France: MotoGP 2014 Motorcycle Rest Places - Relais Calmos
Posted at 02:00:00 PM
File under Racing France Travel
Author: Mike Werner
Location: Normandy, France
The usual Relais Motards Calmos, motorcycle rest places (for those of you who need to ride long distance, and need a place to calm down, tank up, re-energize or just meet up with fellow bikers), will be present before and after the MotoGP motorcycle race held at the Le Mans circuit 16,17 and 18 May 2014. (see the related articles below to see what a Relais Calmos looks like)
Some rest stops offer food, drinks, mechanics, massage or even sleeping arrangements. This service is offered, mostly for free, by the French Government and the FFMCFederation Francaise des Motards en Colere - Angry French Biker Association, an association of bikers fighting for the rights of motorcycle riders. The rest stops are usually very well indicated on the roads leading to the rest stop. Keep a look out for signs saying "Relais Calmos".
So here are the 5 motorcycle rest stops (called Relais Calmos Motards) for the MotoGP motorcycle race held on the weekend of 16-18 May 2014.
NOTE: The number before the "/" in the title is the Department number (province number). Click on the blue globe for a zoomable map. Some of the locations are approximate! If the GPS coordinates are accurate AND Google Maps has a Streetview of the area, you will see a photo of the rest area.
NOTE2: In the general map, clicking on a red marker will give you the same information about the Relais Calmos.
WARNING: There will be a lot of Police speed radars installed along the major roads there. Sunday, the mobile Police force will be out in massive numbers, so watch your speed!
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|#01 49/Maine et Loire - Relais Calmos Aire des Portes d Angers |
Getting There: On the A 11 - Aire des Portes d Angers.
GPS Coordinates: N47° 30' 1.44", E0° 29' 28.68" (47.500400, -0.491300)
Open: Going There: Friday 08:00 to Saturday 16:00 Going Back: No Service
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, French Fries, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Oil, Sleeping Area, Snacks, Tire Inflation, Toilettes, Visor Cleaning
|#02 61/Orne - Relais Calmos Sud de Sees |
Getting There: On the RN 438 - exit "Sud de Sees", direction Alencon.
GPS Coordinates: N48 35 24 E0 10 10 (48.59,0.169444)
Open: Going There: Thursday 14:00 to 24:00, Friday 07:00 to 24:00, Saturday 07:00 to 14:00 Going Back: No Service
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, French Fries, Mechanical Intervention, Sleeping Area, Snacks, Tire Inflation, Toilettes, Visor Cleaning
|#03 86/Vienne - Relais Calmos Aire des Minieres |
Getting There: L’aire de repos de Bison Fute 25 km South of Poitiers on the RN10 - Aire des Veilles Etables(going), Aire de Brandes de Cercigny (return) .
GPS Coordinates: N46 21 34.19 E0 11 51.67 (46.359498,0.197687)
Open: Going There: Aire Vieilles Etable-Saturday and Sunday 08:00 to 13:00 Going Back: Aire de Brandes de Cercigny Sunday 13:00 to 20:30 non-stop
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Message Area, Sleeping Area, Snacks, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
|#04 91/Essonne - Relais Calmos Aire de Limours |
Getting There: On the A10 - Aire de Chanteraine Limours, at Briis-sous-Forges (91640), on the parking of the "Flunch" restaurant .
GPS Coordinates: N48 38 3 E2 8 55 (48.634167,2.148611)
Open: Going There: No Service Going Back: Sunday 14:00 to 19:00
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, French Fries, Gas Station, Massage, Mechanical Intervention, Message Area, Oil, Relax Areas, Snacks, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
|#05 91/Essonne - Relais Calmos Les Portes d Etampes |
Getting There: On the D191 direction Etampes, commercial center Les Portes d Etampes (Leclerc parking area)
GPS Coordinates: N48 26 25.354 E2 8 29.080 (48.440376,2.141411)
Open: Going There: No Service Going Back: Sunday 14:00 - 19:00
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Message Area, Oil, Relax Areas, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
The autoroutes leading to the circuit are free to motorcycles, and be aware: police will be out on numbers with radar checks everywhere. The autoroute companies of Cofiroute, ASF & ALIS will be offering access to their motorway network for free to biker from Friday 13:00 until Monday 10:00. Usually you will need to take a ticket when entering at the specified toll gates, but at the other end, the ticket will be taken but no charge levied.
The entry points are:
• A11 between the toll gates of Saint Arnoult and Le Mans, and between Angers and Nantes,
• A11 between Le Mans and La Gravelle,
• A11 section Angers-Le Mans
• A85 between Angers and Restigne,
• A28 between Saint-Christophe sur le Nais and Le Mans and between Alençon and Le Mans
• A28 between Rouen and Alençon.
If you're going, have fun, and be safe.