève,
    arrival at Chalet Reynard 14h47
Special Venasque Col de Murs Carpentras, D4 towards Cold de Murs 14h00
Toulon Plage des Mourillons 17h00
11 octobre Toulon &nbsp;
Toulon Plage des Mourillons 9h00
Special Pierrefeu-du-Var Hyères, on the road between le pas du Cerf and the D14 9h50
Special Mont Faron North Toulon, on the raod of the Côte du Mont-Faron 10h40
Toulon Mourillons beach 11h30
&nbsp; Podium 18h30

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