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 Bol d'Or motorcycle 24 hours endurance race held at the Magny-Cours Nevers circuit.. (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".
Here are the 8 (there are 7, but the last ones are in a different place, one for going, the other for the return trip) motorcycle rest stops (called Relais Calmos Motards) for the Bol D'Or race held on the weekend of 14-15 April 2012.
Remember that the usual Relais Motards Calmos in Departement #45 is not operational due to persistent police actions (article ).
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!
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 03/Allier - Relais Calmos Boulodrome d Yzeure |
Getting There: On the RN7 road, exit 47 detour of Moulins
GPS Coordinates: N46 32 17.68, E3 22 38.62 (46.538244,3.377395)
Open: Friday 10:00 until Sunday 16:00 non-stop
Services: Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Mechanical Intervention, Relax Areas, Showers, Sleeping Area, Visor Cleaning
|#02 10/Aube - Relais Calmos Halte du Cheminot |
Getting There: On the RN77 road, at Cresantignes (20 km South of Troyes, direction Auxerre)
GPS Coordinates: N48 8 53.00, E4 0 37.27 (48.148055,4.010353)
Open: Friday: 12:00 until Saturday 12:00 non-stop, Sunday 12:00 - 20:00
Services: Drinks (Hot), Food, Mechanical Intervention, Snacks, Visor Cleaning
|#03 18/Cher - Relais Calmos Bourges - Route de Nevers2 |
Getting There: RD 2076 - route de Sancoins., direction Moulins
GPS Coordinates: N46°54'15.84" E2°42'27.36" (46.9044, 2.7076)
Open: Friday 11:00 until Sunday 21:00, non-stop
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, French Fries, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Oil, Relax Areas, Sleeping Area, Snacks, Tire Inflation, Toilettes, Visor Cleaning
|#04 42/Loire - Relais Calmos Roanne |
Getting There: On the N7 (Route de Paris) Tuileries hamlet (next to Mably). About 500 meters after the 2x2 exit lane, at the communal hall of Tuileries
GPS Coordinates: N46°4'13.02" E4°2'39.94" (46.070283,4.044428)
Open: Friday 08:00 until Saturday 13:00 and Sunday 12:00 until 20:00
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Sleeping Area, Snacks, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
|#05 48/Lozere - Relais Calmos Aire de Lozere |
Getting There: On the A75 exit 32 Aire de Lozere (120 km South of Clermont Ferrand)
GPS Coordinates: N44 52 21.85, E3 14 51.66 (44.872737,3.247683)
Open: Friday 08:00 until Sunday 24:00 non-stop
Services: Chain Lubrication, Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Sleeping Area, Tire Inflation, Toilettes, Visor Cleaning
|#06 71/Saone-et-Loire - Relais Calmos d Autun |
Getting There: On the RN181 in the town center of Autun (railway station parking)
GPS Coordinates: N46 57 19.20, E4 17 39.18 (46.955333,4.294217)
Open: Friday 10:00 until Sunday 20:00 non-stop
Services: Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Relax Areas, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
|#07 89/Yonne - Relais Calmos Courson (Going) |
Getting There: Renault garage , 2 avenue Jean-Mermoz at Auxerre
GPS Coordinates: N47°48’ 15.0’’ , E03° 34’ 38.9’ (47.804166,3.5774722)
Open: Friday 10:00 - 22:00, Saturday 07:00- 15:00
Services: Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
|#08 89/Yonne - Relais Calmos Courson (Back) |
Getting There: Garage du Coursonnais, 23 route de Clamecy, 89560 Courson les Carrieres
GPS Coordinates: N47° 36’ 41.0" , E03° 30’ 17.7’" (47.6113886,3.5049166)
Open: Sunday 10:00-19:00
Services: Drinks (Cold), Drinks (Hot), Food, Gas Station, Mechanical Intervention, Oil, Tire Inflation, Visor Cleaning
Usually the autoroutes leading to the circuit are free to motorcycles, and be aware: police will be out on numbers with radar checks everywhere.
If you're going, have fun, and be safe.
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|Saturday, April 17th, 2010 - France: A Closer Look At A Relais Calmos - Motorcycle Rest Place|
A closer look at one motorcycle rest place, the "Relais Motard Calmos" put in place for the 24 Hours of Le Mans motorcycle race.
It was a small one, but between 500 and 1,000 bikers were expected on Saturday alone. Paid for my the French government, the rest area is a great place to meet up, repair your bike, inflate tires, drink coffee, eat, and all that for free!