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France: Le Touquet Enduropale 2012 - No Biker Camping

13
January
2012
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  France Racing
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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EnduroPale 2012 Poster
The famous, and world's biggest beach motorcycle enduro, the Le Touquet Enduropale Open link in a new window is being held again the first weekend of February. As usual, there are some 1100 motorcycles starting on Sunday 5 February, and for a first time, one lonely American is taking part.

There are 1083 competitors, 15 different nationalities, and the oldest biker is ... wait for it... 91 years old!

Normally during the weekend, some 200-300,000 spectators amass alongside the beach to see the race. Since it's free, it attracts a lot of people, not all are bikers, many are there for the show. At the city's horse race track, motorcycle riders used to come and pitch their tents. But no more! The city has decided to forbid camping there, since, again as usual, the bikers will get drunk, and start wrecking the place. This has always been the case at French motorcycle races, MotoGP, SuperBike or Bol d'Or. The city council spends €1 million every year for this event, and this year they celebrate 100 years of Le Touquet Click for map (the city, not the race), and the city is also an overflow for this year's London Olympics (it's very close to London, even if people have to cross the sea). So they want to keep the place intact.

For motorcycle riders who want to camp, you'll need to go to an official camping, several are to be found around the area, but they are not as close as the horse race track. What that'll mean in terms of traffic is not known, since usually, thousands and thousands of motorcycles come into the city on Sunday, creating a massive motorcycle traffic jam.

This year, the beach circuit has received slight modifications, the most notable is the numbers "100" traced into the circuit.

Click for bigger version of EnduroPale 2012 Circuit
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It looks like the weather is going to be great for the race, since it's mild and no snow. It will also mean that a lot of people will attend, so if you are planning to attend, better come really early.

Click here for more info on the Enduropale Open link in a new window.

To read and see many photos of the race I took several years ago, see the related articles below:

Read related articles
Monday, February 12th, 2007 - Le Touquet Enduropale 2007 - The Race Part 1

Le Touquet Enduropale 2007
Part 1/3 of 124 photos of the 2007 Le Touquet Enduropale Beach Enduro, worlds biggest and toughest beach motorcycle enduro.

Too many photos to put on one page.
Monday, February 12th, 2007 - Le Touquet Enduropale 2007 - The Race Part 2

Le Touquet Enduropale 2007
Part 2/3 of 124 photos of the 2007 Le Touquet Enduropale Beach Enduro, worlds biggest and toughest beach motorcycle enduro.

Next part is the final one #3.
Monday, February 12th, 2007 - Le Touquet Enduropale 2007 - The Race Part 3

Le Touquet Enduropale 2007
Part 3/3 of 124 photos of the 2007 Le Touquet Enduropale Beach Enduro, worlds biggest and toughest beach motorcycle enduro.

Part 1 and 2 are to be seen elsewhere on this site.


Le Touquet Enduropale Open link in a new window



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